Plant-Based Protein Sauce

It is time to redeem my prior attempt to blog your arteries of a Vegan meatless sauce with loads of protein. Just like my consumed beers and lack of reviews, I have not measured ingredients except water for my food in so many years. They are not recipes, I guess. I do not wish to tell people how to prepare food, let alone, teach cooking basics. I do wish to influence others to try a plant-based lifestyle and to be creative. I think eating out is extremely overrated. It needs to be a necessity to want to know exactly what is in the food being prepared to keep us healthy and to ensure prosperity.

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I am a modest beer snob, who cannot depict every accent or flavor in good beer. I probably never will. I also will not pretend to know. I know good beer from bad beer and that is good enough to me. It is a necessity to me to relax and unwind regularly. I am extremely good at documenting it. And now, I am just kind of (soberly) rambling. I’m overdue for a good bike ride. It was like 10° C yesterday, but I did not have time to make it out. Anyways….

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Ⓥaioli ingredients:

  • Wash, reused (Earth Balance ‘Butter’, ‘Milk’, Corn Starch)
  • Garlic, minced
  • ‘Cream Cheese’, Daiya mmmmmmmm
  • Breading, reused (Cashews, SeaSalt, Breadcrumbs, Garlic, Oregano, Parsley)
  • Corn Meal

Mix to a somewhat solid consistency.

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Garlic Rye ingredients:

  • Rye, bread
  • ‘Butter’, Earth Balance
  • Parsley, fresh and chopped
  • Garlic, fresh and minced
  • SeaSalt/Pepper/OnionP/GarlicP/Sugar

Heat. Mix. Cool. Spread.

Smashed Potatoes ingredients:

  • Potatoes, red and golden – diced and boiled then strained (time it right)
  • Aioli
  • Basil, fresh and diced
  • Parsley, fresh and diced
  • Oil, Olive
  • Garlic, minced
  • Onion, diced
  • ‘Cream Cheese’, Daiya mmmmm
  • Spinach, to garnish
  • Celery, diced
  • Carrot, diced
  • ‘Milk’, Almond
  • Cashews, SMASHED
  • Brown Sugar
  • Wine, white Vino is great
  • Dill Weed, fresh and chopped
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Idaho Spuds, instant mashed for concistency assurance

Prep everything and go. Cook Veggies in Oil while boiling Potatoes. Add Wine and cook down and then add everything and crush and smash away. I enjoyed charred store-bought Pretzel Bun with the utter.

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Plant-Based Protein Sauce ingredients:

  • Celery, diced
  • Carrot, diced
  • Onion, diced
  • Serrano, seeded and diced
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Tofu, extra firm – crumbled
  • Cashew Milk
  • Tomato Puree
  • Chopped Tomatoes, canned with liquid
  • Basil, fresh and diced
  • Parsley, fresh and chopped
  • Brown Sugar
  • Lightlife ‘Sausage’, crumbled or chopped
  • SeaSalt/Pepper/GarlicP/OnionP
  • Mushroom, diced
  • Shallot, diced
  • Garlic, fresh and minced
  • Oregano, dash of dried

Saute Veggies before adding seasonings and sauciness. Cook down for hours:)

Eggplant Ⓥarmesan ingredients:

  • Eggplant, sliced & dried w/ salt
  • Wash (CashewMilk/EarthBalance/CornStarch)
  • Flour/Salt/Pepper/CornMeal
  • Breading (Cashews/Salt/Breadcrumbs/Garlic/Oregano/Parsley)
  • Plant-Based Protein Sauce, heated
  • Linguine, mmmmmmm slightly undercooked-SEASONED
  • Daiya, mmmmmm
  • Parsley & Basil, fresh and chopped or sliced

Flour Eggplant then wash and bread. Bake or pan-fry.

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Finish baking Eggplant in Sauce w/ or w/o Daiya.

Build a pasta and garnish.

Ⓥodka Pasta ingredients:

  • Plant-Based Protein Sauce, heated
  • Onion, diced
  • Potato, diced
  • Oil, Olive
  • Almond Milk
  • Daiya, cream cheese
  • Fennel Seed
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Molasses
  • Idaho Spuds instant mashed, for consistence
  • Ⓥaioli

  • Spinach, sliced
  • Vodka infused w/ Rosemary and Basil
  • Noodles, I had Rotini

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Saute Potatoes and Onion in Oil. Add Vodka and cook down

Add all other ingredients and garnish w/ Spinach.

Smashed Ⓥodka Pasta ingredients:

  • Plant-Based Protein Sauce, blended
  • Vodka, infused w/ Rosemary and Basil
  • Garlic, fresh and minced
  • Onion, diced
  • Oil, Olive
  • Smashed Potatoes
  • Tomato Puree
  • Chopped Tomato, canned w/ juice
  • Molasses
  • Rigatoni, undercooked

Saute Potatoes and Onions before adding Infused Vodka. Cook down Vodka. Add Sauces and Tomatoes. Finish cooking Rigatoni in sauce.

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You (me) cannot ever have enough pasta! It is true comfort food. And when prepared correctly, it is true ART.

