Cheezy Garlic Shells Pasta Florentine Vegan Recipe

It's a little spicy. It's a lot garlicky. It's a little cheezy. It's totally delicious. 

Very easy to make. One pot does it all. 

1/2 box small shells pasta
1 shallot, thinly sliced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 inch ginger, minced
1 jalapeno, minced
2 tbls nutritional yeast
2 tbls olive oil
1/2 an 8 ounce bag of spinach
1 tsp crushed pepper flakes
1 tsp dry basil
2 tsps black pepper
1 tbl salt
Cook the pasta in water seasoned with the 1 tbl salt. 

I use Alton Brown's cold water pasta method. Add pasta to medium large pot. Cover with water an inch over the pasta. Add salt. Bring to  boil and then simmer until al dente. 

When pasta is al dente, remove it from the water into a heat safe storage container. Retain approximately 2/3 cup of the pasta water in the pot and discard the rest. 

Return pot with pasta water to stove. Medium high heat. Add olive oil, garlic, shallot, jalapeno, ginger, yeast, crushed pepper flakes, basil, spinach and black pepper. 

Simmer uncovered for 7 minutes. 


Cake and Cheese and Hot Sauce

I've been flirting with the vegetarian thing again. I'm kind of addicted to candy right now... so milk is a part of the diet. But I'm repulsed by meat all over again. It really is pretty gross. Been enjoying my bean sandwiches and my vegetarian chili and crazy rice concoctions. All good stuff to be sure. If you douse anything with hot sauce it'll pretty much taste great. If you sprinkle anything with Cajun seasoning same effect. Add some curry for a third magical transformation of dull food into delicious. That's pretty much my repertoire these days.

Am still disgusted by cow's milk. It's pretty icky. Especially the store brand with untold growth hormones. Somehow I've been getting by without any milk of any kind. Almond, soy or otherwise. My bones are probably turning to jello as I type this, but who knows.

I've also been avoiding B12 like the plague. I like that feeling of lighheadedness that goes along with it. I know I'm supposed to get it, but ah, who cares. If it's not in plants, then I'm just not that interested. I'm kind of curious to see how long I can go without it. I must've built up some kinda stock pile while I was off the wagon, but it should be depleted by now. But there don't seem to be any issues arising. It's kinda weird.

All in all, I think, I'm just not really a meat person. I prefer my beans and my grains. Just wish there were more prepared food choices available. I like to cook, but sometimes I like to be lazy as well.

I have to admit though, cheese and cake are something I do enjoy. As much as I admire the vegan way of life, cake is really tempting and so is cheese. A cheese sandwich isn't much to fret over, but pizza without cheese is kinda sad. And sure, you can make cake without eggs, but it's not easy to make really good cake without eggs and not all of us are bakers.