Vegan Spinach Fettuccine Alfredo

This is an easy and simple vegan spinach fettuccine alfredo made with a deliciously creamy cashew sauce. It’s a healthy and light alternative to it’s very rich counterparts made with cheese and heavy cream, but is still just as tasty!

Vegan Spinach Fettuccine Alfredo - Produce On Parade - This is an easy and simple vegan spinach fettuccine alfredo made with a deliciously creamy cashew sauce. It’s a healthy and light alternative to it’s very rich counterparts made with cheese and heavy cream, but is still just as tasty!

Todd and I have been on a super frugal grocery budget challenge this month. Like… under $150! I had no idea how it would go but we are 19 days into a total of 30 so far for September and we are looking good. We’ve spent $95 out of the $150 I budgeted for us.

I see two potential obstacles to our challenge however. The first is that we of course live in Alaska where food is priced a lot higher than most other places in the states. We are almost on par with Hawaii (though they get all that wonderful fresh fruit which is not the case up here). If you’ve ever bought groceries there; you may have had sticker shock! The second is that Oliver drinks his weight in soy milk. And we can’t buy off-brand soy milks because they all have sugar added. Silk is the only brand I have found that offers an unsweetened version and it comes at a premium for the brand-name. We are trying to get him to drink less milk and eat more. It’s going… so so.

I think the problem is that he has inherited my gene for being constantly thirsty and Todd’s gene for not caring about food whatsoever and also somehow being a picky eater. The middle bit of that ven diagram of those two proclivities is, yep, milk. So, our soy milk budget is kind of eating up the vast majority of our grocery budget. Alas, I’ve been finding ways to make it work.

This is a somewhat wallet-friendly vegan dish. Cashews are pricey but we still try to get a variety of nuts in our diet and I use less than 1/2 cup in this recipe; that’s less than one serving of nuts per serving of this meal. Everything else is dirt cheap. We buy whole-grain pasta which normally costs slightly more than regular white pasta but we get the store brand so it ends up being about the same: $1.20 per box. If you so choose you can use olive oil (or no fat at all) to replace the butter, and bottled lemon juice is always less expensive than fresh lemons. There are lots of ways to save and we are challenging ourselves to rediscover them all!

Vegan Spinach Fettuccine Alfredo - Produce On Parade - This is an easy and simple vegan spinach fettuccine alfredo made with a deliciously creamy cashew sauce. It’s a healthy and light alternative to it’s very rich counterparts made with cheese and heavy cream, but is still just as tasty!

What are your frugal food tips? Would you like to see more budget friendly recipes and be updated on how we do with our $150 per month grocery budget? What are your favorite cheap meals?

Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.



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This is an easy and simple vegan spinach fettuccine alfredo made with a deliciously creamy cashew sauce. It’s a healthy and light alternative to it’s very rich counterparts made with cheese and heavy cream, but is still just as tasty! Adapted from The Vegan 8.

Ingredients
  • 8 oz dry fettuccine
  • ½ tbsp vegan butter
  • ½ large white onion, diced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable broth, divided
  • Scant ½ cup raw cashews
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Dash of ground white pepper (black pepper will do)
  • Dash of freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained

Ingredients
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil for the pasta. Cook according to package until al dente. Reserve ½ cup of the cooking water; drain pasta and return it to the pot; set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat and stir in the onion. Add 1 cup of the broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in the garlic and onion powder. Reduce over medium-high to high heat until all the broth has dissipated, about 10 minutes; stirring occasionally.
  3. To a blender add the remaining ¼ cup broth through the nutmeg. Add the onion mixture when done cooking and blend on high for about 1-2 minutes until very smooth and creamy.
  4. Pour the sauce over the pasta, add the spinach and pasta water and stir until well combined. It will look like a lot of sauce, but let the pasta rest for a couple minutes; this will allow the noodles to soak up the sauce. Serve hot.

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    Yield: 3 servings

Save Money!

I’ve been using this vegetable broth and I really like it. I get it here. It’s way more economical than buying fresh broth and it also has less impact on the environment.

I pay $0.57 per one cup of broth that I usually buy from our local grocery store, Fred Meyer but one cup of this broth equals only $0.10!

Vegan Spinach Fettuccine Alfredo - Produce On Parade - This is an easy and simple vegan spinach fettuccine alfredo made with a deliciously creamy cashew sauce. It’s a healthy and light alternative to it’s very rich counterparts made with cheese and heavy cream, but is still just as tasty!

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Is there anything better than wild, foraged mushrooms? Yes! Wild, foraged mushrooms that were gifted to you. Nah, not really. I really like foraging for mushrooms actually, but I literally jumped for joy when my mom gave me one pound (yes, 1 lb!!!) of fresh, hedgehog mushrooms that she gathered in Seward, Alaska. It’s a three hour drive from where we live, which is a little far to take the wee one, so obviously I was beyond ecstatic.

I’m new to mushroom hunting; this year I gathered and cooked up some birch boletes and puffballs, basically whatever I found on our walks. Oliver helped, carrying around a small wicker basket filled with our finds: wild mushrooms, and raspberries and kale from the garden. #cutestthingever Check out my instagram @katiecski for those photos, you won’t be sorry. Next year I hope to seriously go out mushroom hunting in our area. I would die to find some morels and chanterelles! What about you? Are you a master of wild mushrooms?

