What do I mean by "ideal plate"? I can assure you, I'm not talking about dishes!
If we were to use a plate as a pie chart for what we should eat at a given meal, ideally you want 50% vegetables and fruits, 30% whole grains, and 20% protein. This break down would constitute the "ideal plate".
This pasta was an attempt to provide that balance in a single dish that could be made in 30 minutes (cutting/chopping prep included!)... and I think I got it. Notice the picture with the three pans! They show my attempt to meet these portions.
A bunch of broccolettes (It's a relative of broccolli, we got it in bulk from Costco. You can use broccolli as well!), chopped
2 medium roma tomatoes, diced
1 sweet onion, chopped
1 8oz container of sliced mushrooms
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tbsp of olive oil
1/2 cup of pesto sauce (or more depending on your preference)
3 links of Italian turkey sausage, uncased
2 tbsp fresh basil
Begin boiling the water for the pasta, it takes about 10 minutes. Once it's boiling, add the pasta, and follow the timing recomendations on the box.
While the water is boiling, sautee the garlic and onions. After about 3-5 minutes, add the broccolletes, tomatoes, and mushrooms. Add a little bit of water to the bottom of the pan, and cover it to steam the veggies, stirring occasionally. Do this for about 5-7 minutes.
Brown the turkey sausage until it is cooked all the way through.
Add the pesto to the pasta, then combine the turkey sausage, veggies, and fresh basil.