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. 


Atlanta Bread

Have you ever eaten at Atlanta Bread Company? There's one where I live. When I used to eat meat I loved it. Their chicken and tuna salad sandwiches were the bomb. I guess they still are. I don't know for sure. Suffice it to say I had nothing but good things to say about the place. It's a little pricey but that's to be expected from a chain.

I had the strangest ordeal there after I went vegetarian. I wanted the Italian Vegetarian Panini. But I did not want it on foccacia bread and I wanted it with Swiss instead of provolone. I like that they have 3 different veggie sandwiches on their menu, but dislike that all utilize provolone. Which is sadly not a very veggie friendly cheese. 99% of provolone contain animal byproducts. Foccacia bread usually contains eggs. So I wanted no part of either of those ingredients.

Wow, did that royally throw them into a tizzy. I had to fight with them to get them to make the sandwich the way I wanted it. On rye bread with Swiss cheese. And even after they agreed to make it my way, they  made it a point to tell me they would only make it this way the one time and never again. Almost like an ultimatum. Eat it our way or else.  Here I thought their whole business model was based on giving people the sandwich that they wanted. Silly me and my customer service delusions.

I imagine if I had wanted to substitute pretzels for my potato chips the whole place would've imploded. But luckily for them I like potato chips.

Maybe I'm crazy, but when you charge so much for something so simple as a sandwich you really ought to roll with the punches when the customer wants to alter it. And when you offer vegetarian sandwiches you should really be offering them with truly vegetarian cheeses.