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. 

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Low Calorie Deconstructed Apple Pie

I don't generally do desserts. It's easier to just have a piece of chocolate or buy a cookie. I do however, love apple pie. Unfortunately I can't eat too much of it. It's not really that good for you. And good apple pie is very hard to find. Mrs. Smith's just isn't what it used to be.

Anyway, I had the idea to just make the inside part, minus the crust. But I would also use way less sugar and fat.

I got a big bag of gala apples and a few limes. I began by creating acidulated water with one of the limes. Then I started to peel and slice my apples. Tossing the slices into the water so they wouldn't turn brown.

When I'd done 5 apples, I stopped and heated a 12 inch skillet. Add to that 1/3 cup water, 1/3 of my apples and a pinch of salt. Cook apples until tender. Then add cinnamon and 1 tsp butter. Cook 2-3 minutes more until liquid thickens. Remove from pan.

Return pan to heat and add another 1/3 cup water, 1/3 of apples and a pinch of salt. This time when I add the cinnamon and butter I also add a few dashes of hot sauce.

To my third batch of apples I add 1 tsp sugar.

Store them altogether. Stir to combine. Let sit overnight.

Stir again.

Crush ginger snaps or apple snaps or crispy oatmeal cookies into crumbs.

Spoon apples into a bowl. Top with crumbs. Stir and enjoy.