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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Thai Curry Turmeric Rice Noodles w/ Grilled Tofu

Rice noodles and sauteed veggies simmer in a deliciously creamy, coconut Thai curry turmeric sauce topped with grilled tofu. A hint of sweetness and spice, this is a super fast and easy dish that’s perfect for a weeknight.

Produce On Parade - Thai Curry Turmeric Rice Noodles w/ Grilled Tofu - Rice noodles and sauteed veggies simmer in a deliciously creamy, coconut Thai curry turmeric sauce topped with grilled tofu. A hint of sweetness and spice, this is a super fast and easy dish that’s perfect for a weeknight.

I’ve employed the best wee assistant photographer ever. Just look how cute! I mean, come on… he even did double duty as a little sous chef, helping me pick the snow peas from the garden for this dish.

We’ve been doing lots of very quick meals lately that are really cheap and super easy. Those are always the best ones though, right? The dishes that most folks make, most of the time. Sometimes food bloggers can get carried away in the beauty of the unique and the original (guilty) but honestly, the beauty of a tasty dish that can be done in 30 minutes flat after a busy day at work can be just as beautiful. Especially when you have a little one constantly pulling on your arm to please, '“Come play trains!” or “Come play the wrestle game!” (the latter is just him jumping up and down on us on the bed…), because those playful moments with the munchkins are the truly beautiful moments you don’t want to miss.

Produce On Parade - Thai Curry Turmeric Rice Noodles w/ Grilled Tofu - Rice noodles and sauteed veggies simmer in a deliciously creamy, coconut Thai curry turmeric sauce topped with grilled tofu. A hint of sweetness and spice, this is a super fast and easy dish that’s perfect for a weeknight.

A word to the wise: be careful when eating this one. Turmeric will stain the shizz out of anything and everything. It’s incredible for inflammation though! I ensure Todd gets a lot of it in his diet because of his rheumatoid arthritis. I put it in everything. Be sure to add a dash of pepper when consuming turmeric because it super boosts the absorption rate.

Produce On Parade - Thai Curry Turmeric Rice Noodles w/ Grilled Tofu - Rice noodles and sauteed veggies simmer in a deliciously creamy, coconut Thai curry turmeric sauce topped with grilled tofu. A hint of sweetness and spice, this is a super fast and easy dish that’s perfect for a weeknight.

Thai Curry Turmeric Rice Noodles w/ Grilled Tofu


Thai Curry Turmeric Rice Noodles w/ Grilled Tofu
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Rice noodles and sauteed veggies simmer in a deliciously creamy, coconut Thai curry turmeric sauce topped with grilled tofu. A hint of sweetness and spice, this is a super fast and easy dish that’s perfect for a weeknight.

Ingredients
  • 6 oz rice noodles (I like the wide ones)
  • 1 14 oz package of firm tofu, drained and cut into four rectangles
  • ½ tbsp coconut oil (or olive oil)
  • ½ medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed and thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ tbsp Thai green curry paste
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • Dash of white pepper (black will work)
  • 1 medium carrot, julienned
  • 2 medium celery stalks, cut on the bias
  • 1 15 oz can full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ tbsp brown sugar
  • Small handful of snow pea pods, whole
  • Sprinkling of sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil for the noodles. Cook until al dente, drain and set aside.
  2. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat and coat with a nonstick cooking spray if needed. Grill each tofu piece for 5-8 minutes on each side, until grill marks appear. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. While the noodles and tofu cook, heat the coconut oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic; saute 2 minutes. Add the curry paste, ginger, turmeric, and pepper; saute 2 minutes. Add the carrot and celery; saute 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the coconut milk, soy sauce, and brown sugar; reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 minutes. When the noodles are done stir them into the pot with the pea pods, remove from heat and let rest for additional 3 minutes so the noodles can soak up some of the sauce.
  5. Serve the noodles hot, topped with grilled tofu. Drizzle some sauce over the tofu and top with sesame seeds.

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    Yield: 3 servings
Produce On Parade - Thai Curry Turmeric Rice Noodles w/ Grilled Tofu - Rice noodles and sauteed veggies simmer in a deliciously creamy, coconut Thai curry turmeric sauce topped with grilled tofu. A hint of sweetness and spice, this is a super fast and easy dish that’s perfect for a weeknight.
Produce On Parade - Thai Curry Turmeric Rice Noodles w/ Grilled Tofu - Rice noodles and sauteed veggies simmer in a deliciously creamy, coconut Thai curry turmeric sauce topped with grilled tofu. A hint of sweetness and spice, this is a super fast and easy dish that’s perfect for a weeknight.

