My boyfriend Paul is NOT vegan. He's not even vegetarian. But I met him in my pregan days (I was vegetarian then, not vegan), so I consider him to be grandfathered in. I wouldn't date a new meat eater, but Paul knew me before I was vegan, so I can look past his obvious flaws.
Paul rarely eats anything healthy, but the one veggie dish that he absolutely loves is meatless spaghetti. We don't typically eat dinner together, but every few months, we have a Spaghetti Night. Every Spaghetti Night begins with the most important ingredient — wine! Tonight, I selected a vegan-friendly, sulfite-free, organic bottle of Orleans Hill Cote Zero (it even says "vegan" on the label ... and it's only $9!):
Check out my gimped-up finger ... remember that cat bite from December? Yep, totally messed my index finger up. I can't use it for another 2 weeks!
Next, Paul starts the mushrooms:
Nobody fries up mushrooms like Paul. In fact, I hated mushrooms when I met him, but his tasty 'shrooms changed my mind. These were sauteed in lots of Earth Balance, cumin, sriracha, and Bragg's:
I'm in charge of the homemade sauce — broken-up whole canned tomatoes, lots of garlic, dried basil and oregano, sea salt, a pinch of sugar, and a splash of red wine:
We serve our spaghetti over half-whole wheat angel hair pasta. I'd prefer all-whole wheat, but Paul's picky:
I also topped my pasta with some Lightlife Smart Ground veggie crumbles, but Paul opted for a totally meat-substitute free plate. And I served mine with an olive and romaine salad. Yum!