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Some plant-based, some unhealthy, some super healthy but ALL good. Kid tested and mother approved!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Hurry Up Alfredo.

Ya'll are going to love me for this one. Like, "L-O, L-O, L-O, L-O-V-E, L-O, L-O, L-O... I'm talkin bout... I'm talkin bout love!" (Any Ashlee Simpson Wentz fans out there? Nope? No one? Yeah, me neither!)

Anyhow, back to this amazing pasta. It's for sure going into the Hatch Family rotation. It couldn't be more delicious. It couldn't be more easy. And it couldn't be more any on-hand, go-to meal to make, whatsoever. [any Chandler fans catch that one?... Man, I have got to stop writing these up late at night!] Although if you're just starting up on this vegan/plant-based thing it won't seem at all 'on-hand' ingredients to you at first. But this one alone is well worth the investment of the ingredients.

I seriously wanted more and more of this one, and couldn't believe that it was vegan. Seriously, just try this tonight. Or, right now. I can't wait to play with it some and add roasted red peppers... or try it into a rose sauce... and try roasted garlic with it... yum!

The only downfall was the garlic is not cooked, so the garlic flavor is strong - be ready for that. Too strong for my little Ava... "it's so good Mom... but it's just too strong!" I'll tone that down or try some roasted garlic cloves next time.

1 cup soy or almond milk
1/3 cup raw, unsalted cashews
3 tablespoons low-sodium tamari/soy sauce/bragg's liquid amino's
2 tablespoons Earth Balance margarine
1 tablespoons tahini
1 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon paprika (smoked is awesome)
1 pinch nutmeg
2-4 cloves of garlic, optional (used 2, will use 1 next time)
Black pepper, to taste
whole wheat thin spaghetti

Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. This may work best in a high-speed blender (like a Vita-Mix), but you can definitely make it in a regular blender. Just blend extra-long, or perhaps strain if you want it perfectly smooth. Tiny bits of cashews won’t hurt anyone though!

If you’re making this sauce for pasta, drain the pasta and return it to the hot empty pan. Pour the sauce over, place on medium heat, and stir until heated through. Serve with lots of fresh cracked black pepper. I love it with steamed broccoli added in!

belly biters: amazing!!
5 Star Hurry-Up Alfredo...
I just moved this already yummy dish up to 5 star yumminess... I cut up sundried tomatoes and added to the pasta water 1 minute before it's done. And sauted baby bella mushrooms and added them in after I mixed the pasta and sauce together. SOOOOOOO yummy!


  1. i feel so over whelmed looking at all this. where do you get most of your ingredents? and the cost and so much more. maybe i should just tag along with you to the store.

  2. is tahini a sauce or like a season?

  3. A sauce/a butter… it’s ground sesame seeds that forms into a paste like texture. It’s at sprouts, I think next to all of the peanut butters.

  4. That was seriously so simple! Thank you for this one. :) p.s. I am your most dedicated follower or what?! ha.

  5. Yeah… but was it good? Did I oversell?

    And yeah, you’re totally the most dedicated… and I LOVE it!! Thanks for making me feel so cool for having someone actually use it!! Though, I’ve had a few friends show more interest… so hopefully the good ole blog will get some more traffic.

    Knowing you use it really helps me keep going… so, THANKS Hydes!!

  6. Hold up sista! I thought I was your biggest most dedicated fan!? ;) This recipe was delicious! One of my favorite to date. We added the steamed broccoli and I was curious about the nutmeg. Yum! It was definitely better served immediately. Our latecomers for dinner still liked it but the sauce soaked into the noodles making it a little dry. We will definitely have this one in our rotation! I kept having to tell myself that this creamy texture was actually healthy! Thanks, Jen!

  7. YUMMY!! We really enjoyed this one plus it was so easy and quick to make which i love! going into our rotation for sure.

  8. Ok so...we are having the missionaries for dinner tomorrow. Will this appeal to non-vegan/health foodie folks? Will they even notice?


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