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Happy Election Day! With a stain on my thumb, I decided to cook up a comforting dish on this cloudy & grey Cape Town day. This vegan Mac & Cheese Bake is an ultimate favourite – so I thought I’d share it with you too. Traditional Mac & Cheese is not one of the healthiest dishes around, but this recipe is actually pretty good for your heart – and your waistline. No cream, no oil, and no cheese… but just as flavoursome as the real deal. I adapted it from the Green Monday version: I use Fry’s Thick Cut Chunky Strips instead of seitan, whole-wheat macaroni instead of elbow macaroni and fresh garlic instead of garlic powder. I’m actually not a big fan of the breadcrumbs either. I did add it today, but decided to omit it in the future. Hope you enjoy this hearty dish as much as I do!
Vegan Mac & Cheese Bake
- 250g whole-wheat macaroni
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (just to add to your water so the macaroni doesn’t stick)
- 1 box Fry’s Thick Cut Chunky Strips, defrosted
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 cup firm tofu, drained
- 1½ cups Almond Breeze, unsweetened
- 1 cups vegetable stock
- ½ cup nutritional yeast
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 teaspoon onion powder (optional)
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs (optional)
- Cut the Fry’s chunky strips in small blocks & let it marinate in the soy sauce.
- Boil a pot of water, add a dash of olive oil and cook the macaroni until it al dente.
- While your macaroni is cooking, add all the other ingredients (except the breadcrumbs) to your blender and blend until frothy. Set aside.
- Transfer your marinated Fry’s to a pan and cook over medium heat. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 190° C. Spray a baking dish with Cook & Spray and set aside.
- Drain the cooked macaroni, rinse with water, and return it to the pot.
- Add the Fry’s blocks and sauce mixture to the pot, and heat it up over low heat. Mix the ingredients well. (Don’t keep it on the heat for long, just heat it up slightly).
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish, sprinkle with the breadcrumbs, and bake until the crumbs are nicely browned (about 25 minutes).
- Serve hot.
Adapted from Green Monday SA
It’s been merely a week since my indulgent trip to Durban, and even though I can still taste the flavoursome falafels and abundantly stuffed roti’s, I’ve managed to shake off the two killer kg’s they caused. A bit of exercise and a healthy vegan meal plan truly works miracles around your waistline! Since last Monday, I opted for whole foods: rolled oats with fresh fruit, homemade pesto on pasta or corn crackers, steamed veggies, fluffy buckwheat, starchy soups and superfood smoothies. Fine, I admit I also had a burger and two glasses of Chardonnay at a friend’s birthday braai 😛
Luckily for me, I really don’t have a sweet tooth – but every oh-so-often the sugar bug bites. Yesterday, after a big Sunday lunch with the family, I craved decadence. The vegan-friendly biscuits in our sweetie drawer called my name, but as I really didn’t want to mess up a week’s worth of hard work, I choose a healthier option instead. Avo-chocolate mousse may sound revolting, but I promise you it’s ridiculously delicious. I’ve made it for fussy friends before and they truly loved it. Even a small serving will satisfy your desire for sweetness, but no-one will judge you for eating it all 😉 Made from 100% whole foods, this dessert is enjoyed guilt-free!
Healthy Vegan Chocolate Mousse
- 1 large ripe avocados
- 2 tablespoons Soaring Free Superfood Raw Cacoa Powder
- ½ cup Almond Breeze Original
- 2 tablespoons Health Connection Organic Agave Syrup
- 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract / essence
- Place all ingredients in your blender/food processor and purée until smooth (I prefer using the hand blender instead of my Omni Blend for this recipe, it just blends easier).
Add more Agave to make this mousse a tad bit sweeter