Rigatoni with Mushrooms and Vegan Sausage

This is a wonderfully quick and delicious meal that’s hearty and packed full of healthy protein. A comfort meal of pasta, cremini mushrooms, and vegan sausage that’s nutritious, simple, and fast; I think your entire family will absolutely love the creamy goodness in this dinner! We hope you’ll add this dish to your weeknight rotation.

Rigatoni with Mushrooms and Vegan Sausage - Produce On Parade - This is a wonderfully quick and delicious meal that’s hearty and packed full of healthy protein. A comfort meal of pasta, cremini mushrooms, and vegan sausage that’s nutritious, simple, and fast; I think your entire family will absolutely love the creamy goodness in this dinner! We hope you’ll add this dish to your weeknight rotation.

*sigh* I aim for one recipe per week and wind up making it to about one per month! It’s not ideal, I know, but it’s hard work, with a wee man running around, to get the adequate time needed to recipe develop, create and make a recipe, do the photography, then write up a post. It seems simple enough, and it is (albeit there is a lot of toil that goes into making a post) but it just takes so much darn time.

It’s a great joy to be able to cook and write and share it all with you. However, now that Todd and I have a little family, I prioritize my free time with them; whether it’s skiing on the weekend with friends or just simply chillin’ inside by the fire reading and playing with stuffed animals. We actually cook and bake a lot, but Oliver loves to help and there isn’t a lot of measuring happening and we really just wing things together. Messily and quickly. It’s not super kosher for sharing recipes here on Produce On Parade.

While I try to navigate dedicating time to this space but not sacrificing time with family and friends, I want to thank you for being so patient. You’re all so wonderful; I love hearing from you, especially those of you who have been here since the beginning six years ago. It blows my mind it’s been six years already. Thank you guys! Happy Valentine’s Day to your loves, your friends, your family <3 Love makes you want to stay. Love is a day full of hugs. Love is cheers when you get home.

Bear with me today, I’m on Tamiflu (I don’t have the flu, but opted to take it prophylactically due to work exposure) and it really makes it difficult to concentrate. I think I’ve spent about 20 minutes trying to write one paragraph!

Rigatoni with Mushrooms and Vegan Sausage - Produce On Parade - This is a wonderfully quick and delicious meal that’s hearty and packed full of healthy protein. A comfort meal of pasta, cremini mushrooms, and vegan sausage that’s nutritious, simple, and fast; I think your entire family will absolutely love the creamy goodness in this dinner! We hope you’ll add this dish to your weeknight rotation.

Rigatoni with Mushrooms and Vegan Sausage


Rigatoni with Mushrooms and Vegan Sausage
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This is a wonderfully quick and delicious meal that’s hearty and packed full of healthy protein. A comfort meal of pasta, cremini mushrooms, and vegan sausage that’s nutritious, simple, and fast; I think your entire family will absolutely love the creamy goodness in this dinner! We hope you’ll add this dish to your weeknight rotation.

Ingredients
  • 1 lb dry rigatoni pasta (or pasta of choice)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 3 whole garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (14 oz) package of Lightlife Gimme Lean Veggie Sausage
  • 12 oz fresh cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 ¾ cup unsweetened, plain soymilk
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp salt, to taste
  • Dash of white pepper (black pepper will work)
  • Dash of shiitake mushroom powder (optional)
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
    Instructions

  1. Over high heat, bring a large pot of water to boil for the pasta. Cook according to package until al dente, about 9 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large rimmed frying pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Saute the onion and garlic for about 3 minutes then add the sausage, breaking it into bite size pieces with a wooden spatula. Add the mushrooms; saute an additional 5-8 minutes, until the mushrooms have darkened and shrunk.
  3. Whisk the nutritional yeast through the salt into the soymilk and stir into the mushroom mixture over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally until slightly thickened, about 3-5 minutes; while deglazing the pan. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in cooked pasta. Serve hot, topped with fresh parsley.

