It’s Somer Saturday and one of the things I love the most about being on this blog is the friends I’ve made. People whom I have never met in person, yet I feel like I have known them for ages. One of them is Annie at anunrefinedvegan.com I love this girl. Not only is she the crazed mastermind behind the FABULOUS Virtual Vegan Potluck, but she is just a downright amazing person. We have exchanged a ridiculous amount of emails and texts over the last while. She will be coming out to Utah soon, and I can’t wait. Oh yeah, and it was her birthday this weekend. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANNIE! We exchanged un-birthday gifts recently. Look what I got:
Ha Ha, Like that title? She said it reminded her of the blog 😉
I got it in the mail in the afternoon while contemplating what to make for dinner. She had marked a page. Dinner problem solved.
Except, I hardly ever follow a recipe. I doubled the peanut sauce and used it over Penne Pasta with sauteed veggies instead of using rice noodles and rolling them up in Nori. It was divine, so divine that we ate it all up like little goblins with no time for show and tell photos. Hee hee. Lucky for you, I will share the adapted recipe with you.
Penne Pasta with Sauteed Veggies and Peanut Sauce
1 lb whole wheat penne pasta (or gluten free pasta shapes of choice)
1 red bell pepper, sliced into strips
1 white onion, sliced into strips
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 diced carrots
1 zucchini, julienned into long strips with a vegetable peeler
1 yellow crookneck squash, diced
1/2 C. peanut butter
1/4 C. coconut milk
1 t. sriracha hot sauce
2 T. maple syrup
2 T. lemon juice
2 T. bragg’s liquid aminos
1/2 C. chopped cilantro
1 T. minced ginger
4 T. hot water (from boiled pasta)
Method: Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, water saute veggies on stovetop in a large saute pan, I start with 1/4 C. water and add a tablespoon or two if it gets dried out. Cook until veggies are crisp/tender. Remove from heat. Stir together remaining ingredients for peanut sauce in a medium bowl. Add to sauce to cooked veggies and dump in drained pasta. Stir and then gobble it all up.
I can tell this book is going to be a favorite.
Oh and a very special thanks to another new friend, Kristen at I ate lunch. Her vegan blog is super cute and tasty. She nominated us girls at GCF for an award! EeeeEEEeee!
This is what she had to say about us: Good Clean Food. Run by a few different folks, this blog will make you hungry, it will make you laugh, and it will inspire you.
Xoxo Kristen! You inspire us too!