Cooking to Impress – Take 2
My last meal seemed to have been a success. I have to admit that even I was impressed! ;oP I will be preparing a nice meal again tonight. My dinner guest is on a month long vegan diet so for tonight I will prepare a vegan spinach alfredo. I found an awesome recipe online for the alfredo sauce and it seems to have gotten good reviews. Although I am rather fond of tofu, I don’t want the alfredo to taste like tofu. This is the recipe if any of you are interested:
12-oz soft silken tofu (such as Mori-nu)
1/3 cup plain soy milk
1/3 cup pine nuts or cashews
1/2 – 1 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoons melted vegan margarine
2-3 cloves garlic, minced (or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup sliced fresh portabella mushrooms, optional
In a food processor, grind the nuts to a paste, drizzling in the olive oil as needed, until it’s as smooth as humanly (or mechanically) possible (don’t fret if it’s a little grainy).
Crumble in the tofu and blend until smooth. Pour in the soy milk & blend until creamy. Add the garlic, salt, lemon juice, nutmeg & black pepper and puree until well-blended.
If you decide to use mushrooms, sauté them in a little olive oil until tender, about 3 minutes, then transfer them to the food processor. Pulse a few times, just enough to chop the mushrooms and blend them into sauce so that all is evenly incorporated.
Pour the alfredo into a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until just hot; or you can store it in the fridge in a sealed container until ready to use (use within 2 days of preparation).
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