I am throwing out another pasta recipe simple because I LOVE pasta. I could eat pasta everyday and be happy… every type of pasta.. pasta in soup, baked pasta, pasta salad and spaghettis! This is a recipe you can literally throw in to any blender appliance and end up with a gorgeous creamy sauce. I used a Nutribullet for mine but it would also would with a food processor, regular blender or even a stick blender.
Currently I am feeling like I want to celebrate the simple foods. Things that you can make quickly after 11 hours at work all day and still it will taste delicious and not be too bad for you. Things that are not impossible to make that week before pay day when you look into the contents of your cupboards and try to work out how to be creative with some rice, pasta, baked beans, dried herbs and if your lucky half a tin on tomatoes and some spinach in the fridge.
I find within the vegan online community the lines blur quite a bit into the wellness community and people get shamed so often into feeling that veganism must also mean super extremely ‘healthy’. Phrases like ‘clean eating’ are flying all over the damn place.
The worse part is a few years ago I was nearly sucked in too…(but no this isn’t the ‘veganism nearly killed me and I now desperately need to eat dead animals to survive’ part.)
I got really into all of the nutrients and vitamins that were in all the food I was making. I considered doing an online crappy nonsense course about vegan nutrition. I starting thinking that to be part of that online vegan blogging community I had to only post about green smoothies and raw foods and salad… otherwise I would never find my place in the world!
Luckily I soon realised I didn’t care all that much and I really like cake so didn’t waste a few thousand pounds on a course that in actually fact would make me qualified for fuck all.
Don’t get me wrong… I love to be healthy. I love yoga, I love fresh juices and smoothies and quinoa. I feel shitty when I eat oven food and beige food and need green things in my life daily. I try to stay away from foods that I know are crazily over processed… but I will still eat an entire family size bag of chilli heat wave Doritos to myself if you leave it in front of me. And I also work a lot so don’t have the time to spend 4 hours a day anymore making dinner.
I got really annoyed at a documentary called “Clean Eatings Dirty Secrets” on BBC3 which basically lumped in veganism with extreme wellness bloggers and other restrictive diets and I do feel that we need to recognise there is a very big difference. Hannah Ewens Vice article Clean Eating Is Giving Veganism A Bad Name really got me thinking about this all again and is an awesome read, especially if you feel like you are being judged for loving sugar and gluten. Be proud of the fact you love food and all kinds of food, especially the vegan kind!
So here is some pasta….
Serves 2-4 (depending how hungry you are)
- 1 cup basil leaves
- 10 halves of oil packed sundried tomatoes
- juice from 2 lemons
- ½ cup water
- 2 cloves of garlic
- ½ cup olive oil
- 2 tsp sea salt/pink himilayan salt
- ¼ nutritional yeast
- ½ pumpkin seeds
- Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy
- Smother over your favourite pastas or noodles and enjoy warm or cold! Add in mushrooms, fresh spinach, sliced tomatoes, olives or whatever else you fancy.