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Penne with Cheesy Sauce

October 6 2018 Oh My Veggies 

Provolone is a cheese originally from southern Italy, though it is now also produced in the northern regions of Italy. Made from cow’s milk, this semi-hard cheese comes in various shapes and sizes thanks to the plasticity of its dough. Provolone brings a gourmet touch to many dishes. This Penne with cheese sauce is creamy, tasty, very easy, fast, helps you empty your fridge, and its nutritious too! Ingredients 2 tbsp. butter 1 chopped onion 2 tbsp. flour 2 cups milk 1 1/­­2 cups Provolone cheese, grated 3 tbsp. tomato paste 1 tsp. fresh basil, chopped 2 cups of penne pasta Preparation Melt the butter in a medium saucepan, then fry the onion until tender. Stir in the flour. Gradually add the milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture is bubbling and thickening. Remove from heat. Add the cheese and stir until melted. Add tomato paste and basil. Warm up if necessary, but avoid boiling. Mix the sauce with the cooked pasta. Garnish with basil and more grated provolone if desired.

Creamy Spinach Penne with Watermelon

August 11 2018 Green Kitchen Stories 

Creamy Spinach Penne with Watermelon Hi friends, hope you’ve had a great summer. We took a little break from the blog as we have been in Copenhagen and Barcelona. But we are back now with a great little dinner recipe. It’s a version of something we have been eating all summer. It has been record-breaking hot in Europe so pairing lukewarm buckwheat penne with juicy and crunchy watermelon has been feeling very right, very often.  Satisfying, simple and soothing. Our kids love this buckwheat penne and that also plays a part why it’s been on repeat. In fact, our little Noah (soon two years old!) starts crying if we serve him spaghetti or any other pasta: “Noooooh, [I want] my pasta“. In this version we are dressing (almost drenching) the pasta in a herby spinach, herb and almond milk sauce that is inspired by something we saw in Deliciously Ella’s feed a while back. Its very good, creamy and quick! We then stir in chickpeas and avocado and top everything with watermelon, feta cheese, almonds and heirloom tomatoes. It is a pretty awesome little dinner that can come together in 15 minutes if you are quick with the knife and good at multitasking. There are plenty of ways to spin this. o If you cannot find buckwheat penne you can of course use regular or whole wheat penne. o Vegans can just skip the cheese (and perhaps add in a little nutritional yeast for extra flavour). o Fresh or roasted corn could be a great addition when they are in season. o You can swap basil and mint for cilantro and parsley for a more Middle Eastern take. o If you are allergic to nuts, use oat milk or regular milk and swap the almonds for toasted sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds. o For a wintery version of this, you can add in roasted broccoli and pomegranate seeds instead of watermelon. Buckwheat Penne with Creamy Spinach Sauce & Watermelon Serves 4 Buckwheat pasta penne for 4 persons (approx 400 g /­­14 oz) Creamy Spinach Sauce 1 onion 2 garlic cloves 1 tbsp olive oil 125 g /­­ 3 packed cups fresh spinach 400 ml /­­ 1 1/­­2  cups almond milk a good handful each of fresh basil and mint 1-2 tsp maple syrup 1 small lemon, juice a large pinch sea salt & pepper To Serve 1 x 400 g /­­ 14 oz tin cooked chickpeas 1/­­2 watermelon 1 avocado 10 heirloom cherry tomatoes 15 toasted almonds 10 fresh mint 100 g feta cheese Boil salted water in a large saucepan, add the pasta and cook according to the instructions on the package. Meanwhile prepare the sauce. Peel and chop onion and garlic. Heat olive oil in a saucepan. Sauté onions and garlic on medium high heat until translucent and light brown. Then lower the heat, add spinach and let it wilt down, pour in almond milk and let simmer for a couple of minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, take it off the heat and use a stick (immersion) blender to mix it smooth. Taste to check that the flavours are balanced. You can add more lemon juice, herbs, salt or maple syrup if you prefer. When the pasta is ready, drain the water in a sieve, give it a quick rinse and transfer the pasta back to the saucepan along with a splash of olive oil. Pour the spinach sauce over the cooked pasta and stir to combine. Drain the chickpeas and cut the avocado into cubes and add them to the creamy pasta. Cut the watermelon into cubes, divide the tomatoes in halves, chop almonds and mint and crumble the feta cheese. Arrange all those ingredients on top of the creamy pasta penne. Serve and dive in!

Resolving to Go Meatless Monday? Here Are Our Most Popular Recipes from 2017 to Start You Off!

December 19 2017 Meatless Monday 

Resolving to Go Meatless Monday? Here Are Our Most Popular Recipes from 2017 to Start You Off!The end of the year always marks a great opportunity to think about a fresh start, try something new, and make resolutions to change your lifestyle and eating habits. Why not do something that improves your health and also helps the environment? Meatless Monday is an easy way to make a small change to your daily life that also affects the health of the planet as well as the livelihoods of local industries and farmers. This past year has seen many people jump on the Meatless Monday bandwagon, from social media followers to celebrities, to restaurants, schools, and cities. Weve made it easy for you to join the movement by giving you a head start on the New Year. Here are the 10 most viewed Meatless Monday recipes of 2017. Try some today, and let us know what you think.   #1: Jamaican Jerk Tofu #2: Black Bean Meatless Balls and Zucchini Noodles #3: Cherry Tomato Pesto Penne #4: Banana Date Smoothie #5: Zucchini Tomato Curry #6: Easy Veggie Lo Mein #7: Bell Pepper Egg Rings #8: Lentil Burgers #9: Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese Bake #10: Spinach Lasagna The post Resolving to Go Meatless Monday? Here Are Our Most Popular Recipes from 2017 to Start You Off! appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Butternut Squash and Spinach Alfredo

November 13 2017 Meatless Monday 

If you think you’re looking at an ooey gooey cheese sauce, look again! That luscious coating is made from a nutrient-packed fall favorite, butternut squash, with sage and lemon to balance the squash’s sweetness. This recipe comes to us from registered dietitian Maria of Bean A Foodie. Serves 4. - 3 cups cubed butternut squash - 1 tsp. dried sage - 1/­­2 onion, diced - 3 cloves of garlic, minced - 1/­­4 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided in half - 1 tsp. each salt and pepper - 1/­­2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving - 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice - 1/­­2 cup vegetable stock - 1 lb. spinach, finely chopped - 8 oz. short cut pasta, like rigatoni or penne Preheat your oven to 425F. Boil water for pasta and cooking according to package directions. Save about 1 cup of the pasta water and set aside. Toss butternut squash with sage, 2 tbsp olive oil and salt and pepper. Roast squash for about 30-40 minutes or until fork tender and lightly golden brown. While squash roasts, heat the remaining 2 tbsp of olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium high heat. Add in diced onions and garlic. Saute for about 3-5 or until onions and garlic are just starting to get translucent. In a high powered blender or food processor, place the roasted squash and onion mixture in the bowl. Blend on high until the squash is smooth. Add in the parmesan cheese, lemon juice and blend on high for another minute. Taste and adjust for seasoning. At this point the sauce is probably somewhat thick. Slowly add in some of the vegetable stock, blending at the same time. Check frequently for consistency. You may or may not use all of the stock, depending on how thick or thin your sauce. If you want the sauce thinner (or if it thickens over time on the stove) thin out with the reserved pasta water. Pour the butternut sauce back into the medium saute pan. Heat over low and add in the chopped spinach, stirring to combine. Cook over medium low until the spinach wilts — about 10 minutes. Again, if the sauce thickens, use some of the reserved pasta water to keep it at the consistency you like. Toss in the hot cooked pasta with the butternut and spinach sauce. Toss to combine. Add more parmesan cheese if you’d like. Serve hot! The post Butternut Squash and Spinach Alfredo appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Penne Primavera with Avocado Cashew Cream

