Glowing Green “Pasta” Primavera

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on April 22, 2014

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It’s taken me a while to feel inspired to cook spring recipes due to the move/renos and the on-again, off-again spring weather (ahem, fresh blanket of snow last week), but now I can say it finally feels like spring. Today also happens to be Earth Day which is even more reason to eat some plants. I love this time of the year and it’s been fun experiencing spring with a backyard again! Oh how I missed having a backyard. The tulips and daffodils are coming up, the frisky red squirrel is trying its best to take down our bird feeder, and Sketchie is sniffing the spring air through the screen door while the birds, bunnies, and squirrels drive him insane. It’s a good time of year.

Now that we’re starting to get settled into the new house, I’m finding my way back to the kitchen and away from the Indian food take-out menu (at least some of the time). The kitchen is slowly starting to feel like home, complete with fresh tea and vanilla extract stains on the laminate countertops (those were not designed for an avid cook, I tell you! ahhh) and the padded chef’s mat underneath my feet. Every time I cook in there, I get a bit more familiar with my new space and I find myself cursing less and less as I search for misplaced kitchen tools. Rome wasn’t built in a day, you know.  

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This recipe is an ultra-fresh take on pasta primavera – a spring vegetable pasta dish. Rather than relying on heavy pasta for a spring recipe, I decided to lighten things up with a fresh carrot “pasta”, which is simply julienned carrots. Obviously, the carrot pasta tastes nothing like actual pasta, but I promise you won’t miss it one bit! You’ll be feeling light and energized after eating this rather than sleepy and sluggish. I plan on making a seasonal summer version and a fall version to follow so keep your eyes peeled for those recipes later this year.

So what’s in this delightful spring dish? As per my usual style, it’s loaded with fresh vegetables. Leek, garlic, asparagus, and peas are sautéed with some pink salt, pepper, and olive oil. Ignore the snap peas in the photo above, I opted not to include them in this dish (but feel free to improvise if you’d like). Then I whipped up an incredible batch of pesto – my nut-free Sun-dried Tomato Basil Hemp Pesto adapted from the pesto in my cookbook. Kale can be used instead of basil if you prefer. It’s packed with protein thanks to the hemp seeds and it’s completely nut- and dairy-free without giving up that creamy, luxurious texture that makes pesto so great.

Once the vegetables are tender, I stir in the pesto. This is when things go from good to mind-blowing; a simple spring veggie sauté is transformed into something decadent. It’s one of those I-can’t-stop-eating-this-straight-from-the-skillet dishes. Hold me back! If you can share, it’s the perfect amount for two veggie-loving people – decadent but light, simple to make, and packed with veggies. I swear I felt the baby bust out a flutter kick dance recital after I ate it.

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Glowing Green "Pasta" Primavera

Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free

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This is my take on a lightened-up version of pasta primavera - a spring vegetable pasta dish. Rather than using pasta, I opted for fresh carrot pasta which is simply carrots that are julienned into very thin strand-like noodles. This is the julienne peeler that I use. The vegetables are coated with a decadent, but nut- and diary-free sun-dried tomato hemp pesto and it transforms this dish into something decadent and special.

Yield
2 servings
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Cook time

Ingredients:

FOR THE PRIMAVERA:
  • 2-3 large carrots, peeled and julienned
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 leek, thinly sliced into rounds and rinsed off
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bunch asparagus, ends broken off and chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas.
SUN-DRIED TOMATO BASIL-HEMP PESTO:
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 3/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1⁄4 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1⁄4 cup hulled hemp seeds
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Scant 1/4 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt or pink Himalayan sea salt, or to taste

Directions:

  1. With a julienne peeler, peel the carrots into thin, spaghetti-like strands. Cover with a damp tea towel or damp paper towel to avoid it drying out.
  2. Add oil to a large skillet or wok, and preheat over medium. Add sliced leek and garlic and saute for 3-4 minutes, until soft and translucent. Add a couple pinches of salt and several grounds of pepper.
  3. Add the asparagus to the skillet and saute for around 8 minutes more, until tender. Increase heat if necessary. Finally, stir in the peas and cook until heated throughout.
  4. Meanwhile, make the pesto. Add the garlic into a food processor and process until minced. Now add in the basil and sun-dried tomatoes and process again until smooth. Finally, add the rest of the ingredients and process again until combined and smooth.
  5. Stir all the pesto into the vegetable skillet mixture and cook until heated throughout. Season to taste.
  6. Serve the vegetable pesto mixture on top of the carrot pasta.

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Note: If you'd like to add more protein to this dish, I recommend French green lentils. Edamame would work nicely too.

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Lastly, I’d like to pass on some new cookbook reviews and interviews from these lovely bloggers:

Kim @ Our Fresh Kitchen (interview)

Valerie @ Vbouv (multiple recipe reviews)

Melissa @ It’s Got Vegan In It (review)

Ari @ Abe’s Market (interview)

Bianca @ Vegan Crunk (review, recipe)

Lauren @ Lauren Lives Healthy (review)

Alex @ Vegetarian Snob (review, recipe, giveaway)

Jess @ The Wellness Warrior (interview)

Richa @ Vegan Richa (review, recipe)

If I missed any of your reviews please let me know and I’ll be sure to add them to my book page.

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Erica { EricaDHouse.com } April 22, 2014 at 9:05 am

It’s so green, I love it! This sounds like it would be tasty leftover cold. I’m traveling this weekend for a race and was trying to come up with some foods to bring on the trip that I could carb load with that didn’t need to be reheated. This may do the trick (and help me get some veggies in which is nearly impossible for me to do while traveling!)

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Lauren April 24, 2018 at 6:18 pm

Please let me know how that goes! I’d love to make this recipe ahead of time for work, but I’m not sure how well the dish would reheat.

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Dayna @ The Kitchen Library April 22, 2014 at 9:15 am

I just got a spiralizer and was wondering if you think zucchini noodles would work just as well as carrots?

Great recipe and I hope your move has gone well!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 22, 2014 at 10:08 am

Yes it totally would!

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Heidi Kokborg April 22, 2014 at 9:18 am

This looks so good! I love asparagus, and I am thrilled they are finally in season. I have been craving them all winter! And I love all the garlic you use in this recipe. Have to make it soon :)

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Johanna April 22, 2014 at 9:19 am

Hi Angela,
I’ve been following your website and your recipes for a while now, and I’d love to buy your cookbook. The only problem is that it is appearently not available in the belgian iTunes store… Is it a problem that can be solved ;)? Do I have to change my settings in iTunes, I absolutely have no clue?
All the best and the best wishes for your expanding family!
Johanna

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 22, 2014 at 10:12 am

Hi Johanna,
Happy to hear that! Thank you. I’m afraid I’ve never purchased a book from itunes before, so I’m probably not the best person to ask. This is the link my publisher gave me though: itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-oh-she-glows-cookbook/id663459556?mt=11
The book is also available from the Book Depository if you are outside of North America: bookdepository.com/Oh-She-Glows-Cookbook-Angela-Liddon/9781583335277 They have free worldwide shipping. If you want a digital copy you can buy that from Amazon.com. As for the Belgian itunes store I will have to follow up with my pub. on that one. Hope this helps!

