Thursday, January 2, 2014

Orecchiette


Here is another really easy and yummy pasta.  I like it because the orecchiette noodles are different.  I believe the name comes from their shape to be “little ears.”  Interesting.  This is a very light and tasty pasta dish and heats up well as leftovers too!  I got the idea from Mario Batali but made it vegan and not spicy!





Orecchiette
1 pound orecchiette noodles (cook according to package)
½ sweet onion chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon Earth Balance margarine
1 clove garlic minced
About 1 cup celery sliced thin
1 package frozen Italian green beans defrosted and sliced in smaller pieces
Salt & pepper to taste


Frozen Italian green beans defrosted from the package.  

 sliced in smaller pieces

Sauté the onion in the olive oil and margarine until soft.  Add the minced garlic and cook for about a minute.  Add the celery and the green beans.  Cook until the beans are cooked the way you like them.  



Add the cooked orecchiette and stir well.  Serve immediately.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  I like to use my pink Himalayan sea salt and fresh ground pepper.  I find the sea salt to be a bit more salty than regular table salt so I use it sparingly.  Enjoy.



I bet a little bit of nutritional yeast would be good sprinkled on this too.  Hmm.  

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year ~ Happy 2014

Wow, it’s been another crazy year and I’m so looking forward to a good 2014!  One of the things I want to do better this year is to keep up with my blog and to try new plant base recipes and post them here.

Today I will be making a pork tenderloin for my family and then I’ll make the sweet and sour cabbage and potatoes too to go with it which I will eat.  I will also make my own gravy.  I can’t mess with the good luck it’s supposed to bring for the coming year!  I will go to the grocery store and get some other yummy veggies to go with the meal.

But since I already posted that meal last year.  I will post one of my new favorites which I can’t believe I don’t make more often. I think it would be delicious with some added steamed broccoli!



Quicky Pasta Alfredo
Leftover pasta
Margarine
Flour
Coconut milk creamer
Nutritional yeast
Salt & Pepper

I just took some margarine in a saucepan (probably about 1 tablespoon) and then whisked in some flour (probably about a little less than a tablespoon) and slowly added some of the creamer.  Then I sprinkled in some nutritional yeast and salt and pepper to taste.  Fresh ground pepper is the best.  Then I added the cooked pasta and stirred until heated.  OMG – so good and so easy with leftover pasta! I will also be trying it with almond milk!

Today I bought this –




Yup, a pressure cooker.  I am loving the thought of making my own beans and cooking quicker.  So, there will definitely be some posts on my experiments with it too!  

Amazon Prime won't have it to me until Monday though.  The super quickie Christmas delivery is now over.  I still love the Prime anyway!  It's almost as quick as their drones coming out!  LOL  I think I ordered something and it was delivered in less than 24 hours!  I can just say wow!