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Vodka Pasta Sauce

We went from super hot to super cold weather in one day. I don’t know if it was the weather change or lack of sleep but my head was hurting like mad all day yesterday and I had zero energy. It did not help that both kids refused to go to sleep last night and off course James was at yoga (yeah for him). To comfort myself and I made a warming vodka  pasta sauce with shiitake mushrooms.       

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped very fine
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • ½ cup vodka
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 almond milk
  • 1 tsp. harissa paste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grated cheese
  • 1/2 tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1  cup shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and sliced
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • Salt to taste
In a large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil and butter. Add chopped onion and garlic. Stir and cook for two minutes. Pour in the vodka. Stir and cook for three minutes. Add in tomato puree and stir.
Reduce heat to low and stir in cream and harissa paste. Allow to simmer, being careful not to overheat. Stir in salt and pepper. Heat oil in a frying pan and cook mushrooms until browned. Sprinkle salt over. Toss sauce with cooked pasta and sprinkle cheese, dried parsley and dried parsley before serving.

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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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