Don’t think you have enough time to make dinner? Think again! This flavorful vegan Cashew Scampi from Real Food, Really Fast by Hannah Kaminsky takes only a few minutes to cook. Dinner will be ready before you know it! Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post, because you’re definitely going to want to have this cookbook in your collection.
As a food blogger, my meals can sometimes be elaborate, with plates of full of veggie-filled paella or homemade polenta lasagna. But there are other times when I don’t want to spend lots of time in the kitchen, so dinner might be boxed mac and cheese with some pre-cut broccoli thrown in. Thankfully, I now have Hannah Kaminsky’s wonderful new book Real Food, Really Fast for those days when I want a quick dinner. No more boxed foods for me!
As you might have guessed from the name, Real Food, Really Fast is loaded with recipes that are ready super quickly. In fact, they’re all ready in 10 minutes or less! These meals are much tastier and much more healthful than anything you could order from a take-out restaurant. And they’re ready way faster than a delivery guy could get to your house with a pizza or Chinese food.
In addition to their speedy cook time, these recipes use easy-to-find ingredients that won’t break the bank. Most of the ingredients are staples that you probably already have on hand in your pantry anyway. In the case of the Cashew Scampi that I made recently, the only thing I didn’t have on hand was parsley, and that’s because I had just cleaned out the fridge and thrown away the wilted remains of a bunch that was hanging out in the produce drawer.
If you’re new to vegan cooking, this book will help you get the hang of things. Hannah offers lots of cooking advice, and she includes lists of pantry and kitchen essentials. She includes tips on how to cook meals quickly, too.
- Warp-Speed Secrets and Fast Fundamentals
- Essential Equipment
- Ingredient Glossary
- Conversions and Equivalents
- Snacks and Apps
- Desserts and Sweets
The first recipe I made from Real Food, Really Fast was Cashew Scampi. I just couldn’t resist the combination of a sauce made with white wine and lemon juice combined with the flavorful salty goodness of miso and capers, and I pretty much never say no to a recipe with cashews.
In this dish, cashews take the place of the traditional shrimp. They’re boiled along with the pasta, which may sound a little strange, but trust me when I say that it’s amazing. Using nuts to take the place of meat isn’t really a new idea, but it’s pretty genius in this dish!
This dish really was really fast, living up the book’s title. It took about 10 minutes from start to finish, including chopping time for the shallots and garlic. It would have taken me longer to drive to the store to pick something up, so there are no more excuses to not having time to make dinner!
Real Food, Really Fast is a gorgeous hardcover book filled with Hannah’s own photography. It is a must have for busy days when it seems like there isn’t enough time to make dinner. It’s also perfect for lazy days when spending a lot of time in the kitchen is the last thing you want to do. It’s a terrific book for those who are new to vegan cooking and are feeling a little overwhelmed in the kitchen. It’s great for seasoned vegans who are looking for quick meals, too.
- 1/2 Pound Linguini, Spaghetti, or Fettuccini
- 1 Cup Raw Whole Cashews
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Vegan Butter
- 1 Medium Shallot, Finely Diced
- 4 Cloves Garlic, Minced
- 1 Tablespoon Chickpea or White Miso Paste
- 1 Tablespoon Nutritional Yeast
- 3 Tablespoons Dry White Wine or Vegetable Stock
- 3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
- 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- 1/4 Cup Fresh Parsley, Minced
- 1 Tablespoon Capers, Optional
Begin by cooking the pasta first so that it's ready to go at the same time as the sauce. Bring a large stockpot of water to a boil and add in the dry pasta and cashews together. Cook until the noodles are al dente; drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the starchy water. Do not rinse the noodles.
Meanwhile, heat the oil and butter together in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Sauté the shallot and garlic until fragrant and translucent; about 2 minutes. Stir in the miso paste and nutritional yeast, mashing and mixing until they dissolve smoothly into the sauce. Quickly deglaze the pan with the wine, simmering for about 2 minutes to soften the bite of the alcohol. Add the lemon juice and pepper next, cooking for a minute or two longer for the flavors to meld.
Transfer the cooked pasta and cashews into the skillet and toss to thoroughly coat with sauce. Add in a splash of the reserved pasta cooking water to loosen up the sauce, adjusting the consistency to taste. Stir in the parsley and capers (if using) and serve right away.
Lighten up! Ditch the pasta in favor of spiralized zucchini noodles, or keep it simple by plating the scampi over gently steamed spinach. Just boil the cashews by themselves for 6 - 8 minutes before adding them to the sauce.
Reprinted with permission from Real Food, Really Fast by Hannah Kaminsky
If you enjoyed this Cashew Scampi, you may also like:
- Roasted Cauliflower Piccata
- Mushroom Carbonara Bowl
- Pasta with Creamy Cashew Sauce
- Lemon Pepper Soy Curls with Broccoli
I have a copy of Real Food, Really Fast for one lucky reader. Follow the instructions below to enter. U.S residents only, please. Contest ends at midnight on January 23rd. Good luck!