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. 


Flesh Wounds

There has always been a lot of debate over what is actually vegetarian. Various cheeses may contain animal enzymes derived from the stomachs of those slaughtered. It certainly doesn't sound vegetarian when I write it out that way. And I would love to see all cheese made form vegetable enzymes instead.

It certainly brings the vegan ideal closer to home. No ambiguity there. Milk is animal. So doesn't matter what the enzyme source. Milk bad.

The funny thing is sugar isn't really technically vegetarian. It's usually filtered using animal bone char. And while anyone can buy sugar in the raw, it's a lot harder to avoid sugar as an ingredient in prepared foods. I don't know too many vegetarians who don't eat boxed cereals or pre-made breads. Both of which contain sugar, apart from other questionable ingredients.

Our current society makes it pretty impossible to truly avoid animal cruelty. We can limit the damage we may or may not do, but we really can't eliminate it.

Those folks up in the wilds of Alaska probably have the right idea. They kill. But those animals at least led nice lives. I wonder if there are any vegetarians up there. Or if it's even possible to do.