Pasta with Cashew Cream & Cheese

Pasta with Cashew Cream and Cheese -- Epicurean Vegan(Unfortunately) most of us probably grew up on the boxed mac and cheese stuff, and likely, so have our kids. And kids like their mac and cheese. Instead of giving them that nasty, chemical-filled boxed junk, try making this kid-pleasing version using grated vegan cheese and cashew cream. Not only is it creamy, but it actually tastes cheesy and pretty darn delicious. While this may not top the list of the most healthiest vegan dishes, it’s miles from the fat-laden dairy version. Cashews are loaded with heart-protective monosaturated fats, antioxidants, calcium and protein. You can use your favorite vegan cheddar such as Daiya, Follow Your Heart or even make your own. This is also an easy recipe that your kiddos can help out with too!

INGREDIENTS:
16-oz uncooked pasta, such as elbows, shells or spirals
1 to 1-1/4 C vegetable broth (it just depends on how thick you want it)
4-oz vegan cheddar, shredded (I used Follow Your Heart brand)
1/3 C nutritional yeast
1 C cashews, soaked for at least an hour in hot water (if you can; no biggie if you can’t soak them)
1/2 C water
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
2 dashes of nutmeg
Salt and pepper, to taste
Optional ingredients: sneak in those veggies by adding peas, carrots or broccoli. Or spice it up with green chilies or salsa.

Pasta with Cashew Cream and Cheese -- Epicurean Vegan

DIRECTIONS:
Cook the pasta according to package instruction, or until al dente. Meanwhile, make the cashew cream. If you soaked the cashews, drain them and transfer to a food processor. Puree until finely ground, scraping the sides of processor bowl if necessary. Add the water, apple cider vinegar and salt. Puree 2 minutes, or until smooth. Drain the pasta, then return it to the pot. Over medium-low heat, fold in the grated cheese,  cashew cream, broth and nutritional yeast. Combine well and continue to stir until the cheese is completely melted. Season with the nutmeg, salt and pepper. If using, add the optional ingredients and stir until heated through. Enjoy!

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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 16-oz uncooked pasta, such as elbows, shells or spirals
  • 1 to 1-1/4 C vegetable broth (it just depends on how thick you want it)
  • 4-oz vegan cheddar, shredded (I used Follow Your Heart brand)
  • ⅓ C nutritional yeast
  • 1 C cashews, soaked for at least an hour in hot water (if you can; no biggie if you can't soak them)
  • ½ C water
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 dashes of nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional ingredients: sneak in those veggies by adding peas, carrots or broccoli. Or spice it up with green chilies or salsa.
Directions
  1. Cook the pasta according to package instruction, or until al dente. Meanwhile, make the cashew cream. If you soaked the cashews, drain them and transfer to a food processor. Puree until finely ground, scraping the sides of processor bowl if necessary. Add the water, apple cider vinegar and salt. Puree 2 minutes, or until smooth.
  2. Drain the pasta, then return it to the pot. Over medium-low heat, fold in the grated cheese, cashew cream, broth and nutritional yeast. Combine well and continue to stir until the cheese is completely melted.
  3. Season with the nutmeg, salt and pepper. If using, add the optional ingredients and stir until heated through. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Tofu Caesar Wraps

Tofu Caesar Wraps -- Epicurean VeganWraps are such a quick and easy meal, especially when summer activities have you running all over the place. Although, these are a great option during the school year when you need to grab-and-go. I love Caesar salad, but since going vegan, it’s hard to come by a non-dairy (and non anchovy) version. I made my own Caesar dressing a couple of years ago, which I think his pretty darn good, if I say so myself, so I used that same dressing for these wraps. I did, however, thin out the dressing a little for this recipe, but feel free to do what you’d like. The dressing recipe makes about 2-1/2 cups, so I suggest either halving the recipe, or just enjoy the leftover dressing on salads, sandwiches, or even as a veggie dip.

