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Manicotti

I made this Manicotti with my Fresh Pasta Dough – Vegan/GF/WFPB. I also used my Tofu Ricotta, Marinara and Cashew Béchamel – Basic White Sauce. It helps when you have your refrigerator filled with basics like the Marinara and the Cashew Béchamel sauces to pull together a meal.

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Roll out sheets of pasta dough. Cut into 5×6 pieces.

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Spoon Ricotta onto pasta sheets. Roll.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Pour some of the Marinara into a 11×7 casserole pan. Layer the manicotti into the Marinara sauce.

Pour the remaining Marinara on top of the manicotti and spoon the Cashew Béchamel on top of the Marinara.

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Bake for 20-30 minutes.

Note: You could use pre-made manicotti noodles. I just have not found any GF/Vegan noodles out there. Let me know if you find any.

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Fresh Pasta Dough – Vegan/GF/ WFPB

There is nothing like fresh pasta. I have made gluten-free pasta before (Homemade Pasta) (Homemade pasta – Nut Free), but they had used eggs. This recipe is gluten-free and vegan. I am pretty excited about this recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Add tofu turmeric and salt to food processor. Process until creamy and smooth. Add flour 1/2 cup at a time and process.

Remove from food processor and form into a ball. Wrap tight in plastic wrap and let rest in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. You can even store it in the refrigerator overnight.

Note: If you do store dough in the refrigerator overnight, make sure you take the dough out of the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before you begin to work with the dough.

Cut dough pieces into quarters and use pasta roller according to manufacturer’s directions.

 

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Mushrooms & Peas Caserecce

Caserecce is my favorite pasta shape. They are made into a “S” shape and trap all the goodness of the sauce into the curves. This recipe is an updated version of my Mushrooms & Peas Pasta. both versions are delicious, but this new updated version has more mushroom flavor due to the porcini powder.

For easy cleanup this dish is made in one pot. Less time cleaning up means more time with the family.

  • 12 oz  GF Caserecce (I like Jovial)
  • 1/2 c onion, diced
  • vegetable broth as needed or sautéing
  • 16 oz baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tsp All-Purpose Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 6 oz. white wine, or vegetable broth
  • 4 Porcini mushrooms, dried, grind into powder
  • 1 1/2 c Cashew Béchamel- Basic White Sauce
  • 1 1/2 c peas, frozen, thawed

In a large dutch oven cook the caserecce according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

In the same pot sauté onions until softened. Add mushrooms, garlic and All-Purpose Seasoning.

Deglaze pot with wine or vegetable broth. Add porcini powder and stir.

Add caserecce back to the pot along with the Cashew Béchamel Basic White Sauce and the peas. Stir until well incorporated and the peas are heated through.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

 

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Mushroom-Miso Ramen

My boys loved to make Ramen. It was so easy for them to make. They would wipe out 3 packets of Ramen noodles in one sitting. Since gluten and the boys are out of the house I have not made it in ages.

I found some Rice Ramen Noodles and made my own seasoning. It smells divine in my kitchen right now.

Note: This recipe made 2 generous portions.

  • 1/4 c onion, minced
  • 1/3 c carrots, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 8 oz mushroom medley
  • 2 tsp miso paste
  • 3 c vegetable broth, plus more sautéing
  • 3 cakes ofJade Pearl Rice Ramen

In a medium saucepan sauté onions and carrots over medium heat. Sauté until onions and carrots are softened. Add garlic, mushrooms and miso paste; sauté until garlic is fragrant. Use vegetable broth to deglaze the saucepan.

Add vegetable broth and increase heat to bring to a boil. Cook until noodle are tender, about 3 minutes.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Creamed Spinach and Tomato Penne

I made this penne dish using my new favorite sauce – Cashew Béchamel – Basic White Sauce. I had made some Creamed Spinach and decided to add it to penne and the medley of cherry tomatoes just looked so good I could not resist. I could eat the whole dish myself, but that would be selfish, so I will share.

Cook penne according to package directions in a large pot. Before draining save some of the pasta water  just in case to thin the sauce.

Drain penne and return it to the pot. Add the tomatoes and stir. Stir in creamed spinach and the Cashew Béchamel Sauce, until the penne is thoroughly coated. Garnish with the herbs.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Simple Mushrooms & Greens Caserecce

This is a simple and delicious meal. Made in 30 minutes and in one pot. Caserecce is a “S” shaped pasta. It captures the sauce beautifully.

  • 12 oz Caserecce pasta
  • 1/2 c onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 4 oz. Gourmet Mushroom Blend
  • 1 tsp All-Purpose Seasoning
  • vegetable broth, for sautéing
  • 1 c Marinara
  • 1/4 nutritional yeast
  • 5oz.  Mixed Baby Kale Blend

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

In the same pot add the onions and All-Purpose Seasoning. Sauté over medium heat. Add vegetable broth as needed to sauté veggies. Add the garlic when the onions are translucent. Sauté until the garlic is fragrant.

