Showing posts with label Foodie. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Foodie. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Spinach Artichoke and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

Some of the greatest pasta dishes I have ever enjoyed are those that I make myself. Lately, I have been relatively unimpressed by restaurants and am left either dissatisfied or disappointed when leaving them. I think it is because I love to cook and find that my food gives them a real run for their money. 

One of my favorite dishes to make is pasta. It's quick, it is easy, and when prepared correctly--tastes incredible. Homemade pasta is the best, as it simply doesn't compare to the pasta you find in the box or bag at your local grocery store. 

Sure, that is convenient and efficient, but it doesn't satisfy a pasta polymath's taste buds by any means at all. And most of what you enjoy is nothing more than just flavor. 

Texture is everything when cooking any kind of pasta and flavor is what brings virtually every dish together. This pasta only incorporates a few ingredients. 

These ingredients are: spinach tagliatelle, spinach, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, cipollini onion, Himalayan salt, black pepper, and fresh water. For good measure, I garnished this dish with a little bit of extra extra extra virgin olive oil. 

And guess what? This pasta is amazing. 

The best part is, this dish is vegan, so it is perfect for those of you that do not consume dairy, eggs, or honey, as it is great for those of you who are plant-based and want to enjoy a wonderful plate of pasta dish right in the comfort of your own home.  

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Gourmet Vegan Bagel Sandwich

For dinner tonight I decided to kind of switch things up. I took a plain bagel from Franz and turned it into something extravagant a few minutes ago in the kitchen. As you can tell from the picture I am sharing, I utilized only the best quality ingredients to create such a flavorful, portion-packed bagel sandwich that virtually everyone can enjoy. The best part is, I made it all completely vegan. 

First and foremost, I toasted the bagels using the Earth Balance European Style Spread. I just used a flat pan to do this, as I didn't want the bagel to be completely toasted. Then, I applied the spread again on the buns followed by some Follow Your Heart Vegenaise. The more I eat this, I must that I am loving it better than mayo. And most of you already know I love mayo, especially on sandwiches. I also added some of the Follow Your Heart Thousand Island Dressing to add some great flavor. 

As I continued to build my bagel sandwich, I decided to dice and slice a few things. I used fresh tomato from the vine, spring onion, garden lettuce (romaine) and artichoke hearts. I wanted to keep the flavors simple and not do too much to it, as sometimes less is more. 

I have tried so many different types of vegan deli meat. I have even made my own. There is something I love about Tofurky's that just makes me gravitate to the vegan section and make me want to buy every single one. For today's bagel sandwich, I went with the Tofurky Deli Slices in Hickory Smoked and Oven Roasted. And I went with two slices of each. 

Although I love dairy cheese, I wanted to enjoy some plant-based cheese for dinner, so I went with Field Roast Chao Cheese Slices in Creamy Original with the Daiya Cheddar Style Slices. I used two pieces each. 

To garnish, I just added two spring onions. 

Whoever told you that vegans and vegetarians eat horribly lied to you. And if you don't like bagels, I guarantee you would now. Especially if you were to eat this one. 

Do you think I will be able to eat all of this? I think I already have the answer to this question. Time to eat. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Rajma Chole Masala + Chapati Wrap

So, tonight for dinner I decided to make a unique Indian dish which consists of an epic fusion of the classic Rajma (a simple curry primarily made up of kidney beans) and Chole (a chickpea curry). I garnished this dish with white onion and cilantro. In India, you will notice onion is paired with a lot of dishes. Indian utilizes onion more so than lettuce in a salad substitute. 

And what better way to pair this dish than with a sun-dried tomato basil bisque Chapati wrap. Chapatis are a cult-classic staple in India and remain to be one of the most popular flat breads in the country. Of course adding butter is a must, as butter not only makes the bread shine, but taste even better. 

I don't know what it is, but it seems like I always find happiness in the kitchen. I don't eat out much anymore, as I have garnered a love and appreciation for my own cooking. And lets face it, when it comes to food, there is simply no place like home. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

2013: Farmer's Market in Pittsburgh, PA

Today I decided to go to the Farmer's Market with Joe in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a vegetarian of many years, I truly appreciate Farmer's Markets because I love clean, healthy food. 

When it comes to Farmer's Markets, I find some of the best produce and dairy money can buy, as most of things cannot be found in your local grocery store. Pittsburgh is a big city. Sure there are many cities that are bigger in the United States, but it is one of the cleanest places. The Farmer's Markets here are modestly big and offer some of the best food you can buy. 

Here are some candids from today's Farmer's Market in Pittsburgh, PA:









The Farmer's Market here in the steel city give a lot of samples, which really help. And as a cheese connoisseur, of course I always find myself splurging a little. It also helps too that Joe also loves cheese. Needless to say, it was a very fun day, as it always is hanging out with my boyfriend. 


Photos by Sarah Afshar