Avocado-Cilantro Cream Angel Hair

This is such a delightful spring dish. It also happens to be counting as my "green" today. If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram you know that my morning was pretttty shitttty. Needless to say, I completely forgot it was St. Patrick's Day and ran out of the house thankful to be on time for work (breastases aren't going to be mammogramin' themselves you know), let alone wearing green. Lucky for me (I'm part Irish), not a single person pinched me today. Whew! 

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If you happen to be one of those poor souls who hates cilantro (I hear it's genetic...no, seriously) stay far, far away from this dish. Same goes if you strongly dislike avocados. However, I have yet to meet such a person and will totally notify you if I ever do. Who hates avocados?

This is one luxurious dish. Angel hair pasta bathes in a light and dreamy avocado-cilantro cream sauce. It's a bit sweet, with a hint of ginger and zesty lime. Barring any anger towards cilantro or avocado...you're going to love it. You'll also love that it's done in the time it takes to boil up some pasta! And that's something we can all be thankful for. 

Side Note: It's weird to me now that I used to make pasta sauces sans veggies. Like non-vegan, traditional mac & cheese and alfredo sauce. My vegan mac & cheese is made with sweet potato and my alfredo sauce with cashews and cauliflower. Then there's this delicious cream sauce with cilantro and avocado. Ponderous. How sad and boring (not to mention lacking some superfly nutrients) it must be for people to make traditional pasta sauces. They don't know what they're missing...and that makes my heart all glum

Avocado-Cilantro Cream Angel Hair

Serves 6

Notes: The pasta should be done at the same time, or just after the sauce. You don't want it to sit cooked. 

  • 16 oz. angel hair pasta, dry
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 6 large garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 large ripe avocados, pitted
  • 1 large bunch of cilantro (stems and all)
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 1 small knob of fresh ginger, peeled and rough chopped
  • 1/2 cup plain non-dairy milk
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. agave nectar or maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil for the pasta. When boiling, cook according to package which is usually about five minutes. Drain and return to pot. 

Produce On Parade - Avocado-Cilantro Cream Angel HairMeanwhile, heat the 1 tsp. of olive oil in a small saute pan. Add the garlic and saute for a few minutes, until browned and fragrant. Remove from heat. 

In a food processor, add the remaining ingredients including the sauteed garlic. Process until smooth and creamy. 

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Add the sauce to the cooked and drained pasta, stir well to coat. 

Produce On Parade - Avocado-Cilantro Cream Angel Hair Produce On Parade - Avocado-Cilantro Cream Angel HairServe hot. 

Produce On Parade - Avocado-Cilantro Cream Angel HairCareful not to break your juicer! Todd doesn't know his own strength...

Produce On Parade - Avocado-Cilantro Cream Angel HairOh dear. 

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Creamy Fettuccine Miso Alfredo

Chocolates the night before and now alfredo? Oh dear. Whoever said that being vegan can't be rich, delicious, and utterly indulging is obviously a dolt. Luckily for my waistline, this alfredo has a super secret ingredient...cauliflower! Okay, maybe it's not so super secret as it's all the rage right now I guess. I've tried a few different cauliflower alfredos but I didn't really enjoy them. Until now!

Produce On Parade - Creamy Fettuccine Miso Alfredo This one is not to be missed. This lighted up alfredo is salty and sweet from the miso, nutritional yeast gives it a cheesy flavor and cashews lend a thick, luxurious feel. Also, cilantro with creamy alfredo is the best thing ever. 

Creamy Fettuccine Miso Alfredo 

Serves 6

  • Pasta:
  • 16 oz. dry fettuccine pasta
  • Cauliflower:
  • 2 cups cauliflower (250 grams raw), florets only
  • Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup of pasta water
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 Tbsp. miso paste
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 Tbsp. agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast, large flake
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
  • grating of fresh nutmeg
  • Garnish:
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped for garnish

Note: If you want a super, duper creamy pasta, use only 8 oz. of pasta. 

Bring a large salted pot of water to boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package, until al dente. Drain, but reserve 1/4 cup of water and set aside.

