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Food Files: Pasta Primavera w/ Lavender & Basil

26/05/2017

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” Tecumseh

Food Files: Pasta Primavera w/ Lavender & Basil

Food Files: Pasta Primavera w/ Lavender & Basil

 

Food Files: Pasta Primavera w/ Lavender & Basil

Food Files: Pasta Primavera w/ Lavender & Basil

If you truly get in touch with a piece of carrot, you get in touch with the soil, the rain, the sunshine. You get in touch with Mother Earth and eating in such a way, you feel in touch with true life, your roots, and that is meditation. If we chew every morsel of our food in that way we become grateful and when you are grateful, you are happy. Thich Nhat Hanh

What delightful dish do you enjoy making in the summer? With Summer almost upon us, it is time to create light and tasty dishes that celebrate all that summer has to offer us; flowers, fruits, vegetables, and an array of colorful dishes we can eat warm or cold. This Pasta dish idea came to me when I found some fantastic 5 color/flavor Cavatappi pasta at my local store. The colors danced before my eyes reminding me of all I love to see in the summertime. The colors were natural too: red from beets, yellow from Turmeric, green from Spinach, orange from Tomato and beige from Semolina. As I ventured into another local store, I found some terrific French Lavender dried flowers from World Market and a range of my favorite Basil Infused Olive Oil and, with those ingredients, I knew a dish was at hand. Kick back and enjoy this very simple and easy to make recipe.

Do you know what the best part is? Not only does this taste good but, the aroma of lavender and fresh veggies wafting through the kitchen will make you want to create this dish again and again. Plus, you can make it with any type of pasta and even with leftover pasta and any combination of your sautéed veggies. Mangia!

 

“Food is not rational. Food is culture, habit, craving and identity.” Jonathan Safran Foer

Food Files: Pasta Primavera w/ Lavender & Basil

Food Files: Pasta Primavera w/ Lavender & Basil

Pasta Primavera w/ Lavender & Basil
Ingredients
1/2 Ib bag of 5 Color Cavatappi Pasta (or any Pasta of your choice)
Any mix of julienned, cubed, sliced and diced vegetables of your choice
My Mix – Carrots, Mushrooms, Water Chestnuts, Broccoli florets, Snap Peas, Baby Corn and sweet Red Peppers.
1-2 Tbsp Tuscan Basil Infused Olive oil.
2 cloves of fresh garlic
1 tsp chopped fresh ginger
1/2 Scotch Bonnet Pepper (This is hot so it’s optional)
1 tsp French Lavender dried flower seasoning
1/2 tsp Basil seasoning
1/4 – 1/2 tsp coarse kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Preparation
Cook the Pasta until it is al dente in a pot of 5 cups of boiling hot water. Drain, rinse with cold water and set aside. In a heated medium to large sized Wok or frying pan, add the oil, fresh garlic and ginger, seasonings and salt, and stir quickly for about 15 -30 seconds. Add the mixed vegetables and sauté for about 2-3 minutes making sure all the ingredients are evenly coated with the seasonings. Stir in half the Pasta and sauté for another 2-3 minutes, adding more to the wok as needed. Once the pasta and veggies are hot and cooked through, remove the wok/pan from the heat. You may sprinkle a pinch or two of more Lavender flowers atop each dish before serving it. Serve hot as a side dish or as a main dish with a protein of your choosing. This is a quick and easy dish to prepare. Plus, you have the added bonus of a delicious, healthy dish that you can make with any combination of vegetables. Buon appetito! Prep time 10-15 minutes. Ready to eat in 30 minutes.

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“Food is for eating, and good food is to be enjoyed… I think food is, actually, very beautiful in itself.” Delia Smith

Food Files: Pasta Primavera w/ Lavender & Basil

Food Files: Pasta Primavera w/ Lavender & Basil

 

Food Files: Pasta Primavera w/ Lavender & Basil

Food Files: Pasta Primavera w/ Lavender & Basil

 

How do you maintain balance in your food choices? I love fresh foods, and I make sure that vegetables are featured in my food preparations every day. To maintain a healthy gut and keep our bodies and minds humming happily, we do need to eat a balanced diet. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, with a sensible portion of proteins, help us stay attuned to our bodies needs. Staying hydrated is also very important and so, I make sure to drink alkaline Ph-balanced water because it has a lighter taste which makes it easier to drink more. Do you plan your meals or eat whatever you have in the fridge and food basket? Do share and stay tuned for more light and easy recipes coming your way.
Have a Happy, Healthy 2017!

