Saturday, July 23, 2011

Variety of Pastas Available at the Co-Op

Pasta serves as a fast and easy foundation for a wide array of meals--from a quick after-work family meal, to a gourmet dish for a dinner party. Best of all, your favorite pasta dishes can be adapted to nearly any dietary need with the diverse options available at Mountain People's Co-Op.

The Co-Op offers organic, whole wheat, gluten-free, and brown rice pastas, among other varieties. With the bulk food set-up at the Co-Op, you can purchase just the amount of pasta you need--whether it's a single serving, or enough for a 12-person meal.

And if you're looking for a way to make your favorite pasta meal vegan, check out the vegan, dairy-free cheeses available in the Co-Op's refrigerated section. You can also "dress up" a boring pasta dish with mix-ins such as lentils cooked in veggie broth, roasted vegetables, artichoke hearts, or fresh pesto.

For a light and fresh summer meal, try this easy recipe for Pasta with Veggies & Hummus (pictured above):

Pasta with Veggies & Hummus
(vegan and gluten-free)
  • Cooked gluten-free pasta
  • Hummus of choice (roasted garlic or roasted red pepper hummus both work well!)
  • Fresh red bell pepper, sliced
  • Fresh (or roasted) broccoli florets
  • Grated carrot
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Place an individual serving of pasta on plate. Stir in desired amount of hummus and top with veggies. Enjoy!