Refurbishing traditional recipes is a creative challenge that I love tackling. During our 10 day Jumpstarts at PlantPure, we have used many classic family recipes to lure people into the plant-based lifestyle; going plant-based doesn’t mean we must sacrifice flavor. In fact, the flavors and textures that can be found in the Plant Kingdom are amazing.
I recently posted a recipe that came from a Betty Crocker Magazine. Here’s how I made this recipe plant-based by making a few simple tweaks. I was able to reduce the fat calories by more than half! Highlighted in yellow are the suspicious (animal-based) ingredients and then my replacements and substitutions are in red.
I hope you’ll give this process a try and then post your delicious conversions to our plantpurerecipes.com site. Changing health one recipe at a time!!
Here is the link to my final version of the recipe (Spinach Artichoke Pasta Bake): https://plantpurerecipes.com/recipe/spinach-artichoke-pasta-bake/
Chicken, Spinach and Artichoke Pasta Bake –Betty Crocker
Inspired by the cheesy, savory, spinach-artichoke dip that everyone loves, this chicken casserole will quickly become a favorite, too.
Prep Time: 40 minutes Cook Time: 90 minutes
8 oz uncooked rotini pasta Whole grain pasta such as 100% whole wheat or brown rice pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil Delete this
1 package (20 oz) boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces 4-6 oz Butler Soy Curls hydrated or 12-16 oz mixed or shitake mushrooms
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
½ cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic (3 cloves)
¾ cup mayonnaise These three ingredients can be substituted with PPN Alfredo Sauce.
1 cup sour cream
1 cup milk
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup grated parmesan cheese 1 cup whole grain bread crumbs combined with 2-3 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast Flakes
1 can (14 oz) small artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped
1 box Cascadian Farm frozen organic chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed to drain
1 cup roasted red bell peppers, drained and finely chopped (form 16 oz jar)
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack Cheese (8 oz) Delete (PPN Alfredo sauce creates a beautiful creamy consistency).