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101 Comments leave one →
  1. thehouseturnedhome permalink
    26/05/2017 5:43 pm

    This looks so good and very easy to make! Definitely adding it to my “must try” list!

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  2. Kait permalink
    26/05/2017 5:50 pm

    This looks so delicious! I am always looking for new recipes for dinner, and this would be perfect. I am also a sucker for pasta so I always get excited about new pastas.

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  3. Tiffany Meiter permalink
    26/05/2017 7:21 pm

    Lavender.. Not an ingredient you often hear of, if ever. I love experimenting, sounds like something I should try.

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  4. Claudia Krusch permalink
    26/05/2017 7:48 pm

    O wow Pasta Primavera w/ Lavender & Basil sounds so delicious and easy to make. I will have to get the ingredients I need to make some this weekend. I am sure it will be a hit.

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  5. tiarasandtantrums permalink
    26/05/2017 9:36 pm

    Cavatappi is one of my favorite pasta shapes to eat – my daughters too! I love pasta and veggies though, I love just about any variety – I never thought to add lavender to my food though – we only use it for medicinal purposes.

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    • 26/05/2017 10:43 pm

      I love pasta too and could eat it daily. Lavender is also a delicious spice that is added to soups, salad and dishes of our choice. It adds a special flavor and great aroma.

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  6. Marcie in Mommyland permalink
    26/05/2017 11:52 pm

    I’ve had lavender ice cream before but never thought to add it to veggies. What an interesting combo!

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  7. Rhian Westbury permalink
    27/05/2017 12:01 am

    I bet this smells beautiful, I’d never have thought about adding lavender into things like this x

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  8. miltongohgl permalink
    27/05/2017 3:26 am

    I just eat whatever is available at home. That being said, the pasta with all the vegetables looks really delicious!!

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  9. Akamatra permalink
    27/05/2017 5:28 am

    My favorite summer dish is Greek salad. I do enjoy pasta also but plain with some feta!

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  10. Jessica Joachim permalink
    27/05/2017 5:49 am

    This sounds delicious! My husband is Italian so we do pastas often. I never have thought to use Jasmine in a pasta dish though, it sounds wonderful and I will have to try that

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  11. Angela Tolsma permalink
    27/05/2017 6:31 am

    I love love lavender but I have never cooked with it! I so want to try that and definitely will be seeing if I can find this at my local oil store!

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  12. Rosey permalink
    27/05/2017 8:21 am

    I plan sometimes, and other times I create meals off the cuff with whatever we have in stock. It depends on how busy we are for the day. I’d love to create a recipe with lavender. 🙂

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  13. Amber Nelson permalink
    27/05/2017 11:14 am

    That looks really good. I would definitely like to try this recipe! Would be great for summer!

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  14. kelly reci permalink
    27/05/2017 11:25 am

    I love food with basil! But this photo looks so tasty and very interesting of what it taste like! I would like to know the recipe!

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  15. Tiara Wilson permalink
    27/05/2017 11:57 am

    This looks so freaking yummy. I am a pasta queen. Anything to do with PASTA and I’m there. I love me some great recipes to try!

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  16. Flambok permalink
    27/05/2017 1:06 pm

    Thank you for sharing this with us, looks so easy to make I think i will cook it tonight !

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  17. Wanderlust Vegans permalink
    27/05/2017 1:19 pm

    I love pasta salads. We make a lot of chickpea potatoe salads during the summer (Sometimes adding macaroni to it). Thanks for this recipe, we will give it a go.

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  18. Brittany Muddamalle permalink
    27/05/2017 1:51 pm

    Wow I would have never thought about using lavender in dishes, but I’m seeing it more often now. I would love to try it in drinks and pasta dishes.

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  19. kaylee marie permalink
    27/05/2017 3:46 pm

    This actually looks very easy to make. The vegetables look so delicious too!

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  20. Angela Ricardo Bethea permalink
    27/05/2017 8:17 pm

    I haven’t heard of any dish that has lavender in it. Thanks for sharing your amazing recipe of Pasta Primavera w/ Lavender & Basil. It really looks good and delicious.

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  21. Cindy Ingalls permalink
    27/05/2017 8:20 pm

    Summer is the perfect time for light and healthy pasta dishes. I especially enjoy pasta salads with lots of veggies and a bit of mozzarella or feta.

