Maybe you’ve tried roasted red peppers before? Remember how easy they are to make and how they have such good, deep roasted flavor? You’ve got to try them in this roasted red pepper pasta sauce. So good. So easy and so healthy.
I have said it before, but I will say it again… I love red peppers. I think they may be my favorite vegetable – if I could really choose a favorite. It’s like choosing a favorite child, it depends on the day :). Anyway, this sauce puts red peppers right back at the top of my favorite list.
It’s rich in flavor, smooth, and creamy. The sweetness of the peppers couples perfectly with the smoked paprika flavor. When I eat it, I feel like I am indulging in something that I will later regret, but I’m not – it’s made with wholesome ingredients, with no added sugar, and gets its creaminess from heart-healthy avocado instead of heavy cream.
I smothered some brown rice spaghetti with this sauce, but it would be yummy over veggies, as a dip, or over your favorite meat. The possibilities are endless. I even took a jar over to my neighbor as a gift.
This is also a good example of a meal that’s super-easy to make extras of one night for dinner and freeze the extras for lunch or dinner for a couple of nights. Then when you have a crazy-busy night, like a program and your children’s school that they always schedule right during dinner, because apparently, they think you don’t need to eat dinner – you just unthaw this sauce and cook some fresh noodles to go with the sauce. Your dinner tastes just as good as fresh and you saved tons of money and time versus take-out and ate something way healthier.
This is one example of a way to find balance in life. It’s certainly not easy. Here are a few other ideas to find balance in life:
- On good weeks, my wife and I plan our meals a week ahead of time. This saves a ton of time, because we don’t spend forever trying to decide what to make for dinner each night at the last minute, we actually have the ingredients for what we want to make and the actual cooking of the dinner goes faster, because we do things like unthaw meat ahead of time, because we have it all planned out.
- I plan my weekly dinner menu with “leftovers” nights. My leftover nights are almost always on days that I work. It saves me from getting home and scrambling to make dinner.
- I am extremely fortunate to be surrounded by good family and friends. If I have a week that is especially crazy, I know I can call one of them to help me out. I honestly try not to call too much or to take advantage, but I know if I need them, they are there for me.
What tips do you have to make mealtime go faster and to have a more balanced life?
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This roasted red pepper pasta sauce is full of deep, rich, creamy flavor, but only has 9 ingredients and is insanely healthy. Try it on your favorite pasta!
- 2 red peppers (seeded and cut in half)
- 1 tsp coconut oil (divided)
- 1 shallot (roughly chopped)
- 2 cloves garlic (roughly chopped)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
- 1/2 tsp Real Salt
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- brown rice spaghetti (or favorite spaghetti)
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- Place the pepper halves face down on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat.
- Melt 1/2 tsp coconut oil and brush onto pepper halves
- Roast peppers in the oven for 15 minutes
- Once done in the oven immediately place pepper halves in a sealed plastic bag, set aside for 10 minutes
- Melt remaining 1/2 tsp coconut oil in medium skillet, once melted add shallot and garlic, and saute until fragrant (1-2 minutes)
- Remove peppers from plastic bag, and peel off skins.
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve for your favorite pasta, like brown rice spaghetti (pictured) or zoodles (for Paleo or Whole30 diets)