Mexican Fettuccine

Mexican Fettuccine -- Epicurean VeganI’ve had some sun-dried tomato pasta in the pantry for a while, so I decided it was high time to do something with it, but any type of pasta will do for this meal. After taking his first bite, The Husband remarked, “Now that’s a smorgasbord of flavors!” It was definitely flavorful and it seemed to gather steam with every bite!

8-oz sun-dried tomato fettuccine
1/2 C walnuts, chopped
1/2 C salsa
2 C spinach, chopped
1/2 C black olives, sliced
2 Tbs olive oil
2 Tbs nutritional yeast flakes
2 Tbs water
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 green onions, sliced
Tofutti sour cream

Cook pasta according to package instructions. In the meantime, in a medium sauce pan, toast the walnuts for about 3 minutes. Add the salsa, spinach, black olives, olive oil, nutritional yeast flakes, water, salt, and pepper. Combine well and let simmer on a low heat until spinach has cooked down and everything is heated through.

Mexican Fettuccine -- Epicurean Vegan

Top individual servings of pasta with the sauce, a dollop of Tofutti sour cream, cilantro and green onions. Enjoy!

Pesto and Almond Feta Pizza

Pesto and Almond Feta Pizza -- Epicurean VeganAfter the craziness of the holidays, a quick, easy meal is a welcome reprieve. I usually have homemade pesto in the freezer, so it paired perfectly with the almond feta I made a few days ago. I had one flat bread left and a loaf of French bread which made the perfect pizza “dough.” You’ll love the softness of the cheese and the absence of all grease–this is probably my favorite kind of pizza.

INGREDIENTS: (For 3 pizzas)
3 flat breads or 3/4 of a loaf of French bread
1 C basil pesto
1-1/2 to 2 C almond feta
2-3 tomatoes, diced
1 C black olives, sliced
Shredded vegan mozzarella, optional

Preheat oven to 400.  On each piece bread, layer 1/3 C of the pesto, then equally divide the rest of the ingredients among the pizzas.

Pesto and Almond Feta Pizza -- Epicurean Vegan

Bake for 15 minutes, or until the feta begins to brown. Enjoy!

Pesto and Almond Feta Pizza -- Epicurean Vegan


Cashew Cheese Nachos

Vegan MoFo, Day 17

Cashew Cheese Nachos -- Epicurean VeganThe Sixth Grader loves nachos and loves cashew cheese, so this is an ideal after-school snack for him. I still had some cashew cheese in the freezer,  so I left it in the zip lock and placed it in some warm water for about 10 minutes. It’s best if it’s still a little frozen for grating it. I recommend using the microwave—at first I used the oven on a low broiler, but the chips were browning before the cheese was melting.  Other ingredients to try: tomatoes, salsa, or refries.

Tortilla chips
Hard cashew cheese, shredded
Green onion, sliced
Black olives, sliced
Avocado, diced
Tofutti sour cream

I like to have a layer of chips, some cheese, then another layer of chips and the rest of the cheese. Sprinkle on the green onions and olives. Zap in the microwave for about a minute, then add the avocados and a dollop of sour cream. Enjoy!

Mediterranean Olive Bread

Mediterranean Olive Bread -- Epicurean VeganThe fresh rosemary in this bread reminds me of Christmas. Love it. I love this bread for many reasons: a.) it was fast and easy to make, b.) no need for yeast, c.) no kneading required and d.) it’s delicious.

4-1/2 tsp Ener-G Egg Replacer
6 Tbs water
1-1/2 C flour
3/4 C whole wheat flour
2-1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
1 tsp fresh basil, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1 C nondairy milk (I used almond milk)
1/4 C olive oil
1/3 C finely chopped walnuts
1/3 C chopped pitted black olives
1/3 C chopped sundried tomatoes

Preheat oven to 350 and lightly grease an 8 or 9-inch loaf pan. In a food processor, whip the egg replacer and water together until thick and creamy. In a large bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, rosemary, basil, and salt. In a separate bowl, combine the egg replacer mixture, nondairy milk, and olive oil.

Add the wet mixture to the dry and fold until dry ingredients are moistened. Add the walnuts, sundried tomatoes, and olives; fold in just until the pieces are distributed. The batter will be stiff and sticky.

Mediterranean Olive Bread -- Epicurean Vegan

Scrape batter into the loaf pan and spread evenly.

Mediterranean Olive Bread -- Epicurean VeganBake for 40 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in the pan on a rack for 5-10 minutes before taking out of the pan, then let cool completely on rack. Enjoy!

Recipe source: The Joy of Vegan Baking

Soyrizo Layer Dip

Soyrizo Layer Dip -- Epicurean VeganMeat-eaters won’t know the difference! I like to use Soyrizo instead of refried beans because it adds so much flavor. Soyrizo needs no seasoning, isn’t raw and can be served cold or heated up. I served this dip cold and didn’t tell people it was vegan. It was gone in a matter of minutes! The ingredient amounts are approximate–I just threw it together and how much you layer on is up to you.

1 pkg Soyrizo
1 C Tofutti sour cream
1 C Vegan cheddar, shredded
1 C sliced black olives
1 C green onion, sliced thin
1/2 C salsa
1 C fresh cilantro, chopped
1 C fresh roma tomatoes, diced
Optional: 1C prepared guacamole, or 1-2 C diced avocado

Layer Soyrizo, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, cilantro, green onion, tomatoes, cheese, olives and enjoy with your favorite tortilla chips!