Vegan Macaroni Salad Recipe

Vegan macaroni salad recipe
Macaroni salad is one of my family’s favorite Summer side dishes. And luckily, it’s easily made vegan by using vegan mayo such as Follow Your Heart’s Veganaise or Hampton Creek’s Just Mayo in place of traditional mayo. 

Macaroni saladI made it for our Father’s Day picnic today and it was a hit with my whole family. Both of my huskys love it as well, Baron even assisted in the making by being my official taste tester. They even got their own set aside without onions. 

Traditional Macaroni Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/8 cup vegan mayo
  • 1 Tblsp mustard
  • 1.5 Tblsp apple cider vinegar 
  • 1.5 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 cups cooked macaroni, drained and cooled
  • 3/4 cup thinly diced celery
  • 1 Tblsp finely chopped fresh parsley 
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved 

Directions:

Whisk first 6 ingredients together in large bowl until well combined. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. 

Refrigerate for at least 1/2 an hour before serving. 

Easy Vegan Stroganoff with Mushrooms

vegan beef stroganoffThis classic comfort food is easily made without the beef. And, for you crazy non-fungi lovers, my hubby claims it’s just as good without the mushrooms! I also make him mashed potatoes, and to avoid being carb-heavy, I make mashed cauliflower for me.

A word about the ingredients:

vegan ingredientsHopefully you can find eggless noodles at your local grocery store. My Kroger stores carry an eggless dumpling noodle and I’ve also found eggless noodles at the dollar store. The cook a lot faster than other noodles so check them often to avoid overcooking.

The “beef” broth I use is Edward & Sons Not Beef Bouillon. I get mine at Earth Fare, but you can also get it online at Vegan Essentials, Vitacost, or elsewhere.

Make sure your Worcestershire sauce is vegan. A lot of brands use anchovies. The Kroger brand does not contain the nasty little things! If you can’t find it in a local store, you can purchase it online along with your Not-Beef bouillon – both from Edwards & Sons.

I use Gravy Master to darken the sauce a little. It gives it a browner color. If you can’t find it you can leave it out. It’s really for color only!

Ingredients:

3 cups cooked eggless noodles
1/4 cup vegan butter such as Earth Balance
1 cup water
1 1/2 cup non-dairy milk. I use Rice Milk Original (do not use vanilla flavors)
2 Edwards & Sons Not-Beef Bouillon cubes
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 teaspoon Gravy Master
1/2 cup all-purpose flour

If using mushrooms:
1 1/2 cups sliced portobello mushrooms
1/8 cup finely diced onion
1/4 tsp black pepper

Directions:

In large sauce pan, cook noodles until tender, being careful not to overcook. Drain, and set aside in saucepan away from heat.

In skillet, melt butter. Stir in the water, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, gravy master and the bouillon cubes. Allow bouillon to melt completely.

In shaker jar add the cup of non-dairy milk and flour. Shake to combine. Whisk into gravy mixture. Heat to boiling, whisking occasionally to avoid clumping, then reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until slightly thickened.

Stir 1/2 of gravy into noodles. Or, if not using mushrooms, stir all gravy into noodles and you’re done! If you’re using mushrooms, continue on!

In skillet with the rest of the gravy, add the onions, mushrooms, and black pepper. Cook over medium heat until mushrooms are at desired tenderness. Combine mushroom gravy with noodles. Serve, eat, enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Vegan One-Pot Chicken with Pan Roasted Cauliflower and Orzo

vegan chicken and roasted cauliflower recipeBetty, Betty, Betty, why do you keep sending me emails with chicken recipes in them, don’t you know I’m vegan???? Wait… why do I even subscribe to Betty Crocker emails? Oh yeah, for times like this when they send me the (al)most perfect recipe. What would make it perfect? If it were vegan! So, I thought, if Betty’s not going to make it vegan, I will! And, voila, a delicious, one-pot vegan chicken with pan roasted cauliflower and orzo recipe… even better than Betty!

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups bite-size cauliflower florets
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 Edward & Sons Not-Chick’n bouillon cube (or sub vegetable broth and skip water)
2 pieces thawed Gardein Chick’n Scallopini, cut into bite-size pieces (optional)
1 cup uncooked orzo
1/4 cup thinly diced sweet onion
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano, drained
1 cups fresh spinach, chopped

Directions:

Heat oil over medium heat in 12-inch nonstick skillet. Add cauliflower and pan-roast for approximately 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned.