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  22. Terri Steffes permalink
    27/05/2017 10:39 pm

    I have seen these colored pastas in the store. I grow basil and lavender, so I want to give it a try using my fresh ingredients. Yum!

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  23. Amanda Love permalink
    28/05/2017 2:30 am

    I like creating pasta dishes throughout the summer. It’s a great way to make use of the veggies, like you mentioned. It also helps minimize the heat in the kitchen. I don’t like cooking anything heavy when the weather is warm.

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  24. acraftymix permalink
    28/05/2017 3:21 am

    Oh I love pasta and adding the French lavender dried flower seasoning must take it up a notch or two. Can’t wait to try this Elizabeth

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  25. Laura permalink
    28/05/2017 4:20 am

    It’s winter here so my mind is on warm food. I’m a pepper avoider at the best of times though 😥

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  26. ayana permalink
    28/05/2017 6:05 am

    A great pasta dish is hard to walk away from. I have never made anything usin lavender and was absolutely curioys about how it blends with this dish. It looks great. Pinning for a quick summer meal.

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  27. Gina Ritchie permalink
    28/05/2017 6:56 am

    I do not eat a lot of pasta. However, I love how fresh and colorful this looks. It must taste great!

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  28. Corinne & Kirsty 🌸 (@corinnekirsty) permalink
    28/05/2017 9:27 am

    That looks really good! I am such a pasta eater but I don’t really innovate pasta cooking wise. Like carbonara, creamy tomato or bolognese. This is a great idea and I’ll bookmark it for next time I cook! Pasta AND veggies, the best combo! Thanks for this! xx corinne

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  29. Marceline Dementori permalink
    28/05/2017 9:45 am

    I don’t like heating up the kitchen during summer, especially since it hits 90 to 100++ degrees everyday. Which is why I like simple recipes like this, simple but packed with lovely flavors and colors! I like doing different pasta dishes during the summer and I would love to try this one.

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  30. courtneyrandrews permalink
    28/05/2017 10:04 am

    This looks so delicious!

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  31. TeamMomtrends (@TeamMomtrends) permalink
    28/05/2017 1:41 pm

    Yum! This looks like a tasty recipe. I am a HUGE basil fan.

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  32. Diana Tidswell permalink
    28/05/2017 1:41 pm

    I just love pasta – one of my favourite foods! haha This sounds so tasty – I’ve never thought of adding lavender to pasta, I’m so intrigued now!

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  33. lex permalink
    28/05/2017 2:12 pm

    looks delish , and def a good worth for me to try out, only thing is getting the items needed in full, but in all it looks good.

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  34. fashionandstylepolice permalink
    28/05/2017 2:25 pm

    I would love to try this. Looks like a tasty dish!

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  35. Alfonzowords permalink
    28/05/2017 3:22 pm

    I myself am not a big fan of pasta. but my mum and sister are. This looks so good and very easy to make!

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  36. Azlin Bloor permalink
    28/05/2017 5:17 pm

    Sounds and looks good! I love summer for the bounty it throws my way, and love cooking with flowers too!

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  37. Hey Sharonoox permalink
    28/05/2017 5:29 pm

    This looks so good! I don’t usually plan my meals. We do grocery every 2-3 times a week so that we get fresh fruits and products.

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  38. rochkirstin permalink
    28/05/2017 6:42 pm

    Maintaining food balance is a lifestyle. We have installed MyFitnessPal in our mobile phones so we can monitor our calories and track the balance of fats, carbs, and protein in our diet. We plan our meals weekly.

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  39. toastycritic permalink
    28/05/2017 6:48 pm

    This reminds me that I really need to do a better job of planning out my meals. The dish here looks absolutely fabulous. Definitely making me hungry.

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  40. Dawn McAlexander permalink
    28/05/2017 7:58 pm

    That looks amazingly tasty and colorful. This is a recipe that I would really love to get into. I love all the veggies.

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  41. Molly permalink
    28/05/2017 9:35 pm

    That looks very good. I agree with you that getting in touch with your meal can help bring out the best of the ingredients.

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  42. Bailey permalink
    28/05/2017 11:38 pm

    This is so yummy looking! I am always sticking to the basics but this has encouraged me to mix it up a bit.

