The 4 Ingredient Vegan Mediterranean Penne, Roasted Green Beans, And Bliss Balls
As you may have guessed, The 4 Ingredient Vegan is filled with vegan recipes that can be made with just four ingredients. The only exceptions to the rule are water, salt, pepper, and oil or margarine, which don’t count towards the four ingredients, and the occasional optional or suggested ingredient. These recipes sometimes utilize canned, premade, packaged foods such as seitan, tempeh, or soups, but that doesn’t mean you can’t substitute homemade for the store bought if you so desire. I nearly always substitute fresh fruits, vegetables, and legumes for canned or frozen unless there’s a reason they’re necessary, and I’ve yet to have a recipe suffer from it.
I was impressed with what could be made with just four little ingredients, and chose to make Mediterranean Penne (page 72), Roasted Green Beans Almondine (page 102), and Bliss Balls (page 137) for tonight. When I made the Mediterranean Penne, I was thinking of all my tahini lovers out there. This is a creamy tahini pasta, sprinkled with capers, that’s ready in no longer than it takes to boil a pot of pasta and stir. Ten minutes, maybe? If you don’t like tahini, this won’t be a dish you’d choose, but if you do, it’s perfect!
- 1 pound penne
- 1/2 cup tahini
- 1/3 cup vegan mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained
Cook the penne in boiling water until tender.
Meanwhile, put the tahini and vegan mayonnaise in a large bowl. Stir until thoroughly combined with no lumps. (Do not overstir, as it will cause oil separation.)
Drain the penne. While it’s still hot and steamy, add it to the tahini mixture along with the capers. Toss gently until the penne is thoroughly coated. Serve immediately, otherwise the penne will soak up too much of the moisture of the sauce.
As a side, I made The 4 Ingredient Vegan‘s Roasted Green Beans Almondine. I love green beans, and it may be one of the few things I haven’t roasted, so I was excited to try them that way. Roasted green beans are very good; they have even more flavor, much like roasted broccoli in comparison to steamed.
I made Bliss Balls from The 4 Ingredient Vegan for dessert. They’re simple raw date balls, but with enough vanilla flavor to make them taste like cookie dough. Yum! The little man, who doesn’t care for tahini, loved these little sweet treats.
I’ll be back with more from The 4 Ingredient Vegan tomorrow, including another easy recipe, but I wanted to leave you with this awesome picture Lindsay sent me of her wearing her new I Eat Trees shirt. So cute!