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Johanna April 22, 2014 at 10:53 am

Thank you so much for the quick reply!
I’ll look into the Book Depository as soon as possible :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 22, 2014 at 11:00 am

No problem :) Hope it all works out for you!

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Johanna April 22, 2014 at 11:21 am

It did work out, soon we’ll be eating those delightfull dishes of yours :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 22, 2014 at 11:45 am

great, thanks so much!

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Johanna May 5, 2014 at 9:33 am

Last Saturday the cookbook arrived. It was an instant hit: my little (autistic) brother, who has a lot of allergies, could not be seen without your cookbook for 2 days straight. He even kept it next to his bed at night. The smile on his face was priceless! He is so happy that there exist tasty dishes that he’s allowed to eat :)

I was only wondering if one can substitute the oat flour for another gluten free flour, because he doesn’t react well to oats…

Thank you anyway for the lovely work you do! God bless you.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 5, 2014 at 10:46 am

aww I’m so happy to hear that Johanna! Thank you. As for subbing oat flour, it really depends on the recipe so I can’t say it will work for sure, but it should be ok in most recipes. Did you have any recipes in mind in particular that you want to try out right away? If so, let me know and I’ll see if I have any info to provide.

Johanna May 5, 2014 at 12:52 pm

Thank you for responding so fast :)
I was thinking of making the “Out-of-the-door chia power doughnuts”(p.41) and “the super-power chia bread” (p.229). We have quit a lot of millet flour and buckwheat flour in stock these days ;) could I use one of these?
He will be so happy having something different (just like the other kids) to eat than fruit during recreation time.

Emily B April 22, 2014 at 9:33 am

I think I am actually drooling here. I have been all about asparagus this year and this dish not only uses it, but looks like I could inhale it without it. I’m so glad you’re getting back into the kitchen because my tastebuds will be thrilled.

You’ll have to do a post on the new place and some before and afters. I love that stuff. So glad you’re getting settled and it definitely takes time to the find the rhythm in a new kitchen!

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Robbie April 22, 2014 at 9:42 am

It looks absolutely amazing. I will be making it tonite for dinner! I’m wondering if this could be made eliminating the hemp seed?

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Averie @ Averie Cooks April 22, 2014 at 9:57 am

Gorgeous & pinned! I love the contrast of the orange/green! Makes me feel healthy just looking at these images :)

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Alexandra Aimee April 22, 2014 at 10:13 am

This looks delicious, although I must admit I’m a bit afraid of so many carrots together at once! I may have to give it a try with a different veggie!

— Alex at cashmerekangaroo.com

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Christina April 22, 2014 at 10:23 am

Oh I know how you feel getting the new kitchen set up just the way you like it. This recipe looks beautiful! I don’t use leeks enough, I will most definitely pick up these ingredients to whip this up for dinner tonight!

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Cyd April 22, 2014 at 10:28 am

That looks so yummy!! I’m definately making this soon. I think I will substitute fresh green beans for the asparagus since my hubby won’t eat asparagus.

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[email protected] April 22, 2014 at 10:48 am

Perfect colors for spring! I love how the new house is inspiring you to be creative in the kitchen!

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Katharina April 22, 2014 at 10:51 am

This looks so LOVELY!!!

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Em @ Love A Latte April 22, 2014 at 10:59 am

This looks crazy delicious! And so nutritious! :)

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Richa {VeganRicha.com} April 22, 2014 at 11:08 am

Hey Angela,
I just reviewed the book and also have a giveaway running through this week on the blog!
the pasta looks so perfect for Spring! xx

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 22, 2014 at 11:54 am

Thanks so much for your lovely review! So happy you are enjoying the book. :) I’ll add yours to the reviews now.

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Richa {VeganRicha.com} April 22, 2014 at 12:45 pm

I love the book! Also Giving away a copy on the review post. Congratulations on the book and the upcoming addition to the family! <3

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dishing up the dirt April 22, 2014 at 11:34 am

I love this recipe. My spiral cutter is one of my favorite kitchen tools. Lovely recipe!!!

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maria tadic April 22, 2014 at 12:04 pm

This looks so good – especially the pesto! I love using raw veggies in the place of pasta! You’re totally right – its much lighter and leaves you with way more energy! Will try this with my spiralizer!!

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Ashley April 22, 2014 at 12:36 pm

This looks delicious. My only question would be: Can i replace the oil with something? I try at avoid any and all oils. Thanks so much :)

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh April 22, 2014 at 12:38 pm

This looks amazing and perfect for Spring!

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Sara April 22, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Hi Angela,
I went to Maoz (in NYC) today for lunch. I’m not sure if you’ve been there, but it’s 100% vegetarian with loads of vegan and gluten-free options. But it’s better known as simply a good falafel joint. Anyway, I got vegan rice pudding there, and it was so perfect on this slightly warm day. It’s kind of cinnamony and super creamy. I thought of you right away thinking that perhaps you had already posted a recipe like this, but don’t see one. Do you happen to have one? Also, if you haven’t been to Maoz, you should. It is so amaaaaazing.
-Sara

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 23, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Hey Sara, I can’t believe it but I’ve never made a rice pudding before! I should fix this :) I’ll have to try out that restaurant next time I’m in NYC!

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Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen April 22, 2014 at 12:57 pm

So happy that the spring sunshine inspired you to make this dish! I am looking forward to trying it! Happy Earth Day! :)

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Andrea April 22, 2014 at 1:28 pm

I recently just started eating hemp seeds and I really like them. Cant believe how much protein is in one serving! The more I eat vegan dishes during the week (I still eat chicken, turkey, and fish sometimes) the more my body has been craving plant based foods. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

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Courtney @ The Vegbaker April 22, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Hey Angela!
Could you please give me permission to post one of the recipes from your book (summer harvest tortilla soup) on my blog? I’m currently working on a review post for your cookbook.

Thanks in advance! :)

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Courtney @ The Vegbaker April 23, 2014 at 10:35 am

Although if you don’t want me to post a recipe from your book that’s fine…

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 25, 2014 at 10:52 am

Hi Courtney, My publisher has a list of approved recipes that bloggers can share – if you email me (press[at]ohsheglows[dot]com) I can hook you up with the list! Thanks :)

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Lisa April 22, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Angela – you have such a talent for making vegetables look so appetizing! You’re an inspiration. This dish looks flavorful and so delicious!

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janae @ bring joy April 22, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Julienne peeler, julienne peeler. I need one of those.

Love this lightened up version–fresh & light feels like the perfect thing to be eating this time of year.

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janae @ bring joy April 22, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Julienne peeler, julienne peeler. I need one of those.
Love this lightened up version–fresh & light feels like the perfect thing to be eating this time of year.

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Jillian B April 22, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Wow what a delicious recipe idea and the pictures look mouth watering! If you have the time, and it’s a cause you support, please sign this petition asking McDonald’s for a veggie burger option to be added to their Canadian menu. Thank you and Happy Earth Day! change.org/en-CA/petitions/mcdonald-s-canada-add-a-veggie-burger-option-to-the-mcdonald-s-menu?share_id=iAmxFUgZPu&utm_campaign=share_button_action_box&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition

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Sandhya April 22, 2014 at 3:59 pm

looks amazing! just wondering about heating up the hemp hearts, I read that this can turn the good fats into trans-fats? have you heard anything about this before? Just got my cook book today in the mail! Can’t wait to sit down with it and a cup of tea! It looks beautiful!

