This Vegan Pumpkin Pasta recipe is creamy fall goodness!
The perfectly plant-based creaminess comes from dairy-free pumpkin cream sauce.
Made with only T E N ingredients; this will soon to be a go-to during the fall and winter month! Let’s get started on the perfect bowl of fall creamy carbs to get you through those cozy months!!
1 Pound De’ Cecco Penne Pasta
1cup Coconut Milk (Full-Fat)
1 15-ounce can pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie filling!)
⅓ cup nutritional yeast
3 cloves garlic
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon allspice
¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Cook the pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the shells & stir to prevent sticking. Cook to al dente according to package directions, 10-11 minutes. Prior to draining the pasta, reserve about 2 cups of the starchy pasta
Blend the pumpkin cream sauce: Meanwhile, as the pasta boils, make the pumpkin cream sauce. Add the coconut milk, pumpkin purée, nutritional yeast, garlic, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cayenne, salt, & ground black pepper to a high-speed blender. Blend until it’s nice and smooth & creamy sauce consistency.
Assemble the vegan creamy pumpkin penne: Pour the pumpkin cream sauce over the pasta. Stir to combine, adding in the reserved pasta water little by little until your desired consistency is reached. The sauce should be very creamy, but cling to the pasta nicely.
Serve immediately, topped with fresh herbs, red peppers, or vegan parmesan; as desired.
I hope you and yours enjoys this recipe as much as mine has!
So, your friends invite you out after work or your family wants to go out for dinner, and you’re not sure how to do this vegan thing while eating out…don’t panic!
Vegan Momma to the rescue!
I fancy myself as a connoisseur of sorts when it comes to eating out as a vegan, I love going out to eat with family and friends, and I always say that no matter where we go, I can and will find something!
There are a variety of options at almost any restaurant.
Sometimes you’ll have to substitute or take off the dairy, but it is definitely
easy and do-able! I typically first look if there’s already an item on the menu
that’s vegan or vegetarian. If there isn’t, remove the meat and or dairy. Depending
on the type of restaurant you are at, you could add other yummy vegan add-ons,
such as avocado, potato, beans, rice, extra veggies, etc.
Google the restaurant and menu. Often times you can Google “[Restaurant name] vegan items” to see what is or can be made vegan. You could also look up the menu to see what your options are, that way you can plan ahead on what you can order, or if there doesn’t seem to be many options you like and you have a say in the restaurant choice, you can chose another restaurant that better suit you.
clear, nice and polite
If you’re making substitutions and changes, try to be
as clear and as polite as possible. Don’t just say “make it vegan”,
you need to be clear that you do not want any dairy, eggs, meat, or fish in
your meal. Be extra nice and polite about your requests, most restaurants will
be happy to accommodate you!
for codes on the menu
Many restaurant menus these days have a key code guide
that will list if an item is vegetarian or vegan. Sometimes it will be a leaf
or a green “v”, or some other type of icon. The guide will usually be
at the bottom of the menu. I’m always excited when I find these, since it makes
it so much easier to find items that will work. Some restaurants will even have
a vegetarian or vegan section of their menu, I get super excited when I see
this! Vegan win, yay!
What to order
Depending on the type of food you’ve gone out for, I
have go-to items that I tend to order at each type of restaurant. Here’s a
handy guide to show you some of the options at various restaurants.
Guacamole, salsa, and tortilla chips are a fav of mine! Bean, bean & rice, or veggie burritos, rice, veggie tacos, veggie fajitas, taco salad. Ask if there is cheese, sour cream, lard (in the beans), bacon (in the beans), or if the rice is made with chicken broth. Sometimes, the refried beans will have lard, but the whole black beans or pinto beans won’t. I like to add extra guacamole or avocado to most items as well!
Pasta (I like to add grilled veggies) with a non-dairy
based sauce. Bread with olive oil & balsamic, salad, bruschetta, olives,
grilled artichokes, veggie pizza with no cheese. Tips: Double check that there
are no cheese or eggs (in the pasta), also say no parmesan on top of anything.
