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Baked Vegan Macaroni and Cheese with Daiya

If I have one single skill, it’s that I can make a damn good vegan mac’n’cheese. It’s why I have friends. They generally leave right after they eat. (Just kidding. Or am I?) Anyway, the other night, I made it with Daiya for the first time. I usually make it with VeganRella, but it seems like every other vegan cheese company is going to fail in the face of the all-mighty Daiya. And, hey, we might be okay with that – after all, Daiya is made right here in Vancouver.

Anyway, I wrote this down while I was making it, so it’s about as accurate as a recipe from me will ever be.

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Vegan Eggplant Parmigiana

This is based on a recipe from The FatFree Vegan Blog, but modified to be not quite so low fat. While we are health-conscious in this house, that usually means going for a bike ride or choosing wine over beer. Gotta have a vice, and mine is rich food. Serve this dish to anyone who thinks that vegan means bland and healthy.

(This dish does have only 2 tbsp of oil in it.)


I served this with a caesar salad featuring homemade croutons. Holy shit.

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Vegan Pupusas Filled With Black Beans, Faux Chicken, and Daiya

Pupusas are a traditional El Salvadorean stuffed masa flatbread dish. You basically make a masa mixture , roll it into a ball, flatten and pan fry.

black bean, "chicken", and daiya pupusas with fresh salsa, avocado and cabbage

I usually stuff mine with: Daiya, blackbeans, mushrooms, onions and “chicken”. ┬áServed with curtido, a cabbage relish, homemade salsa and avocado, this dish is perfect for a quick summer meal!

Enough people commented asking for the recipe so here it is.

Vegan Pupusas

You can purchase prepared masa but it often has animal lard in it, so we make our own. You can buy masa harina or masa flour, which is traditional corn flour used in many Mexican and Central American dishes. To make the dough, you combine masa flour with liquid – 1 unit flour to 1/2 unit liquid. Here’s how we made our masa dough:

Masa Dough

1 cup masa harina
1/2 cup vegetable broth
Spices – we used chopped canned green chilies, salt, pepper, and a touch of soy sauce.

Most recipes call for vegetable shortening or margarine, but we didn’t use any. I’m sure that would taste really good but to lower the fat content of your masa, remember that you can just leave it out. Your masa dough should be easily workable, not sticky nor floury. Add more flour or liquid if necessary. You should easily be able to work it with your hands.

There are lots of other masa dough recipes online – here’s another one. Keep in mind that you don’t need much if you’re just making a small meal, but masa freezes really well and can be used anytime for a number of dishes.

Filling

I used black beans, fake chicken and Daiya vegan cheese. We got the fake chicken from T&T Supermarket, a local Asian grocer that carries vegetarian meat products. You could also use prepared TVP or any other faux meat, tofu, or tempeh. I used cheddar flavour Daiya. For other ideas for fillings, check out this VeganCooking post.

Black Beans
1/2 can black beans
1/2 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp vegetable oil
Spices – cumin, chipotle or whatever you have on hand

Heat the oil in a small saucepan or skillet on medium heat. Add onion and garlic; saute in oil until soft. Add beans and spices. Stir often over medium heat until the beans are soft and have absorbed the flavours.

To make pupusas, roll a ball of masa about the size of your palm or smaller. Make a well in the ball by pressing your thumb into it; put a spoonful of filling in. Close the ball and then flatten it.

I lightly pan-fried the pupusas, but I’ve seen them deep-fried as well. As soon as your masa dough turns golden on both sides you are ready to eat them.

Serve topped with salsa, fresh avocado, cabbage, or whatever you like.

Best Vegan Cheese for Vegan Macaroni and Cheese

vegan mac and "cheese" with tempeh sausage

I’ve been making vegan mac’n’cheese for years. It’s always been my choice of comfort food, and of course, it’s pretty hard to go out and buy a vegan mac’n’cheese. (I’ve had it at a few restaurants, too, and it’s never as good as mine.)

I’ve tried lots of different “cheeses” over the years, but my favourite for this dish remains Cheddar VeganRella. It gets so super melty and lends a lot of cheddar flavour to the casserole. VeganRella is gross when it’s unmelted, and on pizza it tends to stick to the back of my teeth, but for mac’n’cheese it’s excellent.

What do you think? Do you have any vegan cheeses that you prefer?

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