August 29 2017 Robin Robertson's Global Vegan Kitchen 

Penne Primavera with Avocado Cashew Cream I like to use penne pasta in this recipe, but any bite-sized pasta will work well. This Penne Primavera with Avocado Cashew Cream is best if eaten immediately after prepared since the sauce may begin to turn brown if made in advance. Use gluten-free pasta to make this gluten-free. Penne Primavera with Avocado Cashew Cream - 12 to 16 ounces penne pasta - 1 1/­­2 cups small broccoli florets - 1 small carrot, thinly sliced - 1 small zucchini or yellow squash, cut into 1/­­4-inch dice - 1/­­2 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight and drained - 1 to 2 garlic cloves, crushed - 1 cup hot vegetable broth or water, or more if needed - 1 to 2 ripe Hass avocados, halved and pitted - 2 scallions, chopped - 2 tablespoons lemon juice - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt - ground black pepper - Plain unsweetened almond milk, if needed - 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise - 1/­­3 cup chopped fresh basil leaves or parsley - Whole fresh basil leaves, for garnish - Cook the penne in a large pot of salted boiling water, stirring occasionally, until it is tender, about 10 minutes. About 5 minutes before the pasta is cooked, add the broccoli and carrots. About 2 minutes before the pasta is cooked, add the zucchini. Drain the cooked pasta and vegetables well and return to the pot. - While the pasta is cooking, combine the drained cashews, garlic, and broth in a high-speed blender or food processor. Process until smooth and well blended. Peel and pit the avocado and add it to the food processor along with the scallions, lemon juice, salt, and pepper to taste. Process until smooth and creamy. For a thinner sauce, add some almond milk, if needed. For a thicker sauce, add additional avocado. Taste and adjust the seasonings, if needed. - Add the sauce to the pot containing the drained cooked pasta and vegetables. Add the tomatoes and chopped basil and toss gently to combine. Serve immediately, garnished with the whole basil leaves. From The Nut Butter Cookbook by Robin Robertson. (C)2014 Robin Robertson. Used by permission from Vegan Heritage Press. Photo by Lori Maffei. The post Penne Primavera with Avocado Cashew Cream appeared first on Robin Robertson.

Meatless Monday Celebrates 2017 C-CAP Scholarship Winners

April 10 2017 Meatless Monday 

Meatless Monday Celebrates 2017 C-CAP Scholarship Winners   The Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) provides a full menu of support for disadvantaged youth. This worthy non-profit organization is dedicated to transforming lives through the culinary arts and preparing young people for college and careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Meatless Monday is proud to support C-CAP by sponsoring an annual recipe contest that awards student scholarships. This years theme Oodles of Noodles drew submissions from around the country and weve included the winning recipes below! Were excited to team up with C-CAP for our annual recipe contest, said Sid Lerner, founder of the Meatless Monday movement, This year, we challenged C-CAP students to convert traditional noodle recipes into meatless versions. And the winning recipes are stellar. Before we announce this years winners, wed like to say thanks to a great panel of judges for donating their time and talents: New York-based Chef Maria Loi, the global ambassador of Greek gastronomy; Chef Mathew Kenney, renowned as pioneer in raw, plant-based cuisine; Chef Jet Tila, Royal Thai culinary ambassador; and Diana Rice, RD, and consulting recipe editor for Meatless Monday. The Meatless Monday C-CAP Oodles of Noodles recipe winners are:  Grand Prize $5,000 Scholarship Andrian Gonzalez, 12th Grade Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies, CA Three Sisters Stuffed Squash dish:   Regional $2,000 Scholarships Austin Neanover, 12th Grade Glendale High School, AZ Spicy Spaghetti with Roasted Vegetables Azary Madrigal, 12th Grade Curie Metropolitan High School, Chicago, IL Avocado Pasta Devyn Shannon, 12th Grade Charles Herbert Flowers High School, Washington, DC Spicy Coconut Penne Cashé Clark, 12th Grade Virginia Beach Technical and Career Center, Hampton Roads, VA Rainbow Pad Thai Brayden Boscio, 12th Grade Harry S. Truman High School, New York, NY Goat Cheese Gnocchi with Tomato Mushroom Ragu and Wilted Spinach Lauren Moore, 11th Grade A.Phillip Randolph Career Academy, Philadelphia, PA Curry Primavera   Each year, C-CAP holds a benefit event that brings together New Yorks best chefs to serve a grand tasting of their signature dishes. Like a little taste of this years gala? Then watch our 2017 C-CAP highlights video. The post Meatless Monday Celebrates 2017 C-CAP Scholarship Winners appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Spicy Coconut Penne

March 23 2017 Meatless Monday 

The theme of the 2017 Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) Meatless Monday Recipe Contest was Oodles of Noodles and it challenged teen chefs to create innovative, meatless noodle recipes. This recipe is the Washington, D.C. regional winner and comes from Devyn Shannon of Charles Herbert Flowers High School. Serves 8 - 16 ounces of cooked penne noodles - 1 tablespoon oil - 2 garlic cloves, minced - 1 tablespoon ginger, minced - 1 carrot, thinly sliced - 1 16 ounce can unsweetened coconut milk - 3 tablespoons tomato paste - 1 teaspoon chili powder - 1 teaspoon kosher salt - 1 1/­­ 2 tablespoon spicy ground chili paste - 3 scallions, thinly sliced (2 for dish) - 3 basil leaves, whole -  1/­­4 cup shredded coconut - 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper In a large saucepan add oil, saute carrot, garlic, scallions and ginger on med-high for 2-3 minutes. Add coconut milk, tomato paste, chili powder, salt, and chili paste and stir together. Once combined add in your coconut and basil leaves. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 3-5 minutes. Remove basil leaves. Add noodles to sauce and toss. Top with leftover scallion and serve. The post Spicy Coconut Penne appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday Sizes Up Superfoods

