If you’ve been reading around here for any amount of time, then you know how much I absolutely love easy, delicious and nutritious meals. Especially when you’re able to get a balanced meal of protein, carbs and veggies all in one bowl? Heck yes. Which is why I love this super easy Superfood Pasta so much!
After completing the Whole30 in January, I searched for something a little more sustainable to help me be motivated to eat healthy and feel better. So when one of the owners of the Bar Method studio I go to started sharing about the Arbonne 30 Days to Healthy Living challenge, I was intrigued. The more I heard about it and read about it, the more I knew it was something I wanted to do. I loved that it focused on eating whole foods, a balanced diet, and the fact that it was a lot less restrictive than Whole30.
So last week I started the challenge, and I have to say… I’m a HUGE fan!
While I’m not following the guidelines to a T, I already feel better, am less bloated, and have lost a couple of pounds. My goal these 30 days isn’t to do a perfect challenge like when I did the Whole30. It’s too draining, and I want to find something I can do long-term, not something that I can barely maintain for a month. So I’m doing my best to follow the rules, but I’m also not obsessing about ingredients in all the foods I eat, and enjoying some food freedom. It’s exactly what I needed!
I’ll share more about the challenge in a later post, but essentially, it’s about detoxing your gut. You eliminate common allergens and inflammatory foods, use some of Arbonne’s products (like their Greens Balance, Digestion Plus, and Fiber Boost), drink one to two protein shakes/smoothies a day, and guzzle water. While there are some foods you can eat on Whole30 that you can’t eat in the 30 Days to Healthy Living, like potatoes, pork and bananas, there are SO MANY more foods that you can eat, which is what I love about it. Like their delicious vegan chocolate protein (YUM), oats, legumes and brown rice.
My goal this month? Clean eating, but without causing stress on myself trying to stick to a strict regimen. I mean… My BIRTHDAY is this month, and I’m gonna have some cake. ;)
I’m just excited to have found something that I love. That makes me feel good. And that’s EASY. #praise
So anyways, that’s where today’s recipe comes into play. It was one of the first recipes I made after starting this challenge, and let me just say… it’s perfection. Super simple. Super yummy. And is 30 Days to Healthy Living compliant.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 zucchini, diced
- 1 squash, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1 orange bell pepper, diced
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
- 1 1/2 lbs ground turkey
- 6 oz tomato paste
- 1 box brown rice pasta
- 2 cups fresh spinach, roughly chopped
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp paprika
- Salt & pepper
- Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
- In a large skillet (I use my 12 inch one!), heat the olive oil, then add the zucchini, squash and bell peppers. Cook for 5-7 minutes, or until they start to soften.
- Add the tomatoes and ground turkey. Chop the turkey and cook until no longer pink.
- Stir in the tomato paste, and season the mixture.
- Remove from heat and add the spinach and cooked pasta. Toss and let it sit until the heat from the mixture wilts the spinach a bit.
- Enjoy immediately, or refrigerate in a sealed container up to 5 days.