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 Pinto Bean Panini

This a toasted roll sandwich that is sure to hit the spot when you want something warm and hearty. It's vegetarian as it uses cheddar cheese, but could easily be made vegan with vegan cheese or remove the cheese and replace with nutritional yeast.

Rather than using a panini press I used a frying pan. I split the keiser roll in half and put the bottom into the pan and covered with the cheese first and then the beans. Cover with a lid and lightly toast on low heat.

Once bottom is crisp and cheese partially melted (about 2-3 minutes) add pickles and the top of roll then carefully flip, cover again with lid and lightly toast the other side. Once bread is toasty and cheese is melted immediately remove from pan. Slice in half and savor the warm gooey goodness.

Beans make a great sandwich. With or without cheese. Bean sandwiches are one of my favorite meals. They are easy to make. They taste great. Are very nutritious and they keep me full for hours.

Careful when toasting. Under toasted is better than over toasted. When making a bean sandwich, it's best to leave about a 1/4 inch margin around the edges. Beans tend to fall out much less this way.

Beans sandwiches taste best when you add the sandwich toppings that you love most. Onions, relish, artichokes, mexicorn, avocado. Whatever you love on sandwiches is what you should use to top your bean sandwich. Experminent with various flavor combinations. I can tell you what flavor I love and how to make my ideal sandwich, but you must discover your perfect combo for yourself.