March 20 2017 Meatless Monday 

Meatless Monday Sizes Up SuperfoodsMarch is National Nutrition Month. So each week this month, were highlighting how certain foods can help improve your health. This is the third article in the series. Please share with friends and family who may be interested. For many adults, being time-pressed has become the norm. Theyre driven to pack more into any given moment. With this mind, perhaps its no surprise that theres a recent surge of interest in superfoods - plant foods that pack in more nutrition than other food items. Sure, this food trend is hot right now, but does the reality actually live up to the hype? Turns out the answer is yes, as long as youre consuming the right foods for the right reasons. According to Diana K. Rice, a registered dietitian who works with Meatless Monday, Many plant-based foods pack in more fiber, minerals and fiber than other dietary choices, said Rice. So if youre looking to improve the quality of your diet, its a great idea to rely on these foods over choices like processed carbohydrates and animal products. But dont expect superfoods to deliver a miracle cure for your medical problems, cautions Rice. She explains, No single food is going to help you lose weight, give you clearer skin or achieve whatever other health goal youre after. The main reason to eat superfoods is that they are nutritious and convenient. One easy way to pack more superfoods into yoir diet is to adopt the practice of Meatless Monday. When you choose not to eat meat one day a week, theres a lot of room left in your diet to fill with nutrient-packed superfoods, Rice said. And when you try tasty new dishes containing plant-based superfoods on a Monday, youll be more likely to incorporate them into your diet over the rest of the week, too. To kick off your new Meatless Monday habit, Rice recommends these plant-based superfoods: Peanuts: Not only is this plant-based source of protein highly affordable, its adored by the masses for its appealing flavor. In addition to seven grams of protein per one ounce serving, peanuts are a terrific source of folate and resveratrol - yes, the red wine nutrient! Found in whole peanuts (as well as grape skins), resveratrol is an antioxidant thats linked to reduced rates of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Think outside the peanut butter sandwich with Peanut Noodles or Peanut Butter Chili.   Avocados: This fruit is a super substitute for animal products on Meatless Monday because its healthy fat content satisfies the same craving you might have for a juicy steak. But since the fats found in avocados are mostly heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, theyre doing your body a favor along with your tastebuds. Grill them and top with salsa for a new twist or try them with pasta in this Pea and Avocado Penne.   Kale: Sure, kale isnt as trendy as it once was. Nowadays, foods like collard greens and Brussels sprouts are stealing the spotlight. However, kale rose to popularity for good reason - it scores a perfect 1000 on the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index, meaning that it packs in more nutrition per calorie than most other foods. In particular, its a great source of vitamins A, K, C and fiber. Give it a spin in this Forbidden Rice Salad or try a new variation on your lasagna with this kale-packed version.   Mushrooms: Not many foods pack in a hefty dose of vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin. But one portabella mushroom can pack in 400 IU (international units) of vitamin D, which is more than half of the recommended daily intake level. Theyre an especially good choice for people who are averse to sun or live in northern climates, plus they offer the crave-able umami flavor found in meat. Try them in Mushroom Tikka Masala or Mushroom Hemp Tartlets.   Tomatoes: No, not the pale pink slice thats suspiciously topping your sandwich. Were talking deep, dark red tomatoes - especially canned tomatoes - that are an excellent source of lycopene, an antioxidant thats linked to heart health and reduced cancer risk. Pump up your lycopene intake with dishes like Shakshouka with Rainbow Chard and Tomato Parmesan Slow Cooker Soup. The post Meatless Monday Sizes Up Superfoods appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Mint and Chocolate Milkshake with Aquafaba Whipped Cream - Ice Cream Sunday

August 7 2016 Golubka Kitchen 

Mint and Chocolate Milkshake with Aquafaba Whipped Cream - Ice Cream Sunday We have a classic ice cream flavor in milkshake form for you today – mint and chocolate. It’s creamy, with little hard specs of cacao nibs, and invigorating with the addition of fresh mint – just a great summer treat in every way. Now let’s talk about what’s on top of these milkshakes. Have you heard of aquafaba yet? It’s cooking water from beans or the water, in which canned beans come. Basically, a by-product that is usually discarded, which was found to have properties similar to egg whites, once whipped. I’ve been taking my time warming up to it, but now I can say that I’m officially on board with this whole idea. I’ve already successfully made eggless, porous pancakes, mousse and this whipped cream with the stuff, and it really does work, almost magically. It’s basically free, if you are already cooking beans for a meal or have cans of beans on hand, which is always a bonus. The most favored beans used for aquafaba are chickpeas or white beans, since they don’t color their water. Any other beans can technically be used for aquafaba, but black beans will produce purplish whip, and whip from red beans will be pinkish. Pretty awesome, huh? Read on for some weekend links and have a nice Sunday :) Michael Pollan and Psychedelics – one of my favorite modern-day writers on the new, fascinating research in the field of psychedelics To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This – read aloud on the Modern Love Podcast Kerry Diamond & Claudia Wu – interview with the creators of Cherry Bombe magazine Mental Models for Decision Making – What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.-Dwight Eisenhower Ester Perel on the Pardon My French Podcast – great interview with the psychotherapist on modern relationships, insecurities, gender roles Ditte Isager on Apiece Apart Woman – one of my favorite food photographers at home Slave Labor, Mast Brothers, Cheap Chocolate – “Our whole system is built around getting things for cheap, without understanding where that product came from, and who made it.” Blog Love – intrigued by this vegan sunflower ‘tuna’ idea from Faring Well and GKS, Coconut Twix Bars, Preserved Lemon Pappardelle + Emma’s Dreamy Garden Mint and Chocolate Milkshake with Aquafaba Whipped Cream   Print Serves: 2 Ingredients for the milkshake ½ cup cashews - soaked for 2-4 hours 1 large or 2 small frozen bananas 1½ cups almond milk/­­other plant milk large handful fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish large handful cacao nibs few scoops favorite mint chocolate or vanilla ice cream (optional) aquafaba whipped cream - recipe below shaved dark chocolate - for garnish (optional) for the aquafaba whipped cream ¼ cup aquafaba (liquid from cooking beans, preferably chickpeas/­­white beans, or from canned beans) ½ teaspoon lemon juice 3 tablespoons powdered raw sugar (raw sugar powdered in a coffee grinder) Instructions to make the milkshake Drain and rinse cashews and combine them with banana, almond milk, mint and cacao nibs in an upright blender. Blend until smooth. Add ice-cream, if using, and pulse to combine. Garnish with whipped aquafaba cream, shaved chocolate and mint leaves. to make the aquafaba whipped cream Beat aquafaba with an electric hand mixer for 1 minute. Without stopping, add lemon juice and powdered sugar, ½ tablespoon at a time. Continue to beat for about 5-6 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Use immediately. The cream will deflate after some time, but can be re-whipped to become fluffy again. 3.5.3208 You might also like... Late Summer Oat Milk Smoothie and a Glass Straw Giveaway Double Chocolate Layer Cake and a Giveaway Taco Collard Green Rolls Quinoa Collard Wraps from the Sprouted Kitchen Cookbook .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb { background: !important; -webkit-transition: background 0.2s linear; -moz-transition: background 0.2s linear; -o-transition: background 0.2s linear; transition: background 0.2s linear;;color:!important; } .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb:hover{background:#ffffff !important;color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .yuzo_­text, .yuzo_­related_­post .yuzo_­views_­post {color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb:hover .yuzo_­text, .yuzo_­related_­post:hover .yuzo_­views_­post {color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb a{color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb a:hover{color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb:hover a{ color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb{ margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; padding: 5px 5px 5px 5px; } The post Mint and Chocolate Milkshake with Aquafaba Whipped Cream - Ice Cream Sunday appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Spring Pea Pesto Penne

May 16 2016 Meatless Monday 

This veggie-packed pasta dish is protein-packed too with the help of fresh or frozen peas and chickpea-powered pasta. An irresistible pesto made with traditional basil, pine nuts and grated cheese rounds out the meal. This recipe comes to us from Banza. Serves 4 - 1 box penne pasta (such as Banza Penne) - 1/­­2 cup Extra Virgin olive oil - 3 bunches of basil leaves (about 6 cups loosely packed), washed and pat dry - 1/­­2 cup cooked peas, fresh or frozen (then thawed) - 1/­­2 cup pine nuts - 1/­­2 cup grated Parmesan Reggiano - 2 garlic cloves, minced or crushed - 1/­­2 tsp sea salt As per pasta packaging instructions, bring a large pot of water to boil over high heat. Add Banza penne in and reduce heat a bit until it reaches a low boil. Cook for 4-6 minutes, then drain and rinse shells immediately with lukewarm water. Drain completely and pour pasta back into large pot. Meanwhile, place the pine nuts, parmesan, garlic, and salt in the food processor and gently pulse a few times. Add in half the basil leaves, and blend until combined. Add in the remaining half of the basil leaves then the peas, and blend continuously, pausing to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Keep blending until well-combined. With the processor running, gently pour in EVOO through the hole in the bowl’s cover (if your processor doesn’t have one, just open and pour in EVOO in small parts, blend, and repeat). Keep blending until pesto is uniform. Pour pea pesto sauce over the pasta in the pot, and stir to thoroughly coat penne. Plate, and serve! The post Spring Pea Pesto Penne appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Sara Moulton on Home Cooking, Family Meals and Getting Your Vegetables

