Did you guys see all the penguins with sweaters? The oil spill in New Zealand is harming all these cute little birds, and bundling them in sweaters prevents them from preening their feathers and ingesting the oil. The sweaters also keep them warm, as the oil contamination reduces insulation.
Also? They are so very cute. <– Look at all the cuteness!
Those little penguins aren’t the only ones wearing sweaters lately… we are getting our first look at the chilly weather here in Portland, frost and all!
I am terribly excited – I am so ready for winter! (I know, I was eating watermelon literally yesterday).
Today, bring on the cool, Snow Miser.
A need for comfort food plus recent (early) frosty mornings inspired this cheesy pasta. Remember my noocho cheese? When I first made it, I was adding it to everything. Everything. I told you I was obsessed. I was dipping cauliflower into the noocho cheese a while back, and… well, here we are.
noocho cheese pasta
vegan, gluten free, dairy free
1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked
1/2 cup tahini
1/2 cup water
1/2 head cauliflower, chopped
1/2 orange bell pepper, sliced
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1 garlic clove, finely minced
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
sea salt to taste
10 ounces organic brown rice pasta
In food processor, blend cashews, tahini and water to a semi-creamy consistency. Add cauliflower, blend to a crumbly consistency. Add pepper and blend until it becomes semi-smooth. While processing, add nutritional yeast, garlic, paprika, chili and onion powders, stopping to scrape down sides of bowl. Add sea salt to taste, and water by the tablespoon to thin.
Cook pasta according to direction. Meanwhile, select a saucepan large enough to hold sauce and pasta. Transfer cheese sauce to the saucepan, warm over low heat, stirring regularly. When pasta is done, drain and add to sauce.
I garnished mine with sun dried tomatoes and a splash of Tabasco. Jason’s had no tomatoes and many glugs of Tabasco.
The cashews bring the creamy texture and flavor, and the cauliflower is a healthy low-fat way to stretch the cheesiness. The bell pepper adds color and extra nutrients. All together, comfort food level eleven. Delicious.
Any signs of winter where you are? Aren’t the penguins cute?