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. 

Enjoy!

White Girl Vegetarian (or Vegan) Curry

Here is an image of my vegetarian curry on a bed of romaine lettuce and topped with a scoop of hummus.

This curry is inspired by the Kitchen's of India pouches, but is made using Hormel vegetarian chili in a can as a base.

That stuff's kinda bland on its own, but makes an awesome starting point for some pretty good curry.

I start with white rice. Cook it as usual in water. Half the reccomend dosage of water,  but I like to add a tbl of curry powder to the rice cooking water. A couple of teabags, a tsp of butter and a tsp of salt.

After the rice has cooked for about 10 minutes, I add one small diced russet potato. Skin on,  cut into about 1/4 inch cubes and 1/2 cup dry white wine. At this point also remove the teabags and discard.

Check the rice often and add additional water as needed.

When the rice is nearly done (about 17 minutes) I add the can of chili, a can of rinsed chick peas, 2 tbls pickle juice, 7 cloves fresh minced garlic, 1 finely diced, seeded, deribbed jalapeno, 1/4 teaspoon fiery hot sauce, 1 tsp ground ginger, and 1-2 tbls more curry powder, depending on my mood.

Continue cooking until the rice is tender and everything is warmed through, about 2-3 more minutes.

You can eat this hot straight off the stove. I suggest letting it sit in the fridge at least a few hours to allow the flavors a chance to do their thing.

Cool completely before serving over crisp lettuce and garnishing with your favorite flavor of spicy, creamy hummus.

This could be totally vegan if you just swap the butter for oil or vegan margarine. You could also half the fat if desired. Just don't omit the fat altogether. Fat is a flavor magnet. Even using a little bit makes a big difference in taste.