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Yield: 5
Rigatoni with Mushrooms and Vegan Sausage - Produce On Parade - This is a wonderfully quick and delicious meal that’s hearty and packed full of healthy protein. A comfort meal of pasta, cremini mushrooms, and vegan sausage that’s nutritious, simple, and fast; I think your entire family will absolutely love the creamy goodness in this dinner! We hope you’ll add this dish to your weeknight rotation.

Corn & Zucchini Tacos with Chickpea & Walnut 'Meat'

This is one of the best weeknight meals around, vegan or otherwise! These tacos are super fast, healthy, there’s very little prep, everyone loves them, the tacos are customizable to tastes, and they leave little cleanup. A giant win in my book!

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These aren’t much to look at, but I guarantee you that everyone is going to love them! Quite possibly one of Todd and my favorite meals, these tacos are so quick and easy to whip up. Perfect for a busy weeknight. Oliver really enjoyed putting the lettuce on the tacos too, so kid-friendly! Yay!

Have you watched the Tidying Up with Marie Kondo show on Netflix? I read her book several years ago and still fold my clothes in her very particular way, even though I found the book to be slightly absurd. We watched the show a couple weeks ago and pretty much turned our house upside-down. I don’t know what it was about actually watching her go through with people and help them ‘tidy up’ but it really made an impact on us. If you haven’t seen it, it’s definitely worth the watch! Okay, PSA over. Now it’s taco-time!!

Corn & Zucchini Tacos with Chickpea & Walnut 'Meat' - Produce On Parade - This is one of the best weeknight meals around, vegan or otherwise! These tacos are super fast, healthy, there’s very little prep, everyone loves them, the tacos are customizable to tastes, and they leave little cleanup. A giant win in my book!

Corn & Zucchini Tacos with Chickpea & Walnut 'Meat'


Corn & Zucchini Tacos with Chickpea & Walnut 'Meat'
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This is one of the best weeknight meals around, vegan or otherwise! These tacos are super fast, healthy, there’s very little prep, everyone loves them, the tacos are customizable to tastes, and they leave little cleanup. A giant win in my book!

Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 15 oz can of sweet corn, drained well
  • 2-3 small zucchinis, diced small
  • 1 15 oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 ¼ cup whole raw walnuts
  • 2 ½ tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ small head of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 20 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ⅓ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 8-10 taco-size flour tortillas
  • Sprinkle of shredded vegan mozzarella
  • Spoonful of salsa, to taste
Ingredients
  1. Over medium, heat the oil in a large frying pan. Once hot, saute the corn and zucchini for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they begin to brown. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. While the veggies fry, place the chickpeas through the garlic powder into a food processor. Pulse several times, until the mixture resembles taco meat. There should be small chunky bits of walnuts and chickpeas, and the spices should be well blended. Transfer to a microwave safe bowl.
  3. Prep the veggies. Microwave the taco meat for about 1-2 minutes, until warm. Heat the stack of tortillas in the microwave for about 15-30 seconds, to heat.
  4. To assemble the tacos, place lettuce on one taco, followed by taco meat and pan-fried veggies and then the remaining veggies. Top with a sprinkle of shredded vegan mozzarella and a spoonful of salsa, to taste, on each taco. Divide the fillings evenly between all the tortillas. Serve hot.

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Yield: 8-10 tacos
Corn & Zucchini Tacos with Chickpea & Walnut 'Meat' - Produce On Parade - This is one of the best weeknight meals around, vegan or otherwise! These tacos are super fast, healthy, there’s very little prep, everyone loves them, the tacos are customizable to tastes, and they leave little cleanup. A giant win in my book!

Glazed Gingerbread Scones - Two Ways

Gingerbread and scones marry together festively in this scrumptiously wonderful holiday breakfast or dessert! I’ve included the first method that results in a dark scone that has a robust gingerbread taste and the texture is more gingerbread than scone. The second method results in a more traditional scone with that great flaky texture and a subtler gingerbread flavor.