Produce On Parade - Creamy Fettuccine Miso Alfredo While the pasta is cooking, cut off about 2 cups of cauliflower florets (about 250 grams). Place in a steamer with about 1 inch of water and steam for about 20 minutes or until tender. 

Produce On Parade - Creamy Fettuccine Miso Alfredo Meanwhile add all the sauce ingredients to a blender, but wait to blend. 

Produce On Parade - Creamy Fettuccine Miso Alfredo When the cauliflower is done steaming, add it to the blender as well. If the pasta is still cooking, steal 1/4 cup of the pasta water and add it to the blender. Blend on high until smooth and creamy.

Produce On Parade - Creamy Fettuccine Miso Alfredo Add the sauce to the cooked pasta and top with chopped cilantro. 

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Broccoli Walnut Pesto

"Oh my god, this is soooo so good!" "Great! I'm glad you like it. It's mostly broccoli and walnuts, so I was kind of worried that you wouldn't." "Geeeeezzze, don't tell me that!"

Who says pesto can't be cheap, lower in calories, and seriously delicious...all while still being vegan? I say that it can and it shall be

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If you have trouble getting your family members (husband included) to eat broccoli, this is your dish. Straight up. When Todd got home from work, I told him we were having pasta for dinner. This is usually pretty exciting because we don't tend to eat it very often.

Then, he walked into the kitchen and saw a giant bowl of broccoli. His face melted from delight to what can best be described as that of a kid who tore open a present on Christmas morning only to find a crocheted tie from Aunt Gladys. Disappointed and a bit bamboozled. 

He self-proclaims that he's "not-big-on-broccoli". That it's not really his thing. Well, four servings later, one for me and three for Todd...I ended up surrendering a big bowl of the pesto pasta to Todd for his lunch. I brought a PB&J to work. Best wife ever? Dang, now I really want some of that pesto!

Produce On Parade - Broccoli Walnut PestoThis creamy pesto, lightened up by using a smaller amount of oil gets it's zing from lemon juice and miso. Pine nuts, move over because walnuts are taking center stage here. And for real, fresh basil in Alaska in January can be hard to come by. Plus, I'm not a bajillionaire. Broccoli it is! 

Broccoli Walnut Pesto 

Serves 6

  • Broccoli:
  • 1 large head of broccoli, florets only
  • dash of salt
  • Pasta:
  • 16 oz. of dry pasta
  • dash of salt
  • Pesto Sauce:
  • 1/3 cup of walnuts, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, whole
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh basil paste or small handful of fresh basil (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. walnut oil (olive oil will work, too)
  • 1 Tbsp. miso paste
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar

Notes: Be sure to reserve about 1/2 cup of the pasta water for the pesto sauce. 

Start by bringing a medium pot of salted water to boil. Chop off the broccoli florets and once the water is boiling, place them in the water. Allow them to boil for about 3 minutes. Then, remove the florets with a slotted spoon and submerge in a large bowl of cold water. Allow to rest in the water until ready for use.

Produce On Parade - Broccoli Walnut Pesto Produce On Parade - Broccoli Walnut PestoKeep that water boiling and add another dash of salt. Add the dry pasta and cook according to package. I like to use a pasta that is dense and sturdy, so it can stand up to being stirred with the pesto. Once the pasta is al dente, strain, but not completely. Leave about 1/2 cup of pasta water at the bottom, with the noodles. Place the pot of noodles aside until ready to use. 

Produce On Parade - Broccoli Walnut PestoIn a food processor, combine all the pesto sauce ingredients and process until it's reached a fine consistency. There will be a lot of scraping down the sides of the bowl, but it's a small price to pay. 

Produce On Parade - Broccoli Walnut PestoProduce On Parade - Broccoli Walnut PestoNow, strain the broccoli from the cold water and add the florets to the processor. Process until very smooth and creamy.

Produce On Parade - Broccoli Walnut PestoAdd the pesto sauce into the pot of noodles and stir very well, ensuring to combine the water at the bottom. You can add a pinch of salt here too.

Produce On Parade - Broccoli Walnut PestoServe hot with crushed walnuts on top, if you like! 

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