Tonight’s post is another homage to Alan Roettinger’s Speed Vegan. I literally walked in the door at 8:05, showered, and had dinner on the table at 8:45. I’m guestimating that his meal took almost exactly 30-minutes. On the menu for tonight was “Fasta Pasta E Fagioli“. Again, comprised of only 10-ingredients if you count salt and pepper, this recipe is fresh, low-maintenance and quick to prepare.
And it makes a lot. I actually didn’t have enough beans (again – I know now for sure a can of beans is 15oz and not 25oz), and still the sauce was very thick. Even though the recipe note suggests otherwise, I just added another 1/2 cup of tomatoes to the mix to get things saucy. According to the book, this meal is under 400 calories for one serving, not too shabby for a pasta dinner! I know some people may be shaking their heads that I don’t have a salad pictured alongside, but when I expect a 30-minute meal, my time isn’t going one second over. Even if it means missing my greens. Hello, Lost night, time is of the essence!
The recipe called for either pinto or cannellini beans, and I went for the cannellini. I just like them better, and D doesn’t notice them as much. He just hates beans. In fact, when I told him what I was making for dinner, he said something along the lines of “I’ll try it but it doesn’t mean I’ll like it”. The beans scare him off time and time again. However after one or two mouthfuls, completely unsolicited, he shared “Wow, this is actually really really good. I don’t even taste or see the beans.” In my book, that counts as a wildly successful meal.
It may be a bit too pasta-ish for a traditional pasta fagioli (or what I’m used to), but as a pasta dish it is hearty, filling, and flavorful. I may or may not have shook in my last few shreds of Daiya into the mix as well. Overall I’d have to say that Speed Vegan saved dinner for me for the second night in a row. So far, I’m pretty sold on this book and very very excited to continue cooking things up from here!
Don’t expect another one tomorrow though. I have clients and yoga and won’t be home until after 9:00 – which means I’ll be enjoying some of the abundant “Fasta Pasta E Fagioli” once more. In other news I have decided officially that I do enjoy the Vega Whole Food Optimizer (Natural Flavor), possibly enough to buy a huge jug of it! I’m not so much a fan of the chocolate flavor though. As someone who has been struggling to find the “right” protein powder, I feel this was pretty important to share.
Is there any specific food or food genre someone in your family refuses to eat? How do you get them to give it a try?