I’ve shared a few pasta recipes lately, but I know that’s not everyone’s jam. Ok, who am I kidding – everyone loves pasta, be it gluten free, whole wheat, vegan or covered in meat. But sometimes you want a meal that’s a little bit lighter. Something that is purely plant-based and fully of vitamins.
Shortly before Chris bought me the pasta machine, I bought myself a new spiralizer. The first one I owned, a handheld one, broke on the first try. That was pretty off-putting and I gave up on all variety of veggie noodles. But reading everyone else’s recipes with zoodles and the like was inspiring enough to get me to buy a new one. A better one! This is no paid endorsement, but the Brieftons Spiral Slicer is pretty freakin’ awesome. Super easy to assemble, use and clean. And it comes apart for storage wherever you have space.
This single-serving meal is quick to assemble and cooks in less than 10 minutes. Spiralize a sweet potato, saute in coconut oil with tomatoes, beefless ground and some seasoning, and you have a simple, delicious meal that’s full of all the good nutrients.
Sweet Potato Noodles with Tomatoes and Beefless Ground
Serves 1, can be doubled
- 1 medium-large sweet potato, peeled
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 6 cherry tomatoes, quartered
- 1/2 C beefless ground (this is a soy-based product and could be replaced with mushrooms)
- Dash or two of your favorite spice blend
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp white wine vinegar, to serve
Begin by cutting the ends off the sweet potato so they are flat. Use your spiralizer or some mad knife skills to make noodles out of the potato. Don’t throw out the leftover core! I sliced this into thin, tiny disks and used it with the noodles.
Heat the coconut oil over medium-high in a skillet – preferably a cast iron skillet. Saute the noodles for a few minutes, tossing frequently.
Add in the tomatoes and beefless ground, tossing to incorporate. Cook for another 5 minutes, or until the noodles are done to your liking. Sprinkle in the spice blend and black pepper. I used this local blend of onion, garlic, and other allium flavors for a great umami quality!
Serve in a bowl. Sprinkle the vinegar on top and grind more black pepper, to your liking. Enjoy!