Vegetarian Scampi Alfredo

Have you ever heard of Heart of Palm? I didn't either until recently.

Becoming a vegetarian has definitely opened my eyes to so many food options that I can substitute for meat, and Heart of Palm has been recently added to my list. I wanted something that had a similar taste and texture to scallops, and Heart of Palms kept coming up on my radar.

Firstly, if you're wonder what the hell Heart of Palm is, it's exactly that. The inner part of most palm trees. It is a vegetable, and filled with great nutrition. To my surprise it's a great source potassium, calcium, and you get some protein here too.

What I liked the most about trying Heart of Palm is that it resembles that amazing crab, fishy texture that I miss so much. So I decded to first sear them as scallops and then add into a creamy pasta. A Seafood pasta if you may.

Heart of Palms are usually found canned. I'm sure there are other ways of purchasing this vegetable, but this is what I found in my grocery store. I got exactly what I was hoping for with this and I decided to share.


Serving Size: 6-8 servings

Vegetarian Scampi Alfredo

Ingredients:
  • 1 box of Angel Hair noodles
  • 1 jar of Prego Family Size Alfredo Parmesan Cheese sauce
  • 1 can of Heart of Palm
  • 1 pack of extra firm tofu
  • 1 tbsp of salt
  • 1 tbsp of butter
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Garlic powder and pepper to taste

Directions:
Heart of Palm Prep
  • Remove your Heart of Palm from the can and rinse the excess salt off. Begin dicing into 1/2 inch rounds
  • Sprinkle salt, pepper, and garlic pwoder to your Heart of Palm to taste. I used a very small amont of salt, but you can add in more to your liking
  • In a frying pan on medium to high heat, add your butter to melt a bit until pan is coated. Add your Heart of Palm to the pan
  • As Heart of Palm is searing, you will squeeze half of your lemon over top. 
  • Ocassionally flip over Stir Heart of Palm so that the each side gets a brown coating
  • Allow Heart of Palm to cook until both sides are cooked or brown

Tofu Prep
  • Preheat oven to 400℉
  • Take you tofu and wrap in a cloth or paper towel. Press or squeeze as much moisture out. 
  • Once moisture has been remove from the tofu, you can cut the tofu into little chunks or slices. You can season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. I go heavy on the pepper and garlic powder here
  • Using a little bit of oil to coat your cooking pan, spread tofu evenly on pan and add to the oven
  • Allow to bake for 30 minutes. Flip over tofu about halfway throug. Bake until tofu is a crisp brown

Pasta Prep
  • In a pot of lightly salted water, bring your Angel hair noodles to a boil
  • Drain from water once noodles are soft, and then add in your cooked Heart of Palm and Tofu
  • Pour in Alfredo sauce and stir so that sauce evenly coats everything
  • Allow to simmer for 5 minutes

I know what you're thinking...this is a lot of ish! Aside from the Mushroom Patty Melt  or the Tofu Quinoa bowl that I made, this recipe as well is a bit more extensive compared to my usual. But once everything is prepped and cooked, the recipe itself is rather simple.





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