Vegetable and Edamame Pasta with Basil Cream Sauce

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Yesterday morning, I spotted a pack of squirrels throwing a Sunday brunch around my compost bin. The nerve! One of the squirrels was eating an apple core and another was feasting on a piece of burnt toast! Those crazy little buggers. It appears that the animals in our backyard do not want my compost waste to turn into soil….

This means war.

I even put rocks down last week to ‘prevent’ this from happening…

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But no such luck! The squirrels moved the rocks quite easily and entered through the trap door. I peered into the trap door and a chipmunk bolted out giving me quite a scare! Well, I probably scared him more than he scared me, but still. :)

So, I dug up some bigger rocks! I also put a stick between the holes in the door to ‘secure’ it. I use the term secure loosely here…we have some sneaky raccoons bandits around here!

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I think I just heard the squirrels laughing at my ‘big’ rocks. sigh.

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Eric and I spent most of Sunday installing the deck railing. It was monotonous work!

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Sawdust-covered boom box, anyone? Am I the last person on earth who even uses CD’s anymore!? I think I need an ipod…

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It went much slower than we anticipated due to the numerous measurements and calculations involved.

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Or maybe it was the beer..

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We left large gaps in two different places because we’re going to put glass in these sections. This will make the backyard more visible from the dining area of the deck and also from the house. We don’t want to close it off too much, so the glass will help open it up.

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It’s looking more and more polished with each day!

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For last night’s dinner, I intended to make the Penne and Roasted Vegetables out of the Clean Start cookbook, but once I got cooking I threw the recipe out the window and let my inspiration guide me. I just wasn’t in the mood to follow a recipe last night. Sometimes the cooking process is more enjoyable that way- if it turns out, that is. I’ve had many vegan disasters winging it, but fortunately, luck was on my side last night.

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This pasta is fresh, fresh, fresh…great for Spring and Summer. Hopefully I can make it again this summer with my own veggies!

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I thought the sunlight gave the peppers a cool effect in this photo below…no diffusion disc required.

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Kamut pasta is a dream. I buy it at Superstore in the natural foods section. It has a better texture than brown rice pasta, even though I think both are great.

The best part about Kamut flour is that it is high in protein; just one serving of this pasta has 13 grams of protein! It’s a sneaky way for a vegan meal to pack in more protein. For another protein source, I also added in the edamame which gave a fresh crunch to the pasta dish. Eating a vegan dish certainly doesn’t mean that you need to skimp on protein.

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We gave this pasta two thumbs up and proceeded to have seconds.

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I tried some today at lunch and it was also good cold. :) Leftovers here I come…

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I hope your week is off to a great start. Happy Memorial Day to those of you in the US…I hope you are somewhere basking in the sun and having a BBQ! wlEmoticon sun3   Vegetable and Edamame Pasta with Basil Cream Sauce

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Kris May 30, 2011

LOL….”Throwing a Sunday Brunch around my compost bin” You are so funny! :)

Love it!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 30, 2011

I didn’t even pay my sister to say that!

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being domUnique May 30, 2011

I must say that I hae been following this deck building for a while and I CANNOT WAIT to see the finished project! You guys are doing great!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 30, 2011

thank you!

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Darcy @ She Sings at the Table May 30, 2011

This looks fantastic! And–I just finished planting my veggie garden today, complete with plenty of basil….so I’m very much in the mood for some veggie-ful dishes!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 30, 2011

congrats!

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Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) May 30, 2011

YES I just bought some Edamame beans today!! So I can make this soon yaaay! :D I made your avovado pasta sauce the other day and I almost DIED it was so darn good!! :P

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Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet May 30, 2011

Haha I wish you could’ve taken a picture of that chipmunk’s face!

I like your idea of using edamame in pasta. I’ll have to try that sometime :)

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 30, 2011

Oooh this sounds absolutely delicious Ange!!! I am loving edamame right now (actually, more like all the time!) and the photos are gorgeous! I can’t believe how good the deck looks as well. Awesome job to Eric and his helpers!

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kris (everyday oats) May 30, 2011

The deck looks like its coming along great! Anything with edamame in it has my name written all over it :) This pasta sounds like a great summery dish!

