Saturday, April 3, 2010

Mushroom-Spinach Sauce

We had a day last week when I realized the girls had reached dinner time with nary a fruit or vegetable to their day. This is very uncommon for us - but it was a day when we were running around with school, ballet, and errands, and we had done more "on the fly" eating than usual. I wanted to pack as many fruits and veggies into dinner as I reasonably could, while also making something the girls would eat without complaint (as they were very tired and likely to kick up a fuss). I resorted to the favorite mom trick of pureeing veggies into a sauce for pasta, and served the pasta with smoothies. I like to use a rotini pasta with sauces - the spirals hold a lot of saucy goodness! The girls cleaned their plates (and their cups), and I felt much better about our day!

(I'm continuing my goal of one vegan and one vegetarian dish per week, which has been much easier than I expected. This was our vegan meal of the week (the smoothies were bananas, strawberries, pomegranate juice, and vanilla soy milk).)

Mushroom-Spinach Sauce

1 box rotini pasta
2-3 handfuls of baby spinach
1 zucchini, sliced
5 large white mushrooms, washed and chopped
1 Tbsp olive oil
dash of oregano, salt
2 tsp balsamic vinegar

In a large pot, cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water when draining the cooked pasta.

In a sauce pan, heat up the olive oil over medium heat. Add the spinach, zucchini, and mushrooms. Season with oregano and salt. Cook, stirring, until the zucchini and mushrooms are soft. Transfer the veggies to a blender, adding balsamic vinegar. Blend veggies until smooth, adding some of the pasta cooking water as needed.

Toss the cooked pasta in the sauce before serving.

1 comment:

MaryAnne said...

Ah, the blended veggies would be key to getting my family to eat this. Thanks for the recipe!