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. 


Italy Meets Thailand Vegan Stew

This is a sweet and spicy concoction that has surprising nuances to offer. The mushrooms are meaty. The tomatoes provide acidity. The black beans fortify the broth into a rich sauce. Ginger and basil smack of Thailand. The sweet tomatoes and earthy mushrooms whisper of Italy. It's weird, but it really works.

There's a lot of flavor to be extracted from this rather mundane list of ingredients. It just takes a little bit of passion and the right techniques.

8 ounces sliced white mushrooms
6 ounces white onion, diced
4 ounces grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
1 jalapeno, chopped
1/2 a hot banana pepper, chopped
1/2 inch fresh grated ginger
1 large handful fresh basil, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic, sliced thinly

1/3 cup Marsala wine
1 tbl canola oil

1/2 cup cooked white rice
1 cup drained and rinsed black beans

2 tsps salt
2 tsps black pepper
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne powder

Add oil and heat a large skillet. Cook mushrooms on medium high heat for 5 minutes. Add wine, onion and tomatoes. Cook 5 more minutes. Add jalapeno, banana pepper, ginger and garlic. Cook 2 more minutes.

Stir in rice and beans. Simmer 3 more minutes.

Add salt, black pepper, paprika, cayenne and basil. Simmer 2 more minutes.