Vegan Cauliflower and Pasta

Hi dolls!

I thought I would share one of my all time fave go-to recipes! I made it last night, its so easy to make and really delicious.  My carnivore eating hubby even loves it LOL.

Here are the few ingredients you will need:

  • Head of Cauliflower
  • Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Pasta (usually some sort of spaghetti/linguine etc. works best)
  • salt and pepper

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So I normally steam the cauliflower first. Then in another pan I start to saute some garlic. You can honestly use as much garlic as you would like.  I love garlic so I did about 3-4 cloves, use more or less and it will still taste wonderful.  Also get a pot of water boiling for the pasta.  Once the cauliflower is soft enough (I poke it with a fork to make sure) I then add it to the pan with the olive oil and sauteed garlic.

I mash up the cauliflower in the pan, leaving chunks still, but you want to break it down to more bite sized pieces.

At this point you want to have a pot of water boiling for your pasta.  Cook the pasta

I sometimes add the cauliflower and pasta all together (I normally use spaghetti, fettuccine, something along those lines) but this time I used rigatoni.  My sister made the rigatoni from scratch so I had to try it!!

Once you saute the garlic and cauliflower add black pepper and salt to taste.  Then add the cauliflower to the drained pasta (or you can keep them separate and just add some olive oil to the pasta to keep it from sticking together)

That is it! Its great because I like to make a big pan of it to last us a couple times during the week.

Let me know if you love this great vegan friendly recipe.

xoLauren

 

 

It’s been too long!

Oh the joys of the holidays! I am always so crazy busy right before the holidays that I haven’t had a chance to post on my blog.  How have you guys been? I am such a slacker and STILL need to buy Christmas gifts! (Ahh) it’s going to be so insane shopping this weekend but it needs to happen. 

As some of you know from my past posts I have made the switch to being a vegan and also just being more conscious of what I put into and on my body. 

I loveee fresh juices and try to incorporate them into my day as much as I can. Here is the yummy dark green juice I bought in the city this morning: 

 
It has kale, broccoli, spinach, celery, cucumber, parsley and lemon

I follow this amazing woman, Kris Carr, who posts great videos and juice recipes. I just bought her book a few weeks back and I am hooked!! Go to her site here to check out some fun juice and plant based recipes 

Do you juice? If so, share some of your favorite recipes! (I love trying new ones!)

xoLauren

Transitioning to Vegan/Plant Based Diet

So over the past few years I have really been becoming more conscious of what I consume.  Over 3 and a half years ago I decided to cut meat out of my diet completely, I haven’t missed it all.  I know that initial transition can be harder for some, but for me it was rather easy.  I was never a huge carnivore so once I put my mind to it I was able to cut meat out with no problem.  I did still eat seafood on occasion.  I think I kept the seafood in my diet more for the fact of making things easy.  When you go to most restaurants there is usually always some sort of seafood to order or if you go to eat at someones home and they know you do not eat meat but eat seafood then it makes it easier for them to prepare a meal you can eat.  Also, my husband is not on the same path as me food wise and still loves his meat, which is fine, to each their own, so eating seafood made it easier for us to have meals together too.

I finally made the push this past week to stop making excuses and start my journey towards a plant based diet.  Right now I have been cutting out all dairy, eggs, and of course seafood.  I think most people get scared when they hear the word Vegan and think, “Jeez, what do they eat, just fruits and veggies?!”  Well that is partially true but I think that the way society has become and the way everything has been made to be ‘on the go’ and ‘for convenience’ a lot of people have lost the desire for the healthy foods.  I made this wonderful Soba noodle meal last night that even my carnivore eating husband enjoyed.

What pushed me in this direction you may ask? Well, I have watched and read about the food industry.  It is sad how the norm is now soda and chemically ridden foods in almost every american home.  Most people do not think twice when having a soda with their meal, just the way the giant corporations that control our food intake want it to be.  If you take the time to do your research you will be alarmed to see how many chemicals are in the foods that most Americans keep stocked in their homes.  If you are interested in learning more I can recommend a few really eye opening documentaries that really helped me kick start my journey.  Forks over Knives, Cowspiracy, Food Matters, Fed Up, and Food, Inc. are just some of the documentaries out there trying to spread the word.  I have talked about this topic with a lot of people and I know that not everyone sees things the same way, and that is totally fine.  I am not trying to push this onto anyone or make them change their views overnight.  I am doing this for those who are curious and want to do their own research before making such a life changing decision.  As I said before, my husband still eats meat and I do not see him making a switch immediately either.

With all that said I want to share the Soba noodle recipe I made last night as well as some of the vegan/plant based foodies I follow who help out soo much when it comes to making this change!

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You can find this Soba noodle recipe here!

Some of my go to sites for finding healthy vegan/plant based foods are: Kris Carr, Food Matters, Rawfully Organic, and of course you can’t go wrong with Pinterest or even just google if you are looking for a specific recipe to try.

So with starting this transition I plan to eventually become completely plant based.  The main difference with Vegan and Plant based diets is that technically with a Vegan diet you can still eat Oreos (ya, not dairy like you may have thought..just all chemicals-yuk!) but when you are eating completely Plant based you cut out processed foods and eat a whole foods diet.  It is something that takes a lot of work and time but I do have high hopes of making this a permanent transition.  I currently do not eat any big name brands and I have lost any desire for most of those foods just from not consuming them for so many years. I hope that sharing this helps and I would love feedback from others who are making the same journey!

Any tips you can share for going vegan/plant based??

XOL