Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Vegan Veggie Soup with Pastini


We love soup all year round but especially during the winter months. It makes us feel warm and healthy. We've had a big dumping of snow today and some really cold temperatures, so soup is the perfect remedy. And soup is a great way to clear out your fridge when those vegetables gotta go fast.

We can't help but add pasta to our soups, especially cute baby pasta like these stars.


I wish we could buy local, seasonal produce throughout the year but our climate just doesn't allow it. So, this might not be a typical winter soup but it will sure make you feel healthy and warm.

Veggie Soup with Pastini

Ingredients
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, finely diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 carrots, chopped into bite-size pieces
small broccoli, cut into florets
2 medium zucchini, diced
150 g of green beans, cut into bite-size pieces 
1 can diced tomatoes
4-6 cups of vegetable broth
115 g cooked pasta

Directions
Heat olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. 

Add the onion and cook for about 3 minutes or until softened, followed by the garlic. Cook until fragrant.

Toss in the carrots and cook until slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Add the rest of the veg, tomatoes, and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes.

While the soup is simmering cook your pasta. Once it's ready, strain it and add it to the whole pot or to each individual bowl before serving. 




Saturday, February 9, 2019

Are we addicted to mac and cheese? Maybe. Cauliflower Mac with Zucchini


At this point we have so many macaroni and cheese recipes on this blog that we should have a Mac and Cheese tag.

No shame in the carb game I say, and when your cheese is made from cauliflower, you really can't go too wrong. Throw in some veg that you have on hand and bob's your uncle!


This is our favourite recipe thus far. We may have eaten it once a week for the past four weeks. Seriously, we have no shame. We've been rotating between using shells and wagon wheels. Aren't wagon wheels the most fun pasta shape?

We hope that you'll enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

Vegan Cauliflower Shells and Cheese with Veggies
adapted from Chloe Flavour

Ingredients
12 oz cauliflower florets
5 cloves garlic
4 tbsp olive oil
2 1/2 tsp sea salt
1 package pasta (shells, wagon wheels, or macaroni)
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked for at least half an hour
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp mustard powder

Veggies
2 tsp olive oil
1 zucchini, quartered and sliced
1 jalapeno, finely chopped 

Directions
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Place the cauliflower on a baking sheet and sprinkle with olive oil and 1/2 tsp salt. Move the cauliflower around to coat it. Roast for 30 minutes or until soft/tender.

Cook the pasta, drain, return to the pot, and set aside. 

While the cauliflower and pasta are doing their things, heat 2 tsp of olive in a small pan and add the veggies. Cook until browned.

Remove the cauliflower from the oven and strain the cashews. Once the cauliflower is cool add it to a high speed blender with the water, cashews, lemon juice, remaining salt and mustard powder. Blend until smooth and creamy.

Pour the sauce over the pasta and return to the element on low to heat through, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and add the veggies. Mix through. 


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