Alicia’s Vegan Rustic Pasta

February 11, 2011 by Keri

Ever since I arranged my cookbooks neatly on their little shelf at our new place, I haven’t even touched them. It’s just so unlike me to go a whole week without cracking open one of my favorite vegan cookbooks, let alone a whole month! So after catching up on some blog reading, including a few posts on The Kind Life, I decided to take one of my best friend’s long forgotten suggestions and make Rustic Pasta (page 147) from Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Diet. I had everything on hand except the green cabbage, which I decided to substitute with brussel sprouts, slicing them into shreds.

Vegan Pasta Recipes

Alicia’s Rustic Pasta was simple, delicious, and very quick to make. I was concerned it wouldn’t have enough flavor with only slightly over 1/4 cup of marinara, however it didn’t need a thing. Okay, maybe I added a few grindings of black pepper, but pepper grinders are just fun, right? Over our pasta, we discussed how much we all love brussel sprouts; we’re a brussel sprout loving family! I even remember liking them as a child, and I was a fairly picky eater. I actually hated food touching to the point that on spaghetti night I’d ask for a cup with noodles, a cup with vegetables, and so on. Absolutely no red sauce was to touch anything! I didn’t even like most pizza because of the tomato sauce. Of course, I grew out of that, but I still don’t like individual dishes touching on my plate…

Vegan Pasta Recipes

Vegan Pasta Recipes

Vegan Pasta Recipes

Speaking of quick meals, I made these easy lentil tacos the other day using Tasty Bite’s Lentil Magic ( brown lentils boldly flavored with garlic, cumin, and cardamom), taco shells, romaine lettuce, shredded carrot, and a little hot sauce. Have you ever tried topping your tacos with raw shredded carrot? It’s fantastic!

Vegan Taco Recipes

Vegan Taco Recipes

Vegan Taco Recipes

Did you have any weird food rules as a kid? Did you get over it?

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Comments

  1. Oh, man! That pasta looks SO great! I haven’t made pasta in forever… Hmm, weird – I wonder why I haven’t! Pasta is just pure perfection.

    Lentil tacos are always awesome, too! I’ll have to try that shredded carrot idea.

    I don’t think I had any weird food rules – but I had a ton of other weird little “life rules.” I used to have quite a few OCD tendencies… Haha. Come to think of it, I’m surprised that didn’t spill over into my food!

    • Keri says:

      I wonder! We don’t go too long without a pasta dish!

      I used to be a little OCD too! Actually, I still am, but having a child has lightened me up a little because things aren’t always going to go as planned and there are going to be messes, but sometimes AHHH!

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