Maple Banana Cookies

These pillowy, vegan banana cookies are infused with maple and spices and are wholesome with the addition of a wee bit of whole wheat flour. Unlike banana bread they are light and fluffy and rise beautifully. Fabulous plain, but I like to add in a small amount of chocolate chips or nuts!

Produce On Parade - Maple Banana Cookies - These pillowy, vegan banana cookies are infused with maple and spices and are wholesome with the addition of a wee bit of whole wheat flour. Unlike banana bread they are light and fluffy and rise beautifully. Fabulous plain, but I like to add in a small amount of chocolate chips or nuts!

I. Cannot. Stop. Eating. These. Cookies. #pleasehelp

Do you have a labor day dish to bring to that party? Maybe you thought of bringing the norm, but do we really need another grill-able item, salad, or bag of chips? Nah. Switch it up with some cookies! If you got ripe bananas, you’re all set.

I had a little extra helping-labor myself while photographing this recipe. Oliver loves to carry around his camera taking photos. It was a little difficult to get some of him because he kept rushing over to where I was to copy me. Baking with little ones is the absolute best.

Produce On Parade - Maple Banana Cookies - These pillowy, vegan banana cookies are infused with maple and spices and are wholesome with the addition of a wee bit of whole wheat flour. Unlike banana bread they are light and fluffy and rise beautifully. Fabulous plain, but I like to add in a small amount of chocolate chips or nuts!
Produce On Parade - Maple Banana Cookies - These pillowy, vegan banana cookies are infused with maple and spices and are wholesome with the addition of a wee bit of whole wheat flour. Unlike banana bread they are light and fluffy and rise beautifully. Fabulous plain, but I like to add in a small amount of chocolate chips or nuts!

Maple Banana Cookies


Maple Banana Cookies
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These pillowy, vegan banana cookies are infused with maple and spices and are wholesome with the addition of a wee bit of whole wheat flour. Unlike banana bread they are light and fluffy and rise beautifully. Fabulous plain, but I like to add in a small amount of chocolate chips or nuts!

Ingredients
  • 1 cup mashed well-ripened bananas (about 2 medium bananas)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 tsp psyllium husk powder (or 1 tbsp ground flaxseed)
  • ¼ cup water (or 3 tbsp water if using flaxseed)
  • ½ cup vegan butter, softened
  • ½ cup vegan granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • scant ¼ tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp ground cloves
  • pinch of salt
  • heaping ¼ cup vegan chocolate chips or nuts of your choice (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. To a small bowl add the mashed banana and stir in the baking soda; set aside.
  3. In a small bowl whisk the psyllium powder and water together and set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl cream the butter, sugars, and extracts. Whisk in the psyllium mixture until light and fluffy. Stir in the banana mixture and set aside.
  5. In a large bowl whisk together the flours, spices, and salt. Slowly stir in the wet mixture until just combined, stir in any chocolate chips or nuts if using.
  6. Using a cookie scoop, drop dough onto cookie sheet 2” apart (they don’t spread much). Bake for about 12 minutes until the bottom edges just begin to turn golden brown. They will seem underdone but don’t fret! Remove from the sheet immediately and transfer to cooling rack. Repeat with remaining dough. Store in an airtight container once cooled.

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    Yield: About 30 cookies
Produce On Parade - Maple Banana Cookies - These pillowy, vegan banana cookies are infused with maple and spices and are wholesome with the addition of a wee bit of whole wheat flour. Unlike banana bread they are light and fluffy and rise beautifully. Fabulous plain, but I like to add in a small amount of chocolate chips or nuts!

I found this article from The New York Times that came out a couple days ago. It’s definitely worth a read. Veganism for the win!

The vegans are right. The vegans were always right. The least you can do is shower them with respect and our gratitude, because they deserve it.
— Farhad Manjoo; columnist at the The New York Times
Produce On Parade - Maple Banana Cookies - These pillowy, vegan banana cookies are infused with maple and spices and are wholesome with the addition of a wee bit of whole wheat flour. Unlike banana bread they are light and fluffy and rise beautifully. Fabulous plain, but I like to add in a small amount of chocolate chips or nuts!