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Wild Mushroom, Cream and White Wine Fettuccine

Recipe by Kathleen @ Produce On Parade

Nutty, meaty wild mushrooms mingle with sweet coconut cream and floral white wine in this wonderful fettuccine dish that’s quick enough for a weeknight but fancy enough for company.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb dry fettuccine pasta
  • 1 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 lb of wild mushrooms or cremini (I used wild hedgehog mushrooms), cleaned and sliced
  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup vegan white wine
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tbsp red miso
  • ½ cup canned coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves (or ½ tsp dry thyme)
  • ½ tsp seasoning salt or table salt
  • ½ tsp lemon pepper

Cooking Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Once boiling add a dash of salt then cook pasta according to the package so it’s al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a large high-rimmed frying pan. Saute the mushrooms in three batches, so that there is one single layer of mushrooms in the pan. Saute each batch for 5 minutes, until the mushrooms just start to stick to the bottom. Transfer to a medium bowl.
  3. Once all the mushrooms are cooked, deglaze the pan a with a little water and saute the onion and garlic for about 5-8 minutes until just starting to brown.
  4. Add all the mushrooms back to the pan and deglaze it with the wine, stir in the broth. Whisk the miso into the hot water and add to the pan. Whisk the milk and flour together then whisk slowly into the pan.
  5. Stir in the thyme, salt, and pepper then the cooked pasta. Serve hot.
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An INSANE New Cooking Adventure?? + Fettuccine w/ Baked Tofu, Zucchini, & Burst Cherry Tomatoes

A lovely and light spring dish, this meal is heavy on the protein thanks to savory tofu. Sauteed zucchini and burst cherry tomatoes lend their own delicious juices to create a fresh sauce for the fettucine. This pasta is simple, healthy, and quick enough for a weeknight.

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The best advice I’ve ever received is ‘No one else knows what they’re doing either’
— Ricky Gervais
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So, something insane happened two days ago. It's hard for me to even put into words how out-of-this-world the last couple days have been. Here goes; I got an email from a production company that wanted to interview Todd and I for... something... #ImNotAllowedToSay but it's like the pinnacle of anything ever to do with cooking and the public.

It has to do with big-time, super-popular, national, errrybody is watching it type television thing. It's the most crazy, surreal thing that has literally every happened to me. This company discovered me because of my cookbook and they will be submitting my interview (and several others) to the network in less than one week for said opportunity. That's really all I'm allowed to divulge (I asked if I could share the news because I'm totally freaking out right now!!!) I. CAN'T. EVEN. YOU GUYS!

I don't know if I'll get the gig, they have other folks they interviewed as well, but I think I might just implode if they do choose me. But in the best way possible of course. No matter what happens I am super stoked to have even been approached! I'll keep you all posted!

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Produce On Parade - An INSANE New Cooking Adventure + Fettuccine w/ Baked Tofu, Zucchini, & Burst Cherry Tomatoes - A lovely and light spring dish, this meal is heavy on the protein thanks to savory tofu. Sauteed zucchini and burst cherry tomatoes lend their own delicious juices to create a fresh sauce for the fettucine. This pasta is simple, healthy, and quick enough for a weeknight.
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Mind blowing and world-shattering, but in a good way! I wish I could tell you more!!! I feel like I'm living someone else's life right now. On another note, I'd love to send you all some signed bookplates! They are incredibly beautiful; you can see one here. All you need to do is send me a link or photo to your completely unbiased review of my cookbook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indigo Books, or wherever, etc. along with your mailing address!

I've been in a little bit of shock for a few days so easy recipes are what I need. My brain is in overload, which means I'm keeping it real with this scrumptious spring-time pasta. I think you'll love it! 

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Fettuccine w/ Baked Tofu, Zucchini, & Burst Cherry Tomatoes

Kathleen Henry @ Produce On Parade

Published 05/13/2016

A lovely and light spring dish, this meal is heavy on the protein thanks to savory tofu. Sauteed zucchini and burst cherry tomatoes lend their own delicious juices to create a fresh sauce for the fettucine. This pasta is simple, healthy, and quick enough for a weeknight.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb fettuccine pasta, dry
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ large yellow onion, sliced
  • dash of crushed red pepper, to taste
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • 12 oz cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 6 oz baked flavored firm tofu, diced (I like Wildwoods Savory)
  • 1 tbsp dried basil or ¼ cup fresh basil
  • 1 cup fresh beet greens, spinach, or baby kale, chopped
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • sprinkling of vegan parmesan, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil for the pasta. Cook for about 5 minutes (half of the cooking time), then drain the pasta and return to the pot.
  2. In the meantime, heat the olive oil over medium-low heat in a large frying pan. Add the onion and crushed red pepper; saute for about 5 minutes until the onions are translucent and tender. Stir in the zucchini and tomatoes and increase the heat to medium; saute an additional 10-15 minutes until the pasta is done cooking and the zucchini is tender, but not over cooked. Remove from heat and stir in the tofu, basil, and greens.
  3. Once the pasta is done cooking and has been returned to the pot, stir in the vegetable broth. Cook over medium-high heat for about 8-10 minutes until most of the broth has been absorbed and the noodles are al dente. Add additional broth or water if the noodles are still undercooked.
  4. Stir the vegetable mixture with all its juices into the pasta to combine. Allow to rest for a few minutes before serving hot. Garnish with vegan parmesan.

Yield: 6

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Keep your fingers crossed for me the next couple weeks!