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. 


Cucumber Salsa

I was in the mood for summer, even though mother nature is still not ready to comply. Crisp cucumbers in a spicy dressing with lime and ginger make you feel like summer even when it's still snowing outside.

2 large cucumbers, diced
1 large tomato, diced
1 can kidney beans rinsed thoroughly, reserve 1 tbl of the can brine
2-3 handfuls cilantro
1 jalapeno, diced
1 serrano, diced

2 limes, zest and juice
2 tbls white vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbl kidney bean can juice
1-2 tsps Louisiana hot sauce
2 cloves garlic, grated
1 inch ginger, grated
1 tsp sugar
2 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp crushed pepper flakes

In a bowl add all the dressing components except for the oil. Whisk in the oil slowly until emulsified.

Add salsa ingredients to the prepared dressing and stir to coat everything.

I deseeded the cucumbers before dicing, but that is personal preference.

I like a lot of heat, but you can use half a jalapeno and half a serrano to tone it down some. I don't recommend using one jalapeno and eliminating the serrano. Different kinds of hot peppers help create a depth of spice instead of just a single note of heat.

Cilantro measurements are a general guideline. Add cilantro to taste. I like a lot of that too, but for some people a little goes a long way. I like to add a nice bunch and then taste to decide if I want to add more. Also, keeping in mind that the flavors will intensify some after resting and chilling.

Allow to rest in the fridge for a few hours.