May 2 2016 Meatless Monday 

Sara Moulton on Home Cooking, Family Meals and Getting Your VegetablesInterview by Diana K. Rice Registered Dietitian, The Monday Campaigns Author, TV star and all-around weeknight meal whiz Sara Moulton‘s newest book is Home Cooking 101 (Oxmoor House). Since many of the themes and recipes in the book tie in with the Meatless Monday and Kids Cook Monday campaigns, she and I recently chatted about family dinners and meatless eating. Your new book looks extremely useful to the home cook! I love how it presents like a textbook, albeit a textbook with fabulous food photos and enticing recipes. Can you tell me more about your goals with this book? It’s supposed to be a teaching manual for home cooks. Read the first chapter, that’s the the most important thing, and then cook your way through it. And as you cook, there’s lots of little information along the way. The first chapter sets the tone – it’s not like, “here’s how you use a knife, here’s how you make a stock” – it’s more like, “here are the 10 things you need to know” and then as you cook your way through, you can learn a lot. You say in your introduction that despite your busy schedule over the years, you were still mom at the end of the day and you needed to get a meal on the table instead of relying on fast food. For you, why is this so important? Both my husband and I grew up in families that had regular family dinners and we both see it as really important. The thing about family dinners, besides eating better, is that it’s about coming together at the end of the day to reconnect. Especially these days with both parents working, you’re all in different directions and I think it’s really key to come together, check in with each other and give everybody a turn to talk. Half of it is the talking and reconnecting. Also in your introduction you write, “cooking and dining together with your loved ones is a recipe for good life.” This is, in a nutshell, what the Kids Cook Monday campaign is all about! Why is cooking together important to you? That is such a good one. The thing is, when the kids are little there’s not a ton they can do in the kitchen, but it’s not a bad idea to have them hang out while you cook. I started cooking via baking with my grandmother and that was really fun. We made bread, pies and cookies. There’s something about it that’s just is very comforting and very wonderful. Home Cooking 101 has a chapter on “quicker” meals. What are some of those recipes that families could make together on a weeknight? The Quick Tomato, Goat Cheese and Fresh Herb Penne is a good one for the summer and it’s very quick, you just boil the pasta, dump it on the salted tomatoes and fresh herbs and goat cheese with some of the pasta cooking liquid and toss it up. And the Greek Diner Souffléed Omelet is really fun because it’s a magic trick. You can put any filling in there and the kids can help you beat the egg whites. You’ve been a supporter of our Meatless Monday campaign since the early days when Sid Lerner founded the movement. You dedicated an episode of your show Sara’s Weeknight Meals to Meatless Monday this season and you’ve also got a chapter on vegetarian and vegan meals in the new book. Why do you think that it’s important for home cooks to have some meatless dishes in their repertoires? You know, my prior two books also had chapters on vegetarian meals! I think ultimately it’s better for us. It eliminates some of that saturated fat but also it’s so much better for the environment. We all eat way too much animal protein in this country. Europeans and Asians and everyone else doesn’t put meat in the center of the plate. So that’s why I think it’s really important to get more vegetables into your diet. Don’t just pile them up around the meat but lose the meat all together and focus on the vegetables! You worked with a number of guest chefs in the book, including Dirt Candy‘s chef/­­owner Amanda Cohen, who was also the guest on the Meatless Monday episode of your show. What can you tell me about working with her? It’s so exciting to eat at Dirt Candy. I went there with my husband and another couple, a carnivorous husband and vegetarian wife. We had a great meal and the guys did not make any jokes afterwards about, “let’s go out for dinner.” Her recipe in my book is lovely (Broccoli Carpaccio with Broccoli Stalk Salad). She’s leading an exciting new charge of things to do with vegetables and they’re not all that unusual – you don’t need to go buy tons of almonds and make almond milk for her dishes. I can’t wait to try it! Thanks so much for chatting, I know you’ve inspired readers to whip up some meatless meals with their families this Monday. Go Meatless Monday with Sara’s recipe for Vegetable Fritters with Green Chile-Coconut Chutney or make it a Kids Cook Monday with her Greek Diner Souffléed Omelet! The post Sara Moulton on Home Cooking, Family Meals and Getting Your Vegetables appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Weekly Plant-Based Dinner Plan, Sept. 28 – Oct. 2, 2015

September 28 2015 VegKitchen 

Weekly Plant-Based Dinner Plan, Sept. 28 – Oct. 2, 2015October is just around the bend, which means fall is in full swing. Hints of nippy air alternate with Indian summer, so where food is concerned, transitional mode is the watchword this week. Here are five entree selections that are hearty yet suitable to evenings that are cool but not quite cold and use plenty of early fall produce. Tofu with Balsamic-Roasted Italian Vegetables (above)  is easy enough to make on a weeknight. Its good served hot over grains, or just warm over greens as a main-dish salad. Robin Robertsons Penne and Broccoli with Tomatoes, Walnuts, and Raisins is a pasta dish filled with a variety of delicious flavors and textures -- not the least of which is healthful broccoli. Broccoli isnt at its best during summer months, so enjoy plenty of it in the fall. All you need to complete this meal is a simple salad. Gallo Pinto Especial by Jason Wyrick is a simple dish of rice and beans that packs plenty of flavor. Serve with simply sautéed late-summer squashes or fresh corn; flour or corn tortillas can be used to scoop it or wrap it up, if youd like. A simple yet colorful salad completes the meal. Seitan Chow Fun proves that making Asian-style fare at home takes not much more time than ordering and picking up Chinese food. Like the penne and broccoli recipe above, this one takes advantage of early falls tender and tasty broccoli. Serve with spring rolls (from the natural foods store freezer) and a simple coleslaw with a sesame-ginger dressing. End the week with a fun and colorful Southwestern-Style Salad in Tortilla Bowls. Double the recipe for more servings; these are substantial main dish-sized portions. If you have any leftover Gallo Pinto, its a good side-by-side dish; if not, baked potatoes or sweet potatoes are good and easy companions.

How to Shop for Pasta & Picking The Perfect Pasta Variety

August 17 2015 Vegetarian Times 

How to Shop for Pasta & Picking The Perfect Pasta Variety Pasta is a staple of many households all over the world and has been for decades. It is loved for its versatility, ease of cooking, and long shelf life. But, the days of one-size-fits-all pasta are long gone. As anyone who has walked through the supermarket pasta aisle in the recent years knows, there are many brands, styles and shapes now available, and they all have slightly differing flavors and textures. Traditional white pasta is made with wheat flour from which the fiber- and nutrient-rich bran and germ have been removed. Therefore, whole wheat pasta contains more nutrients and is slightly lower on the glycemic index. If stored properly in an airtight container, dry pasta has a shelf life of about two years. Todays industrially produced pastas are extruded through Teflon dies, making for a smoother texture. I prefer pastas made in the old-world artisanal style using bronze dies, which results in a coarser texture. The coarser the texture, the better the sauce adheres to the pasta. Fresh pasta usually contains eggs and tends to have a chewier, more tender texture. It cooks quicker than dry pasta but has a very short shelf life – 3-4 days in the refrigerator. For those avoiding gluten, there are plenty of alternative grain pastas on the market today, including spelt, quinoa, corn, rice, buckwheat, amaranth and bean pastas. Cooking time will vary for each type, so follow the package instructions. When purchasing pasta, be sure to read the ingredient list; it should only include whole grains and water, without any additives. I prefer imported Italian brands, but encourage you to try different brands and find one whose flavor you like best. The best way to enjoy pasta is to not overcook it or drown it in sauce. When choosing the shape of your pasta, it is important to consider the recipe youll be using it in. Long pastas - like spaghetti or fettuccine - work well with liquid sauces, like marinara or cream-based sauces, because they tend to coat the pasta. Short pastas - like penne or orecchiette - work better with chunkier sauces, like vegetable ragouts or NGIs beloved tempeh Bolognese. Meet the author: Alexandra Borgia is a full-time Chef Instructor and graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Chefs Training Program. Chef Alex has over 27 years of culinary experience; she specializes in culinary technique and cooking with sustainable meats.

