As I wrote earlier, my Food Fad du Jour is to be as vegan as possible for a while.  I dunno.  Maybe it’s a Summer thing…

So, with that in mind, here is my favorite vegan dinner…

VEGAN MAC ‘N’ CHEEZE WITH OKRY AND BLACK BEANS!

 

Mac ‘n’ cheeze:  

(recipe loosely stolen from Very Vegetarian by Jannequin Bennett):

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups water or soymilk
  • 1 Tbsp light miso
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp tamari or soy sauce
  • salt, pepper
  • 1/4 cup vegan margarine or 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
  • 2 tsp grainy or dijon mustard or 1/2 tsp dried mustard
  • 4 cups cooked macaroni

DESTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a medium saucepan over low heat, toast the yeast and flour just until the flour begins to take on some color and the yeast is lightly toasted.  
  2. Carefully whisk 2 cups of water or soymilk into the flour mixture, making sure that no lumps form.  
  3. Add the miso, garlic powder, and paprika and whisk to blend thoroughly.  
  4. Gently cook the mixture until it is thick, about 8-10 minutes.  
  5. Add the margarine and mustard and tamari/soy and mix well.  
  6. Taste and adjust the seasonings.  
  7. Stir in the macaroni and heat through.  
  8. Serve immediately or reserve in a warm oven.

Makes 4 servings.

 

Cheeze sauce!

Cheeze sauce!

 

Mac 'n' Cheeze!

Mac 'n' Cheeze!

 

Okry:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2-3 cups of okra, sliced into 1/2″ rounds
  • 1 can chopped/diced/stewed tomatoes
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic (2 cloves?)
  • a wee bit of cardamom
  • olive oil

DESTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a skillet, saute the garlic and onions in olive oil, until the onions are sort of clear.
  2. Throw in the okra.  Saute until tenderized.
  3. Throw in HALF of the can of tomatoes and warm through.
  4. Add salt, pepper, cardamom, and whatever spices you think would work.  Cinnamon?
Okry!

Okry!

 

BLACK BEANS:

  1. Open a can of black beans.
  2. Put beans into saucepan.
  3. Heat up until boiling/simmering.
  4. Add the rest of the can of tomatoes.  Or some salsa. Whatever.
  5. Add some cardamom, salt, pepper, maybe a little garlic.  
  6. Heat until bubbly…
  7. Serve!
Soup's on!

Soup's on!

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