Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Snow Fun at Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood & Pasta Alfredo {#milkfree}

How was your weekend?  We had a super long weekend here as Portland Public Schools was closed on Friday and yesterday {Monday} was Veteran's Day.  Friday was spent pretty much like any day; the girls did their homework while I also got some work done.  So we really did not - as the girls said - do anything fun on Friday.  Oh, those poor ladies....

You probably know that we like to spend time outside and I am getting really excited to go skiing again this winter; but you know comes with that, right?  Yup, sledding...we usually do not get snow in Portland but Mt. Hood is just a quick 1-1/4 hr drive away and luckily there is already snow at Timberline {which is as high as you can drive up with your car}.  Government Camp still is green...but up on Timberline perfect snow for sledding.  Well, of course also snowboarding as well as downhill skiing if that is your thing - we are more cross-country people.
Anyway - we packed snow pants, snow boots, and mittens for both ladies in anticipation to go sledding...and we were not disappointed.  Here is a short little video Ron took

Okay - if you are here for the Pasta Alfredo you are most likely ready to read about it.  Right?! Alright I will get to that part now.  It was already dark by the time we got home and I knew that the chicken was not ready for cooking; good thing there is always pasta, right?  I do get tired of pasta olio e'aglio and was trying to think of something else...Pasta Alfredo.  Yes, it must be possible to make it without "cow"milk...and let me tell you, yes it is :)  It was the very first time our girls ate Pasta in Alfredo sauce both asked "what is this white stuff?" they were hesitant at first but the absolutely LOVED it. It was a two serving dish for each girl and Ron was not disappointed either.

You may know that the girls are allowed to eat Parmesiano Regiano and I like to us it quite a bit as it is the  perfect way to add calcium to their diet.  I used plain Soy Creamer in lieu of the "cow" and together with Earth Balance it turned into a rich creamy Alfreado...I am so excited but {sad face} I do not have a good picture at all.  Just this...but it was so good

Pasta Alfredo {Milkfree}

  • 1 box of your favorite pasta cooked according to directions
  • 3 Tbs. Earth Balance {or your favorite vegan margarine}
  • 2 Tbs. flour
  • 2 C Soy Creamer {one full container be sure to use plain}
  • 1 C Parmesiano Regiano grated
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 C fresh Italian parsley chopped
  • Salt, Pepper to taste
  1. Cook pasta according to directions; as pasta cooks prepare the sauce
  2. Melt Earth Balance in a pan.  When melted carefully stir in flour creating a roux.
  3. Slowly pour the creamer into the pan,  stirring the roux to eliminate and lumps 
  4. Stir in Parmesiano Regiano, lemon juice as well as parsley
  5. Add salt & pepper to taste
  6. Drain pasta and place in a serving bowl; pour Alfredo sauce over pasta mixing it into the pasta.


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