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.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Creamy Spinach Sauce

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Everyone loves pesto sauce-- but it isn't cheap and it's usually not vegan.  Even to make it at home isn't very cheap, so I came up with this recipe on a whim (pictured above covering some gnocchi), and decided it was a good enough alternative that other people should know about it.  It's slightly cheesey, thanks to the cashews and nutritional yeast, and while you'll know it's not pesto, it's good enough on its own to mix up your sauces for pastas.  Let us know what you think!

16 oz. spinach
1 cup non-dairy creamer (I use Trader Joe's)
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup cashews
1/2 white onion, sliced
1/2 vegetable broth buillion cube
2 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp chopped sun-dried tomatoes
1 dash paprika
1/2 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp parsley
salt and pepper to taste

In a blender or grinder, crush the cashews. 

In a blender, mix all of the spinach but one handful, the cream, and the cashew crumbs.
  
In a medium fry pan, heat the oiland add the garlic and onions until carmelized, 5-8 minutes.  While this is carmelizing, chop up the handful of spinach.

Add sun-dried tomatoes, chopped spinach, and all other ingredients except the spinach/cream mix.  Cook for 3-5 minutes.

Add spinach/cream mix to fry pan and turn heat down to low.  Allow to cook, stirring occasionally, for 10-15 minutes.  If it gets too thick, add a little oil.

Enjoy!

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