Produce On Parade - Glazed Gingerbread Scones Two Ways - Gingerbread and scones marry together festively in this scrumptiously wonderful holiday breakfast or dessert! I’ve included the first method that results in a dark scone that has a robust gingerbread taste and the texture is more gingerbread than scone. The second method results in a more traditional scone with that great flaky texture and a subtler gingerbread flavor.

I hope everyone’s holiday season is going well. On the weekend during the wee hours we have with light, we’ve just been really enjoying our time skiing outside and all the beautiful snow. Balancing that of course with vegan hot cocoa, good books and company, and non-stop fires in the woodstove during the morning and evenings. Anyway you slice it there’s a ton of Alaska hygge happening in our home! It be cozy as heck. Happy Yuletide my dears! Do you have any special holiday traditions you’d like to share? Todd and I are trying to plan some for Oliver! To start with, baking. Lots of yummy baking!

These beautiful scones involved much recipe testing but I don’t think anyone was complaining around our house! At first, I decided that they had too much molasses and were not ‘scone-like’ enough. Settling on the second version I created which had less molasses and were more like a traditional scone, I first prefered the these but then began to actually prefer the more gingerbready ones! So, awash in uncertainty, I decided to include both recipes and let you choose which to make. #twosconerecipesarebetterthanone

Gingerbread scones are the absolute perfect thing to make this holiday season. I bet none of your guests will have ever had one AND they are great for dessert or breakfast not to mention they are oh so quick and easy and utterly delicious. The best gift of all; you’ll have more time to spend with your loved ones… while munching on gingerbread scones.

Produce On Parade - Glazed Gingerbread Scones Two Ways - Gingerbread and scones marry together festively in this scrumptiously wonderful holiday breakfast or dessert! I’ve included the first method that results in a dark scone that has a robust gingerbread taste and the texture is more gingerbread than scone. The second method results in a more traditional scone with that great flaky texture and a subtler gingerbread flavor.

Glazed Gingerbread Scones - Two Ways


Glazed Gingerbread Scones - Two Ways
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Gingerbread and scones marry together festively in this scrumptiously wonderful holiday breakfast or dessert! I’ve included the first method that results in a dark scone that has a robust gingerbread taste and the texture is more gingerbread than scone. The second method results in a more traditional scone with that great flaky texture and a subtler gingerbread flavor, see that method at the *.

Ingredients
  • 2 cups (10 oz) all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp vegan granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 5 tbsp refined coconut oil, room-temperature
  • ⅓ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup + 3 tbsp vegan soy creamer
  • ¼ cup vegan powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp vegan soy creamer
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, pulse together the flour through the baking powder. Pulse in the oil, 1 tbsp at a time, until it resembles coarse cornmeal with some larger pieces. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Next, whisk together the ⅓ cup molasses and ¼ cup + 3 tbsp vegan soy creamer. Stir into the floured mixture until just combined. The dough should be slightly sticky; if it’s not stir in a little more creamer. *To have a less gingerbread flavor and more scone like texture, instead use 1 tbsp of molasses and ¾ cup of vegan soy creamer.
  3. Preheat the oven to 450 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place another baking sheet beneath the first one (this keeps the bottoms from browning).
  4. Transfer the dough to a floured workspace and pat into an 8-inch round. Cut into 8 wedges and arrange on the baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 12-15 minutes, rotating the sheet halfway through, until the tops are just golden brown. Allow to cool on a cooling rack until fully cooled.
  5. Once the scones are completely cool, in a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and 1 tbsp creamer until smooth; add more creamer if necessary to reach the right viscosity for drizzling. Drizzle over the scones and allow to rest until glaze has hardened. Share with loved ones.

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    Yield: 8 scones (8 servings)
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Produce On Parade - Glazed Gingerbread Scones Two Ways - Gingerbread and scones marry together festively in this scrumptiously wonderful holiday breakfast or dessert! I’ve included the first method that results in a dark scone that has a robust gingerbread taste and the texture is more gingerbread than scone. The second method results in a more traditional scone with that great flaky texture and a subtler gingerbread flavor.