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  43. foodiefindshome permalink
    29/05/2017 12:16 am

    This sounds interesting. The lavender is different touch and I look forward to trying it in some of my dishes.

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  44. Elizabeth permalink
    29/05/2017 2:53 am

    An interesting flavour combination, the lavender with the basil-infused oil. Sounds delicious!

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  45. The Aesthetic Scientist permalink
    29/05/2017 3:07 am

    This looks incredibly healthy! For someone like me who struggles everyday with ideas for cooking, this surely is a blessing 🙂

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  46. Robin Rue permalink
    29/05/2017 4:37 am

    WOW, that sounds SO good. I am looking forward to making this for my family one of these nights 🙂

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  47. Leo T. Ly permalink
    29/05/2017 5:08 am

    I grow my own fruits and vegetables every year. One of my favourite activities in the summer is to grill my zucchini on the BBQ. It’s both delicious and satisfying.

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  48. Latasha (@ArtsandBudgets) permalink
    29/05/2017 5:23 am

    Pasta is definitely on of my favorite and go-to meals. My hubby loves it as well.

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  49. tumandok permalink
    29/05/2017 6:05 am

    If there are foods on the table and if I find any veggies, I would prefer to eat them especially if they are half cooked. I enjoy munching them with their crispiness. – Gil Camporazo

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  50. Wong permalink
    29/05/2017 6:30 am

    This looks freaking delishand healthy! Hope I could taste it. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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  51. The Trophy WifeStyle permalink
    29/05/2017 6:41 am

    Ooooo now this looks absolutely delicious!!!! I’m always looking for new recipes to try with the family. I will definitely be making this pasta!

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  52. Keeping Up With Candy permalink
    29/05/2017 7:13 am

    This looks totally delish and easy to make. Never would have thought to add lavender to pasta. Thanks for the idea!

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  53. Erica permalink
    29/05/2017 7:31 am

    This looks so good and I love veggies. I’ve never cooked with lavender but I use it in everything else. So I’m sure I would love this. Lavender is just so calming..

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  54. Tina permalink
    29/05/2017 8:10 am

    I will most likely try this, I love that is has lavender in it, I didn’t know we could use it for cooking, that’s great! 🙂

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  55. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    29/05/2017 8:35 am

    I haven’t heard of using lavender in a dish until now. It made me curious to try your pasta dish!

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  56. Leigh Anne permalink
    29/05/2017 9:24 am

    I try to make healthy choices by really taking time to look at what I am eating. I do not always get ti right but I try. We have a garden where we grow fresh veggies so we definitely incorporate that in our diets.

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  57. Jeanine permalink
    29/05/2017 9:38 am

    Yum this looks really great. I would love to try this with lavender and basil… that would be interesting to try!

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  58. Amber Nelson permalink
    29/05/2017 9:57 am

    This is definitely something new! I would love to give lavender basil a try!

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  59. Otakore permalink
    29/05/2017 11:49 am

    Those colorful kinds of pasta are fanciful and also, the coloring is organic. I like all-organic foods. This is a very good recipe. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us 🙂

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  60. Nati permalink
    29/05/2017 1:15 pm

    i love fruit and vegetables salads in summer”what a great idea to add lavender flowers, I’ve never tried that!

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  61. Obi Kalu permalink
    29/05/2017 4:04 pm

    mmmm. lavender and basil sounds great! i bet the smell is wonderful. such colorful food.

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  62. karina permalink
    29/05/2017 4:39 pm

    I definitely want to try this! I’m so curious about how it will taste. I love how colorful and healthy it all looks too… Yum!

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  63. rochkirstin permalink
    29/05/2017 7:21 pm

    Light and colorful dishes in the summer look appetizing. We also use a separate app to remind us to drink water to stay hydrated.

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  64. Angela Ricardo Bethea permalink
    29/05/2017 8:34 pm

    This pasta looks oh so yummy and delightful! I love the mixed of green in it and I can’t to be able to try this as well soon. Thank you for the recipe! mmmn

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  65. franckxethee permalink
    30/05/2017 12:09 am

    The pasta primavera looks really tasty and healthy. It’s a good source of carb and does not feel overwhelming to eat.

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  66. Shoshana Sue permalink
    30/05/2017 1:16 am

    So I happen to love fresh lavender smells. And now you tell me this dish has lavender in it. It is heavenly scent!! Worth trying.

