GRACIE DIET: Gluten Free Veggie Pasta

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Healthy Veggie Pasta | Photo by Carol Gracie

Healthy Veggie Pasta | Recipe by Carol Gracie

Learn how to make a nutritious Quinoa Fusilli Pasta with Mix Veggies and a homemade Sweet Tomato Sauce.

This is a very fulfilling meal, perfect for lunch or dinner. It is still low calorie and low fat in case you are worried about not gaining a few extra pounds and in keeping your heart healthy. It contains all natural ingredients, including the sauce. And because it is homemade does not carry any preservatives. Everything is fresh!

In this recipe, you can still use regular whole grain pasta. However, we made an option for gluten free Quinoa pasta because it is nutrient-rich and is an impressive plant-based source of protein.


Quinoa is packed with many vitamins and minerals including:

  • Heart-healthy monounsaturated fat (oleic acid), and omega-3 fatty acid (a-linolenic acid)
  • Antioxidant phytonutrients called flavonoids
  • Essential minerals including manganese, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, zinc, copper, selenium
  • Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, E,
  • Soluble and insoluble fiber




1lb Quinoa Gluten Free Fusilli Pasta

1lb Mix Veggies:

Sliced Carrots

Broccolis Florets

Red Peppers Strips

Onions Strips

Sliced Mushrooms

Sugar Snap Peas

Baby Cut Cob Corn

Sliced Water Chestnuts

1tbls. Olive Oil

Sea Salt



In a large pot, bring water to boil, adding olive oil and sea salt, if desired. Add pasta and mixed veggies. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes or until al dente. Do not overcook. Remove pasta with veggies from heat and drain thoroughly. Then, mix it in the tomato sauce and serve. 4-5 servings.


Sweet Tomato Sauce



2 (14.5 ounce) sweet petite-diced tomatoes

1 (28 ounce) sweet crushed tomatoes

1 onion, finely diced

3 tablespoons dried basil, or to taste

2 cloves garlic, pressed



Combine diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, onion, basil, and garlic in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until slightly reduced, 30 minutes.


Be healthy and enjoy!


consulting by nutritionist Fernanda Mello





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