Food for Thought

My mother made this dish and it was magnificently delicious. She did not follow a recipe so the amounts you use may be a little different. When I cook, I tailor it to the people that are going to eat it. If they don’t like something, I may substitute it for something they do like. Sometimes I cut it up small, or puree it so they can’t even tell it’s in there. Do what feels right. Taste it along the way and do what tastes right. Have fun while doing it and be sure to share your pics.

Vegetarian Alfredo

Ingredients

Linguini noodles or zucchini noodles

½ – 2/3 cup Onions

1 clove Garlic (about 1 tsp if minced)

1-1 ½ cups Bell peppers (red, yellow, orange)

1 can Rotel tomatoes

1 cup Mushrooms (baby bella or shiitake)

½ cup Cashews

½-2/3 cup Almond milk

½ cup water

3 tbsp Butter

1 tbsp Nutritional yeast

Salt

Pepper

Old bay seasoning

½-3 tbsp All-purpose flour (you may want to add slowly so it’s not too thick)

Directions

Soak 1 cup cashews for at least 15 minutes

Linguine cooked al dente

Sautee onions, garlic, and bell peppers in butter (5-10 minutes). You may want to substitute or add broccoli and cauliflower

Add 2-4 tbsp all-purpose flour to sautéed mixture, it will look a little pasty. Stir for a minute or two, to mix butter with flower and to coat vegetables

Poor the water off the cashews. Use equal amounts cashews and water in food processor until liquid

Add 1 tbsp nutritional yeast

Add liquid to vegetable flor mixture; stir frequently for about 2 minutes then add almond (soy or coconut) milk until it’s the consistency you want. Keep in mind, it will thicken some by the time it’s done.

Cook Baby Bella mushrooms (may substitute Shitaki) with a little Almond milk, salt and pepper to taste; add to sauce mixture (I used shitaki and just added them to my sauce without sautéing them first

Add old bay seasoning to taste

Add Rotel tomatoes if you like spicy

Add linguini to pan; let simmer

*I added zucchini noodles, carrots, crab meat and fresh parsley from my garden that I cut a few days before and wanted to use. My son said the cashews weren’t processed enough for him so my daughter suggested adding crab meat. The next day the sauce was creamier.

The zucchini noodles were thawed and pan heated; they were a little soggy for my taste and texture. I also cooked some edemame noodles that I bought from Aldis, just in case. They weren’t bad. Make sure you salt the water when boiling. Please use whatever you and your company will enjoy the most.

The zucchini noodles were thawed and pan heated; they were a little soggy for my taste and texture. I also cooked some edemame noodles that I bought from Aldis, just in case. They weren’t bad. Make sure you salt the water when boiling. Please use whatever you and your company will enjoy the most.

If the cashew milk creamy sauce isn’t your thing here is a link to a tasty alternative…https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/272444/creamy-garlic-butter-sauce/

Snack

No Bake Energy Bites 

I found this recipe on Pinterest when I re-started my physical health journey. They remind me of the chewy chocolate chip granola bars. It’s a yummy healthy snack that also gives you energy. Everyone that I have made them for has absolutely loved them and It doesn’t talk long to make them. This recipe calls for flax seeds, but I personally have not added them yet but I do enjoy the addition of chia seeds. Try It and let me know what you think!

Here’s the recipe: http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/no-bake-energy-bites/

Best, 

Alex

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