I’m sorry, but carnivores are missing out, and they don’t even know it. They believe they can’t give up cheese, or cream sauce or meat. But there is a vegan way to make everything, and with the health and environmental benefits attached, there is no reason not to incorporate more plant-based meals into your diet.
It’s not all carrots and kale in vegan-world. Food can be fattening, filling and so delicious that filet mignon and blue-cheese crusted salmon will be forgotten.
I dare you to try this.
Soak a pound of cashews (unsalted/uncut) in a bowl of water overnight. They turn white and absorb the water. Rinse them in a colander and place them in a blender. Add just enough water to cover and puree for 2 minutes.
In a skillet, sauté enough garlic to get arrested (at least an entire bulb!) in a tablespoon of olive oil. (I love the Olive Twist‘s Organic Tuscan Herb Infused Olive Oil) Add any veggies you want. Mushrooms, onions, peppers and perhaps asparagus would be ideal. But tonight, I don’t have any of that.
Twas the night before Green B.E.A.N. Delivery, and all through the house, “There isn’t much left!”, whined my sad, hungry spouse…
I added a bag of frozen organic mixed vegetables and what was left of the baby spinach.
Pour the cashew cream into the skillet and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Add unsweetened coconut/rice/soy/almond milk to create a more fluid sauce, and if you add too much, use a tablespoon of flour dissolved in as little cold water as possible to re-thicken.
Add 2-3 tbsp of nutritional yeast flakes, seasonings such as oregano, thyme, basil and garlic salt. And black pepper is a must.
Taste it with your finger. Pump your fist, stomp your feet and do a little dance. Taste it again and marvel at your talent. Also, notice that it took less than 15 minutes to prepare. Pat yourself on the back.
Pour over anything. Tonight, I used Nicole Miller’s homemade pasta, in spinach and red pepper flavor. But fettucini noodles, quinoa, rice or other grain would be fine. It doesn’t really matter. You might even forego the delivery device and just eat it straight.
If you do cook pasta, be sure to add several tablespoons of salt to the boiling water. The pasta absorbs it and makes the flavor pop.
Eat your plate alone with a nice glass of wine. Once your family tastes this, there won’t be any left by the time you sit down.
Because it’s that good.