Penne alla Vodka with Fresh Tomatoes

June 30 2015 VegKitchen 

Penne alla Vodka with Fresh TomatoesIt doesnt take a lot to veganize the classic Italian-American recipe for penne alla vodka -- simply replace the heavy cream thats traditionally used in the recipe with nondairy milk or creamer. Most often, recipes for this dish call for canned tomatoes, but this one relies on fresh tomatoes, making it an appealing and easy meal for summer. Serve with a colorful salad and a steamed green veggie -- broccoli or green beans are particularly good. Photos by Evan Atlas. Save Print Penne alla Vodka with Fresh Tomatoes Author: Nava Recipe type: Pasta Cuisine: Italian /­­ vegan Prep time:  15 mins Cook time:  20 mins Total time:  35 mins Serves: 6   Most often, recipes for the classic Italian pasta dish, penne alla vodka, call for canned tomatoes. This one makes use of fresh tomatoes, making it an appealing and easy meal for summer. Ingredients 10 to 12 ounces penne pasta or mini-penne, preferably whole grain 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 shallot or 1 small onion, very finely chopped 4 to 5 cups (about 4 medium-large) chopped fresh tomatoes 6-ounce container tomato paste ¼ cup vodka 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend, or ½ teaspoon each dried thyme and oregano ½ cup unsweetened nondairy milk (almond is particularly good)? or plain soy creamer Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste Dried hot red pepper flakes to taste Thinly sliced or chopped basil leaves, as desired Vegan Parmesan-Style Cheez, optional Instructions Cook the pasta according to package directions in plenty of rapidly simmering water until al dente, then drain. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the garlic and shallot or onion, and sauté over low heat until golden. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, and ½ cup water to the saucepan. Bring to a simmer, then lower the heat and cover. Simmer gently for 5 minutes. Stir in the vodka and Italian seasoning and continue to cook over low heat, uncovered, for 5 minutes longer, or until everything melds into a thick, chunky sauce. Sir in the nondairy milk, cook for anther minute or so longer, and remove from the heat. Combine the tomato sauce and cooked pasta either in the pot in which you cooked the pasta, or a serving bowl. Season with salt, pepper, and hot red pepper flakes. Stir in the basil, or pass it around for topping. Serve at once; pass around Vegan Parmesan if youd like. 3.3.3077   - Here are more hearty pasta dishes. - There are lots more ways to get into Tomato Heaven.

Vegan Meal Plan | Coconut Curry Soup, Falafel Burgers & Autumn Nourish Bowls

October 6 2017 Oh My Veggies 

This weeks vegan meal plan includes: coconut curry soup with sweet potato noodles, chickpeas in spicy smoked tomato sauce with penne; one-pot curried quinoa with butternut squash and chickpeas; turmeric falafel burgers; and autumn nourish bowls.

Vegan Garlic Pasta with Roasted Cajun Cauliflower

June 14 2017 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Garlic Pasta with Roasted Cajun CauliflowerVegan Garlic Pasta with Roasted Cajun Cauliflower. Cauliflower is tossed in homemade Cajun spice blend and baked, then served over easy creamy Garlic sauce Penne Pasta. Vegan Garlic Pasta Recipe. Can be Nut-free gluten-free. This Easy Pasta comes together quickly and makes an amazing meal. Toss the Cauliflower in Cajun spice blend and put it in the oven to bake. Boil the pasta, simmer the sauce to thicken and fold in the pasta. Put it all together, garnish with parsley or basil. Perfect! This dish came about when I remembered some friends had recommended a dish with Cajun chikin over Creamy pasta (way back when). It was a popular dish at a neighboring restaurant. For a vegan version of that dish, I made this creamy garlicky pasta sauce with roasted and minced garlic, which makes a great pasta by itself or can be used as a garlic mac and cheese sauce. The Cajun spice blend is magic. Rub it all over the cauliflower, bake and try not to eat the entire helping. The baked Cajun Cauliflower is amazing! Make just that and serve it with a cooling dip as a starter or appetizer. The garlic sauce is easy and cheesy. Add elbows to it and make into a mac bake, covered with breadcrumbs mixed with smoked paprika or some of the cajun blend. So much Flavor!Continue reading: Vegan Garlic Pasta with Roasted Cajun CauliflowerThe post Vegan Garlic Pasta with Roasted Cajun Cauliflower appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Creamy Vegan Pesto Pasta

March 24 2017 Oh My Veggies 

Penne pasta is dressed in a creamy, dairy-free pesto sauce and served with veggies to make this cozy vegan dinner.

Pea and Avocado Penne

March 20 2017 Meatless Monday 

Sweet peas are mashed with avocado and toasted pine nuts for an untraditional, yet luxuriously creamy, pesto sauce. String beans, lima beans and penne round out this green-hued pasta to celebrate Spring. This recipe comes to us from Trudy of veggie.num.num. Serves 6 For the pea and avocado pesto: - 1 1/­­2 ounces pine nuts, toasted - 2 cups baby peas, shelled - 1 avocado - 2 garlic cloves, diced - Lemon juice, to taste - 2 cups baby spinach, roughly chopped To complete the Pea and Avocado Penne: - 2 tablespoons olive oil - 10.5 ounces penne pasta, cooked according to package instructions - 9 ounces green beans, trimmed - 1 1/­­2 cups canned lima beans, drained and rinsed - or - 1 1/­­2 cups fresh lima beans, cooked To make the pea and avocado pesto: Toast the pine nuts in a dry pan over medium-high heat for 2-4 minutes, or until the pine nuts become fragrant. Set aside to cool. Place about 3 cups of water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and cook the peas for 1-3 minutes, or until just tender. Strain, rinse and set aside. When the pine nuts have cooled, reserve a few for garnish. Chop the rest roughly. Place the avocado, pees, garlic, chopped pine nuts together in a large bowl. Drizzle with a few squeezes of lemon juice and mash with a fork until the pesto comes together, but still maintains some variety of texture. Stir in the chopped baby spinach and set aside. To complete the Pea Avocado Penne: Place fill a double boiler or steamer with water over medium-high heat. Add the green beans and steam for 3-4 minutes, or until just tender. Set aside. Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the steamed green beans and lima beans, toss to combine and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the cooked penne and mix until combined. Reduce heart to low and add the pea and avocado pesto. Toss until the pesto is evenly distributed on throughout the penne, green beans and lima beans. Divide the pasta into 6 portions and enjoy topped with the reserved pine nuts and a few extra baby spinach leaves. The post Pea and Avocado Penne appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Syrian Yogurt Soup + More Than Food