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Kendra April 22, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Yum!!!!!!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 22, 2014 at 4:48 pm

This sounds SO brilliant Ange! I’ve never been a huge pasta person for the same reason you mentioned- the whole heaviness associated with it. Veggie pasta however, I could eat for days! I also love all the green here – perfect for Earth Day! Glad to hear you’re settling into your new space and getting back into the kitchen! :)

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Tatum April 22, 2014 at 4:54 pm

I just happen to have all these ingredients and didn’t know what to make for dinner. I have the sauce made and the rest sautéing. Smells great. Thanks.

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Saffy B November 6, 2014 at 3:16 am
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Yummmm! This was delicious and very simple. I replaced the peas with edamame as I had some handy in the freezer, and I swapped the carrot for pasta (I realise that sort of defeats the point, but I love me some pasta!) It was very flavourful and moreish – definitely recommend it!

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Emma April 22, 2014 at 6:28 pm

I only wish that this recipe made twice as much pesto! As a girl who loves her sauce/sun-dried tomatoes/basil, I was disappointed there wasn’t more. Note to self for next time!

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Lindsay @ VeganYumminess April 22, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Oh YUMMY! I love how you celebrate spring veggies in this recipe. Makes me huuunnngry. :)

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Sherry April 22, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Looks delicious – fresh and spring-like. I love asparagus so this will be a must try

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Jurrica April 22, 2014 at 7:04 pm

I was flipping through my tabs when I saw the first photo and exclaimed “Oh damn, that looks tasty”! Can’t wait to try it!

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The Peace Patch April 22, 2014 at 8:23 pm

I love the idea of Pasta Primavera on Earth Day! We’re just emerging from supercold weather so everything is still so very drab and brown…all that verdant green makes me spin with happycheer! Many thanks for the recipe…I’m gonna edamame it too for extra greenpower! :)

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Michelle April 22, 2014 at 9:09 pm

I Love your book. I just used one of your recipes for hummus. It came out amazing :)
Are you still in GTA or you guys moved somewhere further?

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Sara April 22, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Made this wonderful dish tonight. So easy and SO DELICIOUS! Thank you!!!

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Annaliese April 22, 2014 at 10:30 pm

What a creative take on “pasta”! I can’t wait to get my hands on some fresh carrots at my farmers market!! I love your book, and the recipes are so inspiring. I did a “review” of a few recipes the first few days I had it: thedirtysifter.weebly.com/1/post/2014/03/the-oh-she-glows-cookbook-rockin-tahini-granola.html?fb_action_ids=10102984168933417&fb_action_types=weeblyapp%3Ashare&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582

Cheers and happy spring…good luck getting acquainted with your new digs :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 23, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Thank you so much Annaliese! adding the review now :)

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Yuna @ greenhealthygirl.com April 23, 2014 at 12:57 am

Angela! You are so talented! This looks amazing! Love the raw veggies.:)

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Polly @ Tasty Food Project April 23, 2014 at 1:07 am

This looks so flavorful! I love cooking with sun-dried tomatoes. This is so delicious looking!

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Tara | Treble in the Kitchen April 23, 2014 at 4:10 am

Oh this sounds so tasty and creative! Saving to try soon!

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Coni Cooper April 23, 2014 at 7:35 am

Thank you for this!!!! I have been craving a pasta dish and this definitely will satisfy!!!! I’m off to the store for some sun dried tomatoes today!!!

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char eats greens April 23, 2014 at 8:11 am

I JUST got the julienne peeler when I ordered your cookbook off of Amazon last month and I love both (clearly the second the most haha), so this sounds perfect to put that peeler to use more!

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Nicole April 23, 2014 at 8:15 am

Hi Angela! My birthday was on Easter so my mom and I decided to make a vegan feast for my family. We loved your life affirming nacho dip and sundried tomato pesto! The cookbook has been Amazing so far we can’t wait to try more!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 25, 2014 at 10:41 am

Hi Nicole, So happy to hear this! Thanks for all your support :)

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Marie April 23, 2014 at 9:06 am

Do you think grape tomatoes would work in this recipe? I happen to dislike the taste of sundried tomatoes.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 25, 2014 at 10:41 am

you might be able to skip the sun-dried tomatoes all together – i’d worry that regular tomatoes would make the pesto too watery?

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Mary April 23, 2014 at 11:24 am

this looks so good – certainly glowing with healthy and yumminess!
Mary x

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Anna April 23, 2014 at 11:30 am

Hi Angela! This recipe looks perfect for Spring, I love all the green!

I also wanted to let you know that I wrote a review and am having a giveaway of your cookbook on my blog; herbivoretriathlete.com/oh-she-glows-cookbook/

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 23, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Thank you so much Anna! What a lovely review. I will be sure to add this to the list :)

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Robbie April 23, 2014 at 1:13 pm

I made this for dinner last night. Didn’t have hemp seed so I substituted pistachio nuts. It was fabulous. Thanks for such a tasty meal.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 25, 2014 at 10:43 am

So glad you enjoyed it Robbie! Thanks for your feedback.

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Maria April 23, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Thank you soooooooooo much for all your delicious recipes. I most recently been trying to become 100% vegan ( can’t say I have not cheated once in a while) but your amazing ideas of food combinations makes it easier to get back on track without sacrifycing my demanding taste buds (all about great tasting recipes). Easy, delicious and nutricious!! Thanks again!

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Maria April 23, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Do you accept followers recipes for your website?

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Bethy April 23, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Reading about all the veggies in this dish… leek, garlic, asparagus… my mind just suddenly pasted in ‘deliciousness’, right there. this looks sooooooooooooo good! cant wait to try it out!

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Kathy April 23, 2014 at 5:20 pm

What a beautiful recipe and perfect for spring, I can’t wait to try it! I’ve made the kale-hemp-sundried tomato pesto and it’s amazing. :)

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Audrey April 23, 2014 at 6:40 pm

so pretty and looks yumm!

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Stephanie April 23, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Hi, Angela! This looks so good I’m going to have switch up the week’s menu and make it tomorrow night!

On a unrelated note: I am making the double chocolate cake from your cookbook and have a question about the sugar. What type of cane sugar did you use? Not the brand, but the grade. Did you use a fine sugar or the larger stuff? The one I have is very coarse, like kosher salt, and I’m afraid it will not fully dissolve and the cake will have crunchies in it. Am I paranoid?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 25, 2014 at 10:44 am

Hey Stephanie, You might be referring to turbinado sugar? That’s very coarse sugar. I used the fine stuff. To be honest I haven’t tried a coarse sugar in a cake so I dont know if it would dissolve or not. Let me know how it goes!

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Stephanie May 19, 2014 at 6:41 pm

Yes, turbinado sugar. : ) It turned out very well, thank you! I opted to heat the almond milk, sugar and coconut just until the sugar melted and it did the trick very nicely. Unmelted, it would have been very crunchy.

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Christina April 23, 2014 at 9:33 pm

I made this tonight for dinner with the addition of lentils and it was FANTASTIC! Thanks for another great recipe Angela! :)

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Lindsay @ VeganYumminess April 23, 2014 at 9:37 pm

So, I just posted a brief review, recipe, and giveaway on VeganYumminess.com. :) Giveaway for the Oh She Glows Cookbook ends next Sunday night at midnight (CST). Happy Veg Week!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 25, 2014 at 10:46 am

Thank you so much Lindsay! I will be sure to add your review to the book page.

