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Vegan Creamy Pesto Tortellini With Artichokes!

Filed under: FoodRecipesNina Safar

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You can eat your vegan pasta and have it creamy too! No need to sacrifice on flavor or texture when keeping it vegan. Instead of butter and milk, use non dairy buttery spread and soy milk! (or swap your fav substitute for cows milk, like almond milk or coconut milk)

Ingredients:

12. oz tortellini pasta (I used frozen sun-dried tomato tortellini)
2 tablespoons earth balance buttery spread (non dairy)
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups soy milk
2 tablespoons pesto sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
12 oz. artichoke hearts

Directions:

Cook pasta in salted boiling water until al dente. Once cooked, remove from water and set aside. Reserve 1 cup of water and set aside. Heat up earth balance in a large pot until melted. Add the flour and whisk together until smooth and combined. Add the milk and whisk together until smooth and combined. Continue to whisk together until thickened. Add the pesto and season with salt, pepper and garlic. Drain the artichokes and add to the sauce and whisk together with sauce. Once nice and thick, turn off heat and add the pasta into the sauce. Mix together and serve with freshly chopped basil and red pepper flakes. (optional, for those that like it spicy!)

*Tips&Tricks: If you do not like artichokes, you can replace them with wilted spinach, sauteed mushrooms and onions, or simply stick with pasta. You can also swap the tortellini for your favorite pasta! If you want to make this dairy, simple use butter instead of the earth balance and use milk or heavy cream instead of soy milk. If serving this dairy, be sure to add some parmesan on top after it’s cooked. There is nothing like yummy fresh grated parmesan!

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Eat More Artichokes!!!

Filed under: Exclusives!FoodMargaux J. Rathbun

Don't artichoke on your food, guys, this is just a friendly post about how RAD artichokes are!

Check out the video (above) to hear Margaux J. Rathbun drop some serious artichoke facts on you — and why you should probably be eating more of them!

Trust us, they're one of the healthiest foods out there!

For more nutrition tips, visit Margaux's website Authentic Self Wellness or follow her on Twitter @MargauxRathbun — and if U wanna know more about artichokes OR anything else, U can always email us at Questions@FitPerez.com!!

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29 Healthiest Foods

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29 Healthiest Foods

It seems like every magazine and website has their own version of the “healthiest foods” list. And each list has different foods on it.

But that doesn’t mean they’re not helpful. Use them more as guidelines and suggestions for foods you should be eating more of.

Here’s part of a list compiled by Belly Bytes. Check out the rest of the list here.

1. Apricots
“The Power: Beta-carotene, which helps prevent free-radical damage and protect the eyes. The body also turns beta-carotene into vitamin A, which may help ward off some cancers, especially of the skin. One apricot has 17 calories, 0 fat, 1 gram of fiber. Snacks on them dried, or if you prefer fresh, buy when still firm; once they soften, they lose nutrients.”

2. Avocados
“The Power: Oleic acid, an unsaturated fat that helps lower overall cholesterol and raise levels of HDL, plus a good dose of fiber. One slice has 81 calories, 8 grams of fat and 3 grams of fiber. Try a few slices instead of mayonnaise to dress up your next burger.”

3. Onions
“The Power: Quercetin is one of the most powerful flavonoids (natural plant antioxidants). Studies show it helps protect against cancer. A cup (chopped) has 61 calories, 0 fat and 3 grams of fiber. Chop onions for the maximum phytonutrient boost, or if you hate to cry, roast them with a little olive oil and serve with rice or other vegetables.”

4. Artichokes
“The Power: These odd-looking vegetables contain silymarin, an antioxidant that helps prevent skin cancer, plus fiber to help control cholesterol. One medium artichoke has 60 calories, 0 fat and 7 grams of fiber. Steam over boiling water for 30 to 40 minutes. Squeeze lemon juice on top, then pluck the leaves off with your fingers and use your teeth to scrape off the rich-tasting skin. When you get to the heart, you have found the best part!”

5. Quinoa
“The Power: A half cup of cooked quinoa has 5 grams of protein, more than any other grain, plus iron, riboflavin and magnesium. A half-cup has 318 calories, 5 grams of fat and 5 grams of fiber. Add to soup for a protein boost. Rinse first, or it will taste bitter.”

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