What to Eat when You’re Expecting…

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22 Oct What to Eat when You’re Expecting…


I had one long and crazy day today, in which,amongst other things, I became AN AUNT!! I can’t even begin to explain how nerve wrecking it is when your little sister gives birth for the first time. This tiny creature who used to follow you around everywhere, and do everything you did (and annoyingly, much better), who has been your best friend from the moment she was born, who has just married last winter and had the most AWESOME wedding EVER, is going to become a mother. A MOTHER!! The hardest job on the face of the planet, and she decided to go for it (although I did advise her it’s much more relaxing to just babysit other people’s kids 😉 ). Funny thing is she used to get queasy when I spoke about the boys’ births. And she used to get stressed out at a Starbucks in the US, cuz they expect you to have an answer to “what would you like?” a bit too quickly. But somehow this birth didn’t make her queasy, and she didn’t stress. She was a lioness, and gave birth to the most incredible little creature ever. My nephew!

The little monkey took his time, more than 30 hours until he decided to grace us with his presence, which means far-away auntie is pacing like a madwoman, just waiting for another update text. The last thing on my mind was food, which usually brings out some pretty great shoot-from-the-hip recipes. My go to recipes when I’m super duper rushed will always involve pasta, and pasta sauce. 
This time I went for a creamy garlic veggie sauce, inspired by a video going around Facebook at the moment (with my own twist of course, because I simply can’t help myself).

I had soaked cashews the day before, not really knowing where they’ll end up, but it has now been decided. While the pasta water was boiling, and the pasta was cooking, I sautéed an onion, adding chopped zucchini and thyme to the equation, and letting it get nice and golden and fragrant. Meanwhile in another pot, I boiled two chopped potatoes in salt water. When all the veggies were ready, I tossed all but the potato cooking water (of which I reserved) into the food processor. Drained the cashews and added them in as well. Salt, pepper, some raw garlic, and a squeeze of lemon, and while processing, adding the preserved cooking water to water the sauce down. This meal was ready in about 20min, and I can’t even begin to explain to you how good it is! 

Here’s the recipe for you 🙂

Creamy Hidden Veggie Pasta SauceIngredients
Ingredients:
2 potatoes
1 onion
1 (or more) zucchini (or carrot, or pepper, or anything you fancy)
thyme (either fresh or dry)
1 cup soaked cashews (soaked about 2 hours or more)
2-3 garlic cloves
lemon
salt and pepper to taste

Peel and roughly chop the potatoes, and boil in salt water until cooked. In a pan, sauté onion and zucchini (also toughly chopped), with some thyme, and a couple pinches of salt to help it sweat.

In the food processor or mixer, place the drained cashews and garlic cloves, a good squeeze of lemon juice. When the potatoes are cooked and the zucchini is beautiful and golden (doesn’t have to be fully cooked), add both to the food processor, preserving the potato water. Process until smooth, adding the potato water to help the machine and get the right consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste, and serve hot over pasta.


Enjoy!

Creamy Pasta Sacue

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