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Kira - The Healthable Old Soul April 23, 2014 at 10:24 pm

I love the fact you call it “Glowing Green” because the positive flowing name is the salad topper on top!

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Chicago Jogger April 24, 2014 at 6:48 am

Gorgeous green photos :) I am loving asparagus right now too. It’s perfect!

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Alexandra April 24, 2014 at 7:36 am

I just returned from my Spring Break in France and Italy where I spent 10 days eating pasta, pizza and bread for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (not only are they delicious options, but always the cheapest too, and I am on a student budget) so right now I need a carb break haha. However, this recipe has me itching for more pasta! It looks incredible and like an amazing combination of greens and pasta! I can’t wait to try it when I return home and have access to my own ingredients!

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Brett April 24, 2014 at 9:28 am

Any thoughts on whether onions would be tasty instead of/in addition to the leek?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 25, 2014 at 10:16 am

Yes I think onion would be a fine substitute!

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Brett April 25, 2014 at 10:20 am

Just an update, tried it last night. The onions worked great! Also didn’t have hemp seeds but used pine nuts and nutritional yeast in the pesto as well as swapping the julienned carrots for spiralized zuchinni and it was excellent!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 25, 2014 at 10:47 am

Great swaps – thanks for your feedback Brett!

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Redsalta April 24, 2014 at 9:58 am

Made this for dinner last night and it was SUPERB! So fresh-tasting, light, yet hearty. Amazing! This will definitely become a regular dish in my household!

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Courtney Bentley April 24, 2014 at 10:43 am

Yum yum and YUM! You are so incredible and so in bliss with what you do. When I cook now I always think what would Angela do lol* lots of love C

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Debra Sullivan April 24, 2014 at 10:48 am

… April 24th and I’ve been making your recipes every day since the 1st, which adds up to about 80% of all my eating this month. I already feel better and the 20% of times I’ve “slipped” were because I was lazy and not prepared!

I just wanted to say that besides the mouth-watering deliciousness of all your recipes, the other thing that I really appreciate about them is the availability of all the ingredients. I live in northern Ontario and haven’t yet run into a case where I couldn’t easily buy them. There’s nothing rare or intimidating about any of it! That means a lot to me.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 25, 2014 at 10:49 am

Hi Debra, Thank you so much for your lovely note. I’m so happy to hear that you are enjoying so many recipes!

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Rosa @HHR April 24, 2014 at 11:58 am

This looks so good. I keep scrolling back and forth with the photos. I wish they served something similar in restaurants–crazy busy with a project and haven’t cooked in weeks!

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Courtney @ The Vegbaker April 24, 2014 at 12:13 pm

I did a review on your cookbook, Angela!

thevegbaker.weebly.com/1/post/2014/04/the-oh-she-glows-cookbook-review.html

Could you add it to your book page?? I just did the review a few days ago so I’m pretty sure you didn’t already…
And that’s an awesome idea for “pasta”! I’m definitely trying this.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 25, 2014 at 10:08 am

Thank you Courtney! I will be sure to add it :)

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Courtney @ The Vegbaker April 25, 2014 at 11:24 am

Thanks! I love all of the recipes I’ve tried so far from the book :)

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Jens Butch @ellipticalguy April 24, 2014 at 2:51 pm

I ate aspargus today but my meal didn’t look that green. I like the way you cook and your meals are a grat inspiration.

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Irene April 24, 2014 at 3:20 pm

I love this recipe! I made it yesterday for my boyfriend and me and it was so good that I made it again today! Thank you so much for sharing :)

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Heather @ Dimples in the Wrong Cheeks April 24, 2014 at 7:41 pm

This recipe looks insanely delicious! Can’t wait to make this!

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Joanna Murphy April 24, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Divine!! I made this last night for dinner. It was
AWESOME!! I added broccoli to the mix because
my husband loves it. He said it was the best dish
I’ve ever made. Thank you for sharing!!

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Jennifer Gambino April 24, 2014 at 8:38 pm

I just made this recipe and seriously its unbelievable. I used coconut oil for the sautee and its so flavorful and absolutely delicious. Quite possibly the BEST thing Ive ever made …tasted for that matter that is vegan and gluten free! Well Done!!!

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Maria April 24, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Love this recipe! My 17 year old son could not eat it fast enough.

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laurie April 24, 2014 at 10:45 pm

LOVE all of your recipes, Ange, and have been eating totally plant based/vegan the past 2 years! I’ve been thinking about getting a spiralizer and now you are introducing me to the idea of a julienne peeler! Anyone out there using either of these tools and do you think both are useful?

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Jane April 25, 2014 at 1:28 am

I’m intolerant to hemp. What would be a good sub?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 25, 2014 at 10:06 am

almonds would probably be nice – I would grind them up with the garlic first.

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Rachel Farge-Mills April 25, 2014 at 5:54 am

Wow, your food looks amazing, healthy, and beautifully presented.

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Jillian April 25, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Again another AMAZING recipe. I used a mix of carrots and zucchini noodles for the “pasta” base and it was great!

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Ariana F April 25, 2014 at 6:37 pm

I made this!!! I just bought a food processor and this was the first dish I tried. It actually looks like it does in the pictures! And it’s soooo yummy. Thank you for this great recipe! The pesto is divine! So worth the expensive hulled hemp seeds

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Katie April 25, 2014 at 7:03 pm

I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! My partner and I both loved it, so fresh and light! I’ve also been absolutely loving your cookbook, everything is so beautiful and every recipe I’ve tried so far has been a success :)

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kimmythevegan April 25, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Love this lower carb “green” pasta!!!! It sounds awesome and a perfect spring meal =)

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Elaina April 25, 2014 at 10:36 pm

I made this tonight and WOW!! It was delicious! I have never used hemp seeds before, and making my own pesto is always intimidating. However, this was pretty painless and the end result was soooo worth it! great balance and very satisfying! I would highly recommend! :)

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Lauren April 26, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Any suggestions if I want to substitute out the peas? I confess…I hate peas.

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Barb April 26, 2014 at 5:33 pm

This is absolutely AWESOME!

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Kate Mattingly April 27, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Made your primavera. Both I and my boyfriend were very impressed. Substituted half of the asparagus for a cup of broccoli florets, which added a nice flavor. Thanks for sharing!

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Alicia April 28, 2014 at 11:56 am

I just made this and am feasting on it for lunch. Absolutely delicious!!!

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Gina April 28, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Is there a good substitute for the hemp seeds? I love them but I don’t have any at home right now.

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Courtney April 28, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Made this for dinner yesterday, and it’s one of my favorite meals I’ve ever cooked! Just delicious. I cheated and used brown rice pasta in addition to the carrots:)
Thank you Angela!

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J.J. Wall April 28, 2014 at 7:08 pm

This recipe is amazing! Thanks so much. It will easily be a go to recipe for me to prepare. I loved LOVED it!!

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Kayla April 28, 2014 at 9:41 pm

I made it tonight and it’s AWESOME

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Steph @ Steph Cook Wellness April 29, 2014 at 12:14 pm

So much green goodness! I don’t think mine will look nearly as pretty, but will undoubtably be delish! Thank you xo

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Marlene April 29, 2014 at 12:34 pm

I don’t have a food processor (it’s on the ‘to buy list’ but i need a bigger kitchen first:)). would it be ok to make the pesto in my Vitamix?

