Tragically, only 10 percent of adults manage to eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables each day. We know it can be hard when you are constantly on the go and you feel up to your eyeballs at work and around the house. An easy way to get more veg in your diet is to mix them in with familiar favourites. To help you get more of the good stuff, Authentica has three zinger vegetarian Italian recipes so that you can hit your veggie quotas with delicious ease. Let’s get right to it!
Everyone loves refined carbs even if those delicious, carby calories are not an every meal kinda item. The solution? Zoodles to the rescue! What are zoodles, you ask? Zoodles are when you use thinly sliced zucchini in place of regular pasta noodles. At first, that doesn’t sound like the most logical substitution, but they are an amazing alternative to their carb-laden cousin. If you don’t believe us, try this Zucchini Lasagna. The secret weapon in this recipe are the delicious little pools of melted ricotta nestled amongst the vegetarian pasta sauce. The kick provided by the sundried tomatoes in Authentica’s Siciliana Sauce is the perfect addition to this Italian culinary symphony. With a dish like this, who needs carbs at all?!
She Shells Seashells
Spicy Stuffed Pasta Shells Conchiglioni Al Forno. Gesundheit! Now that is a mouth full! Fortunately, this dish is easier to prepare than it is to pronounce, so let’s get the Italian lesson out of the way first. Conchiglioni, pronounced con-KEEL-yi-oni, is a fancy word for seashell pasta. This dish is a back-to-basics, no-nonsense powerhouse, featuring prime Italian staples: garlic, ricotta, and mozzarella. It also has bite provided by Authentica’s Arrabiata vegetarian pasta sauce. This dish may not have beef, but arrabiata is Italian for angry, so you know it means business!
Om Norm Norm
If you want the perfect melding of old meets new, look no further than our Sicilian Pasta Alla Norma recipe. This is guaranteed to become a new favourite. As with the conchiglioni recipe, this is a low-carb version, utilizing Japanese Eggplant in place of noodles. If you cannot find Japanese eggplant, feel free to use traditional eggplant (or any other variety). This dish is positively sublime, capers provide saltiness that flawlessly complement pecorino cheese. Can we pause and just declare that pecorino is vastly underrated? The addition of chilis adds some fiery flair; feel free to adjust to suit the amount of fire you want (or don’t want!). Bring it all together is Authentica’s Siciliana Sauce, which tastes like someone distilled Italian cuisine into a single vegetarian pasta sauce. This is a classic dish, as good for dinner as it is for leftovers!
As you can see, going vegetarian for an evening – or even for good – doesn’t mean giving up amazing tastes. You can have your pasta and eat it, too!