Vegan MoFo: AvoKale Noodles!  »

I’m not sure this recipe counts as super-fast, but it’s weeknight-fast and SO good I just HAD to share it with you. My awesome vegan husband Danny invented it, because he does lots of the cooking ‘round our place. Also Isa kind of invented it—it’s a modified version of the Pasta della California in Veganomicon.

Ok let’s get to it!

olive oil
2+ Tbsp. garlic, chopped
red pepper flakes
1 lemon, juiced and zested
1 cup white wine
1 can white beans
2 avocados, cubed
salt and pepper
nutritional yeast for garnish/topping


Cook some whole-wheat spaghetti, or noodles of your choice.

Boil some kale in a small amount of water for like 20 minutes until it’s soft. Probably chop it up first.

Meanwhile, saute some garlic, red pepper flakes (depends on how much you like), and the lemon zest in some olive oil for about 5 minutes. USE THE ZEST! It makes a huge difference in the tastiness factor.

Squeeze in the juice from that naked lemon, add white wine. Cook a little longer.

Drain and rinse a can of white beans (or cook them from dried in a pressure cooker) and throw in with the garlic saucy stuff to warm up.

In a big bowl, mix together the noodles, the kale, the avocado, and the saucy beans.

Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with nooch on top.


    Seriously, this is really good. I was gonna blog about something else but then Danny went and cooked this and I was like shit, I gotta pull out my camera now because dinner is just THAT GOOD tonight. It sucked, I swear — the camera was all the way in the other room and everything.


    Vegan MoFo: Lemony white bean salad!  »

    I made this salad for dinner the other night, and it was good, but when I ate the leftovers for lunch the next day, I almost had an orgasm right there at my desk, because it was that much better. So maybe let it sit a bit before you eat it?

    Also everything’s awesome when it’s swimming in olive oil.

    This recipe is “adapted” (i.e. copied with a couple minor changes) from Big Vegan, a cookbook I’m trying to use as much as possible so I can review it for y’all.

    Lemony white bean salad!

    1/4 cup minced fresh rosemary (or less, b/c that’s a shit ton of rosemary)
    4 garlic cloves, sliced
    1/4 cup olive oil (shit yeah, olive oil!)
    red pepper flakes to taste
    2 lemons’ worth of juice (around 2 Tbsp.?)
    2 14-oz cans white beans (Or 2 cups dried, cooked in your pressure cooker. You do have one of those, right?)
    2 large carrots, chopped
    1 tsp. salt
    Chopped parsley (up to 1/3 cup, or whatever you’ve got)

    Cook the beans if you’re not using canned. This is less fast but cheaper, tastier, and more sustainable b/c you’re not shipping around cans and water.

    Rinse and drain beans, pour into serving bowl.
    In a small saucepan, heat the garlic and rosemary in the oil on medium-low until they’re warmed through and the garlic starts to change color a little.

    Add the red pepper and heat another minute.

    Pour the oil mixture, lemon juice, and salt on the beans.

    Put the carrots in the same oily saucepan, and add water to cover about halfway. Bring to a simmer and cover for about 5 minutes, until the carrots are tender but still have a little bit of crunch.

    Add the carrots and parsley to the bowl. Toss. Let sit a bit. Devour.

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