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I have definitely been keeping busy the last few days and I fully intend to fill everyone in on several tasty creations that I have come across.  Tonight however, I took a bit of a break from the usual to hang out with some friends for a potluck style dinner.

It was a wonderful night.  The conversation was plentiful and entertaining, the atmosphere cozy and welcoming, but the real magic happened when I had my first bite of the main dish.  It was a warm, creamy heaping fork full of Mac n’ Yeese. 

I found a bit of heavenly bliss in every mouthful of this cheese replacement dish that I have been dreaming of for the last 4 weeks. And while I am tempted to horde the recipe and keep it all to myself, it just wouldn’t be right not to share this divine bit of vegan food paradise.  So here it is, the recipe for Heidi’s Mac n’ Yeese.

Heidi’s Mac n’ Yeese

  • 1/2 Cup Margarine
  • 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 1 Cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 3 1/2 Cup Boiling Water
  • 1 1/2 Tsp. Salt
  • 1 1/2 Tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 Pinch of Turmeric
  • 1 Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
  • about 1 Tbsp. Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 to 1 Tbsp. Mustard

Making It

  1. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil, add salt to taste, and add macaroni.
  2. Melt the margarine over low heat.  Beat in flour with a wire whisk.  Continue to beat over medium heat until mixture is smooth and bubbly.
  3. Whip in boiling water.  Add salt, garlic powder, turmeric, cayenne, pepper flakes, soy sauce and mustard to the liquid.
  4. Let the sauce cook until it thickens and bubbles.  When that happens, beat in nutritional yeast.  If the sauce is too thick, add more water.
  5. When the macaroni is cooked, drain and add the sauce.  Serve immediately.

If you want to get the story behind this fabulous recipe and what inspired it check out Heidi’s blog at http://rootielicious.com.  You can also see some of her amazing jewelry there as well.

That is all for tonight but stay tuned.  In the next 2 days you will get to hear all about an amazing tofu scramble, fauxtess cupcakes and an adventure with pumpkin roasting.

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In my quest to find new entrees, and off set my somewhat compulsive baking of sweets, I decided to try my hand at making falafel.  While I would love to say that I slaved over a hot stove preparing homemade falafel, such is not the case.  Instead I did the unthinkable.  I used….pre-made falafel mix.  *Gasp*  I know it’s a bit of a short cut but I had this vegan falafel mix in the pantry and it hadn’t expired yet, so I gave it a try. 

The falafel tasted really good.  It had good spice, good texture and really well the tsiziki that was made from scratch.  Granted, next time I make falafel I am going to try making it from scratch.  I have heard that homemade falafel beats the mixes hands down.  Isn’t that always the case though?

In non-food related food, I think I may have some pictures up on the blog by this weekend.  I am currently in the process of trying resurrect my camera from the dead.  With some luck and a new SD card I will be able to break up some of my long-winded posts with something pretty to look at.

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Okay, I know I have been on a bit of a smoothie kick lately but bare with me.  Fall is rapidly descending in my neck of the woods and will bring many soup, stew and bread recipes to the blog.  At the moment though, the speed and ease of smoothies have taken over my world.  Or at least my breakfasts.

With that said, I feel the need to share my new and improved chocolate-strawberry concoction.  Yesterday’s post included a very basic smoothie involving chocolate green super food powder and strawberries.  While that was good, I saw fit to kick things up a notch this morning.  And so, the following smoothie was born.

Chocolate Sunshine Smoothie

2 scoops Amazing Grass Chocolate Green Super Food

5 Strawberry juice cubes

½ cup frozen Strawberries

½  a Banana (fresh or frozen)

1 Orange (juiced)

¾ cup Water

Put all of the ingredients in the blender, hit puree and enjoy!  As with my other smoothies I don’t add any sweetener but you can always use a bit of agave nectar if you like.  Also, feel free to up the amount of water if you want a thinner smoothie.

All I can say about this smoothie is… YUMMM!  It was so tasty and it kept me going all morning.  What more could you want from a breakfast on the go?

The rest of my meals were pretty run of the mill.  Peanut butter and raspberry jam rollups in whole wheat tortillas with cucumbers and humus for lunch.  Dinner was a mixed green salad with lemon, tater tots and a great veggie patty I found at Andy’s Market called Oregon Harvest Veggi Patti.  These veggie patties are made by Chez Gourmet from Marie and are delicious.  I was really excited to find them and have them as a ready made replacement to my usual black bean burger.

The Oregon Harvest Veggi Patties have all kind of tasty ingredients.  Organic Forbidden Rice, sweet potato, Anasazi beans, carrots, mushrooms, pecans, onions, roasted corn, broccoli and celery just to name a few.  Are you drooling yet?  I am and I just finished eating one.  All of that is available in your freezer section without any animal by products to speak of.  Three cheers for quick and easy dinner solutions!

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As mentioned in the previous post, I was experimenting with some new recipes this weekend.  The lentil loaf recipe appealed to me because I had some leftover rice in the fridge and I love lentils.  I put my own twist on this recipe which I found in the New Farm  Cookbook edited by Louise Hagler and Dorothy Bates.  I highly recommend this cookbook.  It has many great recipes that can be customized to suit anyone’s taste.

Spicy Lentil Loaf

Ingredients:

1-1/2 cups Lentils

3-1/2 cups water

2 small or 1 large Onion, chopped

2 cups Brown Rice, cooked

1/2 tsp. minced Garlic (optional)

1/3 cup + 1/3 cup Hot or Mild Salsa, divided

 Seasonings of your choice (I like cumin, chili powder and crushed red peppers)

 

Directions:

Rinse and sort you lentils then cook them with 3-1/2 cups of water.  Lentils are ready when almost all of the water has been absorbed.  While the lentils are cooking, sauté your onions and garlic in oil or water until onions are clear and soft.  In a large bowl, partially mash lentils with a fork or potato masher and combine with the onion and garlic mixture, brown rice, 1/3 cup salsa and seasonings.  Firmly press this mixture into a well oiled loaf pan and cover the top with remaining salsa.

Bake for 60 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

I enjoyed this with some vegan cornbread and mixed green salad.  How do you like you lentils prepared?

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