asian pasta salad.

asianpastaSomeone brought this to a potluck dinner this summer and I knew I had to make it. Such good flavors and textures – good stuff for sure!

1 package farfalle pasta
1-1/2 Cups snow pea pods, sliced on the diagonal, and blanched
3 green onions, sliced
1 cups Mushrooms, sliced
½ package Wontons, sliced and fried for the garnish (I used my airfryer to make mine crispy)
1 cup Mandarin Oranges, for the garnish
1 TB Sesame Seeds, toasted, for the garnish

For the Dressing
1/4 cup organic soy sauce
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
2-3 TB raw honey or agave
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
2 T Sesame Oil (dark, toasted or light)
1/4-1/2 cup cup olive oil

Instructions
  1. Prepare sesame dressing.
  2. In a blender or food processor add the honey or agave, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and white pepper, process to combine, then with motor running slowly add sesame oil and olive oil Dressing should be thick. Chill dressing while you finish prepping the rest of the dish.
  3. In a large pot of boiling salted water cook the pasta to al dente. Drain and cool.
  4. Drain and set aside. In a large mixing bowl toss together the pasta, pea pods, green onions, and mushrooms. Chill.
  5. In large bowl, combine cooked, drained and rinsed pasta, cooked chicken, pea pods, onions and mushrooms. Toss gently. Pour dressing over mixture and toss to coat. Add salt and pepper to taste. Chill well.
  6. Before serving, prepare won ton skins. I cut mine into strips and put in air fryer until crispy.
  7. Blanching Pea Pods: In a medium pot of boiling salted water, carefully add the uncut pea pods. Boil for 30-60 seconds until they start to puff up and rise to the top. With a large slotted spoon or spider, remove and immediately place the pea pods into a bowl of icy water. Remove from icy water once they are fully cold. Dry on a paper towel and set aside until ready to add to the salad.
  8. Garnish the finished salad with the oranges, toasted sesame seeds, and the fried wontons. Serve and enjoy!

butternut squash mac & cheese.

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When fall comes I always find myself buying a butternut squash, then scrambling to find something to make with it before it goes bad. Why not sneak it into some mac and cheese? I made it for my son and his friend and they gobbled it up. Didn’t even phase them!  This would make a great thanskgiving side dish too if you are looking for one.

I found the recipe here.  My modification is below.

  • 1/2 butternut squash, peeled and chopped (yields: 3.5 cups raw)
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
  • 6-7 tbsp Nutritional yeast
  • 2 T Miso Paste
  • 1 tspn onion powder
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp Paprika + more to season
  • Your pasta of choice

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet.  In a bowl, season chopped squash with some oil (~1 tsp) and kosher salt (couple pinches) and stir. Add to baking sheet and roast in oven for 40 minutes, flipping once half way through baking.

2. Add roasted squash, cashews, non-dairy milk, garlic, , salt, nutritional yeast, pepper, miso, seasonings) to vitamix type of blender and process until smooth

4. Cook your pasta according to package directions. When squash is finished roasting, add it to the food processor and blend it with the cheese sauce until smooth. Adjust to taste. The sauce will thicken up with time. If at any point the sauce becomes too thick, you can add a bit of milk to thin it out.

5. Drain and rinse pasta with cold water. Now add the pasta back into the same pot and add your desired amount of cheese sauce on top. Stir well. Add in any desired mix-ins like peas or broccoli. You can either heat this up in the pot, or pour it into a casserole dish (I used a 4 cup dish), sprinkle on breadcrumbs + paprika, and bake it at 350 for about 20-25 minutes.

304. Butternut squash alfredo pasta.

I saw this posted recently to the PPK blog, and thought this might be something good to make for thanksgiving. I made something similar once though and it was just ok. But this weekend when I saw a butternut squash at the store, I thought I’d pick one up and give it a go.

To my suprise, this was really really good. The sauce had alot of rich flavor, and was so creamy without getting dry, like vegan cream sauces tend to do. It doesn’t use a TON of cashes either, and the sauce makes enough to generously cover a whole bag of pasta. We used brown rice miso, instead of yellow, because its what I had on hand and that seemed to be just fine.

This was an awesome fall dish. highly, highly recommend it! Someone in the comments said they served it up with some apple and sage field roast sausage…that sounds like it would pair perfectly!

Recipe here: http://www.theppk.com/2012/10/roasted-butternut-alfredo/

292. pad thai

Pad thai is one of my favorite foods ever.
This dish (when it turns out right) is also one of my favorite things to make from vegan with a vengeance.

I change it around a little bit, but you can do what works for you.

My version goes like this:

Mix together:
6 T soy souce
4 T sugar
3 T lime juice (or tamarind paste)
1 t garlic chili paste (add more or less depending on your spice level)

Dice and fry up some tofu. Right before its almost done, dump in a bunch of cloves of minced garlic (based on your preference. I love garlic, so I add about 4)
Prepare rice noodles – but DON’T overcook them. This is the part that gives me trouble. I usually undercook them a tad, b/c they cook a little more later when I put everything together.

Shred some carrots, dice up some green onions, get your sprouts ready.

When the tofu and the rice noodles are ready – you gotta move kinda quick.

In the pan with the tofu, still hot from cooking, dump in your sauce. Add the Noodles, carrots, green onions, and mix it all up. Cook for just a bit, to get everything evenly coated and warm, but being careful to not overcook, otherwise your noodles will get mooshy and gross.

Throw in bean sprouts at the last minute, give it one last toss, and remove from heat and serve. Top with crushed peanuts, cilantro and lime wedges.

Also, maybe im crazy, but I LOVE room temperature lefotvers of pad thai the next day. The best.

Pad thai is one of my favorite foods ever.
This dish (when it turns out right) is also one of my favorite things to make from vegan with a vengeance.

I change it around a little bit, but you can do what works for you.

My version goes like this:

Mix together:
6 T soy souce
4 T sugar
3 T lime juice (or tamarind paste)
1 t garlic chili paste (add more or less depending on your spice level)

Dice and fry up some tofu. Right before its almost done, dump in a bunch of cloves of minced garlic (based on your preference. I love garlic, so I add about 4)
Prepare rice noodles – but DON’T overcook them. This is the part that gives me trouble. I usually undercook them a tad, b/c they cook a little more later when I put everything together.

Shred some carrots, dice up some green onions, get your sprouts ready.

When the tofu and the rice noodles are ready – you gotta move kinda quick.

In the pan with the tofu, still hot from cooking, dump in your sauce. Add the Noodles, carrots, green onions, and mix it all up. Cook for just a bit, to get everything evenly coated and warm, but being careful to not overcook, otherwise your noodles will get mooshy and gross.

Throw in bean sprouts at the last minute, give it one last toss, and remove from heat and serve. Top with crushed peanuts, cilantro and lime wedges.

Also, maybe im crazy, but I LOVE room temperature lefotvers of pad thai the next day. The best.