INGREDIENTS:
Dressing:
2 cloves garlic
12-oz box firm silken tofu
3 Tbs lemon juice
1/8 C olive oil
2 Tbs capers
4 tsp caper juice/brine
1/2 tsp mustard powder
Dash of sugar
Salt and pepper
(I added 2 Tbs of nutritional yeast to the original dressing recipe)
The rest:
1 large bunch of romaine, chopped
1/2 large red onion, sliced
1/3 C cashews chopped
1 14-oz tub extra firm tofu, cut lengthwise into 4 slabs
Cooking spray
Salt and pepper
Croutons
Flour tortillas or other wraps

DIRECTIONS:
To make the dressing, puree the whole garlic cloves in the food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients and puree until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl halfway through. I then transferred the dressing to a mason jar and stored in the fridge.
To prepare the tofu, lightly spray a grill pan with cooking spray and over medium heat, brown the tofu, about 8-10 minutes per side.

Tofu Caesar Wraps -- Epicurean VeganMove the tofu to a cutting board and let them cool about 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, toss the romaine, red onion and cashews in a medium bowl. I then scooped out about 1/2 a cup of the dressing into a small bowl and whisked in about 1-2 tablespoons of water—it’s a pretty thick dressing. Feel free to use almond milk, veggie broth or leave it as is. I then added the dressing to the salad mixture and thoroughly combined it all.
Tofu Caesar Wraps -- Epicurean VeganCut the tofu into small squares.
Tofu Caesar Wraps -- Epicurean VeganTo assemble, I warmed the tortilla in the microwave for just a few seconds; it’s easier to roll when warm. Place a large mound of salad in the tortilla, then some tofu and a few croutons. Wrap and enjoy!

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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • Dressing:
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 12-oz box firm silken tofu
  • 3 Tbs lemon juice
  • ⅛ C olive oil
  • 2 Tbs capers
  • 4 tsp caper juice/brine
  • ½ tsp mustard powder
  • Dash of sugar
  • Salt and pepper
  • (I added 2 Tbs of nutritional yeast to the original dressing recipe)
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  • The rest:
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  • 1 large bunch of romaine, chopped
  • ½ large red onion, sliced
  • ⅓ C cashews chopped
  • 1 14-oz tub extra firm tofu, cut lengthwise into 4 slabs
  • Cooking spray
  • Salt and pepper
  • Croutons
  • Flour tortillas or other wraps
Directions
  1. To make the dressing, puree the whole garlic cloves in the food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients and puree until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl halfway through. I then transferred the dressing to a mason jar and stored in the fridge.
  2. To prepare the tofu, lightly spray a grill pan with cooking spray and over medium heat, brown the tofu, about 8-10 minutes per side.
  3. Remove to a cutting board and let them cool about 5-10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, toss the romaine, red onion and cashews in a medium bowl.
  5. I then scooped out about ½ a cup of the dressing into a small bowl and whisked in about 1-2 tablespoons of water---it's a pretty thick dressing. Feel free to use almond milk, veggie broth or leave it as is. I then added the dressing to the salad mixture and thoroughly combined it all.
  6. Cut the tofu into small squares.
  7. To assemble, I warmed the tortilla in the microwave for just a few seconds; it's easier to roll when warm. Place a large mound of salad in the tortilla, then some tofu and a few croutons. Wrap and enjoy!

 

 

Product Review: Field Roast Hand-Formed Burgers

Field Roast Hand-Formed Burgers -- Epicurean VeganI was thrilled to have the opportunity to try out these Hand-Formed Burgers from Field Roast. Each package comes with 4 hand-formed burgers all ready for the grill (or in my case, grill pan).
Field Roast Hand-Formed Burgers -- Epicurean Vegan

