I definitely make a lot of the same dishes week after week for dinner mainly because I get better at making them so they only take a fraction of the time compared to making something new. One of our regular dinners is Cashew Alfredo but we mix it up by changing what we throw into it. My favorite version is when I make it with soy curls and zucchini, but we’ve also used broccoli, asparagus and Gardien chick strips. I’ve got a system down where this only takes about 20-30 minutes total time in the kitchen which is great for nights when I’m exhausted after work.
The alfredo sauce recipe is from Vegan Yum Yum but I’ve made a few alterations to it over the years. Here is the way I make it, with all the add ins:
2 cups – Soy Curls (hydrated with boiling water)
1 zucchini cut into small chunks
3 cups of any pasta (I prefer Trader Joe’s brown rice & quinoa fusilli pasta)
1/3 – raw cashews
1 cup – almond milk
1/4 – nutritional yeast
3 TBSP – Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
1 TBSP – Earth Balance
1 TBSP – tahini
1 TBSP – lemon juice
1 tsp – Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp – smoked paprika
a pinch of nutmeg
1/4-1/2 tsp – fresh ground black pepper
- First hydrate your soy curls with boiling water for 10 minutes. While they are soaking, you can make the sauce. Add the cashews, almond milk, nutritional yeast, Bragg’s, Earth Balance, tahini, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, smoked paprika, nutmeg and pepper to your blender and blend on high for 2-3 minutes depending on your blender.
- Once the soy curls are ready, drain and press all water out of them (I use a fine metal strainer and the back of a measuring cup to do this as they will still be very hot). This is a good time to put your pot of water for the pasta on the stove.
- Add the soy curls to a lightly oiled cast iron skillet over medium heat and cook until the soy curls begin to brown about 10 minutes.
- Once your pasta water is boiling, add pasta and cook for the proper amount of time. When 5 minutes are left on your timer, add zucchini to your pasta and cook for the remaining time.
- Drain pasta and zucchini and return to the same pot. Add soy curls and sauce and cook over medium heat until heated through and the sauce has thickened about 5 minutes.
What are your quick meals for nights when you don’t feel like cooking?