October 17 2016 Green Kitchen Stories 

Syrian Yogurt Soup + More Than Food The recipe for this soup is at the end of this post, but we hope that you will take the time to read this text as well. It is slightly longer but way more important than our usual posts. Let’s start from the beginning. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the European Commission asked if we would be interested in meeting Syrian refugees living in and outside of camps in Turkey to bring home some of their stories, learn how modern food aid is working and explore the different aspects of food. It was doubtless the most meaningful request we have ever received and something we really wanted to do. Timing wise it wasn’t perfect. I had to leave Luise alone with the kids while she was 36 weeks pregnant, but she gave her blessing. So a few weeks ago, I went on this mission. I flew to Istanbul, Turkey on an early flight and then on to a domestic flight to Hatay, a few miles from the Syrian border. During my days there, I visited a refugee camp to see how it works and talk to some of the people living there. I got to know the WFP staff and was amazed by their compassion. I was also invited home to a few Syrian families living outside of camps. Their situation is often a lot more difficult than inside the camps, as they have more costs and less support but the families were incredibly friendly and inviting. We talked, drank tea, cooked together and shared food. If you follow me on instagram, you might already have read the stories of some of the people I met. I have included the story from one of the families in this post, and I have also recreated one of the dishes that I learnt to cook together with them. It is very easy to look away from the horrible situation that is going on in Syria. But I hope that by reading these stories that do have bright moments in the midst of all the darkness, you will get a better understanding and openness towards the millions of Syrian people that have been forced from their homes and don’t wish anything more than being able to return to them one day. It was a very emotional trip and it affected me a lot deeper than I was prepared for. I am still trying to figure out what to comes next. Obviously, we want to continue working with recipe development and food photography as it is something we love doing. But it’s my hope and intention that we also will continue working more actively with human aid and support this cause any way we can in the future. Enough about this. Here is Suad. (1/­­5) I had everything before the war. My husband and I were the owners of a supermarket in Aleppo. We lived in a large and beautiful two-story house in a rural area. All my furniture was new - nothing was second hand - and we had many rooms. There was a big courtyard outside our house where the children played and rode their bicycles. ***** This is the story of Suad. She is Syrian and fled from her home together with her family when the conflict came to her town, 4 years ago. Suad is nine months pregnant and lives with her husband, their two sons Ahmed (10 years) and Muhammed (6 years) and their daughter Nurulhuda (12 years) in a small one-bedroom apartment in a rundown building in the old town of Antakya in Turkey, close to the Syrian border. Her parents and sisters live in an apartment one floor up. Her husband now works as a tailor so they can pay the rent. Even though they have lost everything, Suad is not broken. Her strength and pride really got to me. They cant afford decorating their home but have instead made paper and textile decorations and drawings that are covering the walls inside, making it less a lodging and more of a home. I had the honour to be welcomed into her home and I spent a day together with her and her family, listening to their story, drinking many cups of tea, going to the supermarket and preparing a dinner together. (2/­­5) Back in Aleppo, we renovated our kitchen entirely when we got married. It looked very nice. It was a big, bright kitchen with a large marble countertop. The kitchen was the colour of cappuccino and some of the cabinets had glass doors. I used to place some of my finest colourful vases and glasses there, so you could see them through the glass. ***** I was invited into Suads kitchen to assist her in dinner preparations. There were no marble countertops. And no glass doors. But she still placed her best looking glasses and plates on the shelf above the sink, hiding the rest behind a curtain her husband had sewn. Due to the small space, we did all chopping and preparations while sitting on the living room rug. The family laughed at my difficulties sitting with my legs crossed on the floor doing the chopping and they kept telling me that the tomatoes needed to be more finely chopped for the tabbouleh. Her mother also pointed out that I had very thorough knife skills (meaning slow). (3/­­5) My mother-in-law taught me most of these recipes in Aleppo, as she was living in our house. And cooking this reminds me of our life there. Now, my mother lives in the same house as us, so I am actually passing these recipes on to her and my daughter as well. Food means sharing to me - with my neighbours, friends and family. Before the conflict, we were a couple of families that took turns inviting each other over. We baked sweets, cooked food, ate and sang together. Now, the most important thing is to make sure my children arent hungry, but we still share food with our neighbours, even if it just is a small plate or the smell of our cooking. When we first arrived, we didnt have any money to buy ingredients and therefore we had to eat whatever food was provided for us. But after we were approved for the e-food card we were able to buy our own ingredients, so now I can cook food that reminds me of home. ***** We prepared a Syrian version of Tabbouleh with cucumber, tomatoes, lemon, lettuce, fresh parsley, fresh and dried mint, pomegranate syrup, tomato paste and a finely textured bulgur. We also did a delicious yogurt, rice and mint soup called Lebeniyye, a fried eggplant dish with tomato sauce called Mutabbaqa and a vegetarian version of Kepse, which is a flavorful long-grain rice dish topped with toasted almonds and walnuts instead of meat. (4/­­5) Me being a man, a stranger in their house and also a foreigner, I was aware that my visit would be an awkward situation and a difficult environment for everyone to be relaxed in. And the first hours of conversation were quite honestly very polite and trembling. But something happened when we started cooking. Once we gathered around the ingredients and Suad started explaining the dishes we were making, she suddenly began smiling. In the complete sadness of their situation, food definitely brings out a spark of joy. It connected us. In-between exchanging chopping boards and mincing vegetables, they suddenly started asking me questions about how we eat in my country, how my kitchen looks and how we take care of the elderly in our families in Europe (her father gave me a disapproving mutter, when hearing my response). We started sharing photos of our children and all of a sudden, we werent strangers anymore. We finished preparing the last recipe just as it got dark outside. Nurulhuda placed all the food on a large tray on the rug in the living room. Suad invited her children, parents, all her sisters and even the driver of our car to join. And with one spoon each, we all shared from the same plates. It is a very intimate way of eating, sitting on the floor, dipping our spoons into the same bowls of soup. They also ended the meal with a traditional Arabic saying: Now that we have shared bread and salt, we are like relatives. (5/­­5) My story is the story of every Syrian ***** The Syria conflict is the worlds largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. There are currently over 2,7 million Syrian refugees living in Turkey. Only about 10% are living in refugee camps and have guaranteed access to food, shelter and basic needs. The rest are living off-camps - in small apartments, basements, garages and even caves. If you found this story interesting, please also read Emira’s story. And the story of Semira, who works as a Field Monitor Assistant for WFP. I have also written about the E-cards that WFP have developed with help from the European Commission to support refugees and give them the ability to shop and choose food themselves. The trip was part of a initiative that WFP call More Than Food. Pauline and Rens will also be going on similar trips. Here is a short video that explains the project and the E-card a bit more. Thank you for following along! Lebaniyye - Syrian Yogurt Soup Serves 4  I was particularly intrigued by Suad’s Yogurt Soup as I had never tried anything similar before. I have now been cooking it a few times since I returned. Warm yogurt might sound awkward but I found its tanginess really tasty when combined with the mint and rice. Suad served it more as a starter (traditionally I believe it is served with meatballs) but I have taken the liberty to add a bit more topping to make it even more nourishing and flavourful. Suad also cooked the rice and yogurt together from the start but I found that if you dont stay focused and stir continuously, there is a risk that the yogurt will curdle. So I instead cook the rice until its almost done before slowly stirring in the yogurt mixture. Make sure to check the cooking time for the rice. Our rice cooks in 30-35 minutes, but some are pre-steamed which would half the cooking time for the soup. Yogurt Soup 1 cup /­­ 200 g wholegrain rice or brown rice 5 cups /­­ 1,25 liter vegetable stock (or water) 1 garlic clove, grated or finely chopped 4 cups /­­ 1 liter full fat yogurt (we use Turkish yogurt) 1 egg 1 tbsp cornstarch 1 tbsp dried mint 1 tsp salt black pepper   Garlic & Chili Oil 1/­­4 cup olive oil 2 garlic cloves 2 tsp chili flakes    To serve 2 cups /­­  500 ml cooked puy lentils (or chickpeas) 1 large handful fresh spinach 1 large handful fresh mint 1 large handful fresh parsley Rinse the rice and add it to a large, thick-bottomed sauce pan along with vegetable stock and garlic. Bring to a boil and then turn the heat down slightly until it simmers. Meanwhile, add yogurt and egg to a mixing bowl and whisk rapidly until combined and smooth. After the rice has cooked for about 20 minutes, add the cornstarch to the yogurt and then use a soup spoon to ladle some of the warm stock into the yogurt mixture while using your other hand to stir (this is to slowly heat the yogurt and prevent it from curdle when mixed with the rest of the stock and rice). Then pour the yogurt mixture slowly back into the large saucepan with rice and stock while stirring. Add mint, salt and black pepper. Keep the heat on low/­­medium, so it just barely simmers and keep stirring slowly but frequently. When the rice is cooked through and the soup has thickened slightly, it is ready. Taste and adjust the flavours to your liking (I find that it needs quite a bit of salt to balance the tanginess). Remove from the heat and prepare the Garlic & Chili Oil. Heat oil in a small sauce pan on low/­­medium heat. When warm, add garlic and chili flakes, let sauté for about 45 seconds and then remove from the heat. Let steep while you ladle the soup into bowls and chop the spinach and herbs. Top the soup with a generous scoop of lentils, chopped fresh spinach, mint, parsley and a drizzle of the Garlic & Chili Oil.

