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 Staple Foods

People on the Internet often solicit advice on what to eat and what to buy to maintain a vegetarian diet. It's really quite simple. And much less expensive than a typical omnivore diet.

Beans. Beans. And still more beans. Beans are a Major source of vegetarian protein. They are super cheap. Come in a rainbow of varieties. And are easy to use. Canned beans offer extreme convenience and still have a very small price tag. About 99 cents a can. Each can contains 3-5 servings. Dried beans are cheaper yet, but require long cooking times. So what you save at the supermarket you may spend on gas or electric. Lentils are the exception. They cook in about 20 minutes and are packed with protein and iron.

Leafy greens. There plant tops are tasty and nutritional supreme. Spinach, kale, collards, mustard Greens, turnip greens, watercress. They are all great. They can be purchased in store brand frozen in most any locale. About $1-$2 for a 16 ounce bag. They has calcium, iron, vitamin k, vitamin a and vitamin c.

Wheat bread. Switching out your white for wheat will go a long way. The whole grains will fill you up and keep you full longer. Combing whole grains and beans is a vegetarian way to create a complete protein. Complete proteins, usually derived from animal flesh, contain all essential amino acids. A combo of grains and beans can achieve the same result.

Faux meat. Some look down on meatless meat as bad for you processed food. But a little bit can go a long way. The occasional soy burger or chick'n strip provides variety and tastes you may be craving.

Flavored rice/couscous. There are many non-veg flavored rices/couscous. So one has to be diligent in inspecting ingredients lists. But the ease and convenience of this product is not to be overlooked. Quick and easy is always good. Lots of interesting flavors to be had.

Snacks. Don't forget snacks. If you try to abandon junk food altogether you're pretty much doomed to fail. Plain potato chips are a great veg/vegan snack food. They have some nice fat, some tasty salt and a very healthy benefits as well. Vitamin E, Iron, Vitamin C.

Nuts and edamamme are also great. Edamamme is much lower in fat and much higher in protein. Soy beans boast all essential amino's, a fair amount of iron and wasabi flavored roasted edamamme is really good. Sea salted dry roasted almonds also high up on the delicious list.

You're just wasting your time eating meat. It's disgusting. It's bad for you. It's making you fat. And it costs a lot more.