I’m half Thai,
so I know my way around a Thai restaurant and love the vegan options you can
find. What I love is that almost any dish with tofu instead of meat and no fish
sauce. Fried rice with no egg, add tofu and extra veggies. I like to add
cashews to stir fry, noodle, and rice dishes. Curry, no fish sauce. Soups that
are veggie broth based. Vegetable spring rolls for appetizer. For dessert:
coconut sticky rice with mango!
Vegetable fried rice (no egg, add tofu), vegetable noodle dishes, vegetable dumplings, vegetable spring rolls, vegetable dumplings, vegetable soups (check that it’s vegetable broth base), bean curd, vegetable stir fry, steamed rice. Make sure that the dishes have no egg, no oyster, and no fish sauce.
Miso soup, make sure the base is vegetable broth. Vegetable sushi, avocado roll, vegetable tempura (make sure it doesn’t have egg), vegetable stir fry, seaweed salad, steamed rice, edamame. I love either doing miso soup and a vegetable roll and avocado roll or a bento box with a roll, vegetable tempura, and steamed rice.
French fries, veggie burgers or mushroom burger, veggie dogs, potato wedges, onion rings, baked potato. Ask about no dairy in the dishes you order. It’s usually easiest to pick items off of the side-item section and making a meal out of it. Unless you luck out and they have a veggie burger options, always double check that there is no dairy or egg in the veggie patty.
Yes, I have even found vegan friendly options at steakhouses and BBQ restaurants! The side-items list is going to be your best friend. Here you can usually find, fried pickles, French fries, sweet potato fries, baked potatoes, steamed broccoli, green beans, and corn. House salad, mushroom “steak”, vegetable sandwiches, and sometimes vegetable chili can be found as well. Make sure to ask for no cheese, butter, sour cream, mayo, and any batters that contain buttermilk. I like to order several side dishes to make a meal, get creative!
samosa, channa masala, naan bread (check if it’s made with butter or yogurt), rice,
saag, dal, and there’s usually other veggie dishes. Make sure to ask for no
butter, cream, ghee, or paneer.
Greek salad, hummus, pita bread, tahini, grilled
veggies, pan-friend potatoes, vegetable dolmades, roasted eggplant, grilled
veggie wrap, falafels, tabuleh, cous cous. Ask for no cheese or yogurt to make
it vegan friendly.
VEGAN & VEGETARIAN
What vegan dreams are made of! You can order anything here, if it’s vegetarian, just make sure it doesn’t have any dairy in it. I like to order items that I can’t typically find vegan, like vegan french toast, vegan quiche, vegan breakfast burrito, and vegan cheese cake! Yum!
Last Tip: Use the Apps
Vegan eating has gotten easier with the awesome apps
you can download and use on the go right at your finger-tips! This is my
favorite way to find vegan friendly restaurants when I travel. My favorite apps
are: Happy Cow, Vegman, and VeganXpress (helps you find vegan options at chain
restaurants). I also like to use Yelp and search “vegan or vegetarian restaurants”.
Have fun finding vegan
items at any restaurant! Let me know what your favorite items to order are or
your go-to tips!
So, it’s a new year, new you and you’ve decided to partake into this plant-based lifestyle trend. But where do you start? How do you transition? What do you add to your grocery list? What can you order when you eat-out?
Transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle can seem overwhelming and daunting, you may feel like you have to completely change your life and throw everything in your kitchen in the trash. Before you have a panic attack about whether or not plants have feelings or not, and if you’ll just have to survive on water & sun alone. Take a deep breath. I’m here to help, Vegan Momma to the rescue!
I’ve been eating plant-based for over 19 years, since I was 10 years old, and I think I know a thing or two about living a sustainable and delicious life through plant-based eating. I’ve also had 2 vegan pregnancies and have 2 vegan kiddos who are healthy, strong, and thriving! We don’t feel like we’re missing out on anything, in fact we feel like we are enjoying our lives to the fullest with the best health we can possibly have.
We’ll start this Vegan 101 series with a list of my favorite grocery staples! I will be keeping it budget friendly, but will also include some “treat” items that will help as you transition, such as my favorite vegan cheese and ice cream; because you’ll still want to treat yo’self once in a while!
Welcome to the Vegan Momma family, I can’t wait to help you on your vegan journey into health & wellness!