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Vegan Buttery Angel Hair with Roasted Eggplant and Garlic Pesto

Pesto Angel Hair

This Italian inspired dish has a few different components, but each one is simple.

Ingredients

  • 1 package whole wheat angel hair pasta
  • 1 package fresh baby spinach, chopped
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1/2 can chickpeas
  • 1 or 2 large eggplants, sliced into 1/2 inch thick slices
  • Olive oil spray to roast eggplant

Sauce

  • 1/4 cup Earth Balance vegan butter
  • 1/4 cup Daiya vegan mozzarella cheese

Pesto

  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 3/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped

First, preheat the oven to 450 F. Spray or brush olive oil on a cookie sheet, then place eggplant slices in a single layer. Spray or brush oil on top of the eggplant, and sprinkle salt and pepper over top. Load the sheet(s) of eggplant into the oven and cook for 10 minutes. Pull out sheets, flip each eggplant slice, and cook on the other side for an additional 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook one package of whole wheat angel hair on the stove, according to directions on the box.

In a small sauce pan, heat 1/4 cup of Earth Balance vegan butter (stick or spread) over medium-low heat, stirring constantly. When the butter melts about halfway, add 1/4 cup Daiya mozzarella cheese, and stir mixture well. Reduce heat to low and stir until butter and cheese are melted, then set aside.

To make the pesto, add basil, pine nuts, olive oil, and garlic to food processor and blend.

To serve, add a scoop of butter sauce to a plate of angel hair, and top with spinach, tomato, chickpeas, eggplant, and pesto.

Cri de Coeur Shoes

Cri de Coeur Shoes

Cri de Coeur "Nellie D'orsay Slingback Sandal"

I got these Cri de Coeur shoes and I love them! Cri de Coeur makes super-cute vegan shoes and clothing. They are my favorite vegan fashion brand after Stella McCartney, but let’s be real – I couldn’t afford Stella McCartney’s used kleenex. Cri de Coeur isn’t exactly affordable either, but they do have good sale prices.

New Lärabar Flavors!

Lärabar's New Flavors

Lärabar's New Flavors

I recently won a sweepstakes from Lärabar, and they sent me all four of their new bars: Carrot Cake, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Brownie, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. I was totally stoked!

I love this company. They only use whole food ingredients, most of their bars are vegan (the chocolate chips are produced on equipment that also produces dairy chocolate chips), and the graphic designer in me has to comment on the awesome packaging of these beauties. Check out their website to see all the flavors.

As for the taste, three out of four ain’t bad. Sorry Lärabar, but I know what good cookie dough tastes like, and this isn’t it. It was a valiant effort though, but the bar was too bland to be compared to a cookie. The peanut butter chocolate chip and chocolate chip brownie flavors were right on the mark. Rich and dessert-like, but not so sweet that you couldn’t eat it for breakfast. The best of all four was hands-down the carrot cake flavor, and I say this not being a huge carrot cake fan, so you know it does the job. The bar had the perfect amount of cinnamon and walnut to make it taste like the real thing.

Do you have a favorite Lärabar flavor?

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