Thursday, June 19, 2014

Easy Vegan Garlic Scape Pesto

Inspired by Kalyn’s Kitchen.

  • 3 garlic scapes, rinsed and chopped a few times to break up
  • 1.5 cups of my 3-minute parmesan cheeze   (I made a different version and didn't use the whole 1.5 cups) You will be adding the vegan cheese in 1/2 cup at a time.
  • Juice of 1/2 a fresh lemon (approx 2 tbsp)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • handful of fresh spinach

Directions: Put into processor garlic scapes and fresh lemon juice and process until fine. Add the vegan parmesan slowly in 1/2 cup increments, alternating with the extra virgin olive oil. Process until smooth or desired consistency. As a final step take your rinsed spinach and throw in and process. It will turn into a lovely green colour. Serve and enjoy! Makes 1.5-2 cups.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Creamy Cauliflower Alfredo

A creamy, dairy free sauce that's perfect over noodles or vegetables.

2 teaspoon olive oil or coconut oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 head of cauliflower, cut up into florets
2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
black pepper to taste

1. Saute the minced garlic in the oil in a small saucepan over low heat.  Allow to cook for a few minutes, until the garlic is tender and fragrant, but not browned.

2. Add 2 cups water to the saucepan along with the cauliflower and bring to a boil (the water will not cover the cauliflower...that's ok).  Once boiling, reduce heat to simmer, cover the pot for 8-10 minutes until cauliflower is fork-tender and very soft.

3. Transfer the entire contents (I allowed mine to cool a bit) into a blender or food processer and season with salt and pepper.  Process until very smooth and creamy. (Always be careful when blending hot liquids-the steam pressure can blow the lid off your blender!)

4. Season with additional salt and pepper if desired and serve hot.

Notes:  Keep in mind that this sauce will need additional salt if served over pasta or steamed vegetables as the flavor will get diluted. (This is a note from the original author.  As I'm not a big salt person, I didn't add extra).

After making this the first time, I thought adding some parsley in would be a nice touch.  I'll try that next time.