Recipe: Vegan Pasta Alfredo with Butternut Squash

Vegan Pasta Alfredo Butternut Squash
I created this recipe for Vegan Pasta Alfredo with Butternut Squash which I prepared for some family members that were visiting from out of town recently and for some family that I see regularly as well. I got to play with the flavors a bit and came up with two Versions: Smokey and Sweet. This recipe shows how to do it both ways there is only one slight change which I go in to it in the preparation section of the recipe.
I found the chart below on http://www.draxe.com. It gives you some facts about the health benefits of butternut squash which is the main component that this recipe revolves around.
Health Benefits of Butternut Squash

VEGAN PASTA ALFREDO with BUTTERNUT SQUASH

(Serves 4)
2 Cups Butternut Squash
1/2 Teaspoon pepper
3 Cups uncooked Rotini
1 1/4 cup of Follow Your Heart brand Vegan Bleu Cheese
2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1/3 Cup hemp seeds

****FOR SMOKEY FLAVOR****

3 Gloves Garlic instead of Onion

****FOR SWEET FLAVOR*****

1/2 Small Red Onion instead of garlic

PREPARATION

  1. Cut, peel and cube the  Butternut Squash (Some grocery stores sell it pre-peeled and cubed. If you are pressed for time I suggest you go that route.)
  2. Finely chop garlic or thinly slice  onions in your preferred way/shape
  3. Sauté (with 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil) chopped garlic or sliced onions until slightly brown. Put aside until later.
  4. Boil pasta, drain. Put aside until later.
  5. On low-medium heat, stir fry Butternut Squash in 1 1/2 Tablespoons of olive oil 10-15 minutes or until it is fork-tender. Stir in pepper, garlic or onions and 1 1/4 cup of Follow Your Heart brand Vegan Bleu Cheese Dressing.
  6. Put cooked pasta in a large bowl, stir in Butternut Squash, pepper, garlic or onions and dressing mix.
  7. Stir in nutritional yeast.
  8. Sprinkle with hemp seeds.
  9. SERVE with love.

Picture shows the finished product served with kale salad and guava juice mixed with sparkling water.

Vegan Pasta Alfredo Butternut Squash

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OOTD: Chambray Dress and Sperry Boat Shoes

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This entire outfit cost under $26.00!!! The chambray dress, Letterman sweater style cardigan and Sperry boat shoes are all thrifted. The dress has no tag so I don’t know the brand but the cardigan is Active. I took these photos about  a month ago. Although they could have been taken last week as this is a dress I wear over and over and has stood the test of time. The fact it has pockets and is a  flattering/classic cut makes it one of my favorites. When I am not injured/sore from skating I switch out the boat shoes for a pair of gunmetal gray high heeled Mary Janes. (Also thrifted! Woo!)

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VEGAN MARIJUANA EDIBLES REVIEW: Featuring Twin Buddha Medicated Peanut Butter

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To start I would like to thank all of the people in California that voted for the legalization of Marijuana in our sunny state last election. I am especially thankful for those of you that  do not use cannabis  but still support it due to its medicinal benefits and as a safer recreational activity than alcohol consumption and voted accordingly.

I have tried many different types of brands of vegan and non-vegan marijuana edibles over the last decade but Twin Buddha Medicated Peanut Butter  is on par quality wise, with  Korova Gluten Free Vegan and Peanut Butter Bar and Black Mamba High Potency Vegan Drink.

Listed below are 4 qualities that I look for in vegan marijuana edibles which determine if  I will purchase them again, or at all. Possessing all 4 qualities make a vegan Marijuana edible “KARMIC VINTAGE APPROVED”

  1. Ingredients: The label cannot just say “vegan” or “super potent”, “high potency” what have you. I want to see an ingredients list and milligram count thankyouverymuch.

