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POW! Green Lentil Penne Pasta (or sub your favorite pasta)
Goodfoods' Caramelized onion dip (or sub plain Greek yogurt or vegan mayo)
extra virgin olive oil
fresh lime juice
chopped rainbow chard leaves
chopped rainbow chard stems (optional)
chopped Sprouts fresh basil leaves
heirloom grape tomatoes
yellow bell pepper (diced)
red onion (sliced into rounds)
Sprouts crushed red pepper flakes (for garnish)
Cook the pasta according to the package. Drain and then cool in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.
Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl: caramelized onion dip, 1 Tbsp. olive oil, lime juice, and rice vinegar. Whisk together. Set aside.
On medium heat in a large skillet, saute the rainbow chard stems, leaves, and basil with 1 Tbsp. of olive oil... for approximately 5 minutes, until greens are softened but not browned. Remove them from the skillet and place them in a large mixing bowl.
In the same skillet, now emptied, lightly toast/brown the pine nuts, stirring frequently for 3-4 minutes. Then remove them from the skillet and add them to the large mixing bowl.
In the same skillet, now emptied, saute the bell pepper and tomatoes for approximately 5 minutes until softened and lightly browned. Remove them from the skillet and add them to the large mixing bowl.
Finally, in the same skillet, now emptied, saute the onions for approximately 5 minutes until softened and lightly browned. Remove them from the skillet and add them to the large mixing bowl.
Combine everything in the mixing bowl. Stir and then serve.