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. 


Vegan Hair Care

I've made a new discovery. It has less to do with food and more to do with hair care. But it the vegetarian and vegan commnuity should take note.

Turns out hair conditioner is a fraud. All those expenseisve bottles meant to do right by your locks are just ripping you off.

I'm not the first to report this. And I won't be the last no doubt. But it bears reiterating as there are still folks laboring under the delusion that conditioner is good for their hair.

Turns out vinegar is all you really need. Sounds crazy. I know. But it works.

But of all, it's animal free. It's just vinegar afterall.

I like to spray some on my hair brush and then run it through my hair. In thoe shower I did not condition at all. I justt did the shampoo and nothing more. I expected a frizz atop my noggin. But that didn't happen.

I sprayed my hair brush with some white vinegar and combed it through. I also sprayed some directly on the hair and roots. I brushed until the hair stopped cominf out. My hair is soft and unfrizzy.

It's crazy when you stop and think about it. How much the beauty industry has managed to drain from our purses. When all the while something as cheap as vinegar could do a better job. And with less harm to animals and the environment. An bold indictment of capitalism if ever there was one.

I've also read about baking soda shampoo. Have yet to try it. If it's anytihing like the vinegar I am sure to be thoroughlly impressed and saddened. That we live in a world that promotes chemicals over clean alternatives.

Consumerism is the only power the people still have left. and yet we squander it. on toxins and false promises.

Vinegar cured my dandruff and harmed no animals in the processs. Maybe our problem is we're too lazy to look for humane solutions.