Saturday, November 6, 2010

Comfort Food

So I didn't make a soup last night. However, I did make an amazing childhood blast from the past meal. One particular food mac n' cheese. I can literally live off of vegan mac (what? Its packed with tons of B12) I also made vegan franks in a blanket. I never ate pigs in a blanket growing up as a child; even pork in general .. particularly because of my muslim upbringing and my mother never trusting meat and suspected that any meat eaten outside of the home had some kind of contamination or pork mixed in it. (smart lady)

One story that I remember growing up was when I had a teacher explain to me that hamburgers didn't have ham in them. Being foreign rules. Anyways here is the recipe

Ultimate Vegan Mac (I have more than 1 version of vegan mac)
You will need:
2 Packets of Daiya - Mozzarella and Cheddar (yes I use both)
measure about a cup of each
3 cups Rice Milk (can use soy milk as well make sure to get unsweetened)
2 tsp salt (or to taste)
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (or to taste)
1 cup frozen broccoli
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1 box of elbow pasta (or whatever kind of pasta you desire, shells rules with this recipe as well)
1 tbsp of Earth Balance

Boil a pot of water and cook pasta (make sure to salt the water first, this will give your noodles some flavor) within the last 5 mins add the frozen broccoli to the pot to cook with the noodles.
Drain and put noodles back in the pot.

In a separate pot add earth balance to high heat and then add rice milk. Once it begins to boil, add Daiya, nutritional yeast, salt, cayenne pepper then bring the sauce to a medium heat. Make sure to whisk the sauce that way the Dayia mixes and melts properly.

Once the sauce thickens pour on top of noodles and mix. Enjoy!

Vegan Franks in a Blanket
1 can of pre made crescent rolls (yes! its vegan.. store brand is ok too I used Wegman's Brand)
1 package of vegan franks (you may also use tofurky franks as well)

Pre heat the oven to 375 (or 350 depending on the directions of your crescent rolls)
Pop out the rolls and unfold them into 8 triangular shapes.
Cut them in half as well as your veggie franks
Roll your franks in the blankets and place on a baking pan
Bake for about 8-10 mins and enjoy!