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Jes April 29, 2014 at 5:49 pm

I just made this for dinner and it was ridiculously good! The pesto is out of control delicious! I’m not ashamed to say that I ate almost the entire skillet worth by myself… :)

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Suesan Shockley-Thompson May 1, 2014 at 11:09 am

This will be one of my favorite dishes, I made it just as the recipe suggested on Sunday but look forward switching up the carrots with other options as suggested. My daughter and her little ones (14 months and 4 years old) also enjoyed it. Felt good to serve something so healthy that everyone enjoyed.

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Liza May 1, 2014 at 1:10 pm

This is honestly one of the best meals I’ve had since I transitioned to vegan. Thank you so much for this! I can’t get enough of it!

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Anne May 3, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Hey Angela –
I made this today and while I did discover that I am definitely allergic to leeks I still thought it was great. No worries, I do not intend to use the leeks in the future. I posted my primavera making here:
plantbasedprimary.com/1/post/2014/05/the-zoo-and-pasta-primavera-from-osg.html
Really popular and great flavor :) Thank you for another great one.

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Corine May 4, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Just stumbled on your website while looking for vegan breakfast ideas and I’m super glad I did! Your recipes look amazing and I was just in the process of figuring out how to save the pages of some of my favorite recipes when I found out through the comments that you have a book…!
Definitely gonna be looking for it tomorrow but I wanted to know, what percentage of the recipes currently on your website are in this book?
Thanks :)

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Lynna May 4, 2014 at 10:53 pm

Just made this tonight and absolutely loved it. I mixed it with whole wheat orecchiette, kale and spicy italian chicken sausage and it was wonderful! Amazing on it’s own too (I ate a good amount out of the pan while I was cooking).

Thanks for the recipe!

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Tamara May 5, 2014 at 6:56 am

This was AMAZING! The carrot “pasta” added delicious sweetness. Loved it, and such a perfect Spring dish. I cheated a bit and just added parsley, hulled hemp, and sun-dried tomatoes to pre-made Classico basil pesto – not vegan, but it worked well (particularly when it’s been too cold to start growing my own basil)

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Lisa May 5, 2014 at 8:10 am

I made this last night and immediately added it to the list of recipes that I use on the regs. So refreshing, perfect for warmer weather. I added edamame per Angela’s (love of my life) recommendation but will try both edamame and green lentils next time to really lively up the protein levels. Was a bit nervous about how the pesto would turn out because I only had hemp powder, no seeds. Reduced from 1/4 cup to ~1/5 and all was well and delicious! Thank you, Angela! You bring much joy into my life <3

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Anna May 5, 2014 at 10:09 pm

Just made this tonight and OhEmGee it was tasty! This was the first recipe of yours that I have cooked since being introduced to the site by some friends a few days ago. Can’t wait to try more recipes! Thank you!

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Jess May 5, 2014 at 10:51 pm

I made this tonight for dinner. It was absolutely amazing! Just found your blog and I am an extremely happy camper!

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Sarah May 6, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Just made this and it is FANTASTIC. My bf ordered pizza and was jealous of my food once I gave him a taste. You are a genius! I’ve made several of your recipes and they’ve all been great! Thank you!

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Deborah May 10, 2014 at 1:07 pm

I tried this recipe last night, with the addition of some maitake mushrooms, and it is delicious! Amazing how well the carrots stand in for pasta…and they are sweet. I used a finer julienne.

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Barbara May 10, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Hi Angela, I read your new recipes all the time and have made several dozen from your blog and cookbook….but I hardly ever see reviews from people who have actually made the recipes and comment about how much they enjoyed or didn’t like the recipes. Was wondering if you don’t post those or do people not comment after they have tried a recipe?

Thanks
Barbara

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 12, 2014 at 7:06 am

Hi Barbara, You can often find the reviews/feedback of the recipe on the last page(s) of the comments. Hope this helps!

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Erin Mahoney May 13, 2014 at 4:15 pm

SO GOOD OMG! Angela, thank you so much for your recipes. My boyfriend has had an easy time going vegan thanks to all your recipes. When I gave him this he said, “No one ever told me that vegan food was so delicious!” So thank you. It makes me so happy that he and I follow the same diet now.

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Kathy May 13, 2014 at 7:57 pm

I made this yesterday and it was absolutely amazing!!!! I’m a new vegan and a new follower. Your blog is fantastic and I cannot wait to try more receipts. I’ve just ordered your book as well. Thank you so much for being such an inspiration :)

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Megan May 14, 2014 at 12:25 pm

This looks FABULOUS! I am a newbie trying to eat mostly veggies, fruits and grains and limiting my dairy and meat intake and this is right up my alley. I love all the ingredients and I feel they are all easily attainable (and affordable!) which is usually a concern for me.

Thank you so much for such a yummy-looking recipe – can’t wait to make it! :)

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Karen May 15, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Made this for dinner tonight, substituting farmer’s market scallions for leeks. I did serve it with pasta so my teenagers would have enough food to eat. It was a HUGE hit. I’ve had 2 requests for making it again soon and everyone cleaned their plates. I am having a hard time believing how many veggies my family has been eating. What more can a mom ask for? Thanks for sharing your fabulous recipes with us.

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Becky May 16, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Made this today, added a bit of nutritional yeast to the pesto, AMAZING! Even better, my initially sceptical other half loved it too. Thank you Angela!

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Sue May 19, 2014 at 5:45 am

I made this last night and it was amazing. A perfect and light spring meal. I was skeptical about the carrots but they were the perfect pairing—I shredded them in my food processor. Just discovered this website and bought the cookbook at Costco. Every single thing looks great!

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Erin May 20, 2014 at 1:56 pm

We made this last night (with pasta instead of carrots) and it was amazing! The pesto with lemon and sun-dried tomato was unique and really set the dish apart. When we were eating it, we both said that we would order it in a restaurant!

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Barbara May 21, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Made this dish and it was so delicious! Ate half of it for dinner and the rest cold for lunch the next day. Prefer it warm but it was delicious both ways.

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Angela May 21, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Hi!
I’m a newbie but I tried this recipe and it was awesome! I couldn’t find leeks so I used a mix of regular yellow and green onions. I will be trying your chia seed pudding next!!
Thanks!
Angela

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Erena DiGonis May 23, 2014 at 9:59 am

This recipe looks just beautiful! And it’s such a fresh take on a traditional pasta dish. Can’t wait to try it – thank you!

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Lisa May 26, 2014 at 6:19 am

This recipe looks great. Looking forward to trying it tonight. How do you suggest adding the lentils?

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nolakent May 27, 2014 at 3:15 pm

I made this pesto yesterday as a trial run for a dinner party I’m having Friday; it is so good! I made a wrap for lunch today with it and your hummus, along with various fresh and roasted veggies I had on hand.
Last week I made your almost-instant chocolate pudding (such a hit! I have since frozen a bit of left-over coffee to try with the next batch!), your roasted tomato-basil sauce, and your lemon-tahini dressing; all were delicious! I’ll try several more recipes from your cookbook this weekend; I’m totally addicted!
Thanks so much for your blog/book; switching to veganism a few months ago has been really fun, with the added benefit of correcting my cholesterol without meds!

