The green machine pasta

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D-Money and I are on a 10 day cleanse/ detox. After our decadent vacation of food, lazy times and booze, we figured it was time to get back to normal. The best way? Cleanse the body and put some good into it.

For the detox we decided to rely on juicing, no alcohol, one reasonable meal a day (for lunch) that utilized unprocessed and vegetarian food and plenty of light exercise.

On day 3 I was already back to my normal weight pre-cruise, not feeling hungry (like many detox programs have made me feel in the past), full of energy and feeling amazing.

We are doing the cleanse for only 10 days but we both needed this shock to the system after endless cruise buffets and are thankful we are doing it.  We decided to detox keeping one meal in, which I know many will say is not true detoxing.

That’s fine, but this method works for us.

Plus there is noway I could get my boo thang to agree to not eating any solid foods.

I found that this detox/cleanse has made me incorporate even more vegetables in my life than before and the recipe I am sharing today is a result of this detox.

The hubs and I were both surprised by how much we enjoyed this meal. It was light enough not to weigh us down, unprocessed and contained lots of good stuff for our bodies.

Meals like this make you forget you are eating healthy.

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I call it the green machine pasta because of all the green goodness in it. This dish is creamy, rich in flavor, nutritious and totally vegetarian and vegan friendly.

I hope you enjoy!

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Ingredients:

3 ounces whole grain organic thin spaghetti
1/2 avocado
1 tablespoons Earth Balance butter
1 cup vegetable broth
spritz of lemon (can also use for garnish)
1 medium size head of broccoli cut into bite size pieces
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Cook pasta according to package directions and set aside when finished. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat add the vegetable broth, salt and pepper and the Earth Balance butter and the nutritional yeast. Allow the earth balance to melt. Add the mixture to a food processor and toss in the avocado and blend until smooth. You may need to add more vegetable broth at this point. Pour the now blended mixture back into the sauce pan and add the broccoli. Cook on medium heat for about 3-4 minutes (we like our broccoli close to its raw state but feel free to cook longer). Toss in the cooked thin spaghetti, spritz with lemon and serve immediately.

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