ED&BV Lemon Garlic Vegan Pasta And Vanilla Snow Cones

June 4, 2010 by Keri

Eat, Drink, & Be Vegan just joined my cookbook collection a couple of months ago, but it somehow already worked its way out of my repertoire.  We couldn’t have that, so yesterday afternoon I started flipping through  the pages for a recipe with ingredients I had in the pantry.  When I came to Lemon Garlic Pasta (page 130) I found that I had everything and it looked so simple, yet absolutely delicious.  If you have ED&BV I highly recommend this recipe.  It was one of those meals that left me thinking how delicious it was while cleaning up after dinner.

Vegan Pasta Recipes

To top our pasta, and replenish my stash, I made a jar of vegan “parmesan”.  I know it can be purchased pre-made, but it’s so much better when you make it yourself!  Just combine cashews and nutritional yeast in a food processor, high power blender, or in small batches in an electric coffee grinder (this is what I used before my Vita-Mix) until fine.  I like to make a glass jarful and keep it in the fridge for ease in emergency pasta and salad situations.

Vegan Condiment Recipes

Now that the weather is hot, I’ve really been craving a snow cone.  I can’t say I have any flavored snow cone syrup around though, so I decided to make my own.  In a medium sauce pan I dissolved a cup of sugar into a half a cup of water.  I have a few flavored extracts, but I’m a huge vanilla lover, so I added a teaspoon and a half or so vanilla extract to the syrup.  After the vanilla syrup cooled, I put a little bit of it in the blender with some ice, and my snow cone was born.  The flavor was amazing!  It was like french vanilla ice cream in snow cone form.  And now I have a container of amazing vanilla syrup to add to anything I want from coffee to more snow cones!  It tastes just like the stuff sold in pricey little bottles, but for a fraction of the cost.  And since I used my own vegan sugar, I know it’s vegan.

Vegan Dessert Recipes

What are your favorite homemade sauces and condiments?

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  1. Laury @ thefitnessriot says:

    Wow..I had NO idea how to make the home-made vegan parm cheese! I knew you could do cheese sauce with cashews…learn something new every day!! Hmm favorite home-made sauces…I love my pesto, and my hemp oil balsamic dressing!

    • Keri says:

      Mmm.. homemade pesto! I know some people make their vegan parm with walnuts too, but I’ve never tried it- I think it’s perfect with the cashews!

  2. Kathryn says:

    At first I thought the title was all one recipe and I was a little freaked out 🙂 The snow cone looks so good! As for my favorite dressing, I love to make this Thai salad dressing- it’s so good: http://www.recipe4living.com/recipes/thai_style_salad_dressing.htm

  3. Lele says:

    I had NO IDEA it was so easy to make a snow cone! Score!

  4. Danielle (Runs on Green) says:

    The snow cone idea is genius! I bet you could make a chocolate syrup like that too…

    Favorite homemade sauce = miso tahini dressing. It’s addictive 😉

  5. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says:

    i just posted last week about how i LOVE vanilla anything . omg i love it! i would love your vanilla syrup AND the fact that you made it, using your own vanilla sugar. girl where do you find the time and inspiration. I guess the same could be said about some of the things i do LOL but seriously your own sugar and vanil flavored…swoon!

    • Keri says:

      Aww, thank you, Averie! I like the homemade vanilla syrup better than the store bought stuff. 🙂 And yeah, I think you’ve got me beat in the finding inspiration, just for more important things than vanilla syrup!!