I’m not vegan, but I do enjoy vegan meals.
Since having Gray, I’ve been trying to limit my dairy where I can. I consumed quite a bit of cheese while I was pregnant. Shocking. Now, I’m just trying to make more nutritious choices. However, life with two kiddos – a 3 weeks old and a 22 month old, getting into the kitchen is a bit of a joke.
Starting with EASY.
I mean, so easy that I’ve made this with one hand. The other hand/arm was holding Mr. Gray. I may have had spices all over the counter, but I still did it.
It’s almost like a cheese sauce, but without actual cheese, cream or the heaviness that a cream sauce can feel like.
What makes it “cheesy” is the nutritional yeast in the sauce.
I buy it in bulk because between this and my special popcorn, we go through it quickly.
As for the pasta, I like it best with shell pasta. Maybe because it feels like I’m getting my mac and cheese fix? Then I got all fancy with the sun-dried tomatoes and spinach and avoided the temptation to go down memory lane and throw in a sliced hot dog. You did that as a kid, right? Gosh, it was my FAAAAVORITE.
Oh and before I add in the spice, I make a small batch for mason. The whole family eats it, even my meat eating husband.
Speaking of family.
Having two babies under age two. How in the world do you go anywhere or get anything done?? That’s a serious question. How? Mason is still young enough that depending on his mood, he may throw the biggest fit about holding my hand and try and run out in the street or parking lot. He’s also so obsessed with his little brother that if I turn my back for two-seconds, he’ll try and pick him up. So, unless my husband is with me or I have them both strapped into the stroller, I’m taking one baby at a time.
Just because I said this out loud now, my husband will probably come home to tell me he’s leaving on a business trip.
*knocking on a lot of wood*
This is another recipe I created for one my favorite company’s, DeLallo. They provided me with their gluten-free products (& compensation). Again, I only work with company’s that I believe in and actually use – they’re absolutely one of them. Everything from the gluten-free pasta options, to the sauces, antipasti, etc. They are top notch.
Creamy Vegan Pasta with Sun-dried Tomato & Spinach
2 large servings
- 6-8 ounces or 1/2 package of Delallo gluten-free rice shells – uncooked
- 1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
- 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, chopped
Amazing vegan sauce
- 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 3 tablespoons vegenaise
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- salt and pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes – optional
Cook pasta according to package. Note: best cooked al dente
While the pasta cooks, prepare the sauce. Super easy. In a medium sized bowl, add almond milk, nutritional yeast, vegenaise, garlic powder, cumin, onion powder, salt & pepper and red pepper flakes for extra spice and whisk it all together.
Drain pasta and place back in the warm pan (burner on low). Mix in the amazing vegan sauce, chopped spinach and sun-dried tomatoes. Let it sit for just a few minutes until all the ingredients are warm.
Serve and enjoy!
Optional – top with additional red pepper flakes for EXTRA spice.
*gluten-free *dairy-free *vegan
September 23 2014