brown rice noodles with avocado pesto and peas

It's the middle of January. It's really cold and grey and miserable and I just don't want a salad. I'd much rather have a comforting bowl of pasta- which has been my favorite meal since I was child. In the past, however, I'd only eat white noodles with butter and parmesan. These days, I much prefer brown rice (gluten free) pasta with a sauce made purely of veggies and whole foods. yum. 

Pasta is really good. Many people love it but rarely eat it because it's carbs and somewhere down the line we were told that carbs make you fat. I'm here to save the day. Carbs don't make you fat, they make you energetic. Carbohydrates are macronutrients like fat and protein that we need for our body to run efficiently. Carbs are good. Say it with me- Carbs are good. However, all carbohydrates are not created equal. Do not run to the nearest grocery store and fill your cart with boxes of donuts and bags of Wonder Bread. Those are processed foods that have been stripped of all their goodness and then packed full of nasty additives to appear pretty but make you look and feel like shit. 
Good carbs include- fruits, veggies, brown rice, oats, quinoa, whole-wheat pastas, beans, lentils, barley, bulgur and buckwheat just to name a few. However, always check the ingredients when buying these foods. Companies are very tricky and will sell you "whole wheat bread" that is full of ingredients that you cannot even pronounce and were born in a laboratory. Marketing campaigns like to trick you into thinking that foods are healthy so that you will buy more of them. Trust no one. Always read labels. 

What about the sauce? Many times pre-made sauces are garbage. They're full of sugar and sodium. The tomatoes were picked ages ago. (Here is a homemade marinara sauce recipe that you'll die for.) This pesto is super tasty and has zero added oil or dairy. The base is avocado and kale. Avocado is high in fat- the kind of fat that will allow your hair and nails to grow strong and will protect you against inflammation, heart disease and diabetes. Kale is just like the best ever. Raw, steamed, baked, massaged, blended, chopped. you name it. I want it. Putting kale in a sauce like this is so great because you are getting all the sexy nutrients without having to drink a green juice or eat a salad. It makes packing in the greens so easy. We like easy. One of the best things about kale is its anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is exactly what it sounds like- it's when the body is inflamed. When you eat additives or "food" that isn't really food (aka most packaged foods), the body doesn't know how to handle it. The additives that are made in the lab to keep your food fresh or to make it more colorful are toxic and damage your tissues. So as a defense mechanism, the cells release a chemical into the body to fight it. These chemicals cause your blood vessels to break and leak into your tissues which cause swelling, redness and joint stiffness. So yea, eat more kale.

Also, this dish takes 20 minutes to make, tops.  

Remember to eat good food. Read labels. Educate yourself. Take control of your health. 
 

I N G R E D I E N T S

16 oz. Brown Rice Pasta. I used Tinkyada's spirals
1 cup of frozen peas
1 ripe avocado
2 large handfuls of kale leaves
1 clove of garlic
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 tbs pine nuts
2 tbs of water
salt and pepper to taste

S T E P S

Begin by cooking your noodles. Put the pasta into a pot of boiling water. Add a dash of salt. 
After 14 minutes, the noodles should be just about done. Add in the frozen peas and let cook for a minute more
Dump the noodles and peas into a strainer and rinse with cold water
For the pesto, put the avocado, kale, garlic, lemon juice, pine nuts, water and a dash of salt and pepper into the food processor and blend until it is a puree
Put the peas and noodles back into the pot and add in the pesto
Stir the mixture together until all the noodles are coated in the delicious sauce
 

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