To start, here’s what’s in ‘em.
Field Roast Hand-Formed Burgers -- Epicurean Vegan
One of the reasons I really enjoy Field Roast products (besides the absence of strange, unpronounceable ingredients) is that they don’t taste like real meat. That’s right. Sometimes, when meatless products taste too similar to the real deal, it grosses me out. But with Field Roast, even though the texture is very, very similar, the taste is all its own. With lots of vegetables, fruits and seasonings, Field Roast products taste fresh and flavorful. (Even our meat-eating friends and family have enjoyed Field Roast). These burgers are really no exception. We don’t use the grill that often (so I’m sure there’s a wasps’ nest inside of it by now), so I opted to use my trusty grill pan. I lightly sprayed the surface with cooking spray and over medium heat, I sauteed the burgers, about 3-4 minutes per side.
Field Roast Hand-Formed Burgers -- Epicurean VeganWe didn’t get too fancy with all the toppings, as I didn’t want to mask up the flavor of the Field Roast, especially since this was the first time I was trying them. I went with the traditional lettuce, tomato, mayo and ketchup.
Field Roast Hand-formed Burgers -- Epicurean VeganSO DELICIOUS! The three of us loved these burgers and would certainly buy these (although the fat content is a lot higher than I’d like). They stay moist, not dried out like a typical “veggie burger.” And of course, the flavor is outstanding; just the right amount of seasonings. These burgers can also be crumbled up and used as a ground “beef.” I have another package left and I’m torn over what to do: we have a neighborhood BBQ on Tuesday, so do I save the other package for that, or crumble them up for a new recipe?! Oh, the dilemma! You’ll probably find out soon. Since we had gone all traditional with these burgers, I couldn’t resist making some oven-baked fries to go with them . . .
Field Roast Hand-Formed Burgers -- Epicurean Vegan
The Husband’s neatly sliced burger . . .
Field Roast Hand-Formed Burgers -- Epicurean Vegan I just went for it . . .
Field Roast Hand-Formed Burgers -- Epicurean VeganOverall, another excellent product from Field Roast that makes my vegan life even easier (and tastier). Thanks, Field Roast!

 

Quinoa-Tempeh Veggie Wraps

Quinoa-Tempeh Veggie Wraps -- Epicurean VeganWho doesn’t love a good veggie wrap? These take very little time to prepare, so lunch or dinner will be ready in minutes. Not only is this a fast and tasty meal, but both quinoa and tempeh provide lots of protein, iron and fiber, not to mention some vitamin B2 and manganese, an antioxidant. These are downright delicious topped with veggies and vegan Thousand Island dressing from Follow Your Heart (which is gluten-free, non GMO and has no cholesterol). Great to wrap and go when you’re on the road, too.
20140720_182001INGREDIENTS:
2 8oz pkgs tempeh, cut into bite-sized cubes
1 small onion, chopped
1 C quinoa
1-1/2 C veggie broth
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbs olive oil
Tamari
1 Tbs vegan Worcestershire sauce
1/3 C pepitas
1-1/2 C cherry tomatoes, halved
2 avocados, peeled, pitted and diced
2 C lettuce, chopped
Vegan dressing of your choice
6 Flour tortillas, warmed

DIRECTIONS:
Start the quinoa, as it will take about 20 minutes. In a medium sauce pan, combine the broth and quinoa. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and let cook about 17-22 minutes, until the water is absorbed. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil and add the garlic. Saute over medium heat for a minute, then add the onions. Cook the onions for about 5 minutes, or until they begin to soften. Add the tempeh and cook 10 minutes, stirring often until most of the tempeh begins to brown. I then drizzled tamari all over the tempeh and onions, using just enough to coat them, perhaps around a 1/4 cup. Add the Worcestershire sauce too. Coat the mixture thoroughly and reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in the pepitas.
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To assemble the wrap, start with quinoa, pile on some of the tempeh-onion mixture, then top with lettuce, tomato, avocado and dressing. Wrap up and enjoy!

Quinoa-Tempeh Veggie Wraps
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 8oz pkgs tempeh, cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 C quinoa
  • 1-1/2 C veggie broth
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • Tamari
  • 1 Tbs vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • ⅓ C pepitas
  • 1-1/2 C cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 avocados, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 2 C lettuce, chopped
  • Vegan dressing of your choice
  • 6 Flour tortillas, warmed
Directions
  1. Start the quinoa, as it will take about 20 minutes. In a medium sauce pan, combine the broth and quinoa. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and let cook about 17-22 minutes, until the water is absorbed.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil and add the garlic. Saute over medium heat for a minute, then add the onions. Cook the onions for about 5 minutes, or until they begin to soften.
  3. Add the tempeh and cook 10 minutes, stirring often until most of the tempeh begins to brown.
  4. I then drizzled tamari all over the tempeh and onions, using just enough to coat them, perhaps around a ¼ cup. Add the Worcestershire sauce too. Coat the mixture thoroughly and reduce heat to medium-low.
  5. Stir in the pepitas.
  6. To assemble the wrap, start with quinoa, pile on some of the tempeh-onion mixture, then top with lettuce, tomato, avocado and dressing. Wrap up and enjoy!

