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Vegan Feta and Spinach Pasta

The other day, I was running an errand for work and picked up a spinach and feta wrap for one of my bosses. It smelled so unbelievably delicious that I vowed to myself right then and there to somehow create a version of those flavors for myself. So I got to researching, looking to use nuts as a base for the cheese rather than tofu. A few tweaks here and there and one roasted spaghetti squash later, success!

The feta is a little labor intensive, more so than nut-based cheese sauces I’ve made in the past (macaroni and alfredo) because feta is supposed to be crumbly, not smooth and creamy. Because of this, it had to be pressed and drained in order to work. It’s definitely worth the effort, because the texture is almost spot on and the flavor is packed.

Tossed with spaghetti squash (or pasta!), fresh spinach and mushrooms, and the result is a healthy and hearty take on an old favorite.

Vegan Feta and Spinach Pasta

Ingredients

  • +For the Feta+:
  • 1 cup walnut pieces, soaked in water for 2-3 hours
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • 2 tsp miso paste
  • juice of one half a lemon
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • +For the Pasta:+
  • Spaghetti Squash or Pasta of choice, cooked
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup white mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. +For the Feta:+
  2. After soaking the walnut pieces, add them (with the water they soaked in) and the rest of the feta ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Lay out two layers of cheesecloth on top of each other, and scoop out the cheese from the blender, placing it all onto the middle of the layered patches of cloth. Bring all the edges together and tie tightly with a piece of twine.
  4. Gently squeeze so any excess liquid drains immediately. Then place in a small strainer over a jar or bowl (I used a tea strainer over a mason jar and it worked wonderfully) and let sit in the fridge overnight, so that any additional liquid will drain as well.
  5. When ready to use, simply remove the cheesecloth and put into a small container to use as needed.
  6. +For the Pasta:+
  7. Drizzle a little bit of olive oil onto a pan. Add the garlic and cook on low until the garlic begins to cook, stirring. Add the mushrooms, and cook until soft.
  8. Add the spinach leaves and tomatoes, and cook, stirring, just until the spinach is wilted. You may need to add a little bit of water or vegetable broth to ensure that nothing burns and the spinach steams well- just use sparingly. Remove from heat.
  9. In a large bowl, toss the cooked pasta or squash with salt, pepper, and cooked vegetables. Crumble some of your new feta over it at your discretion- I recommend being liberal!
  10. Toss all together once more and garnish with some black pepper and more crumbled feta before serving.

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WF Swag

It’s so expensive, that I don’t go often, but when I do, it’s like the best day ever. Okay, exaggeration. But I really do love Whole Foods!

I went today and stocked up on some beautiful fruits and veggies!

A GIANT red pepper, bean sprouts, summer squash, mushrooms, lettuce, beets, a beautiful looking graffiti eggplant, and tomatoes… it’s not quite tomato season in Jersey yet, so these are from Canada… but they looked too good to resist!

Beets! Most people hate them, but I love them. I got two types: a golden, and then a white one. There were no red ones for some reason!

Delicious-looking strawberries, watermelon, pluots, and an ataulfo mango.

And some other favorites:

Stevia, salsa, green tea soy ice cream, some very yummy white bean basil hummus, and my very favorite brand of greek yogurt- Greek Gods! It’s been harder for me to find it lately, so when I do, I always buy a giant container. My mom and I always agree that it’s hands down the best yogurt taste and texture… SO creamy!

I took one look at my new veggies and knew I had to have a salad for lunch. So I roasted the beets in the oven (they smelled SO GOOD!), and tossed them with tomatoes, bean sprouts, arugula, and some garlic, balsamic vinegar, and fresh grated pepper.

It was absolutely delicious. The golden beet especially had such an incredibly buttery taste. There really is nothing like eating fresh produce in the summer! It makes me so appreciative of everything nature has to offer.

And now I’m off to take the monster for a little walk in the woods!

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