Creamy Avocado Alfredo (For 4)

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My husband used this recipe from my friend over at Entrées Etc.

The dish was very rich. I personally enjoyed the richness, but my husband thinks next time he tries it, he’ll thin the sauce out a little bit. I eat a lot more avocados than him though, so I’m used to the texture and taste. My husband also said that next time he would spice it up (ie. literally, add some spices to it), though he did actually add all of the ‘optional’ spices at the bottom of the list already, but apparently we have burned off most of our taste buds, and need to make everything extremely spicy. 

Here’s the recipe:

• 250 g dry spaghetti / pasta of choice
• 2 ripe avocados
• ½ cup fresh basil leaves / ¼ cup dry
• juice / zest from 1 lemon
• 2-6 garlic cloves (to taste)
• 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
• 4 tbsp olive oil
• 1 tsp salt
• freshly ground black pepper, to taste
• (optional – cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, onions, broccoli, vegan parmesan)
• (optional – a few dashes of turmeric, chili powder, red pepper flakes, mustard and cayenne pepper)

1. Prepare a medium-sized pot of salted water to boil. Add the pasta, reduce heat slightly and cook until al dente, approximately 8-10 minutes.
2. In a food processor, add in all the ingredients for the sauce. Blend until smooth and creamy. Scoop this into a large bowl.
3. Transfer the cooked pasta to the bowl as well. Toss together, before adding salt and pepper to taste. Serve right away, optionally with some additional basil leaves, lemon zest, and/or chopped cherry tomatoes.

Basil Fettuccine

basil fettuccine

Combine in pot:

  • 1 L vegetable broth
  • 1 can pitted black olives
  • 1/2 can diced tomato
  • 3/4 of a 350 g package of fettuccine
  • 3 elephant mushrooms (chopped)
  • 10 fresh basil leaves
  • 3/4 of a yellow onion (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons chili sauce
  • 4 sun-dried tomatoes

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cook for 10-15 minutes (depending on how well you like your pasta cooked)

February 24, 2014

Breakfast:

An unexciting repeat of yesterday’s breakfast – instant oatmeal with Almond Fresh. Still yummy.

Snacks:

So yesterday at church, I had not one, but two friends give me a gift of some sweet treats. Some chocolate chip cookies, a rice crispy square and some Hershey kisses. I ate some of them. I shared them with my son. These were obviously not vegan. This is going to be a tricky thing for me. I absolutely have a sweet tooth, and people at church love giving each other baked goods. Maybe I’ll be able to think of a good way to broadcast my desire to eat vegan to everyone at church.

I also had two oranges today.

Lunch:

I had leftover pasta from last night’s dinner, and a salad straight from the bag. I tossed it in some olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dressing. I also had a glass of the original version of Almond Fresh, with some No Name (brand) chocolate syrup mixed in. Really, really easy. I know that my mom has complained that meals with no meat in them just aren’t as hearty or satisfying. Pasta definitely solves this problem for me.

Dinner #1:

I cheated on veganism in the worst possible way. My mother-in-law dropped by on her way home from work and brought with her chicken nuggets and fries from Wendy’s. When she offered me some, I gave her kind of a non-committal response, and had a few french fries when we all sat down together. My son ate come chicken nuggets and fries, while I fed his baby sister her food. Don’t worry – I don’t feed the baby chicken nuggets and fries from Wendy’s. I totally thought I was in the clear, and that my mother-in-law would eat all her nuggets and leave me in peace. However, as I was cleaning up the baby’s dinner, she headed out, leaving us with four more chicken nuggets and a bunch of french fries. I asked my son if he wanted them. He didn’t want to eat any more. I thought about throwing them in the garbage, but I didn’t really see the point. After all, I like fast food as much at the next person. That is, I think I want to eat it, and it tastes good for the first few bites, and then I feel really gross afterwards. So yeah – I ate the nuggets, and the rest of the fries.

I was curious about what I might decide to order if I did find myself at a fast food restaurant in the future. At Wendy’s it appears that the safe choices are french fries, the plain baked potato and the garden side salad. Vegan accompaniments to these items are the pomegranate vinaigrette dressing, spicy roasted cashews, spicy asian chili vinaigrette, tortilla chips and salsa.

Dinner #2:

Everyone else eats two dinners too, right?

rice + potatos

 

My second dinner was some steamed asparagus spears, mashed potatoes mixed with a little bit of vegan margarine, pepper, peas and corn. I also had some rice that had been cooked in vegetable broth. This was very simple and quick to make, and totally enjoyable.