 

Lemon-Pecan Waffles

Lemon-Pecan Waffles -- Epicurean VeganThese are some hearty, no-joke waffles. You could certainly add a bit more milk to thin out the batter a little more to make a lighter, crispier waffle, but we enjoyed the muffin-like texture of the thicker ones. Either way, you won’t be disappointed with this lemony, nutty breakfast/brunch mainstay.

INGREDIENTS:
3-1/2 C flour
2/3 C ground pecans (about 1-1/4 C whole pecans)
1 Tbs baking powder
1 tsp salt
4 C unsweetened almond milk (plain or vanilla)
1/4 C vegan margarine, melted
3 Tbs lemon juice
Zest from one large lemon
1 C pecans, chopped and toasted
Cooking spray
Vegan margarine
Maple syrup

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to about 200 degrees and preheat waffle maker according to its instructions. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, pecans, baking powder and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond milk, melted margarine, lemon juice and zest. Add  the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and gently fold until well combined, using a rubber spatula.

Lemon-Pecan Waffles -- Epicurean VeganSpray the waffle irons with cooking spray and place about a 3/4 to 1 cup of the batter in each waffle square. (Waffle makers vary, so be sure to find out how much/little batter to use).
Lemon-Pecan Waffles -- Epicurean VeganBecause these are thicker waffles, you will probably want to add a couple of minutes to the regular cooking time. (And I could have used a bit more batter).
Lemon-Pecan Waffles -- Epicurean VeganPlace the finished waffles on a baking sheet, cover with foil and place in the warm oven while you cook the rest of the waffles. I got about 12 waffles out of this batter, but if you decide to thin the batter out, you’ll definitely get a few more. Top individual servings with some vegan margarine, syrup and a scoop of toasted pecans. Enjoy!

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Recipe type: Breakfast/Brunch
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3-1/2 C flour
  • ⅔ C ground pecans (about 1-1/4 C whole pecans)
  • 1 Tbs baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 C unsweetened almond milk (plain or vanilla)
  • ¼ C vegan margarine, melted
  • 3 Tbs lemon juice
  • Zest from one large lemon
  • 1 C pecans, chopped and toasted
  • Cooking spray
  • Vegan margarine
  • Maple syrup
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to about 200 degrees and preheat waffle maker according to its instructions.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, pecans, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond milk, melted margarine, lemon juice and zest.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and gently fold until well combined, using a rubber spatula.
  5. Spray the waffle irons with cooking spray and place about a ¾ to 1 cup of the batter in each waffle square. (Waffle makers vary, so be sure to find out how much/little batter to use).
  6. Because these are thicker waffles, you will probably want to add a couple of minutes to the regular cooking time.
  7. Place the finished waffles on a baking sheet, cover with foil and place in the warm oven while you cook the rest of the waffles. I got about 12 waffles out of this batter, but if you decide to thin the batter out, you'll definitely get a few more.
  8. Top individual servings with some vegan margarine, syrup and a scoop of toasted pecans. Enjoy!

 

 

Rigatoni with Garlic-Ricotta & Field Roast

Rigatoni with Garlic-Ricotta & Field Roast -- Epicurean VeganThanks to the previous lasagna meal, I had a few ingredients leftover and I needed a fast and easy dinner to throw together. I had some tofu ricotta left, as well as two Field Roast sausage links, so it worked out beautifully. I wanted to make the ricotta more of a sauce, so I added some minced garlic and a bit of vegetable broth to thin it out. When I sauteed the Field Roast, some of the small crumbles got nice and crispy, creating a kind of crumbled bacon taste. Yum! Fresh tomatoes and parsley (basil would be great too) and the meal was ready in 15 minutes.