  2. High activated THC milligram count. 300+ milligrams (per product unit not dosage) is generally what I look out for.

  3. Price: Medicine should be affordable, same with food.

  4. Duration of “effect”. If the high does not last more than 3 hours….it’s not for me.

 

Here is how Twin Buddha stacks up against my requirements:

  1. Peanuts, Salt,Corn Syrup, *Plant Based Lecithin, THC Distilate. (KARMIC VINTAGE APPROVED)
  2. 800 Miliigrams of ACTIVATED THC (KARMIC VINTAGE APPROVED)
  3. $25-$30 dollars for 16 servings/per product unit. (KARMIC VINTAGE APPROVED)
  4. As for duration of effect see below:

The recommended dose for Twin Buddha Medicated Peanut Butter is half a Tablespoon. I usually take anywhere from 2-3  Tablespoons throughout the course of a few hours as I have a very high tolerance for any type of cannabis  product (except for dabs). For the purposes of this review I took the recommended dose of 1/2 a Tablespoon. The experience taught me a very important lesson. Before I get in to that I want to share with you a log I kept after I took the recommended dosage that I think will give you a good idea of what “effect” to expect. The words in bold print are what I wrote in the log I kept. Since they don’t describe much I typed detailed descriptions after them.

 

7:45 pm TOOK RECOMMENDED DOSE 1/2 a Tablespoon spread on to a toasted piece of  Cinnamon Raisin Ezequiel bread. See below.

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9:34 pm   I GIVE UP  –  Usually after 45 minutes to an hour after consuming an edible I am already feeling some type of effect Sometimes my lips get a tingling sensation or my eyelids get a bit heavy  or I just start feeling stoned. At 9:34 pm  almost 2 hours after consuming the recommended dosage  I felt nothing. Not a tingle. I decided not to take any more just in case I end up feeling something.

10:58 pm   WHOA….WHAT IS HAPPENING??? At this point I  started to feel VERY stoned. How one might feel after smoking a fat joint. I was also pretty stoked that I didn’t get swindled at the dispensary.

11:48 pm    WOOO! Almost an hour after I finally started feeling the effects and about 4 hours after consumption…..and …….I still felt very very stoned. Much more so than previously. It was a relaxed body and head high. I felt very little to almost zero paranoia.

12:08 am MAJOR MUNCHIES I was still feeling very stoned……and hungry.

12:25  am LOSING INTENSITY…….BURNING OUT? I started to feel as if I was coming down, looking back, it could have been because I had just eaten quite a bit of food.

12:39 am NOPE, THAT WAS A WEIRD BLIP. I started to feel stoned again. Just as intense as before.

1:08 am COMING DOWN SLOWLY A little over 5 hours after consuming the recommended dosage  I  started to come down. I felt slightly less high but no where near that  “burning out” point. (I didn’t continue the log after his but I think it is safe to say that the “effect” requirement is KARMIC VINTAGE APPROVED)

I hope that I have successfully communicated why this brand of vegan edible is such a good investment.

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Now let’s get to the “very important lesson” I learned that I mentioned earlier.

Marijuana edibles are much more powerful than smoking herb. If you take the recommended dose (or half if you only medicate occasionally) than it can serve as a very safe and powerful reliever of physical, mental and spiritual pain as well as a number of maladies or ailments. Sometimes I get impatient and I do not bother measuring and medicate too much. This makes me too groggy and it is a COMPLETE WASTE OF PRODUCT/MONEY! The recommended serving  was more than enough to ease my anxiety and some muscle pain I was feeling.

1 jar of Twin Buddha Trading Company Medicated Peanut Butter contains 16 servings in it!!!!  That is quite a bit of medicine…quite a bit of bang for your buck if you will. Lesson learned! MEASURE YOUR CANNABIS AND SAVE MONEY!!! If the recommenced serving is not enough measure out a bigger serving and keep track of how much it was and how it made you feel.

 

This product fulfilled all 4 of my requirements for a product I would buy just without trying first and also one that I will buy repeatedly and will definitely become a healing staple in my pantry. Check out Twin Buddha Trading Company on facebook.

*Plant Based Lecithin: I direct messaged Twin Buddha on Instagram and they confirmed that they use VEGAN lecithin in this product. YAY!

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