Great as a meal with a couple veggie sides or as a more substantial snack to keep in the fridge. My boys really like it.
1 box whole wheat rotini (did you know Walmart makes a brand now? $1.00/box)
2 tbsp. olive oil
4 cloves minced garlic
1 med onion chopped finely (more or less depending on your tastes)
2 small-med zucchini chopped into cubes
1/3 cup pepperocini peppers, chopped (if you didn't want to have that added expense it would be fine without)
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 14oz can diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained
1 can olives, sliced in half (the olives not the can... hehe)
Grated Parmesan (if you want it vegan I'm sure it would taste good without... you could maybe add some nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor... haven't tried it but I bet it would work)
Cook Rotini according to package directions. In large pan cook garlic and onion in oil until soft. Add zucchini and peppers. Cook 2 min stirring occasionally. Add chili powder, tomatoes and olives. Bring to boil and reduce heat and simmer until zucchini cooked to desired state (don't over cook them!). Put drained rotini in large bowl, pour sauce over and toss. Serve with grated parm.
This one is good hot or cold. If you wanted to add cooked black beans to this I bet it would taste nice too.