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Nicky May 30, 2014 at 10:15 pm

Wow. WOW! Love this. I can’t wait to try this. Perfect for spring. Thanks for sharing!!

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Judith June 1, 2014 at 8:05 pm

This was delicious. The pesto is fabulous.We have made it 2x. We used raw zucchini the second time. I love all of your recipes that I have tried. My only complaint is that they seem to take much longer than what you have posted. Any advice.
Thanks

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Liz June 2, 2014 at 9:54 pm

I am SO happy right now – just made this for dinner and my whole family thought it was so good! My first time using hemp seeds. Thanks for a great recipe – I’m excited to try more recipes from your site!!!

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Stephanie June 3, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Yum. I can’t wait to try this!! My husband and I follow a paleo diet and I was a vegetarian/vegan for the previous 3 years. I have a dairy and gluten intolerance as well. We have been trying to incorporate meals that are both vegan and paleo-friendly into our weekly routine to try to reduce the meat intake, so a recipe like this is perfect! I’m finding that A LOT of your recipes fit the bill. Thank you so much for the delicious ideas!

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Terra June 9, 2014 at 9:00 pm

I made this last night, and it was delicious! I ate so much of it, and felt great about it! Thank you!

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Adam June 18, 2014 at 3:01 pm

I made this tonight and it was soooo delicious. However the hemp seeds wouldn’t go smooth and stayed whole. Is that because of a crappy food processor or are they meant to stay crunchy?

Gorgeous recipe though!

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Ana July 2, 2014 at 6:54 am

This is officially my favorite vegan recipe! I never thought I would like a recipe with JUST veggies!! (Especially carrots as the “pasta”)
The taste is just so delicious, I’m so happy I found this! Definitely a keeper!
I added garlic into the pesto, mmmm mmmm mmmmm!
Thank you so much for sharing and I can’t wait to try other recipes from this website!

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Todd in Highland Park July 23, 2014 at 9:02 am

I made this dish for my wife last night, and it was amazeballs!!! Seriously though.. Not to build it up too much, but we were thoroughly impressed, and I almost didn’t want to tell her how easy it was to prepare. It’s a keeper.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 23, 2014 at 12:43 pm

So happy to hear that Todd!

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Bonnie August 6, 2014 at 12:02 am

This was amazing! I loved the complexity of the green veggies together, and that pesto mixed in. Yum! I used a grater on my carrot and did a quick boil to heat them, but keep a crunch, and we loved it. Thanks for a great recipe.

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Tanya August 20, 2014 at 1:00 pm
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I love this recipe so much and have made it for friends and family. l love to mix it up abit and add my favorites

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Rose C August 31, 2014 at 6:08 pm
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Made a double batch of this recipe for the sis in law and my four year old niece, there were no leftovers! My niece loved having carrot “noodles” and claimed it was one of the best things she has eaten. I loved it as well, the sun-dried tomato basil hemp pesto was definitely my favorite part, oh and the leeks, so delicious! Will definitely make it again and recommend it to some of my friends, thanks Angela! :)

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Diane September 1, 2014 at 12:15 pm
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I was very surprised with the flavour of this dish. The pesto was truly delicious!! I am continually in awe of your creativity Angela, you are a genius!

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Vicky September 3, 2014 at 7:36 pm

I just put this into cronometer and it provides 15.2g of protein per serving (as well as being mega-rich in vitamins and minerals), which is just over 1/3 of the RDA for women in one very light meal. So no need to fret. Protein comes automatically. But if you can’t resist, I reckon green broad beans would be more Italian than edamame and just as delish.

Great recipe by the way. I’m a beginner learning to cook healthy meals for my parents, who are convenience food vegans. This site is a great resource for nutritious whole-foods meals.

I’ll probably serve this over normal pasta and cook the carrots slightly to soften them. Any tips on how to reduce the garlic? They are both haters. Is it essential to the flavour? What about keeping the garlic in the pesto, omitting the it from the primavera and replacing it with a small onion and some more Italian herbs like parsley or oregano?

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Olga September 24, 2014 at 10:49 am
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Amazing! Love the addition of hemp seeds to the pesto.
I made it with buckwheat noodles. Was hoping for leftovers, unfortunately that didn’t happen.

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phany October 3, 2014 at 11:16 am

Hi my fiancé is allergic to hemp seed. Can I replace it with something else?
Thanks for these wonderful recipes.

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Evelyn October 5, 2014 at 10:52 am
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I tried the Glowing Green Pasta Primavera and everybody loved it. Easy to prepare and will make this again.

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Evelyn October 5, 2014 at 11:02 am
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I could not find hemp seeds so I used roasted unsalted sunflower seeds for the pesto. And I added chopped fresh mushrooms to the primavera. It was delicious.

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Chris October 11, 2014 at 3:07 pm
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I just made this and had to come on here and post something about it. IT WAS AMAZING!! I didn’t even use a blender for the sauce, just added the ingredients at the end… sans the hemp seeds, was fresh out of hemp. But it still came out so amazing. The taste… And the colors… And the…EVERYTHING!

Even my husband, a very non-vegan was amazed at the taste. I had to give him mine and came another for me.

I cut the veggies in half for a single portion but made the sauce with the amount it called for… Worked out great!

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Hannah Rose October 26, 2014 at 7:27 pm
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Such a good dish, I’ve made it now three times and without fail! Today am trying it with frozen corn as there was a shortage at the grocery store. Putting it on quinoa with some baked yams… yum!

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Stephanie January 3, 2015 at 4:53 am
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This mock-pasta is my favorite of all of your recipe! I have probably made it a dozen times. It’s pretty much perfect.
Even though it is packed full of fresh veggie goodness it comes together quickly with little prep work and cooks up in a flash. It works very well with seasonal substitutions of pretty much any kind. The pesto can be made ahead of time and freezes well for an even quicker fix.
This dish leaves me feeling sated but not too full or gross and pleases even the meat eaters in my life. Hubs used to fry himself a sausage on the side with it, but now he says this is perfect as is.

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Robin January 4, 2015 at 11:24 am

I made this last night. The flavors were out of this world!! I had a carrot juice for breakfast so decided to use this bag of black bean pasta instead. The pasta got in the way of the sauce though. Next time I’ll use the carrots or zucchini. Sauce was amazing! I will double the recipe so I’ll have leftovers. Thanks!!!

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Janine January 5, 2015 at 9:48 pm
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I really liked this, well everyone did. I didn’t use spiralized veggies I used real pasta and it was awesome. I made it exactly as written.

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Angelina January 14, 2015 at 11:52 am

I just discovered your website last week while browsing for a recipe for raw energy balls. I have been browsing your website ever since! I fed my kids & my sister the crispy quinoa cakes and it was popular. I had to make a second batch!
I started 2015 with a cleanse and a decision to move towards a plant based diet. Being new to this, what’s the difference between hemp hearts and hulled hemp seeds?
I also wanted to add that I am so happy to see that you are Canadian! “Canadian girls kick a–!”
Thanks for your website.
A

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AMAZING February 13, 2015 at 7:11 pm

I used hulled hemp seeds. It was the only thing that my local health food store carried.

