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!

Spicy Vegan Buttermilk Biscuits

I was in the mood for biscuits. I've always been a fan. KFC biscuits first turned me on to the them as a child. Pilsbury fueled the fire. The first time I had those Red Lobster cheddar bay biscuits, I was practically dumbfounded. None of those, sadly, are vegan.

A quick google search for vegan biscuits will yield a plethora of contenders. I decided to go with the "southern vegan's buttermilk biscuits". That recipe just felt the simplest and most authentic. I did modify it though.

Rather than go out and get vegan margarine, I used vegetable shortening, which I already had. I also added fresh cracked black pepper, crushed pepper flakes, minced jalapeno and minced garlic.

I used about a 1/2 cup shortening to 2 cups flour. In retrospect, a little more fat would've been ideal. I'd say a few tablespoons of olive oil would work nicely in the mix. I also think a little more salt would've been nice. The original recipe calls for only 1/2 a teaspoon. 1 full teaspoon could really punch up the flavors.

But on the whole, a delicious vegan biscuit anyway you interpret it.