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The Healthy Hipster May 30, 2011

Mmmm I love the edamame & basil combination! I just made edamame dip with a similiar flavour profile ( http://bit.ly/kSvvKk ) Deeelish!

Edamame tastes so decadent for something so green! :)

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Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 30, 2011

I am so very impressed by your deck building skills!!!

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Shay May 30, 2011

No, it’s just that your food is just so amazingly scrumptious that even the wildlife can’t resist!

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Sheri (phablifestyle) May 30, 2011

Your deck is going to be gorgeous when it is finished!

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Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 30, 2011

“Kamut pasta is a dream. ” = good to know and I’ve never worked with it.

I love it when luck and winging it IS on my side. And even if it’s not on my side, I am so cheap, I mean frugal :) that I try to save everything and never just dump even my duddiest recipes. lol

I LOVE these pictures! They are just glorious! The overhead shot, the side/threequarters shots, oh, Angela, love them!

I recently made a veggie stir fry with edamame in it. Apple glazed veggies b/c I used applesauce in part of the marinade but I need to make this basil cream sauce. Heavenly!

And you are SO SMART for keeping that section of your deck open and not closed off..glass will be beautiful!

Rodents, snakes, bugs, deer, mice, bunnies, you name it…that’s why I don’t compost. You are a better woman than I am :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 30, 2011

Im terrified one day I will open up the bin and see a snake looking at me!!!

Thanks for your kind words about my photos! :)

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tea-bag May 30, 2011

oh, that pasta sauce looks amazing! i love basil! i might sub out the avo (can’t stand them) w/ a cold, boiled potato (great for thickening & potassium). sounds so good! hmmm…maybe some sundried tomato too! :)
thanks for the inspiration!

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Holly @ The Runny Egg May 30, 2011

That pasta dish looks fabulous! And easy to make too — not tons of ingredients, steps, etc. Up my alley for sure!

The deck is coming together so nicely. I love the idea of the glass and can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

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Julie @ Shining From Within May 30, 2011

haha! sneaky squirrels.. wait till your veggies start growing, they’re gonna have a fiesta! (hopefully not though). That pasta looks so good.. almost like a primavera or somethin’

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen May 30, 2011

Squirrels get into everything! Between them and deer in our backyard plants and veggies stand no chance. Good luck with the “bigger” rocks!

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Jane May 30, 2011

Yum! I just started exploring pastas made with different grains (and Vegan recipes in general) and Kamut is a great one! So is quinoa, and brown rice. It’s so nice having pastas with different tastes and textures to choose from. Also, I’ve made a similar avocado noodle sauce and mixed it with Soba noodles. So good!

Made your raw berry crisp last night and loved it! I made a third of the recipe and it was so quick and easy! Can’t wait to try more of your raw dessert recipes! Thanks!

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Eat Hike Sleep Repeat May 30, 2011

I put 4 sliding locks on the compost bin we built. Thought it was overkill, but according to your experience maybe not! Had to close up the crawl space too because it sounded like a raccoon frat party under the house. Oh, the joys of home ownership! Your deck is looking great.

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Molly @ RDexposed May 30, 2011

I’m always having to shoo the squirels away in the fall when they’re trying to eat my pumpkins!

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Alaina May 30, 2011

I love your deck! Looks like you’ll have some great parties out there. :-)

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Sara @BakingandWine May 30, 2011

Oh my gosh. Squirrels are devil animals! Argh! Hopefully your big rocks and sticks work.

Dang squirrels…grumblegrumble. I was attacked by one as a child, hated them ever since!

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Ashley May 30, 2011

That pasta dish looks so good! The sun finally came out here today, so we were able to go out for a nice 2 mile walk:):)

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melissa May 30, 2011

I am determined to start a compost pile this summer! My fear aren’t squirrels getting to it but bears and moose trying to feast on the goods.

The deck is looking awesome! Definitely can’t tell is was a DIY project!

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brianna May 30, 2011

great recipe! quick question–my boyfriend is transitioning to a healthier diet and i think he would love this pasta–but i know i won’t be able to get edamame past him! do you think the dish would work if i just left that out? (i ask because i feel like it most be an important component if it’s in the name!) or, is there an easy substitution you would recommend?

