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Pumpkin Seed Cauliflower Pasta is one pot vegan pasta recipe with brown rice pasta, cauliflower, roasted pumpkin seeds, chili powder and cumin. | ifoodreal.com

Today I cooked like Alex. Whenever he has to cook (please note has, Alex doesn’t love to cook) all his meals are made in a pot or a skillet with onions and garlic. All of them. And they are type of a stir fry. It is a typical Russian way of cooking.

I remember my grandma’s hands always smelled like onions. In fact, I am typing with onion fingers right now. And even watermelon tasting like onions lol. I still cringe if my mom or Alex cut any fruit on a veggie board. It drives me nuts. I can’t eat watermelon with garlic. They don’t care. We have 3 boards but no one in this house is as particular as me in the kitchen.

Pumpkin Seed Cauliflower Pasta is one pot vegan pasta recipe with brown rice pasta, cauliflower, roasted pumpkin seeds, chili powder and cumin. | ifoodreal.com

Tomorrow we are going camping and I still have a bit of veggies from last weekend’s farmers market trip to be used up. I bought this head of cauliflower to make chicken cauliflower salad. But we ate the chicken and Alex ate the grapes.

So much to an editorial calendar for the food blog. A difference of dreams vs. real life. I had no time to cook for the blog this week because I was repainting our basement and going to hockey.

Pumpkin Seed Cauliflower Pasta is one pot vegan pasta recipe with brown rice pasta, cauliflower, roasted pumpkin seeds, chili powder and cumin. | ifoodreal.com

So, I took out cauliflower. Then I thought to mix it with pasta. Kids will eat almost anything pasta and I can eat brown rice pasta. Then I thought of pine nuts and roasted a cup. And then while I was putting bag of pine nuts back in the pantry I saw a bag of pumpkin seeds. I bought this big bag at Costco with no particular plan in mind but rather that it will get eaten.

So, I put roasted pine nuts aside for another meal and used pumpkin seeds instead. I thought they are more affordable for many of you and compliment cauliflower pasta better than pine nuts.

Pumpkin Seed Cauliflower Pasta is one pot vegan pasta recipe with brown rice pasta, cauliflower, roasted pumpkin seeds, chili powder and cumin. | ifoodreal.com

And guess what? Alex’s strategy always works with the kids! I sautéed onions, garlic, grated carrots and celery. Then added cauliflower. Then pasta and water with spices. Everything in one pot. And guess what?! This cauliflower pasta was so delicious my 10 year old declared it tastes like spring rolls!!! And he was right! I guess a mix of onions, carrots, cauliflower (cabbage) and roasted pumpkin seeds fried together resembles spring rolls. A much healthier version of spring rolls in a form of a vegan pasta.

I am looking forward to camping. Not the packing before and laundry after but to get kids out of the house because they are bored to death and school is not happening until next week. I can’t wait to get back to my quiet half days, cooking, shooting and working out on a schedule. Honestly, I have had enough of summer with the kids lol. Let’s call my summer bucket list accomplished.

Enjoy this pasta! Cauliflower is dirt cheap at stores and markets right now so make affordable filling vegan dinners while you can.

Pumpkin Seed Cauliflower Pasta

Pumpkin Seed Cauliflower Pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds, shelled
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 large celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 3 large carrots, grated
  • 1 large cauliflower head, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tsp himalayan pink salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 cups short brown rice pasta (I used sea shells), uncooked
  • 2 cups water, boiling
  • 2 tbsp coconut or avocado oil, divided

Directions

  1. Preheat dutch oven on medium heat and add pumpkin seeds. Cook until roasted for a few minutes, stirring frequently. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Return dutch oven to the stove and swirl 1 tbsp of oil to coat. Add onion and garlic; sauté for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add celery and carrots; sauté for 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add remaining 1 tbsp of oil, cauliflower, salt, chili powder and cumin; stir and cook for 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add pasta and stir. Add boiling water, cover and cook on low for 7 minutes. Stir, cover and cook for another 7 minutes. Add previously roasted pumpkin seeds and stir a few times. Serve hot.
  5. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
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4 Comments

  1. Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine

    Yum Olena! I hate it when people cut fruit on boards that have been used for onions and garlic too! It’s disgusting. This pasta looks amazing. I am a cauliflower fanatic, and it’s my Alex’s favorite vegetable. Have missed your blog! I haven’t gotten to read much of anything for the past year since my little one arrived. He’s a year old and walking now!

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    • Olena

      A year? Walking already? Time flies!!! It is busy with little kids, I agree. I have no time to read blogs myself. Stop by.I should visit your blog more often too. Darn business… Enjoy your little sweet boy! I sent mine to grade 5 today and still remember him as a baby, like it was yesterday. Today he wore my shoe size runners…

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  2. Judy

    I love reading your comments! You are so real! Time for the kids to go back to school…had enough…yup! You and I would have been great friends I think!

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    • Olena

      Hi Judy. Oh, if you are real, like to laugh and hate drama we would make friends for sure.:)
      Oh, I know. Oldest one is gone. Youngest one is doing gradual entry to K and it is PAINFUL! One more week and then he is at school all day too. YES!!! I have been waiting 10 years for all of my kids finally to be taken care of even for half a day by someone else besides me for free LOL.

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