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Kaitlyn January 15, 2015 at 12:30 pm
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Just made this for the first time. Could not get enough of that pesto! It’s amazing and super easy! Thank you!

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Kimberley January 21, 2015 at 8:55 pm
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Absolutely Ah-May-Zing! I loved it and so did my carnivore husband. So delicious!

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Michelle January 23, 2015 at 6:33 pm

This is an amazing veg dish – I make it without the “pasta” and since I can’t eat peas, I sub in brussel sprouts (about 1/2 lb) which I cook with the leek and garlic. So great! Love the pesto recipe too!

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Libby January 26, 2015 at 4:19 pm
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The combination of veggies + amazing pesto was killer in this recipe. I made it with regular pasta (brown rice spaghetti) instead of julienned carrots. If I made it again, I would add more pasta to make the veggies go farther.

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Susan February 4, 2015 at 5:58 pm

I’m new to your Blog! I thought I would make Glowing Green “Pasta” tonight. I don’t have hemp seeds in my kitchen, but I do have hemp powder, flax powder and Chia seeds. Can I replace the hemp seeds with hemp powder; if so, how much? If not, what would you suggest I replace it with?

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LauraMD February 7, 2015 at 5:12 pm

Went to Trader Joes, got everything I needed, just unpacked, the cashier gal accidentally forgot my hemp hearts :C :C :C can I sprinkle Flax Seed over top at the very end? The hemp hearts are there simply to add protein, correct?

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AMAZING February 13, 2015 at 7:09 pm

I just made this! I used my spiral veggie cutter and made zucchini noodles. I added some salt and vegan butter to the noodles, and added a little rice vinegar to the pesto. Otherwise I followed it to the tee and loved it.

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Alyssa February 15, 2015 at 10:04 pm
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My husband and I made this, the vegan Caesar salad, and the chocolate pudding for our Valentine’s dinner and this was out absolute favorite! You showed us that it is possible to make dishes that are just as good, if not better that any restaurant! Thank you for making our day special and delicious! Would recommend this recipe to all!

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Carolina February 24, 2015 at 8:22 pm
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I just made this recipe and it was so delicious. I sautéed one extra clove of garlic and this was just bursting with flavor. I also sautéed half of the carrots right at the very end to get them warm and married with the other flavors. I’m a college student, so trust me when I say this recipe is so quick and easy. (Secretly I wish it would’ve taken a bit longer to keep me from actually studying ;) kidding of course!)

I love it and I recommend you to try it!

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Monika February 25, 2015 at 2:00 am
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Wow this was so delicious! I first made the recipe as is, except I didn’t have peas so I used some spinach instead, and I used some Pappardelle noodles (similar to fettuccine) instead of the carrots (still grated some carrots into it). It was SO GOOD!
I love this sundried tomato basil hemp pesto, it is so tasty you don’t even notice the cheese is missing. I made extra pesto and meant to save the rest to use on a sandwich with the buffalo hummus (for the “Ultimate 4-Layer Vegan Sandwich” http://ohsheglows.com/2013/09/04/ultimate-4-layer-vegan-sandwich/), but I devoured my pasta and leftovers, and made more pasta with the rest of the pesto.
The second time, I sauteed some asparagus, onions, red cabbage, corn, sundried tomatoes, spinach, and a little parsley, and threw that in with some bowtie pasta and the pesto. I’m tempted to make the pesto again right away, it was that good! Definitely would recommend making this.

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Zwaan March 7, 2015 at 2:45 pm

Just made this for dinner and..

That. Pesto. Deserves. An. Award

DIVINE

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Rina March 22, 2015 at 6:33 pm

The pesto was amazing!
First time cooking with leeks, and discovered my family does not like them LOL.
I might just use chopped regular onions next time but for me, this was amazing!
Sprinkled nutritional yeast as my “parmesan” and that was over the top good :)

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Laylee March 31, 2015 at 6:54 am
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It’s no exaggeration to say that this recipe (and blog) changed my life. I’d been slowly making the transition to eating plant-based whole foods but had no imagination and was struggling. Finding your blog in January this year really motivated and inspired me. This was the first recipe I tried because it looked fun and easy. Before that, like you and a lot of other people before we started eating this way, I hated cooking and was convinced I couldn’t cook. I ate convenience food and processed junk all the time and had a terrible relationship with food. Now I absolutely love cooking, and I think I make better food than anyone I know haha (I don’t tell them that of course)! I’ve also had an eating disorder most of my life too and, like you, i’ve found eating plant-based food makes me really happy and it’s changing my relationship with food completely. I see food for its nourishing and healing qualities now, rather than something to be demonised and either avoided or binged on. Eating this way has also helped me overcome depression and anxiety, which I let get the best of me for the past 10 years. I took myself off meds in jan this year and started eating plant-based whole foods, starting with this recipe, and I honestly think the food I eat is keeping those issues at bay. I just feel too good now! I adapted this recipe to suit me so I just throw a ton of dried basil in with the veg when I’m cooking it. (I don’t have a food processor yet so i found it hard to make the pesto, but it tastes great anyway!) Sometimes I’ll add extras like black olives, mushrooms, broccoli etc. I’ve basically eaten this meal in some variation for the past 2 months! So many recipes on here that I want to try though once I can afford the ingredients and equipment! Thank you so much for an amazing blog, for sharing your story, and helping me to change my life. Xx

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Shelby April 6, 2015 at 8:10 pm
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I made just a few minor tweaks to this recipe (in order to use up ingredients already in my kitchen) and it was absolutely delicious! I substituted walnuts for hemp seeds and spaghetti squash for carrots. I used dry sundried tomatoes that I soaked in water for 10 minutes, so I added another tablespoon of olive oil to the pesto. When I make it again I’ll either make about 50% more pesto or use fewer veggies to intensify the incredible pesto flavor.

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Catherine Hillier April 13, 2015 at 12:56 pm
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I LOVED this recipe. I added pan fried paneer for a bit of extra protein and served it on top of spaghetti squash. It was surprisingly easy and unsurprisingly delicious.

Thank you!

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Amanda May 1, 2015 at 9:13 pm
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Hi Angela,
Just made this last night- the pesto was amazing. Even my partner who can be rather skeptical of vegan food was impressed (and finished the pan off when I wasn’t looking!). I added pasta and instead of using asparagus, used shallots and also added walnuts to the pesto. Delicious! Thanks for the great recipe. :)

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kendra May 6, 2015 at 3:05 pm

Omg so much yum! I’m eating this as I type!

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Tamara May 7, 2015 at 7:18 am

How much pesto does this make?

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Linda May 15, 2015 at 9:37 pm
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We just made this and are eating it now. It’s delicious! Used broccoli instead of asparagus since I don’t like asparagus, spiralized the carrots and the sundried tomatoes were not oil packed. The fresh basil and lemon make it quite flavorful.

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Leslie May 18, 2015 at 6:21 pm

I have been following your blog since January–thank you so much for your delicious recipes and sweet commentary! this is one of my favorites, I have made it as is and sometimes I will put it on top of spaghetti squash.

You are awesome!

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azade May 25, 2015 at 7:17 am

Your site and recepies are amazing!Thank you very much for sharing them!You are an artist I believe! :)))

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azade May 25, 2015 at 7:17 am

sorry *recipes :)

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Patti June 5, 2015 at 7:49 pm

I made this tonight. (I served it with zucchini noodles). It was amazing! My very picky husband deemed it one for the favorites list! Thanks, Angela!!

