A great comfort food for me is creamy pasta. It is comforting until I feel unwell after from the heavy cream. The alternative is to make it creamy without using cream. You are all well aware of my love of using yoghurt in replace of cream in recipes, and I did that with the Carbonara, but then I thought about about how versatile avocados are and how creamy guacamole is. Despite the creamy taste, this dish is also really light and all of the mixture of flavours really compliment each other. This would be great served cold at a BBQ or picnic too. Don’t just use avocados for guacamole, they can be used for so much more.
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It can be difficult to get healthy fats in to kids diets, especially when all the foods that are advertised to kids are packed full of saturated fats. Avocado is a great way to increase the healthy fats in their diet, as it doesn’t have a very strong taste, more of a texture, and it can be hidden in to meals. The most appealing part of it to kids, is the bright green colour. Which is why this pasta has been referred to as “Monster Spaghetti” before.
This pasta dish is made even healthier by using BRITA filtered water. I have recently become a BRITA ambassador and I am going to be sharing with you all how using filtered water in your cooking can really improve the taste, and make it taste the way it was intended to. Not only is filtered water a key ingredient in my cooking, but it is important for a healthy lifestyle as well.
What’s so good about filtered water? With BRITA’s filtration technology, it reduces the limescale and impurities that can change the taste of your water, and therefore your meal. Water is an important part of a healthy life, especially when exercising, so you want it to taste as good as possible.
This creamy avocado pasta recipe not only uses BRITA filtered water to cook the pasta, but the filtered water is also used in the creamy avocado sauce to thin it a little, meaning your avocado goes a lot further – great for those of you on a budget.
Not only is it a healthy meal for kids, it is a quick meal to make as well, as it is ready in just 10 minutes – making it ideal for busy parents. It is easily adaptable too, making it perfect for picky eaters. Make the basic avocado pasta and then you can cook some chicken, beans or fish to go with it and everyone can create their own toppings.
This is like a really zesty guacamole, mixed in with some pasta. Creamy pasta dishes are the best in my opinion, but they are usually made with cream, which I try to avoid. Using avocado means you are eating some healthy fats, and getting in one of your 5 a day as well.
Ingredients – Serves 4:
– 200g dried pasta
– Juice and zest of 1 lemon (2 if not very juicy)
– 4 garlic cloves
– a pinch of sea salt and black
– 2 avocados
– 60ml BRITA filtered water
– 10g chopped basil, fresh
– 4 spring onions
– 1 tsp red chilli flakes (optional)
1) Cook the spaghetti for 8-10 minutes.
2) Put the avocado, water, lemon, garlic, basil and salt and pepper in to a blender and blend until smooth.
4) Once the spaghetti is cooked, drain and stir in the avocado mix.
5) Transfer to bowls and sprinkle over spring onions and chilli flakes.
Nutritional Information – Per Person:
Fat: 25 (healthy fats from avocado and oil)
Recipe adapted from Oh She Glows
**This post was sponsored by BRITA**