Add mushrooms to onion mixture and sauté. Saute mushrooms until they are tender. Add pasta, greens, marinara and nutritional yeast. Stir and cook until greens are wilted.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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One-Pot Curry Noodles

This is truly a one-pot meal. It is packed with veggies and fresh herb. There is no draining or rinsing. The noodles are cooked with the veggies and liquid, whisk thickens into a wonderful curry sauce – Delicious.

Tight on time? Then this is the meal for you.

  • 8 oz. brown rice spaghetti
  • 1 sweet red pepper, large, thinly sliced
  • 1 c carrots, cut into match sticks
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp Thai red curry paste
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp ginger root, peeled, grated
  • 3 c vegetable broth
  • 1 can (13.5 oz.) coconut milk, light unsweetened

Add all the ingredients to a large dutch oven and bring to a boil. Stirring frequently, cook until noodles are done. You may need to turn down the heat so that the noodles get done.

When the noodles are done add in the Stir-ins.

Stir-Ins:

  • 2 c napa cabbage, shredded or thinly sliced
  • 1 lime zested, juiced
  • 1/3 c cilantro, fresh, chopped

Stir cabbage into noodle mixture. The noodles should be al dente, about 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat and stir in the zest and juice of the lime. Stir in cilantro.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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One Pot Spinach, Chickpeas & Cherry Tomatoes Penne

This is such a colorful dish. It is one of my standard pasta dishes that I have made for years. All the veggies are just heated through so that they still have that freshness. A hint of lemon adds a little brightness and a dash of red pepper flakes for a subtle heat. It is perfectly balanced and veggie packed.

Besides being flavorful and delicious, it is all made in one pot. That means less clean up and more time for other things.

  • 12 oz. brown rice penne (I like jovial)
  • 3/4 c onion(s), chopped
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 5 oz spinach, fresh, stemmed, chopped
  • 15.5 oz chickpeas, drained, rinsed
  • 3 c cherry tomatoes, fresh, halved (I used mini San Marzano tomatoes)
  • 1 lemon, zested, juiced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp All-Purpose Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 c nutritional yeast
  • vegetable broth for sautéing

Prepare penne according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.

Add onions to the same pot that you cooked the penne in. Sauté onions until they are translucent. Add vegetable broth as needed to keep onions from sticking to pot.

Add garlic and sauté until fragrant. Add remaining ingredients and sauté until heated through. Return penne to pot and thoroughly stir ingredients until well combined.

Note: For a more saucy pasta dish mix together 1 c vegetable broth and 2 tsp of cornstarch/arrowroot to make a slurry. Then stir in vegetable broth slurry in to pasta mixture.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Artichoke Hearts & Broccoli Pasta with Red Pepper Pesto

Do you need to bring something to a potluck? This pasta dish is perfect to bring to a gathering. It can be served hot or cold and will be delicious either way. An empty bowl is what you will be bringing home.

  • 12 oz. brown rice pasta
  • 1 head of broccoli, cut into bitesize florets
  • vegetable broth, as needed
  • 12 oz. quartered artichoke hearts
  • 1 c cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 c onion, diced
  • 1/2 tsp All-Purpose Seasoning
  • 8 basil leaves, fresh, cut into strips
  • Red Pepper Pesto, 1 recipe

Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.

In a large pan saute onions and All-Purpose Seasoning with 1-2 tbsp of vegetable broth. Cook onions until they are translucent.

Add broccoli florets to onions and saute, until tender. Add more vegetable broth as needed.

Add artichoke hearts and tomatoes to onion mixture. Cook until just heated through.

Return pasta to pan and stir. Pour pesto over pasta mixture and stir. Add basil and taste for seasoning.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Farfalle Veggie Salad

This salad is so beautiful and colorful; purple, red, yellow, orange and green. The proverbial colors of the rainbow. I used fresh and frozen veggies, and it has more veggies than pasta. I would say, that is a fresh tasting nutritious pasta salad.

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Need an idea for lunches for school or work? This salad will meet that need. It makes enough for multiple meals and can be served cold or room temperature (preferably).

  • 12 oz. farfalle (bowtie) pasta, gluten-free
  • 1 head, cauliflower, purple, cut into bite size, steamed
  • 2 c tomatoes, cherry, variety of colors, quartered
  • 1 c corn kernels
  • 1 1/2 c edamame, shelled, steamed
  • 1 lime, zested, juiced
  • 1 tbsp All-Purpose Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast

In a large pot cook farfalle according to package directions. I used Jovial (my favorite brand) and it cooks for 10 minutes. Drain. Rinse with cold water and set aside.

Meanwhile, steam cauliflower for about 5 minutes. Long enough that the cauliflower was softened but still has a bite. Rinse with cold water and set aside.

In a very large bowl combine all the ingredients and stir thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

Note: I added greens to this salad when it was served.