Many of my friends think that eating a vegan diet means always eating healthy, and it doesn’t. Sure, most days I try to eat a whole food, plant based diet with plenty of fresh & colorful vegetables, grains, beans and legumes.
That doesn’t always happen.
As a professional writer and self-published author, there is a lot on my plate and sometimes I just want something hot and yummy and not necessarily totally healthy, and that’s all right because I work out regularly and I am as active as possible when I’m not parked in front of a computer screen.
So when I want to eat a greasy vegan schnitzel with creamy cheesy pasta and broccoli, I do.
This post doesn’t require a full on recipe because you can find your favorite brand of vegan chicken, or make your own vegan fried chicken, and cook in the air fryer or the oven with your desired seasonings. I used garlic, black pepper and smoky paprika and popped it in the oven on 200C so it would be crispy enough not to get soggy on top of the pasta.
If you’re wondering which brand I used, it was Naturli vegan schnitzel because it has recently come to Romania and it’s greasy and crispy so yummy I might be kind of addicted to it!
For the pasta, I used fettuccine because it was egg-free and completely delicious! But you can use any long pasta you want, just check the ingredients because for some reason there’s now an entire pasta aisle made up of just egg-based pastas!!!
Then comes the vegan cheese sauce! If you want to know more about my creamy vegan béchamel cheese, go here. You’ll get all the tips you need for a proper thick and creamy sauce that is cheese free.
Steam the broccoli in salted water, then season with salt, pepper lemon zest.
Toss it all one a plate and you’ve got a quick and easy vegan comfort food dinner in about 30 minutes.
What could be better than this?
Oh, I know…a cold beer!