Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Olive, Pepper & Tomato Tagliatelli

This pasta dish is a simple and delicious way to expand your vegan pasta repertoire and can be made only using one large frying pan-- which of course, makes cleaning easier. I particularly enjoy changing up the white wine to test the different subtle flavors that each adds to the dish, and this makes a terrific side to a salad.

Olive, Pepper & Tomato Tagliatelli

8 oz. tagliatelli pasta
2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons butter replacement (I use Earth Balance)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 green pepper, thinly sliced
1 red pepper, thinly sliced
1 tomato, cut into large chunks
150 ml dry white wine (I used the Charles Shaw Chardonnay)
2 tablespoons quartered, pitted black olives
ground black pepper
fresh oregano

Cook the pasta in a frypan of salted water for 8 or so minutes or until 'al dente'-- drain thoroughly and place it in a bowl.

Heat the oil and butter in the pan used for the pasta. Saute the garlic for 30 seconds and add the peppers for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stir in the tomatoes, wine, and olives,and cook for 2 minutes. Add the pasta, and cook for another 3-5 minutes. Top with oregano and fresh crushed pepper. Mix and stir.

This is a delicious vegan main course that is simple to make and can be accompanied by champagne or a Cabernet. The sweetness of the tomatoes is complemented by the black olives and peppers, which are held together with the white wine base-- a simple yet elegant dressing for the pasta-- enjoy!

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