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Danielle June 26, 2015 at 6:27 pm
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Delicious! My husband and 2 year old daughter love this dish. I made it with edamame for the extra protein, and it was so filling, we could hardly finish it! I can’t wait for your new cookbook!

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Lynn July 22, 2015 at 9:59 pm
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Thank you so much! My transition to vegan has been rough for my family (6 years old, 8, 32, & 86). I got 3 compliments and an empty plate from the picky eater (which is pretty much a compliment ;-) ) when I made them this. It’s going into my rotation! :-D

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Kelly November 20, 2015 at 8:47 am
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I made this phenomenal dish last night – it truly was decadent. Two suggestions: I don’t think the extra olive oil is necessary in the pesto… the sundried tomatoes had enough (if you are concerned about fat). Also, I steamed the carrots slightly so they would be warm, and I wasn’t excited about the raw carrots… and they were fantastic and bursting with flavor. Overall an awesome dinner! I doubled it so I could have some for lunches… YUM!

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Natalie Van Horn December 22, 2015 at 11:15 am

I loved making this recipe! This is a non-vegan household and I was looking to introduce some vegan recipes. It was fun and easy to make! I even got the pickiest eater in the house to say he liked it!

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Stephanie December 24, 2015 at 10:50 am
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this was absolutely magical and I loved it. I combined it with whole wheat pasta instead of carrots simply because I love carbs. I also served this to a big crowd of carnivores and they ate it all up! It’s easy to make and very rewarding

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C & J in London April 9, 2016 at 4:43 pm
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My daughter and I made our second recipe from your site today. We bought all the ingredients from the local health store and farmers’ market. The store assured me ‘hemp seeds only come like this’ so we proceeded as they were.
I think our pesto had a crunch of husk!!! Not ideal but tasted nice and we laughed a lot. Our search for hemp without husk continues. Fun afternoon and dinner.
Oh, and we had De Cecco spaghetti with the sauce and shredded carrot salad to make it a fuller dinner. Great! 5 stars with unhusked seeds. :-)

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Angela Liddon April 12, 2016 at 3:08 pm

Haha, oh nooo! It’s great you still enjoyed the recipe, though (husks and all!). I’m wishing you all the best luck on your continuing quest for hulled hemp. :)

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Dana Samir April 14, 2016 at 4:47 pm

Hi,

This looks delish! I am going to try it next week! Can you suggest what I would substitute tomatoes for? I can’t eat tomatoes and peppers (due to allergies).

Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe!

Cheers,

Dana Annab

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Angela Liddon April 15, 2016 at 10:52 am

Hi Dana, I haven’t tried this yet, but you could probably omit the sun-dried tomatoes in the pesto if need be! You just might need to tweak the other ingredients to taste. I hope it turns out for you, please let us know!

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Dani Hall April 19, 2016 at 5:54 pm
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I kind of messed mine up. I cooked the asparagus too long and in my rush to shovel this wonderfulness into my mouth, I completely forgot the peas. It was amazing even with my mistakes!!! I will experiment with zucchini noodles and maybe steam the carrots just a touch. I also sprinkled a little bit of the hemp seeds on top. Just yummy! Thank you for another wonderful recipe.

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Angela Liddon April 20, 2016 at 11:13 am

I’m glad it turned out well, Dani!

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Kathy O May 4, 2016 at 6:42 pm
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This recipe is amazing!!! And super easy! I normally like to follow recipes exactly how it is but this time i did some things slightly different. I added celery, as I had some on hand. Added a little extra of all the veggies to make a bigger batch. To make a little extra sauce I added entire jar of sundried tomatoes, extra garlic clove, alittle extra water, and 1/2 cup of hemp seeds. Made perfect amount and made it extra saucy! I drained most of the oil out of sundried tomato jar, just because I didn’t want so much oil. Bought pre shredded carrots, they are called ” Match Stix” on the bag. Saved time and went perfect with the meal! And lastly I used grapeseed oil instead of olive oil! Absolutly delicous!!

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Angela Liddon May 5, 2016 at 7:35 pm

So glad you decided to experiment, Kathy! It sounds like it was definitely a success. :)

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Silvia June 22, 2016 at 4:07 pm

I was looking for a salad type recipe that I could make for just my boyfriend and I as part of our bbq dinner Sat night and then bring to a picnic lunch (for 4 of us) Sun. Would this work if I double (or triple) the recipe, cook it all Sat night, store the leftovers separately (veggies and pesto) and then bring it to a picnic lunch on Sun?

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Judy Siegel February 13, 2017 at 2:57 pm
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This was absolutely delicious. I honestly wasn’t sure how good it would be as it was just so veggie heavy (and I’ve veggie averse!). But, we are trying to be healthier and eat more vegetarian dishes and I thought the recipe sounded interested. We were blown away by all the flavor! So glad to have stumbled across this blog.

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Janet Dorward March 10, 2017 at 3:55 pm
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I was tickled to see this recipe in this week’s Oh She Glows Newsletter since it was the first recipe I made when I crossed over to the plant-life. It was so fresh, easy and delicious – it changed my view of vegan food and made me an instant OSG fan.

I serve mine over brown basmati rice but I think you could serve this over anything and it will still be super yummy.

Thank you for all your amazing recipes Angela. They have been creating many of my meals for the past 2 years.

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Angela Liddon March 13, 2017 at 9:30 am

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this lovely comment, Janet! You brought a huge smile to my face.

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kat May 10, 2017 at 2:31 pm

For just the green saute (without serving on carrots), would this be good served as a chilled side dish?

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Angela Liddon May 23, 2017 at 10:16 am

Hi Kat, Great question! I haven’t tried it myself, but I can’t see why not. If you try it as a chilled side dish, please let us know what you think :)

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Kelly August 27, 2017 at 4:17 pm
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I love love love this recipe! I could eat this every day. Even as a vegan, I was deeply suspicious of the carrot noodles, (I like pasta OK!?) but it was soooo good. I can’t wait to bring it to a potluck, although I might eat it all before I get there. :)

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Kate September 24, 2017 at 11:15 am
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I love this recipe so much. This is one of the first OSG recipes that I tried years ago for a group of people. Its amazing. Everyone loved it, even the carnivores. I just want to say to Angela, keep up the amazing work. I have both of your books which (of my EXTENSIVE cookbook collection) are two of the three jewels that have a permanent home on my counter. Your recipes have really made my life easier, especially in pleasing those friends and family members that are convinced that healthy means boring!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 25, 2017 at 2:08 pm

Hey Kate, So happy you all loved this recipe so much! And thank you for the kind words about my cookbooks…I’m so honoured to hear that you love them so much! Big hugs

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STACY November 30, 2017 at 11:03 am
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I make this with spaghetti squash— YUM!

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Alexandra February 20, 2018 at 6:43 pm
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Just made this tonight – over zoodles! Added in chickpeas for a bit more protein. DELISH!

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sue July 7, 2018 at 8:57 am
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This is delicious and have made it a number of times. The pesto flavor is to die for!!! I actually crave the flavor of this dish. Not complicated to make, so go ahead & give it a try ladies/gents.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2018 at 6:42 am

Hi Sue, thanks so much for your review! I’m glad you enjoy it so much :)

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