Deconstructed Pasta Florentine Recipe Vegan

Garlic pasta and a creamy spinach puree create a vegan italian epicurean delight. Spinach Puree Recipe
1/2 bag spinach
1/2 box silken tofu
3 cloves garlic
2 tbls olive oil
1 jalapeno
1 serrano
2 tsps salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Steam the spinach in a covered pot with 1/4 water in the bottom.  

Cook for about 5 minutes or until dark green and wilted down. 

Puree all ingredients  in food processor until smooth. Let rest in the fridge to thicken. 

Garlic pasta recipe
1/2 box fettuccine, cooked al dente in heavily salted water
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tsps italian seasoning
1 tsp crushed pepper flakes
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup frozen peas

Cook pasta and use tongs to remove from the water. Set aside in a medium sized heat safe bowl. Keep the pasta water in the pot. Drain off some until you're left with about 2/3 cup. 

Add remaining ingredients, except peas. Simmer for 3 minutes until fragrant. 

Pour hot oil/water/spice mixture over cooked pasta. Stir to coat. 

Stir in peas. 

Let rest 2 minutes. 


Vegetarian Dirty Rice with Pinto Beans

The knorr dirty rice ingredients either changed or I only just noticed it contains chicken fat.

Zatarrain's dirty rice is vegan/vegetarian as of Dec 27, 2011.

dirty rice I recently tried knorr dirty rice. Interesting flavors. It's definitely vegetarian. And almost vegan. It has some milk (less than 2% of ingredients). So, not a bad choice at all. It also has some interesting flavors. I crave interesting and unique flavor since stopping meat consumption about a year ago.

The trick with rice packets is to add other stuff to them. To bulk them up and to add texture and flavor. You don't want to eat just a bowl of rice. And you don't have to.

1 packet knorr dirty rice mix
1/3 cup frozen cauliflower
1/3 cup frozen mustard greens
1/2 cup canned, rinsed pinto beans

Prepare rice packet as per package directions, adding mustard greens at the same time. When rice/green mix has come to a boil, lower heat and cook at a simmer about 4 minutes more.

Add cauliflower. Cook 3 minutes more. Add beans. Cook 2 minutes longer.

The dirty rice has a very mild cajun spice flavor. It hits the spot when you want something spicy, but not hot.

Adding the mustard greens really livens things up. It can be kale or spinach or turnip greens. But dirty rice deserves some kind of dark leafy green. They belong together.

The cauliflower provides vitamin c and a good crunch. be careful to cook cauliflower as little as possible. vitamin c is diminished with cooking.

the beans are packed with protein and a fair amount of iron. Anyway, rice and beans go together like love and marriage.

All are very inexpensive add ins. the total cost for this dish is probably around $3.00 in the most expensive location. And that $3.00 will yield around 3-5 meals.