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Fettuccini with cultured cream sauce, shallots, chanterelles and parsley.

What you need:

For the Alfredo

  • 1 c easy soy yogurt
  • 1/3 c pine nuts or cashews
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/3 c nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 2 cloves garlic

For the pasta

  • 1 pound baked tofu crumble (optional)
  • 1/2 lb chanterelle mushrooms
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 bag of pasta

If you’re using baked tofu, put your oven at 400 degrees and crumble up the tofu. Drizzle with olive oil and tamari. Bake for around 10 minutes stirring often.

Place all the Alfredo sauce ingredients into the blender and blend on high for one minute.

Cook pasta according to directions.

Dry sauté the chanterelles first to cook off the water.

Add chopped shallots and olive oil.

Chop up your parsley. Once all the elements are done, place a scoop of pasta, a scoop of tofu (if using), a scoop of mushrooms, and pour Alfredo to taste. Garnish with parsley!

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Cauliflower roast with lime cream sauce

What you’ll need for the sauce:

As an aside, you can use this versatile onion, pine nut, sunflower seed and yogurt sauce as a base for many different kinds of cream sauce- sriracha, curry, cilantro-jalepeño, etc.)

What you’ll need for the rest of the meal:

  • One head cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon Italian herb seasoning
  • 1/3 teaspoon cayenne or Berbere (I prefer Berbere because of it’s rich flavor with the lime and cream sauce)
  • Baby potatoes (optional)
  • Asparagus (optional)

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Blend the sauce ingredients except the lime on high until smooth and creamy. I like to blend until the sauce is slightly steamy, to cook the onion a little bit so that some of the spice level and onion flavor comes down.

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Squeeze the lime into the cream sauce and mix well.

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Remove the leaves and stem of the cauliflower as best you can without separating the florets.

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Slather the cauliflower with cream sauce and place on a cookie sheet or skillet.

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Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. I quartered the potatoes and baked them with a diced onion, olive oil, and Italian herb spice at the same time. Adding the diced onion brings the flavor and texture up infinitely, because the onion caramelizes in the process of baking. I finished the potatoes with a healthy sprinkling of flake salt.

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Uncover and bake for 45 more minutes to an hour. Check for desired level of browning. I put a little more cream sauce on mine and baked for five more minutes. I used this five minutes to steam up the asparagus with a little water and a little olive oil.

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Sprinkle with Italian herb and cayenne or berbere.

Slice the cauliflower into quarters (large slices helps keep it from falling apart into florets). Spread a little more cream sauce onto the cauliflower and serve!

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Pasta Primavera with Creamy Avellana Cheese Sauce

IMG_4041There are many uses for Avellana cheese aside from putting it on crackers and bread. This evening I used a block of Italian herb to make a delicious, rich and creamy sauce for pasta primavera. Here’s how I did it.Italian Herb fb

What you need:

• One block of Italian herb Avellana cheese (available for purchase at VeganEssentials.com)

• a few cloves of garlic

• vegetables good for roasting (I used cauliflower, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, and yellow squash)

• salt

• 1.5 C Eden soy milk or another high quality non-dairy milk. (You can use less for a thicker sauce.)

•one package of fettuccine pasta

IMG_3920 First, Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Then, cook the fettuccine al dente and set aside. Do put a dash of salt in the water, it shortens boiling time and makes the noodles more flavorful. IMG_3928 Chop up the vegetables, drizzle olive oil and salt to taste, then roast the vegetables in the oven for about 10 minutes total. I like the cauliflower and garlic to get a little browned so I put it in first for about five minutes and add the squash, asparagus, and tomatoes for the last five minutes. IMG_3935 IMG_3951 While the vegetables are roasting, pour soy milk into a saucepan (use less soy milk for a thicker sauce). Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar. I use coconut, but the type isn’t super important. You can also use a different type of milk, but the vinegar is used to curdle the protein, so it will need to be a good, high quality non-dairy milk. Non-dairy milk that has been highly processed and diluted with additives will not thicken. Eden unsweetened is my favorite commercial soy milk. IMG_3959 You can see it thicken up right way as you pour the vinegar in and whisk it. Curdled milk has a MUCH higher flavor range and is creamier than uncurdled milk. I’ve never tried to curdle coconut milk, so I’m not sure how that works. IMG_3967 Add the block of Avellana Signature Italian Herb Cheese and continue to whisk until smooth and creamy. (Tip-You can heat this up a little to speed up the whisking, but heat is not necessary and will reduce the amount of probiotics in the finished product.) IMG_3998 Place your noodles in a bowl, toss some roasted vegetables on top, then pour a little creamy sauce over everything and you’re good to go! You can decorate your final dish with a little smoked paprika or leave it as is. IMG_4016  YUM!IMG_4026