Penne with creamy cashew-avocado sauce for a veggie overload on Meatless Monday

Categories: Vegetarian

If you're looking to incorporate more plant-based meals into your diet, one of the best resources available is the Humane Society's weekly recipe mailer, which delivers a different delicious vegan meal to your inbox once every seven days. This penne-based dish (adapted from Nut Butter Universe) is a fabulous meal for several reasons: It uses cashews and avocados instead of dairy to create a rich cream sauce that you'll dream about for days afterward -- and will send even the carnivores at your table back for seconds -- and it's easy, requiring just a food processor/blender and an ability to boil water and prep veggies. (A mild amount of advanced preparation is involved.)

See also:
- The ultimate vegan lasagna recipe for a family feast on Meatless Monday
- Mediterranean pasta salad for a lighter meal on Meatless Monday
- Vegan pasta with kale and butter beans for lunch on Meatless Monday


You will need:

1/2 cup raw cashews
16 ounces penne pasta (look for pasta without egg to make it vegan)
1 small head broccoli
1 small yellow squash (or half a giant one -- grill or saute the rest as a side dish later in the week)
2 garlic cloves
1 cup vegetable broth (worth it to make your own!)
2 ripe avocados
2 scallions
1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt
Fresh ground black pepper
1 cup grape tomatoes
1-2 bunches fresh basil


1. The night before, place the raw cashews in a bowl and cover with plenty of water so it can soak.


Drain and rinse the cashews before using in the recipe.


2. Put a large pot of water on to boil (with a pinch of salt if you like) and start prepping your veggies while you wait for it to boil.

First, cut the broccoli into little florets. (Discard the stems -- compost!)

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Please do more research on the Humane's Society (of the United States) before making suggestions to utilize them for Meatless Monday recipes. Also, I'm all for incorporating everything into one's diet in moderation, why promote Meatless Monday?

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