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!

Mediterranean Beef Stew Vegan Recipe

The reason I'm calling this vegan beef stew is the dark rich broth that has a similar feel to a beef broth based stew. I ate a lot of beef stew as a kid and this dish immediately made me think of that.

It gets its depth from a combination of briny olives, earthy mushrooms and sweet black beans.

The big thick slices of mushroom and the hearty black beans take the place of the meat

1 can black olives, including brine
1 can black beans, including liquid
2 pints white mushrooms, sliced
1/2 a medium red onion
6 cloves garlic
1 jalapeno
1 serrano

2 tbls olive oil
1/4 cup red wine
1 tbl white vinegar
1 tbl habernero hot sauce
2 tsps thyme
2 tsps cumin seed
5 pieces clove
3 pieces allspice
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper

Saute mushrooms and onion in oil, salt and pepper until mushrooms have darkened nicely. De glaze with the wine. Cook out for 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients. Simmer until liquid is reduced by half. Serve with fluffy rice.