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jodie May 30, 2011

Lovely dish!! I have a suggestion on the compost bin. We never put in meal scraps (toast) we only put in veg and fruit scraps along with plant matter and grass from the lawn. Lots of my friends and neighbors have had the same problem as you but we have never had an issue. I have the same bin as you so this would be my guess. We have had bears in our garbage – but not the compost. Who knows!

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cathy May 30, 2011

…and with this lovely hot evening, perhaps you were able to dine on your NEW DECK!?! you and eric are doing a super job – and when all is said and done, you will feel such a sense of accomplishment!
(i still have cd’s, too!)

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Jen May 30, 2011

You’re not alone, Ange…I’m still using my 1992 Sony stereo with detachable speakers (insert “oooohs” here, lol) and I’m keeping it until it’s last breath! We have our tv hooked up through it and while the speakers are starting to go a bit, I love the variety the 8 CD rotation gives me when I need to get my dance on. Hubby is itching for it to die so he can replace it with one of those Bose wave radio things…pfft, he’s in for a shock cuz there’s no way we’re spending almost $1000 just so he can have better surround sound for the tv! Long live the boom box/old school stereo system! (PS – the deck looks gorgeous…you guys are gonna have such good times out there this summer!)

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Jen May 30, 2011

Wow, I just realized my stereo is almost 20 years old…okay, maybe it is time for an upgrade :O

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Chloe (South Beach Girl) May 30, 2011

Do you have any of the wire left from fencing your garden plots? You could try using that to block the trap door – make sure to also bury it underground so they can’t dig around it!

The pasta looks amazing, I love how creative you are :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 30, 2011

Great idea, I’ll have to see if we have any!

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Katherine May 30, 2011

Why do all of your foodie pictures look soooo amazing!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 30, 2011

I’ve been having a similar battle with the squirrels in my backyard who just love to snack out of my bird feeder. They’re such pests! :P

This pasta looks delicious! I’m bookmarking this for sure.

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Jaclyn T May 30, 2011

1. I love your deck. Jealous? Me? Yes.
2. Squirrels are smart buggers.
3. Can I hire you as my personal chef?

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Heather (Faces of Beauty) May 30, 2011

i agree, sometimes winging it is the way to go…you typically end up getting the flavors you really wanted in the first place that way!

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kaila @ healthy helper! May 30, 2011

Anything with basil…I love. Anything with avocado….I love. SO I double love this recipe!!! Looks amazing!

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Angela May 30, 2011

Totally unrelated to this post… I made your green smoothie this morning and I am totally in love! I was skeptical about how it would taste, but I’m hooked! I made it with choc soy milk and honey… soooo good! Also, are Chia seeds readily available over there? They seem super expensive here in Aus… Ang xxx

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 31, 2011

Glad u liked it! Chia seeds can be found here in some health stores, but I wouldn’t say they r readily available (yet)

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Amber Starr @ Love, Laugh, Live Well May 30, 2011

I can’t wait to make this pasta! Putting the ingredients on my grocery list so I can make it this week! Thanks for sharing!

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Ashley May 30, 2011

AH…this meal is totally up my ally!! I’m so impressed with the deck. The metal rail + square posts make it look really modern. Love it!!! I also do not own an ipod…or iphone :) Hopefully an iphone soon! haha

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Carly May 30, 2011

oh man, what a great spot to have while the rest of us fight for seats in a bar patio :P

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Carly May 30, 2011

Haha, I always wondered you still uses CD’s, now I know! ;)

I love edamame and put them in everything! This recipe looks delish!

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Grace May 30, 2011

Hi Angela!
I found your blog recently and I’ve been reading through it and I just want to say that I love it! I’ve been vegan for just over a year now and it’s great to see someone who has been living and eating deliciously as a vegan! I’ve tried some of your recipes and they have been wonderful! The one you posted today is going to be next on my list : )
I was also very inspired by your story. I’ve been struggling a bit with my weight and body image for many years and this last year (my first in college) resulted in a lot of emotional eating, but I’ve been making progress and I’m committed to being healthy and loving myself!
Thank you for maintaining this fantastic blog – you inspired my to start my own!

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Ari@ThE DiVa DiSh May 31, 2011

This sounds like a delicious summer pasta recipe! Great for a BBQ :)

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