Penne Pomodoro with Vegan “Tuna”

August 3 2016 Green Kitchen Stories 

Penne Pomodoro with Vegan “Tuna” I have crawled up in a rusty canopy swing with the computer in my lap, spiderweb from the canopy tangled up in my hair, Mr Bojangles on repeat (I always write with a single song on repeat in my ears) and Elsa balancing on my legs. We are spending a few days at my dad’s summerhouse and while Luise is drawing with Isac, I wanted to tell you about this pasta dish that we cooked and photographed the other day. I’m trying to formulate my thoughts into words. How soaked sunflower seeds almost magically get the texture of canned tuna when mixed in a food processor. But it’s not easy. Elsa is using every muscle in her body to steal my attention from the computer screen. Her mouth is forming words (that I can’t hear because of the earplugs), her head is jumping from side to side while her eyes are actively seeking mine. She is smacking her hands together right in front of my face and she grins when I finally look up from the computer and pull out the earplugs. - Do you know what this means on sign language? She asks me with giggle in her voice while she keeps smacking her hands together and then pointing at herself. - No, tell me. - I want a saaaaandwich! - Are you hungry? - No, I’m just teaching you sign language. - Ok, nice. But I’m working right now. Maybe you can teach me more later? - Ok. Just one more. Do you know what this is? [Taps her forehead with her hand and pulls it away in a half circle.] - Ehm, maybe a unicorn? - Nooo stupid, it means thank you. Actually, I think I want a sandwich. - Maybe you can ask mom to help you? - Okaaaaaaay. She jumps down and runs into the house. Earplugs back in. I’m guessing that I have approx 5 mins to write this. Here we go. It’s not often that we create dishes that mimics meat. In fact, we often do the opposite by letting the vegetables shine in all their glory. I don’t remember eating tuna a lot before I became a vegetarian, but after having seen a few vegan sunflower seed “tuna” recipes on the web (especially this beautiful Tuna Tartine from Faring-Well) I suddenly got this weird craving for it. So we decided to give fake-tuna a try. By pulsing soaked sunflower seeds in a food processor together with salty capers, shallots, oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon and nori sheet, you actually get something that looks weirdly similar to canned tuna with a crumbly, moist texture and a flavour that reminds me of salty seas and umami. Most recipes we’ve seen use this sunflower seed tuna as a spread or as a tuna salad (often with the addition of celery and herbs) but we instead added it to a tomato sauce and served it with penne, creating a classic Italian poor mans dish. The vegan “tuna” adds a nice texture to the sauce and it improves the flavour as well. The kids loved it! It is a simple recipe if you are on a budget and it is a tad more special than your basic pasta pomodoro. So go put your sunflower seeds in water and pretend they are a fish. I can see Elsa eyeballing me from the window now so I better round this up. I have got a class in imaginative sign language up ahead with my favourite teacher. Penne Comodoro with Vegan “Tuna” Serves 4 It’s important to soak the sunflower seeds to achieve the right texture so don’t skip that step. If you’ve got some white wine opened in the fridge, you can add a glug of that for extra depth and flavour. Vegan Tuna 1 cup raw sunflower seeds, soaked in water for 6 hours or overnight 1 small shallot or red onion, minced 3 tbsp capers + brine 1 tbsp lemon juice 1 tbsp cold-pressed olive oil (coconut oil, ghee or butter) 1 tsp apple cider vinegar 1/­­2 tsp sea salt 1/­­2 sheet of nori (the seaweed you use for sushi), cut into tiny pieces (optional) Pomodoro Sauce 1 onion 2 cloves of garlic 2 tbsp olive oil 3 x 400 g /­­ 14 oz cans of chopped tomatoes 1 handful fresh basil or 2 tsp dried sea salt freshly ground black pepper Serve with Pasta of choice (we use wholegrain penne or a gluten free version made from dried beans) 1/­­2 cup large capers fresh parsley, finely chopped ruccola To prepare the “tuna”, simply add all ingredients to a food processor. Pulse a few times until it you have a coarsely textured mixture. Taste and add more salt, lemon juice or vinegar. Pulse again and scoop the mixture into a bowl. Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic. Place a large sauce pan on medium heat and add olive oil. Sauté the onion and garlic for a few minutes until fragrant. Add tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes. Taste and adjust the flavours throughout. Add a splash of water or white wine if it starts looking dry. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package. When the tomato sauce is ready, stir in 2/­­3 of the “tuna”, saving the rest for serving. Divide the pasta in 4 bowls, top with tomato sauce, capers, fresh parsley and a drizzle of olive oil.

