Grocery Shortage? Try This Healthy Bowtie Pasta & Spring Vegetables Recipe

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This Bowtie Pasta & Spring Vegetables Recipe Is Perfect Even If You’re Short On Groceries

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Let’s not beat around the bush.

Right now, with all of the lockdowns going on… and people in a frenzy over the coronavirus…

It can be difficult to get the groceries you usually do. Gone are the days of running to the grocery store on a whim to grab last-minute ingredients for your recipes…

And even if you can get to the grocery store whenever you want, you have to worry about whether you’re picking up dangerous germs there…

Or if the store will even have the foods you want! All over the country, grocery stores are running low on even the most basic of ingredients.

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(I’ve even heard of fights breaking out in grocery stores as people try to get the last few items they need. Yikes! That doesn’t sound like where I want to be…) 

So, with groceries running low… you need some recipes that are easy, simple, and forgiving. However, you still want it to taste good, right?! And it would be nice to have some nutritional value, too…

(Especially if you’ve been snacking on potato chips and gummy bears most of the day! What can I say? I can’t resist my snacks, haha!)

That’s where today’s recipe comes in. It’s built on the most basic of pantry staples…

And if you happen to be missing an ingredient, no worries! You can make as many substitutions as you need.

Plus, it’s also a nutritional recipe. Grains… vegetables… healthy fats… you’ve got what you need!

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So to get started on this easy, quarantine-friendly recipe… here’s how it’s done:

FTH’s Healthy Bowtie Pasta With Spring Vegetables

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz whole-grain farfalle pasta
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • ½ cup artichoke hearts, chopped
  • ¼ cup red onion, sliced
  • ¼ cup peas
  • 1 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta to al dente as directed. Once cooked, drain.
  2. Toss cooked pasta with olive oil, veggies, and mint. 
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and then chow down!

How To Make This Recipe Even More Lockdown-Friendly

You might have read the ingredients list and wanted to scroll on by. After all, there’s NO WAY you’re heading out right now to pick up any ingredients you don’t already have in your kitchen.

So, if you happen to be missing one or two (or more) of those ingredients, what is there to do?

Substitute!

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That’s one thing I really love about this recipe. It takes ingredient substitutions very easily…

So if you don’t have artichoke hearts… leave them out.

No fresh mint? No worries!

Just use what you do have. I’ve made this recipe with fresh spinach, and it was delicious! 

Really, I just look around my kitchen and see what I have that I could add in. Tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms… pretty much anything is fair game.

And what if you only have frozen or canned veggies—not fresh? Not a problem!

This recipe can easily be made with vegetables in any state. For example, I don’t have any fresh peas on hand… but I do have frozen, and that totally works!

And when it comes to the pasta, anything goes! Bowties (farfalle)… spaghetti… penne… angel hair… rotini… linguine… whatever you’ve got!

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I think I’ll make this with canned veggies tonight… 

So just remember, use your imagination! Use the recipe as a guide and let your pantry tell you which ingredients are right to add in.

Bon appetit!

How This Delicious Recipe Can Help You Lose Weight (Even During Lockdown)

One of my favorite things about this recipe is how easy it is to substitute in ingredients that you happen to have on hand.

During these unusual times of quarantines and food shortages, it’s helpful to have recipes where you can get away with improvising. 

Luckily, this one will work with just about anything you have in the back of your freezer or pantry! (You’ve been meaning to clean it out anyway, so this is the perfect time to find a use for that long-neglected bag of frozen peas…)

If you don’t have the exact same veggies this recipe calls for… no problem at all. Just use the ones you have!

Another great way to change up this recipe and make it your own? 

Add some protein.

Even if you have limited grocery access… you probably have some type of protein that would work well in this recipe…

Whether it’s canned chicken or tuna… some fish, turkey, or chicken hidden somewhere in the depths of your freezer… canned beans… or some slivered almonds.

Protein is an essential part of your diet. In fact, every cell in your body needs protein!

But did you know that protein can also help your body burn more fat? And you don’t have to do anything to “activate” it, like an intense workout.

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All you have to do is add more protein to your diet. One study even found that people who increased their daily protein intake by just 15-30% burned an average of 441 more calories every day.

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