Warm Pasta Salad with Tofu Rapini and Bell Peppers

This no fuss vegan Warm Pasta Salad Perfect is meant to be eaten warm, but is just as tasty at room temperature or even right out of the fridge, making it a perfect choice for any season or any occasion!

This no fuss vegan Warm Pasta Salad Perfect is meant to be eaten warm, but is just as tasty at room temperature or even right out of the fridge, making it a perfect choice for any season or any occasion!

Here’s another super quick, super easy, no fuss pasta recipe that I came up with yesterday. 

It was 4:30 in the afternoon, I had ZERO inspiration, close to nothing in the fridge, yet I had to come up with a blog post for today, AND make supper for HubB2B and I. So I grabbed whatever I thought would work great together (down to my last tablespoon of Dijon mustard, that’s how bad I need to hit the grocery store!) worked a little bit of magic and this is what came out at the other end. 

You know what they say, right? Sometimes, the best recipes are created out of bare necessities. Well, this is definitely one of them! Man is this thing ever yummy! And the good thing is you can totally adapt it to whatever “necessities” you have available at the time, too. Use broccoli, kale, broccolini, spinach, collards, arugula, or whatever greens you happen to have on hand instead of the rapini. Likewise, you could totally replace the bell peppers with carrot sticks, mushrooms, zucchini, aubergines, tomatoes… feel free to add or sub!    continue reading

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Creamy Vegan Mac and Cheese

You won’t believe how creamy, rich and actually cheesy this Vegan Mac and Cheese is! So tasty, even the kids will fall for it! No need to let them know it also happens to be healthy…

You won't believe how creamy, rich and actually cheesy this Vegan Mac and Cheese is! So tasty, even the kids will fall for it! No need to let them know it also happens to be healthy...

I’m not gonna lie to you and try to sell you the idea that this Vegan Mac and Cheese tastes exactly like the real thing. Cuz no, it doesn’t. But I can honestly tell you that it tastes darn good, though! And it’s rich and creamy. And yes, cheesy too! 

In fact, despite not being an exact replica of a classic Mac and Cheese, this vegan version has so much to offer in the flavor and texture department, you might very well end up liking it as much, if not more, than the real thing! 

The sauce is made from butternut squash, white kidney beans and nutritional yeast, which gives it a slightly sweet and nutty, tangy and cheesy flavor. As for its consistency, it’s so crazy smooth and silky that it would totally make any traditional cheese bechamel super envious! To top things off, a little sprinkle of ground hazelnuts mixed with a handful of vegan cheddar shreds provide an agreeable little crunch, with an extra dose of interesting flavors, to boot . 

One thing’s for sure, this baby beats the other one hands down in the nutrition and compassion areas. And this can’t be a bad thing now, can it? 

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Quick Sun-dried Tomato Olive and Spinach Pasta

Perfect for those nights where you are not inspired or super crunched for time, this Quick Sun-dried Tomato Olive and Spinach Pasta is ready in just as much time as it take to cook a pot of spaghetti. The true kicker is it’s so good, it’s totally company-worthy! 

Perfect for those nights where you are not inspired or super crunched for time, this Quick Sun-dried Tomato Olive and Spinach Pasta is ready in just as much time as it take to cook a pot of spaghetti. The real kicker is it's so good, it's totally company-worthy!

If there was one dish that I would absolutely not mind eating every single week, and even several times a week, it would be this one. In fact, I always make sure to have all the ingredients needed to make it on hand, in my fridge and pantry.  

This beauty has instantly become a big favorite in this household, and with reason. I mean, not only does this dish come together super quickly (you’ll probably have to wait on your pasta being ready before you can toss them in with the rest of the stuff) but it’s also crazy delicious. So good in fact, it’s totally company worthy. Especially if said company happens to show up last minute and unannounced. No big deal. If that happens, just do a double, or even triple batch. Be warned though: if you serve them this Sun-dried Tomato Olive and Spinach Pasta, there’s a good chance that they’ll make a habit of showing up on the fly like that. 

And if you’re cooking just for yourself, you can just as easily halve the recipe. Or do a full batch and reheat the leftovers later. 

Seriously this is a recipe you will want to know by heart – and won’t have a hard time learning either! 

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Vegan Minestrone Soup

Loaded with all kinds of healthy vegetables and hearty beans, simmered in a rich, herby tomato broth, this Vegan Minestrone Soup is the perfect hearty meal to warm you up, inside and out! .

Loaded with all kinds of healthy vegetables and hearty beans, simmered in a rich, herby tomato broth, this Vegan Minestrone Soup is the perfect hearty meal to warm you up, inside and out! .

I can’t believe that I had never shared a Minestrone Soup recipe here before, in all those years of blogging…  I mean seriously, I’m not really big on soup, but Minestrone is one of those comforting soups that I could easily eat on a regular basis without ever getting tired of it.

Not only does it taste amazing, but it also happens to be very filling and satisfying with all the pasta and beans and vegetables that it contains. And it comes together pretty quickly, too, providing that you have some leftover cooked beans lying around in your fridge. And if you don’t, well, you can totally get away with using canned beans here! No one will ever be able to tell the difference…

The best part about this soup, or pretty much any soup for that matter, is that you can easily adapt it to use whatever veggies you really love or happen to have on hand – so feel free to swap and change things up and make this gorgeous soup your own!

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Arugula Pesto Linguine with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Pine Nuts

Arugula Pesto is a very decent, super tasty and much more affordable alternative to your traditional basil pesto! Served with pasta, paired with sun dried tomatoes and pine nuts, it makes for a truly winning combination.

Arugula Pesto is a very decent, super tasty and much more affordable alternative to traditional basil pesto! Served with pasta, paired with sun dried tomatoes and pine nuts, it makes for a truly winning combination.

If you’ve ever made traditional basil pesto from scratch, then you know just how expensive this can get. Especially if you don’t happen to be growing your own basil… Indeed, this highly aromatic and delicate herb can become quite pricey if you have to buy it at the grocery store, and LOADS are needed to make a good pesto.

Arugula Pesto is a very economical and equally tasty alternative, if you ask me! Of course, the flavor is not exactly the same as the original, but it’s still very flavorful, super fresh and crazy simple to make. This version also uses walnuts instead of the super pricey pine nuts that traditional pesto calls for. I chose to save the precious nuts and use them whole as a key player in the dish itself. They’re put to much better use that way, trust me! At least you get to fully appreciate their creamy texture and rich buttery flavor!

The addition of a handful of sun dried tomatoes puts the finishing touch on this quick, easy and unpretentious pasta dish. Really, it’s simplicity at its best!

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Butternut Squash Beefaroni

This Butternut Squash Beefaroni is a simple and fantastic way to covertly bring healthy food to the dinner table. Kids and grown-ups alike will be completely dazzled!

This Butternut Squash Beefaroni is a simple and fantastic way to covertly bring healthy food to the dinner table. Kids and grown-ups alike will be completely dazzled!

Just like Mac ‘N Cheese, Beefaroni tends to be a winner in most households! Kids and adults alike usually can’t resist digging into such bowlfuls of comforting goodness!

This healthier version sacrifices none of the taste, while allowing you to sneak a few extra veggies into your family’s plates, in the form of butternut squash and cauliflower. 

But this, they don’t need to know… cuz this beefaroni, it’s so tasty and comforting, no one will be able to tell the difference. In fact, chances are they’ll like this version even better! 


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