Banza Co-Founders on Creating a Chickpea-Powered Pasta

May 16 2016 Meatless Monday 

Banza Co-Founders on Creating a Chickpea-Powered PastaWe here at Meatless Monday love chickpeas. And whats not to love?  A great source of protein and high in fiber, magnesium and folate, these naturally gluten-free legumes are loved across the globe for their nut-like taste and buttery texture. In its newest rendition, the versatile chickpea is used to make pasta, and we sat down with the founders of Banza to see how they came up with “pasta that loves you back”. MM: What was your initial inspiration to eat more nutritiously? Health, sustainability? Did you grow up with healthy cooking/­­eating as a family or did you become interested in it later on? Brian: Growing up, I was a picky eater – I didnt venture far away from chicken nuggets and bagels. After college I started paying closer attention to the way I ate, and noticed a real difference in how I felt. I began to focus my attention on food and nutrition. Now Im the guy who stays up late reading food science books and thinking about our next innovation. MM: How did you get the idea to use chickpeas as your starter food? Why pasta? Brian: Im a huge fan of chickpeas. Theyre delicious and a staple of the mediterranean diet. Meanwhile, I love pasta. If I could, I would eat it every day. But durum wheat doesn’t have a ton of nutritional value. So I bought a hand crank and started making chickpea pasta in my own kitchen! I figured I wasnt alone – other people also must be craving a better pasta. So I recruited my big brother Scott, who was working in private equity at the time, to co-found the business with me. And weve been chickpea dreamin ever since! MM: Tell us about some of your creative failures creating the pasta and your final ah-hah moment? Scott: Early on, we realized why chickpea pasta didnt already exist. Its really hard to make! We worked with pasta experts, and still werent satisfied. We finally found the right plant, invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into production, and landed our first big order. But our initial attempt fell short of our expectations. We lost a fair amount of time and money, but the challenge motivated us to spend every waking hour researching, testing and perfecting. Well never stop obsessing over making our product better. MM: Whats the feedback you hear from people about your product? Scott: When were sampling our pasta in stores or at events, we get to meet our customers, which is incredibly rewarding. We love watching people take a bite, and be shocked to discover Banza is made from chickpeas. Since day one, weve made a commitment to building a brand thats personal – one that people can meet and get to know. MM: Whats your favorite chickpea pasta recipe of all the time and can you share the recipe with us? Thats like making a parent choose a favorite child! Mac & cheese is a team favorite. We also love this avocado cream with herbs! Get the recipe for Banza’s Spring Pea Pesto Penne! MM: Do you have plans for other products with chickpeas or other ingredients? Brian: Right now were focusing on pasta – well be launching a high protein mac & cheese soon! But yes, our mission is to take the foods that people love and make them better, by using more nutritious ingredients. Im continually experimenting in my kitchen – making better versions of the foods we dont want to give up - from cereal to tortillas. Stay tuned. MM: What advice can you give our readers about how to live a healthier and more sustainable life - besides eating Banza chickpea pastas?! Everyones different, but everything in moderation. You dont need to give up all the foods you love to eat well. There are a lot of options out there that are healthy, simple substitutions for everyday foods, and healthy is much more sustainable over time if its done without sacrifice.   The post Banza Co-Founders on Creating a Chickpea-Powered Pasta appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Vegan Penne Alla Vodka

February 24 2016 Oh My Veggies 

With cashew cream and fire-roasted diced tomatoes, this vegan version of penne alla vodka is just as creamy and flavorful as the original.

6 Simple, Delicious Pasta Salad Recipes

September 10 2015 Vegetarian Times 

6 Simple, Delicious Pasta Salad RecipesPasta Salad is a staple as a barbecue side dish for good reason - its satisfying, simple, and the perfect outlet for fresh, seasonal vegetables. Plus, it makes for tasty leftovers and could even be the star of the show on hot summer nights instead of just the side. Forego your classic recipe and try these bold, flavorful pasta salads instead: Sicilian Pasta Salad With the intense flavors from the marinated artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes, you wont believe this pasta salad takes less than 30 minutes. Get the recipe.  Summer Pasta Salad with Grilled Vegetables Grilling the zucchini and red bell pepper amplify their flavor while the fresh oregano and basil lighten everything up. Get the recipe. Pasta Shells with Egg, Beat, and Arugula Salad Break the mold of the traditional pasta salad by stuffing jumbo pasta shells with the spicy arugula and creamy salad. Get the recipe. Penne Pasta Salad with Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano Nutty, salty Parmigiano-Reggiano give the penne and broccoli the essential flavor to the dish, along with a touch of red jalapeno chile. Get the recipe.  Pasta and Veggie Salad Tossing just-cooked pasta while its still hot with the olive oil and garlic allows it to absorb the flavor. Add seasonal items right from your garden such as carrots, corn, tomatoes, and peppers. Get the recipe.  Pasta Tuna Salad Marinated tofu and soy mayonnaise ramp the classic tuna pasta salad while providing a dish that’s high in protein. Get the recipe.  Which pasta salad recipe are you going to try? Let us know what you think!  

Perfect Pasta: How to Buy, Cook, and Eat this Pantry Staple

August 17 2015 Vegetarian Times 

Perfect Pasta: How to Buy, Cook, and Eat this Pantry Staple Pasta is a staple of many households all over the world and has been for decades. It is loved for its versatility, ease of cooking, and long shelf life. But, the days of one-size-fits-all pasta are long gone. As anyone who has walked through the supermarket pasta aisle in the recent years knows, there are many brands, styles and shapes now available, and they all have slightly differing flavors and textures. Traditional white pasta is made with wheat flour from which the fiber- and nutrient-rich bran and germ have been removed. Therefore, whole wheat pasta contains more nutrients and is slightly lower on the glycemic index. If stored properly in an airtight container, dry pasta has a shelf life of about two years. Todays industrially produced pastas are extruded through Teflon dies, making for a smoother texture. I prefer pastas made in the old-world artisanal style using bronze dies, which results in a coarser texture. The coarser the texture, the better the sauce adheres to the pasta. Fresh pasta usually contains eggs and tends to have a chewier, more tender texture. It cooks quicker than dry pasta but has a very short shelf life – 3-4 days in the refrigerator. For those avoiding gluten, there are plenty of alternative grain pastas on the market today, including spelt, quinoa, corn, rice, buckwheat, amaranth and bean pastas. Cooking time will vary for each type, so follow the package instructions. When purchasing pasta, be sure to read the ingredient list; it should only include whole grains and water, without any additives. I prefer imported Italian brands, but encourage you to try different brands and find one whose flavor you like best. The best way to enjoy pasta is to not overcook it or drown it in sauce. When choosing the shape of your pasta, it is important to consider the recipe youll be using it in. Long pastas - like spaghetti or fettuccine - work well with liquid sauces, like marinara or cream-based sauces, because they tend to coat the pasta. Short pastas - like penne or orecchiette - work better with chunkier sauces, like vegetable ragouts or NGIs beloved tempeh Bolognese. Meet the author: Alexandra Borgia is a full-time Chef Instructor and graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Chefs Training Program. Chef Alex has over 27 years of culinary experience; she specializes in culinary technique and cooking with sustainable meats.

Green Tea Pesto Pasta

March 16 2015 Meatless Monday 

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and National Nutrition month with this colorful springtime dish, which gets a nutrient boost not only from green peas and basil, but from green tea as well! This recipe comes to us from Jackie Newgent, RDN, The Natural Culinary Nutritionist. Serves 4 - 1/­­3 cup unsweetened freshly-brewed green tea, warm or chilled, or to taste - 2 tablespoons pine nuts, pan-toasted - 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil - 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice - 2 to 3 large cloves garlic - 3/­­4 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste - 1/­­8 teaspoon dried hot pepper flakes, or to taste - 1/­­2 cup packed (3/­­4 ounce) fresh basil leaves + sprigs for garnish - 1/­­2 cup fresh or frozen baby sweet peas - 2/­­3 cup no-salt-added canned or cooked garbanzo beans - 10 ounces pasta of choice, such as whole grain penne rigate - 1 teaspoon lemon zest (optional) Add the tea, pine nuts, oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, hot pepper flakes, and basil leaves to a blender and puree into a smooth sauce. Add the peas and beans and puree until creamy. Adjust seasoning. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and return to the pan. Add the creamy pesto and cook while stirring over low heat until fully heated, about 2 minutes. Add additional tea if necessary for desired consistency. Adjust seasoning. Transfer to a large serving bowl or individual bowls. Sprinkle with lemon zest (if using), garnish with the basil sprigs, and serve. The post Green Tea Pesto Pasta appeared first on Meatless Monday.


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