June 5, 2012

Vegan Shells & Cheese

Wanna hear a good zombie joke?  Of course you do....

What do vegan zombies eat?  Graaaaaaaaaaains!



We've been on a zombie kick lately, so I decided to name this dish I created "Zombie Vegan Shells & Cheese," because if Mac-N-Cheese died in the inevitable zombie apocalypse, it would come back as this awesome vegan Shells & Cheese zombie.

Anyway, one thing I've noticed since becoming vegan, I don't usually have many "side" dishes.  With a whole-foods, plant-based diet, you can get all the nutrients, proteins and carbs you need in one plateful, without the pain of extra dishes to wash.  Love that. 

This recipe is a perfect example of that. 

So here it is, a complete meal (no sides needed), comforting, and packed with vegan goodness.  It does yet again include our "tofredo" sauce, which is a great creamy sauce staple - one you can use as a base, and tweak any way you'd like!

Enjoy this yummy recipe and remember, if you encounter a zombie, shoot it in its' head.

Love and Kale,
Ali

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Zombie Vegan Shells & Cheese
Serves: 4-6
If you don't have kids and want to spice it up a bit, sub Daiya pepper-jack cheese for mozzarella, and throw in a little cayenne powder to your liking.  You could also add any veggies you have on hand - I've made this with broccoli before too.

Print here.

Ingredients:
  • 1 8 oz box quinoa pasta shells 
  • 1 block of silken (or soft) tofu (12 oz) 
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic (or 2 heads if you love garlic like I did)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast (optional) 
  • 1 tsp salt, pepper 
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup ground flax seeds
  • 2 handfuls of organic baby spinach
  • 2 cups broccoli florets, slightly cooked
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup daiya mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup daiya cheddar cheese

Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Cook pasta according to instructions on box, but make sure pasta is a little al dente (a touch under-cooked).  Rinse with cold water to stop cooking. 
  2. Meanwhile, combine tofu, garlic, nutritional yeast, salt, pepper, and flax seeds in a blender and blend until smooth.  
  3. Combine cooked pasta, sauce and spinach in a casserole dish until thoroughly combined.  Bake for 5-10 minutes. 
  4. Add Daiya cheese and bake for another 5 minutes, until golden brown and bubbly.  Remove from oven and stir.  Serve immediately.

Ingredients

Combine cooked noodles and broccoli (if using)

Add spinach and sauce




YUMMINESS



1 comment:

  1. I saw this and immediately thought of this post. Yep, it stuck with me! Here are your vegan zombies --> http://www.littlewhitelion.com/5842/images/must-have-grains/

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