Rigatoni with Garlic-Ricotta & Field Roast
 
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Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Rigatoni pasta
  • 1 C tofu ricotta (see link above)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ C vegetable broth (I used a tsp of Better Than Bouillon + water)
  • 2 Field Roast sausage links, Italian Seasoning flavor
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • ½ C parsley, chopped
Directions
  1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  2. Mince the garlic cloves in a food processor, then add the ricotta and vegetable broth. Process 30 seconds, or until smooth. Transfer to a small saucepan and heat over medium-low heat until heated through.
  3. Meanwhile, saute the Field Roast in a skillet with a tad of olive oil.
  4. To serve, top individual servings of pasta with some sauce, Field Roast, tomatoes and parsley. Enojy!

 

 

Black Bean & Field Roast Enchiladas with Roasted Red Pepper Cashew Sauce

FREnchiladasCashewSauceOh yes, this is as delicious as it sounds and simple to make as well. Technically, they’re not really enchiladas, but more of an enchilada casserole. You can certainly roll the corn tortillas, but sometimes I find that they fall apart so easily and I didn’t want to lose my mind making dinner. Anyhow, I love using Field Roast (aside from the great taste) because they’re not made from strange ingredients; it’s all wheat, veggies and seasonings. And our omnivore friends also like it because it’s a satisfying meat sub that even they like.

INGREDIENTS:

1 to 2 Tbs olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 C red onion, diced
1 Field Roast sausage link, Chipotle flavor, broken into small chunks
1 medium zucchini, quartered, then sliced
1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 C corn kernels
18 6″ corn tortillas
1 16-oz jar salsa verde
1 C cilantro, chopped
3/4 C green onion, sliced
1 tomato, diced

Roasted Red Pepper Cashew Sauce

1-1/2 C unsalted cashews
1 large clove of garlic
1 C water
2 Tbs lime juice
3/4 tsp salt
1 Tbs nutritional yeast
1 jarred roasted red pepper

DIRECTIONS:

To begin, place the cashews in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let them soak while you prepare the enchiladas. Preheat oven to 375. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and garlic; add the red onion and cook until it begins to soften over medium heat. Add the Field Roast and cook about 3 minutes. Add the zucchini and saute until it begins to soften a bit—not too much—it will cook more in the oven. Stir in the black beans and corn and cook until heated through, 3-4 minutes.
20140609_164616Pour half of the salsa verde into a 9×13″ baking pan and spread it evenly on the bottom. Lay 6 corn tortillas on the bottom, overlapping them, but covering the entire pan. Place half of the black bean mixture on top and add another 6 tortillas. Finish up by layering on the rest of the veggies, topping them with the remaining 6 tortillas.
20140609_165423Pour the rest of the salsa verde on top and spread it around evenly to coat the tortillas. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. While that cooks, make the sauce. Drain the cashews and add them to the food processor, along with the garlic. Puree for a minute, scraping the bowl if necessary. While the machine is running, add the water, lime juice, salt, and nutritional yeast; blend until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add the roasted red pepper and puree until smooth.
20140609_171127Transfer to a medium sauce pan and heat over medium-low heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring often until hot.
20140609_171749Pour the cashew sauce over the enchiladas (I didn’t use all of the sauce—leftovers would be great for nachos)! and top with the cilantro, green onion and tomatoes. Slice and enjoy!
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Zucchini Noodles with Pesto & Sun-dried Tomatoes

zucchini noodlesI’d often see recipes using zucchini noodles and of course, they look delicious. I finally broke down and spent the $15 (minus 20% coupon from BB&B) and got the spiralizer.
20140607_085217This fancy little thing also works with carrots, potatoes, squash, etc. We planted zucchini this year, so I have a feeling this will come in handy this summer. We loved the noodles and even The Tenth Grader said he liked them more than pasta. It’s very easy to use and it gives you the option of making thin or thick noodles. We found that the thick noodles worked better. I had the teenager on it:
20140606_171842All I had to do was make the pesto and chop up the sun-dried tomatoes and dinner was ready in no time. Since there was only the two of us for this meal, we used just 2 zucchinis, but the pesto recipe makes enough for about 6 zucchinis. I also didn’t peel the zucchini, but you certainly may if you wish. The noodles can be pretty long, so you may want to cut them as you go for more manageable strands. Another thing, is that I slightly sauteed the noodles, but feel free to make this a raw meal by skipping that step.