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Ⓥeatballs

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Back Burner Ragu Marinara ingredients:

  • Celery, finely diced
  • Carrot, finely diced
  • Onion, finely diced
  • Garlic, diced
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Veggie Broth
  • Tomato Paste
  • Chopped Tomatoes, canned or fresh (deseeded)
  • Sugar/SeaSalt/Pepper/Cayenne/GarlicP/OnionP

  

Steps:

  • Cook Garlic, Celery, Onion & Carrot before adding everything else.
  • Simmer for hours, stirring.
  • I used Brown Sugar this time and I put a splash of Liquid Smoke

I decided to cancel my plans on making Seitan ‘Parmesan’ in order to ride a Gran Fondo on my only day off in the last week. At times, I have been motivated to suffer through various rides. One, to make me stronger and two, to deplete any frustrations and stress life can bring. This stress killer was a ride with 20-35 km/h headwind. I chose to turn my Back Burner Ragu Marinara into a soup.

Gran Fondo

  
Creating things that are versatile keeps you on your toes and free to motivate your imagination in the kitchen. Just like recipes, plans do not have to be kept and should be open for changes and involve freedom.

  
Roasted Ⓥeggie Soup ingredients:

  • Back Burner Ragu Marinara, simmering
  • Cashew Milk
  • Tofu, soft
  • Eggplant, chopped
  • Potato, chopped
  • Cauliflower, chopped
  • Green Pepper, diced
  • Asparagus, chopped
  • Tomato, chopped
  • Celery, chopped
  • Mushroom, sliced
  • Onion, diced
  • Sugar/SeaSalt/Pepper/GarlicP/OnionP
  • Nutritional Yeast

   

 High Dive Double Backflip:

  • Roast Veggies to desired doneness.
  • Add Tofu & Mushrooms towards the end of desired doneness, or not.
  • Simmer Cashew Milk with seasonings while Veggies are roasting.
  • Add roasted greatness to Sauce and enjoy 🙂

Last night I spontaneously decided to make pasta from my Soup. And also decided and brainstormed Ⓥeatballs. The last time I made meatless ‘meatballs’, I was not even Vegetarian yet. I took a different approach and had fun with the idea. The results were very rewarding and extremely tasty.

  
Ⓥeatballs ingredients:

  • Fennel Seeds, roasted
  • Eggplant, roasted & diced
  • Garlic, minced
  • Raw Cashew, pulverized
  • Raw Almonds, pulverized w/ skin
  • LightLife, ‘beef’ & ‘sausage’ – diced
  • Bread Crumbs, plain
  • Corn Meal
  • Vital Wheat Gluten, not too much
  • Idaho Spuds Instant Mashed, classic
  • Cashew Milk
  • NutritionalYeast/Sugar/Cayenne
  • GarlicP/OnionP/Turmeric/Thyme/Oregano
  • SeaSalt/Pepper

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 Cannon Balls:

  • Roast Fennel Seeds and Eggplant together and cool slightly before dicing.
  • Start mixing dry ingredients first before wet and more wet ingredients just to ease my anal-ness.
  • I decided to add Vital Wheat Gluten last just because I was unsure of how it would mix. I added a bit at a time while mixing with one hand until I found my ideal consistency.
  • Form into balls and bake before broiling to finish with some color and char flavor.

  

Pasta ingredients Ⓥ:

  • Bow Tie noodles, cooked entirely in Sauce
  • Roasted Ⓥeggie Soup, simmering
  • Spinach, sliced like Basil
  • Ⓥeatballs, fresh out of oven 🙂

  

Snow Angels:

  • Make sure noodles have cooked in sauce.
  • Add sliced Spinach.
  • Plate Pasta with Ⓥeatball.
  • Enjoy a beer and be happy:)

  

Currently on Netflix incase you’d like to GEEK OUT:

Mysteries of the Unseen World

The Physics of Light

  

Blushing Ⓥ Linguine

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Back Burner Ragu Marinara ingredients:

  • Celery, finely diced
  • Carrot, finely diced
  • Onion, finely diced
  • Garlic, diced
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Veggie Broth
  • Tomato Paste
  • Chopped Tomatoes, canned or fresh (deseeded)
  • Sugar/SeaSalt/Pepper/Cayenne/GarlicP/OnionP

  

Steps:

  • Cook Garlic, Celery, Onion & Carrot before adding everything else.
  • Simmer for hours, stirring.
  • I used Brown Sugar this time and I put a splash of Liquid Smoke

   

 Blush Sauce ingredients:

  • Cashew ‘Milk’, mmmmm
  • SeaSalt/Pepper/GarlicP/OnionP/Cayenne/Turmeric
  • Nutritional Yeast/Sugar
  • Back Burner Ragu Marinara

Boil & simmer for 30-45 minutes.

  
Blushing Ⓥ Linguine ingredients:

  • Blush Sauce, hot & ready
  • Linguine, undercooked
  • Green Pepper, julienne sliced
  • Mushroom, sliced
  • Onion, diced
  • Parsley
  • Basil, sliced
  • Daiya, slices mmmm

    

  
Science:

  • Sauté Veggies and add Blush Sauce.
  • Undercook Linguine and drain to be completed in Blush sauce.
  • Plate Blushing Noodles and top with Blushing Veggies and Daiya slices.
  • Broil for two minutes and finish with herbs.