A couple a years ago when I was still working as a server, one of my favorite customers had told me about a new vegan cookbook called The Kind Diet – written by Alicia Silverstone. At this time, I had been a vegetarian for a couple of years and was very interested in experimenting with vegan cuisine. Needless to say, once my shift was over, I pedaled my way to the nearest bookstore to pick up a copy.
I knew I wasn’t ready to be fully vegan (I love cheese more than anything) but quite a few of the recipes looked lip-smacking delicious – and they were. Now, I will admit that the longest I’ve ever gone being a vegan is a little over a month – but I do like to take “vegan” weeks every now and then if I feel like I’ve over-indulged on the dairy.
So, even though I know that I could never be 100% vegan, I still refer to this book all the time for some yummy recipes. One of my favorite dishes from this book is the Rustic Pasta. It’s so tasty and hearty that even a meat-eater would approve and probably wouldn’t complain about the lack of animal product. I like serving this dish with a big fresh salad or with some veggie sausage on top.
You should also check out Alicia’s vegan website: The Kind Life.
- 1/4 pound pasta (you can choose long or short shape)
- 2 T olive oil
- 2 large onions, very thinly sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped (I used more)
- 2 celery stalks, diced or thinly sliced on a diagonal
- 1/4 cup shoyu
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 head green cabbage, thinly sliced
- 5-6 tablespoon marinara sauce
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Salt the water and add the pasta. Cook just until al dente. Drain the pasta well.
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the onions and cook for 7 minutes until softened. Then add the garlic and saute for 3 minutes longer. The onions should transparent and turning golden.
- Add the celery to the skillet and saute for 3-4 minutes. Stir in the shoyu, salt, garlic powder, then add the cabbage; saute for 4 minutes. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes longer.