Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Yellow Squash Fettuccine & Peach Sorbet

Yellow Squash Fettuccine with Creamy Pine Nut Alfredo pg. 204
Jasmine Peach Sorbet pg. 270
I think if you asked ten people which is healthier a vegan meal or a non-vegan meal, they would almost all say the vegan meal was healthier. In many cases, I probably think vegan foods would be the correct answer. How about a vegan fettuccine vs a non-vegan fettuccine?
The vegan meal I made tonight Yellow Squash Fettuccine with Creamy Pine Nut Alfredo was  quite delicious. It had lots of nutritious ingredients.  You could easily eat an entire bowl.  The recipe says it serves 2.   The problem in my eyes is the recipe calls for 1 and 3/4 cups of pine nuts.  1 cup of pine nuts equates to a little over 900 calories! That's a lot of nuts!
You would think, no pasta and no cream, equals low-calorie.  This recipe would not be the case.  This fettuccine like any fettuccine dish is an indulgence.  Which is fine, but it is just something to think about as you eat it.  Just because something is vegan doesn't mean it is always going to be super healthy and low-calorie.  I did find that you can get away with much less of the pine nut Alfredo sauce which helps the recipe be a bit healthier.   The fresh basil was delightful in it.

Next up I made Jasmine Peach Sorbet.
The recipe calls for fresh peaches which are obviously not in season and no where to be found.  So I opted for frozen.
It worked out terrific, and I didn't have to touch the fuzzy peel that sends shivers down my back. The jasmine offered a wonderful uniqueness to the sorbet.  By using the frozen peaches the mixture started out as an awesome smoothie when blended together.  I went ahead and poured the mixture in the ice cream maker to make the sorbet.  Even though I really just wanted to stick a straw in and drink it. 

My ice cream maker doesn't work all that great, so I usually have to put my final product in the freezer for a little while to complete my frozen treat.  Here's the kicker, my freezer broke!  It seriously stopped working.  It couldn't have come at a more inconvenient time.  So luckily my kind neighbor let me trade some space in her freezer for a box of Girl Scout cookies.  (My daughter is a Girl Scout.)
The sorbet was really great, and so super easy to whip together.   This is a great healthy option for a sweet treat.  If you are eating dessert, this is guilt free all the way yet jam packed full of flavor.  My daughter and I loved it!


  1. The sorbet sounds great but I did not realize the fettuccine was so high in calories!