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  67. arainofthought (@arainofthought) permalink
    30/05/2017 10:33 am

    that looks delicious. wow, lavender is an interesting addition to any recipe. What made you use it or have you seen it or tasted it in other recipes?

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  68. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen permalink
    30/05/2017 1:19 pm

    I love pasta primavera because it has loads of veggies in it.It’s nice that you chose the colorful pasta to make it. It looks more appetizing.

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  69. Ashlea permalink
    30/05/2017 4:58 pm

    This looks yummy. I am going to try and make it for my guys. Looks like something they would love to eat.

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  70. Holly permalink
    30/05/2017 9:22 pm

    This dish looks tasty and easy. Usually in the summer I try to grill outside or do anything to avoid turning the oven on.

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  71. Ronnie Epsi permalink
    31/05/2017 1:45 am

    This looks delicious and easy to make! Love the addition of broccoli – never thought of combining them but it’s a good idea. I’ll try this recipe for the family soon!

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  72. roxmom2 permalink
    31/05/2017 3:37 am

    Lavender and basil sounds like an interesting combo. I’d love to give this a try.

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  73. Jessica Taylor permalink
    31/05/2017 6:54 am

    Lavender in food? I would have never tried that before! Definitely going to test it out!

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  74. aimlessmoments (@AimlessMoments) permalink
    31/05/2017 8:48 am

    I have never put lavender in the pasta. We do love pastas though, all kinds!

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  75. Megan permalink
    31/05/2017 12:18 pm

    I married into an Italian family so pasta is on the menu a lot! I don’t mind it though because pasta is my favorite! This dish would be no exception!

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  76. nlampert permalink
    31/05/2017 1:25 pm

    I love pasta primavera but would never have thought to add lavender. Sounds delish!

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  77. TheGracefulMist permalink
    01/06/2017 4:29 am

    I like the first quote by Tecumseh. No matter what situation we`re in, there`s always something to be thankful for. The pasta looks delicious with the vegetables!

    ❀ Grace ❀

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  78. Bhushavali permalink
    01/06/2017 12:06 pm

    I love how colorful the food looks. Indeed very healthy too with all the veggies!

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  79. ohmummymia permalink
    01/06/2017 2:16 pm

    looks yummy! I love to try something new so next time I will prepare it! looks really nice

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  80. Louise x (@withlovefromlou) permalink
    01/06/2017 7:27 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious. I’ll have to give it a try over the coming weeks 🙂

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  81. lex permalink
    02/06/2017 2:19 am

    pasta can be so nice sometimes for me, not always, but here is a better mix for it, surely will give this a try with the lavender, this makes it unique.

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  82. MomTraNeur permalink
    04/06/2017 4:54 am

    I love organic vegetables and I love pasta dishes! I usually eat everything you mentioned except… lavender! Woah! I honestly had no idea that it can be eaten. I usually use lavender for my soap, or as aromatherapy, but never thought that it can be a seasoning! Probably because I haven’t seen it in groceries where I usually buy our food. But it’s good to know that it exists. I will try next time to look for it when I visit a bigger supermarket. Maybe it’s available there. Then I’ll try the recipe you gave. Looks really yummy!!!

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    • 04/06/2017 9:47 pm

      I used dried lavender flowers made purposely for cooking.

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      • MomTraNeur permalink
        05/06/2017 5:22 am

        Wow, that means it’s a regular staple / ingredient in your place. You’re so lucky! Here, I haven’t seen any lavender yet except for the oil being sold in shops. Might search online instead. 🙂

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  83. Tiffany Yong permalink
    18/06/2017 1:37 am

    Your dish looks so colourful that it makes the eater happy! I usually keep the meal balance but having more vegetables with some meat. Afterall, people seem to have access more meat when eating out…

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  84. Yeu Doi permalink
    18/06/2017 6:04 pm

    Pasta, lavender, and basil are great combination! We are what we eat, so we choose organic foods where possible. The dish looks so healthy, colorful and delicious. Will share this post with friends.

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  85. raisingyourpetsnaturally permalink
    19/06/2017 7:37 am

    This looks so tasty. I love the lavender basil. I am a past girl, so I might need to try this.

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  86. alisonrost permalink
    22/07/2017 9:50 pm

    What a fun meal! My husband is a pasta lover so this one caught my eye. I especially love the colorful pasta, along with the addition of lavender and basil. Toss in some veggies, along with a little bit of protein and it’s my kind of meal. x

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