Add water, bouillon cube, vegan chick’n (if using), orzo, onions, and tomatoes. Heat to boiling, then cover and reduce heat to medium. Simmer approximately 10 minutes or until orzo is tender. Remove lid.

Stir in spinach and continue cooking for about 10 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir occasionally to prevent mixture from sticking to pan. Remove from heat.

Vegan Queso Dip + Ode to Gardein

Easy Vegan Queso Dip Recipe


Happy New Year veggies, aspiring veggies, part-time veggies, and new veggies of 2016! I’m hoping that this year, more and more people will make the switch to vegetarian or vegan. 

I was talking to some vegan friends during the Holidays about how much easier it is becoming to be a vegan in this world. There are so many great vegan options, mock meats, and substitutes for pretty much everything…. and it only gets better every year!

One of my favorite mock meat companies is Gardein. They have a ton of great tasting options – everything from beefless tips and veggie crumbles to faux chicken tenders, fishless filets and even holiday roasts.

I use the Beefless Grounds a lot for tacos. They taste delicious right out of the package. Just thaw in a skillet for a few minutes, throw in a tortilla with your favorite toppings, and eat. No need for seasonings… they’re just that good! I also use them for spaghetti and stuffed shells (I’ll post a recipe soon, promise!), and this Vegan Queso Dip. They’re so good that people are surprised when I tell them that they’re vegan!

Companies like Gardein have made it so easy to leave meat off the plate. And, it can be found in most grocery stores such as Kroger, Scotts, Owens, Walmart, Meijer, and even Target! Thank you Gardein. Because I love you so much, I wrote you a little poem….

Ode to Gardein

You’re the chicken in my Cordon Bleu,
the Beefless Tips in my Mexican Stew.
The burger when I want to grill,
the protein in my meatless meal.

Vegan meatballs, crumbles, and barbecue wings,
no need to eat animals when you’ve got these things.
Plus they’re good and cruelty-free
the way a meal ought to be.

So thank you Gardein for such great food
and being easy to find in my neighborhood!

Now, back to the regularly scheduled recipe….

I’ve came up with this recipe a few years ago and tacked it on as a variation to my Vegan Macaroni and Cheese recipe. However, it’s been getting so much love that I thought it deserved it’s own page.

I make this for family potlucks and my Mexican non-veg family scarfs it down… sometimes while we’re waiting for the rest of the meal to be made. I made this for some non-veg friends one night and it received rave reviews. One even said “this is better than Velveeta!” Although, for me, it’s not hard to think something’s better than Velveeta, I took it as a great complement! Especially since I used to make queso dip using Velveeta cheese. My neighbor loved it so much that she made it for a work carry-in. She sent me a text that day and said that her co-workers were loving the dip!. I took this queso dip to a New Year’s Eve party and walked into the kitchen to a non-veg chowing down on the dip and telling someone that “this dip is amazing!”

So, I may be biased… but I think this is definitely the best vegan queso recipe. Other recipes out there use diaya cheese and way too much nutritional yeast –  I’m really not a fan of either. Mine uses cashews and just a small amount of nutritional yeast for the cheese sauce, the same sauce I use to make my vegan macaroni & cheese.

This dip can be made and eaten the next day. It keeps really good for 3-4 days in the fridge. And, it can be put in a crockpot to take to a potluck. Just be sure to keep it on the lowest setting to avoid scorching it to the bottom or turning it into lava!

Ingredients:

1 batch of vegan cheese sauce
1/2 pound vegan veggie crumbles or 1/2 package of Gardein’s Beefless Crumbles
1/2 package of taco seasoning. I use Ortega Taco Seasoning Mix
1/2 cup water
1 jar of your favorite salsa. I like On the Border Mild Salsa

Directions:

In sauce pan, make cheese sauce according to directions.

In separate sauce pan, combine water and taco seasoning. Add veggie crumbles and cook on medium-high until most of liquid is absorbed. Once cheese sauce is thickened, add taco “meat” and salsa to cheese sauce and stir to combine. Heat and eat with chips! Great on nachos too!

Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

Looking for some delicious and easy vegan Thanksgiving recipes the whole family will love. With all of this goodness, there’s no need for a turkey! Here’s a recap of some of my favorites over the years.

