VEGAN INSPO : kathy patalsky | lemon-pepper fettuccine alfredo

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one of the most common questions i get – how to start when transitioning to a vegan lifestyle ?
my number one advice is to get online. find vegan blogs / communities / forums / facebook groups / youtube channels that you like and can help you with staying motivated and with common questions and problems. not to mention with recipe ideas !

so to help out i’ve decided to make a new video series !
i’m calling it vegan inspo, and here i will share with you some of my favourite vegan bloggers for you to get inspiration from. i hope you like the idea, it’s all about spreading that vegan love !

first edition : kathy patalsky – founder of both healthy happy life (where kathy posts her own recipes), and finding vegan (a site where all vegan bloggers can post their amazing food pics and recipes). i follow both on facebook, and my feed is now always filled with beautiful vegan food pics to give me ideas on what to cook next. so if you’re after some vegan food ideas, i can highly recommend following both healthy happy life and finding vegan on facebook.

kathy’s also the author of gorgeous new cookbook healthy happy vegan kitchen, which i’m a proud owner of ^^
in today’s video, kathy has let me borrow her recipe for lemon-pepper fettuccine alfredo from the cookbook. doesn’t look half bad eh ?

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lemon-pepper fettuccine alfredo
serves 5
8 ounces (225 g) fettuccine pasta
alfredo sauce
1 cup raw cashews, soaked
1/2 cup plain nondairy milk (optional)
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons white miso paste, or sea salt as needed
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
pinch of freshly grated lemon zest
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
sea salt
fresh basil
freshly ground black pepper
freshly grated lemon zest
easy vegan parmesan (page 226 in the cookbook, i used nutritional yeast instead)
drizzle of truffle oil (optional, i didn’t use)
ultra-creamy : substitute plain soy creamer for the nondairy milk for a super-decadent sauce !

– bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. add the pasta and cook until al dente, 8-12 minutes. drain the pasta, reserving at least 1 cup (250 ml) of the pasta cooking water.
– for the alfredo sauce : drain and rinse the cashews and place them in a food processor or blender. add 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water, the nondairy milk (or an additional 1/2 cup of pasta cooking water), nutritional yeast, lemon juice, miso garlic powder, lemon zest, and pepper and process until silky smooth. add more or less pasta cooking water to achieve the consistency you’d like for the sauce adding less water thickens the sauce. taste and add salt to taste.
– toss the sauce with the warm pasta and serve with basil, pepper, lemon zest, and vegan parmesan (i used plain nutritional yeast instead) over the top. add truffle oil for extra richness, if desired.
variation : while stirring, cook 1 cup shiitake mushroom in 1 teaspoon olive oil and finish with a few teaspoons of white wine, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

thank you kathy for the recipe !

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kathy’s beautiful book
healthy happy vegan kitchen

now i want to know, who are your favourite vegan bloggers ? any tips for me ?

love // jenny


  1. My favorite vegan bloggers are: you, oh she glows, fablunch (who I found your blog through!), and one ingredient chef. :)
    Can I also request a nut-free (but coconut is okay!) vegan recipe? And also maybe something using spelt flour?

    • jennymustard

      oh thank you mariah !!
      i love fablunch and oh she glows too <3
      and thanks for the requests i'll keep them in mind :)

    • jennymustard

      oh thank you kathy for lending the delicious recipe and for writing such a beautiful book !!
      i’m so glad you liked the vid <3
      lots of love

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  3. Hi Jenny!

    I want to make this recipe for my grandparents tomorrow (:

    I just have a quick question: how long should I soak the cashews for?


    • jennymustard

      cool i hope you like it ! soak them for at least one hour, but you can soak them for longer too :)
      good luck !!
      // j

  4. I really like J. Kenji López-Alt over at Every year, he goes vegan for a month or so and develops these awesome, amazing vegan dishes. He always takes the ordinary up a notch or two. His recipe for nacho cheeze sauce is stretchy and delicious. I’ve fooled omnivores with it ( They emptied the bowl… the secret ingredient is a russet potato.

    Thankfully, SeriousEats has collected all their Vegan recipes in one spot:
    You’re welcome :)

  5. Jenny,
    I loved watching your video of the lemon pepper fettuccine alfredo- I am looking to purchase a blender and was wondering what blender you used in your video?
    I look forward to making Kathy’s recipe and watching more of your videos.
    I have been enjoying Vegan8, minimalist baker, fragrant vanilla cake and choosing raw.
    thanks….robin m

    • thank you robin !
      i use a blender called wilfa. i’m so pleased with it, i can really recommend it !
      and thank you for the tips, i’ll look into them for sure :)

  6. Hi Jenny, this pasta-sauce is sooo tasty! It is my habit now to make a little bit more of it than I need and use it in an other moment as a spread on rice cakes for a snack or for those late night cravings… just delicious!
    Keep up the good work and have a great day!

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  8. Jenny, this is the BEST vegan Alfredo hands down. I’ve been making it for a few years now and it’s great for all my non vegan friends. So much flavor! Thank you so much for sharing this!

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