INGREDIENTS:

2-6 medium zucchinis (depending on how many servings you’d like; about 1 zucchini per serving)
1/4 to 1/2 C sun-dried tomatoes in oil, chopped
Optional: Vegan Parmesan
1-2 Tbs Earth Balance

Pesto:

2 C fresh basil leaves
1 C spinach
1/4 C olive oil
1/4 C lemon juice
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 Tbs nutritional yeast
1/2 C pine nuts or sunflower seeds

DIRECTIONS:

To make the pesto, combine all of the ingredients in a food processor, except for the pine nuts, and blend until smooth. Then add the pine nuts and process another minute.
20140606_172810In a large skillet, melt the Earth Balance and add the spiralized zucchini.
20140606_173521Saute for only 3-4 minutes–just enough to warm the noodles. Again, you can omit this step for a raw-licious version. Zucchini cooks down fast, so don’t overdo it. Serve with a scoop or two of pesto, a few sun-dried tomatoes, and vegan Parmesan (if you’d like). Enjoy!

 

Hummus & Tomato Tart

hummus tartThis is great for a last minute appetizer and is extremely versatile. Change up the veggies, spices, and herbs and you have another great appetizer. I used Pillsbury crescent rolls (yes, they’re vegan) and I actually like them as a crust a bit more than puff pastry (which is also vegan). The crescent rolls have a fluffy layer effect that’s light and tasty. I cut the tart into 9 squares, but feel free to slice and dice the way you’d like.

INGREDIENTS:

1 pkg. Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (8 to a package)
1/3 to 1/2 C prepared hummus
2 tomatoes, sliced thin (about 9 slices)
1/3 C chopped fresh basil

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375. Grease a 9×13 baking sheet. Unroll the crescent rolls on the baking sheet and press the perforated edges to seal them. Using your fingers, firmly press the dough in several directions in order to get it to fit the baking sheet.
20140526_163122Bake for 9 minutes, or until golden brown.
20140526_164511Let it cool completely, then spread on the hummus, add the tomatoes and sprinkle on the basil. Cut into squares and enjoy!

 

Creamy Kale & Mushroom Pasta

Kale PastaKale and mushrooms. Two of my favorite veggies. Together with pasta: a new favorite meal! It’s incredibly easy to make and will be ready in no time.

INGREDIENTS:

1 Tbs olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 C onion, minced
3 Tbs flour, divided
1 C vegetable broth
Salt and pepper
1 tsp thyme
1/8 tsp nutmeg
2 Tbs nutritional yeast
3/4 C unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp lemon juice
2 portobello mushroom caps, sliced, then cut in half
2 C kale, torn into bite-sized pieces
1/2 C green onions, sliced
Optional: 1/3 C Dairy-free sour cream
12-14 ounces pasta of your choice (I used rotini)

DIRECTIONS:

Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat the olive oil and garlic over  medium heat; cook for 3 minutes. Add the onions, and cook another 6-8 minutes, or until the onions are softened. Add two tablespoons of the flour and coat the onions well; cook 1 minute. Little by little, add the broth and whisk until the mixture is thickened. While I prepare the sauce, I had the kale and mushrooms in my steamer pot. They only need about 5-7 minutes to steam, so keep an eye on the pot; I find that kale can get bitter-tasting if it gets over-steamed. Once it turns bright green, it’s perfect—remove from heat.

Stir the nutritional yeast into the sauce, along with the salt, pepper, thyme and nutmeg. In a small cup, whisk together the almond milk with the remaining tablespoon of flour. Again, little by little, whisk it into the sauce until it has thickened. Stir in the lemon juice. Combine the cooked pasta with the green onions and the steamed kale and mushrooms.
20140524_194257Pour the sauce over the pasta mixture and combine well. If using, add the sour cream and mix thoroughly. Season with more salt and pepper if you’d like, serve and enjoy!