Vegan Chickenless Noodles

Vegan Chickenless Noodles | Vegan Chicken & Noodles recipe

Perfect as either a side dish or the main course, traditional chicken and noodles has nothing on this cruelty-free version! Get recipe: Vegan Chickenless Noodles

Vegan No-Chicken Pot Pie

This veggie-filled vegan no – chicken pot pie is a perfect take-a-long the whole family will enjoy! Add diced tofu or quinoa for added protein. Get Recipe: Vegan No-Chicken Pot Pie

Broccoli Quinoa Casserole with Stuffing

broccoli and stuffing

This casserole is filled with quinoa and tender broccoli and topped with stuffing. Great for a side dish or main course any day! Get Recipe: Broccoli Quinoa Casserole with Stuffing

Vegan Corn Casserole

corn casserole - vegan

Love corn casserole? This cruelty-free version of the traditional corn casserole has all of the taste with non of the guilt! (pictured top right corner. sorry for such a crappy photo… I was in a hurry to dig in!) Get recipe: Vegan Corn Casserole

Have a happy, cruelty-free Thanksgiving!

 

Corn Casserole Recipe – Better Than Paula Dean

Easy Vegan Corn Casserole Recipe

corn casserole - vegan

Every year for Thanksgiving my aunt makes corn casserole. Since becoming vegan, this was something that I thought I had to give up since it included egg and sour cream. However, this year while shopping at Meijer’s I found out that Jiffy makes a vegetarian boxed corn bread! So, I thought I’d try my hand at making the corn casserole for a Veg-giving party I was hosting. It turned out great, better than my aunt’s and better than Paula Dean’s …. because there’s no eggs or dairy! Cruelty-free and cholesterol free! Take that Paula Dean! (Shown above in my blurry picture with Tofurky roast and vegan green bean casserole.)

And, with only 5 ingredients, it was so easy to make!

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Easy Vegan Corn Casserole. This is how it looks before baking. – Vegan Butter not Pictured.

Ingredients:

1 – 15 1/4 ounce can of whole kernel corn
1 – 14 3/4 ounce can of cream style corn
1 box of Jiffy Vegetarian Corn Muffin Mix
1 cup of vegan sour cream, I like Follow Your Heart’s
1/2 cup of melted vegan butter, melted (not pictured), I like Earth Balance

Directions.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9×13 casserole dish with non-stick spray.

Add all ingredients to large bowl and mix to evenly combine. Pour into prepared casserole dish and cook for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown.

Easy Taco Soup

Vegan Taco Soup

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Wow! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted any recipes. I guess I’ve been a little busy and lately I’ve had a couple of companies over doing some home improvements and remodeling. With my hectic life, and working on a new weight loss program, I’ve really not had a lot of time to cook. However, tomorrow I invited some family over for lunch so was trying to decide what to make that was fast, easy, and something that everyone would enjoy, including my grandma who normally won’t try my vegan food. I remembered a couple of years ago I made some taco soup to take over to my grandma’s so my husband and I would have something to eat while the rest of the family ate Caldo (beef stew) (see my version of vegan caldo). I put some leftovers in a Tupperware and left it so my grandma would have something to feed my grandpa the next day and wouldn’t have to cook.

My mom emailed me this the following day:

Grandma just called all excited about your delicious taco soup. That’s what they had for lunch and had just a small bit left over. She said she was giving Grandpa chili for supper and she was finishing the rest of the soup. Asked me if I got any or tasted it. Wants the recipe—said it was delicious and filling. She called specifically to tell me that and ask for the recipe. Told her you would be glad to hear that.

Win! So here it is, the easy, delicious, grandma approved vegan taco soup:

1/2 (48 oz) jar great northern beans- drained
1 can fiesta corn or mexican corn (any corn with peppers) – do not drain
3 cups water
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes – do not drain
1 (15 oz) can kidney beans – drained
1 envelope taco seasoning mix – I like Ortega
1/4 cup quinoa or 1/2 cup of rice (Spanish rice would be really good in this soup!)

optional add-ins:
diced onions
zucchini
veggie burger crumbles

Mix all ingredients together and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until quinoa or rice is done and zucchini (if using) is soft. You can also throw it in the crockpot on low in the morning and come home to some warm, tasty soup!