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What's in Our Pantry

What’s in our Pantry? During this season of social distancing, we are taking measures to protect ourselves and others by staying home. But that doesn’t mean that we suddenly know what we’re going to eat for lunch!! We’re still finding creative ways to use up the food we do have to make delicious and healthy lunches all from home. And adapting some of them so the kids will eat them too!
Pasta with lemon veggies and pecan topping
Whole30 Pasta with Lemon Veggies and Pecans
Who doesn’t love a good pasta dish that is gluten-free, dairy-free, Whole30, and Paleo? This Whole30 pasta with lemon veggies and pecans is easy to make and gives you a reason to enjoy pecans in something other than a brownie (but that is a good way to enjoy them!). These ingredients are also things you have a good chance of already having on hand or could easily get on your next trip to the grocery store.
During Coronavirus, I’ve been able to limit my grocery shopping to three places: local organic farmer’s market, Amazon, and online ordering through Sam’s Club. The nice thing about ordering through Sam’s Club is that prices for things stay pretty consistent, unlike on Amazon where we are seeing a lot of price gauging. All of these ingredients were purchased at one of the three places I listed above.
I bought a bag of pecans in one of my Sam’s Club purchases without a plan of what to do with them. I figured I could make a dessert with them for my boys but we’ve been experimenting so much with different ice cream flavors, that they haven’t been used yet. This recipe was from a decision I made that morning to make a meal with them and I am so glad I did because this Whole30 pasta dish is delicious!
This pasta with lemon veggies and pecans is versatile in that it could be a full meal on its own, a side dish to the meal, or add meat to make it an even fuller meal.
When I made this the first time, I was so excited for Fletcher and Micah to have it for dinner. That plan backfired when Fletcher wasn’t hungry and Micah wasn’t feeling well. I ate by myself and enjoyed every single bite! And, there were plenty of leftovers for them to try and love the next day. It was actually even better the next day because all of the flavors had continued to combine.

“Pecans can be enjoyed other ways than just in brownies. Someone in my family needs to hear this.” – Alane

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Pasta with lemon veggies and pecan topping
5 from 2 votes

Pasta with Lemon Veggies and Pecan Topping

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Dairy-free, Gluten-free, paleo, pasta, pecans, whole30
Servings: 2


dutch oven



  • Start water in a pot to bring to a boil for the pasta.
  • While water is heating, toast pecans in a skillet over medium heat for 3 minutes until fragrant. Do not add oil. Remove from skillet and roughly chop. Set aside.
  • Once water is boiling, cook pasta to almost done according to the directions. It will finish cooking when added to cooked vegetables.
  • Heat 1/4 cup olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet or dutch oven pot until hot. Add the garlic and stir for 30 seconds.
  • Add broccoli and cook for about three minutes until starting to get soft. Add kale and cook for 2 minutes more.
  • Add the pasta, remaining olive oil, lemon juice, basil, salt, and pepper. Toss until everything is coated.
  • Top with chopped pecans and serve.


This dish does not have to be vegetarian. You can add chopped sausages, baked chicken, or fish would also go great for a one-pan dish.
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Alane Boyd

Host of Cooking with My Friends and CEO of BurgerFit

Alane has kept her 40 lb weight loss off since 2013, and created BurgerFit and Cooking with My Friends as a way to get her family eating better. Her health journey started in 2012 after being diagnosed with high blood pressure and obesity. Frustrated and determined, Alane decided to make small, sustainable changes in her diet so that it would be maintainable for a lifetime. Now Alane maintains a healthy weight range and has incorporated quick and easy recipes that keep her picky family members eating better!

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  • KimKam_Jones says:

    5 stars
    I love this pasta. Not only because it has a whole pack of nutrition to it but also because it is so quick to make and it sits right on my budget.

    • Kim, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! I agree! This recipe is very healthy and you have a good chance of already having the ingredients on hand or could easily get on your next trip to the grocery store.

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