A Vegan surprise…
Whether you like it or not vegan food and therefore vegans are here to stay. So if you can’t meat them you join them! Vegan food, when done right can be delicious and filling, saving you a trip to McDonalds later. Given the increasing popularity of this food religion, I am slowly trying to build a repertoire of recipes which are not only vegan friendly but also packed with loads of flavour. Leaves in a bowl with a can of chickpeas and a squeeze of lemon is definitely not my idea of a vegan meal.
The pasta recipe below is a good way to incorporate one vegan dish a week in your meal plan. Al dente spaghetti tossed together with creamy butter beans and earthy silverbeet (you can use spinach in place of silverbeet), flavoured with extra virgin olive oil, onion, garlic, chilli, parsley and finished off with fresh lemon juice. Now if this isn’t a flavour bomb I don’t know what is.
Ingredients: Cooking time: 15 minutes
- One packet of spaghetti
- 400 gms of tinned white butter beans
- One bunch of silverbeet or spinach (stalks included), finely chopped
- One small onion, finely sliced
- Four to five pods of garlic, finely chopped
- One red chilli, finely sliced
- Half a bunch of continental parsley (stalks included), finely chopped
- Juice of one lemon
- 100 ml of extra virgin olive oil
- Salt to season
Cook spaghetti as per packet instructions.
Heat two to three tablespoons of oil in a heavy bottom pan. Add onion, once translucent add garlic, handful or parsley stalks and red chilli. Cook until aromatic.
Toss in the butter beans and pan sear on high heat for 2 to 3 minutes until slightly charred. Turn the flame to medium and add the silverbeet. Season with salt and cook until the silverbeet stalks are al dente.
Now add half the lemon juice to the silverbeet and bean mix. Toss until evenly mixed.
Finally add the spaghetti, remaining olive oil and lemon juice. Mix well and tada! Garnish with cracked black pepper and vegan cheese or parmesan if you are not going vegan the whole way. Either way, it truly is a lip smackingly delicious vegan surprise.