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. 


Salad Solutions

It's that time of year again. Romaine and other lettuces are officially out of season. So it's time to switch to cabbage for your salads. Cabbage makes a great salad base as far as I'm concerned. I miss it all summer long and look forward to its return as the fresher, cheaper choice.

The best thing about cabbage though, is how well it keeps. Lettuce, you get a week tops. Cabbage on the other hand ages very slowly. It still looks as fresh as the day I bought it after 8 days in the fridge.

If you haven't yet tried using cabbage as your salad base, it's time to start. Forget slaw. Cabbage is more than that slimy picnic staple. It's just like lettuce, only better.

Chop up green, red or other cabbage in advance and store in a large metal bowl in your fridge. In separate containers store other salad ingredients. Celery, carrots, broccoli, potatoes, cucumber, onion. Whatever you like. I always store all the salad part separately.When you're hungry simply toss some of each into your bowl and dress.

Don't forget the beans. A salad just isn't right without some hearty protein packed legumes to give it power.

White vinegar and nutrional yeast make a nice salad dressing, especially for vegans and vegetarians. Canned soup is also a great salad topper. Progresso lentil and minestrone are realy good in that capacity. They are both vegetarian. There are actually two varieties of vegetarian lentil. One is more tomatoey and the other bigger on the celery. Personal preference which you choose.

Rice and pasta also make great salad toppers. I like this because you get to eat the pasta or rice, but if you fill the bowl with salad first, you wind up eating a lot less of the starchy stuff, but still get the great taste of it.

Hummus and guacamole are two more awesome salad dressings. Just thin them out slightly with vinegar and/or hot sauce to get good coverage on all your veg.