Flower Bowl

Flower Bowl

Flower Bowl

I needed to make something fast, good and comforting. Then I came up with this idea from someone else’s recipe which was to roast everything and drizzle dressing. I decided to go against roasting. I used only 1 pot. Easy to clean.

Serves 4

Ingredients:
1 cauliflower
1 bunch broccoli
1 cup cooked chickpeas
2 cups your choice of uncooked pasta
1/4 bunch parsley (optional)

For Sauce:
1/4 cup cashews
1 Tbsp tahini
2 Tbsp nutritious yeast
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp white miso
salt and black pepper to season
1 cup cooking water from cooking pasta/broccoli/cauliflower

  1. Soak cashew in hot water. Cover. Let it sit.
  2. Divide cauliflower and broccoli into small florets. Remove large stems and leaves.
  3. Boil enough water in a large pot. Sprinkle 1 Tbs salt.
  4. Put pasta in the pot. Set a timer. When 4 minutes left to be done, drop cauliflower and broccoli florets in.
  5. Keep 1 cup cooking water. Drain.
  6. Drain cashews. Put all sauce ingredients in a small bowl and pulse with a hand mixer until smooth. Or you can use a blender. Season with salt and black pepper.
  7. Pour sauce over the cooked pasta/cauliflower/broccoli. Gently mix.
  8. Mince parsley and sprinkle on top. (optional)
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Cashew Pasta Salad

Cashew Pasta Salad

Cashew Pasta Salad

I’ve been eating a lot of pasta this summer. Pasta salad is easy to make, tasty and a quick 1-dish meal. For this pasta salad, I used cashew sauce as a base and added steamed broccoli, fresh heirloom tomatoes, and chickpeas. Since it’s still summer, I used fresh herbs instead of dried herbs.

Serves 2

Ingredients: 7-8 oz pasta of your choice, 1 head broccoli, 2-3 tomatoes, 1 cup cooked chickpeas, 2 cloves garlic, 3 Tbsp raw cashew, 1tsp sesame seeds or tahini, 2 tsp nutritious yeast, a handful of fresh basil leaves (chopped), 1 Tbsp sweet white miso, 2 Tbsp water, salt and pepper to taste

  1. Make cashew sauce: Put cashew, sesame seeds, nutritious yeast, miso, salt , pepper and water in a food processor or a 1-quart container if you are using a hand mixer. Pulse a few seconds or so until smooth.
  2. Separate broccoli florets. Chop the stem. Roughly chop tomatoes.
  3. Boil plenty of water in a large pot. Add a few pinches of salt. Cook pasta al dente. 5 minutes before pasta is done, add broccoli. Drain.
  4. Put everything and sauce in a big bowl. Mix it. Eat it.

 

Chickpea “Tuna” Open Sandwich

Chickpea "Tuna" Open Sandwich

Chickpea “Tuna” Open Sandwich

When you thought you had to give up the taste of tuna salad sandwich, here’s a recipe to rescue you. Adapted from The China Study Cook Book, added my twist, this is a winner recipe. Of course, you can make it into a sandwich, so you can take it to go.

Makes 4 open sandwiches

Ingredients: 1 cup cooked chickpeas, 1 celery stalk (chopped), 4 T red onion (minced), 2-3 Tbsp vegan mayonnaise, 1/2 tsp kelp powder ( I used 2″ square nori, and cut it into small strips), 1 tsp dijon mustard, 4 slices tomato, 1 tsp soy sauce, salt and black pepper to taste, 4 slices of bread

  1. Drain cooked chickpeas. Put it in a food processor or by hand mixer, pulse to roughly chop.
  2. Add chopped celery, red onion, kelp powder/nori, salt and black pepper. Mix well.
  3. Toast the bread.
  4. Spread the chickpea mix over the toasts. Put a slice of tomato on each bread.

Feburay 1st Menu

Mixed Berry Shake

Mixed Berry Shake

Breakfast: Coffee, Mixed Berry Shake

Lunch: Curried Kale and Chickpeas, Home Fries, My Cranberry Bread, Peppermint Tea

Dinner: Mushrooms, Beans, and Kale Soup, Toasts, My Cranberry Bread

Curried Kale and Chickpeas, Home Fries

Curried Kale and Chickpeas, Home Fries

My Cranberry Walnut Bread

My Cranberry Walnut Bread

Wild Mushrooms, Beans, and Kale Soup

Wild Mushrooms, Beans, and Kale Soup

 

Wednesday’s Menu 12/5

Green Goddess

Green Goddess

Breakfast: Coffee, Green Goddess Shake

Lunch at Health Nut: Seitan with Green Beans, Tofu and Chickpeas in Tomato Sauce, Spinach Quesadilla—pretty good. It just rang up a lot more than what I expected. This weight system of pricing is scary.

Dinner: Penne alla Marinara—simple, but always good.

Health Nut Lunch

Health Nut Lunch

Pasta-Marinara