It’s that time again, everyone. Time for Vegan MoFo 2014 and I couldn’t be more excited! Last year, I got pretty crazy with the Born to Mac MoFo theme and this year I’m taking it to another level with Return of the Mac. It will be hard to beat dishes like Buffalo Chickpea Mac and Mozzarella Mac Deep Dish Pizza, but I’m going to show you guys some pretty drool-worthy creations.
Unfortunately, I haven’t had a lot of time to cook in the last month, so I have just a couple of preview pics for your enjoyment.
After cooking non-stop for that last photography project, I have to say that my enthusiasm for making food hasn’t been the same. As far as fun recipe ideas go, my brain has been exploding with them. But, when it comes to putting some actual food in my fridge, I have been less than successful at it. Luckily, the tomato plants in my backyard have been poppin’ off and gave me a great head-start on this dish.
I was partly inspired by a plate that I had at Mohawk Bend’s Authors Worth Celebrating dinner, starring Randy Clemens. There was a spiced Caprese salad where the Mozz was actually tofu marinated in a salty brine. It tasted great, so I thought that I’d give it a go at home and see what I could come up with. Secondary inspiration came from some herbed feta cheese that I used to eat in my pre-vegan days. While the texture is a bit different, I feel like this is a good sub and my mom (who really likes cheese) even liked it!
Pair the salty, herbed tofu-cheese with ripe tomatoes, peppery baby arugula and a squeeze of fresh lemon together and you have yourself a simple, seasonal salad that makes a great side dish. Am I saying that you shouldn’t try to eat this in one sitting? Absolutely not! Go for the gold! And don’t forget to let me know how you felt about it.
Before I give you the recipe, I’d like to know how everyone’s doing! How’s your Summer, thus far? Have you done anything exciting, or are you eating anything drool-worthy? Let’s hear it!
It may be pretty obvious to some of you, but I can’t continue on with this post without mentioning that this incredible nacho dish is directly influenced by my favorite dish from Vegan MoFo, the Buffalo Chickpea Mac ‘n’ Cheese. Now, I have some devoted followers that make this mac for their families and friends all of the time, which is super rad! Then there’s also the Buffalo Tempeh Grilled Cheese sandwich, and that sandwich has quite a few fans as well.
One of them being Brianne, of the Kitschy Kitchen instagram, who makes it all of the damn time. BUT, one time, she ran out of bread so she made nachos with it. Brilliant!! That is what sparked the merging of recipes in my mind and why we are all here today. Well, and the fact that this makes an awesome Super Bowl snack doesn’t hurt either.
Time-wise, this recipe is great because you can make the ranch-style sauce and the cheese sauce while you roast the chickpeas. Because really, who has time to wait around when we’re talking about nachos here? Not me! Oh, and before I forget, I have another nacho recipe that’s up on Vegan Cuts blog for Chipotle Chili Nachos!
I only have a few more guest bloggers left to feature, but I’ve definitely been excited to share this one with you. Cadry of Cadry’s Kitchen is an easy-going, fun, creative, and honorable blogger. I was very pleased to meet her in person at VVC last year, and like she says below, we hung out for dinner recently in LA! Her and her husband are freakin’ adorable and make the best videos, so make sure to take a look at her beautiful (and funny) videos as well as her homemade ceramic pieces!
Thank you to Jackie for having me here today on Vegan Yack Attack! I have been following Jackie’s gorgeous blog for a long time now, salivating over every variation of mac and cheese just like everyone else. (Deep dish mac and cheese pizza? Oh, yes!) I also had the pleasure of meeting the hilarious Jackie in person last year at Vida Vegan Con in Portland. Then last week while I was in Los Angeles on vacation, we caught up again over vegan sausages and buffalo fries at Tony’s Darts Away.
Man, you’ve got to love travel. Seeing friends, thawing from the Polar Vortex, and scoping out vegan options at restaurants… It’s the best! Plus, it seems like wherever I go, I get ideas for new things I want to make at home. Once I’m back in the kitchen, I like to put my own spin on something delicious that I ate while I was away.
Today’s dish was inspired by a trip I took last year to Florida, where I visited Dandelion Communitea Cafe. Dandelion is a vegetarian restaurant with loads of vegan options. While I was there I had a chili cheese burrito called the Giddyup that was filling and flavorful without being overly heavy.
This time of year while it’s still crazy cold in much of the world, people want entrees that will keep them warm and fill them up, but also fit the guidelines of all those newly formed resolutions.
This chili cheese burrito is made with that super food quinoa, spicy Southwestern Bean Chili, and one of my all-time favorite recipes, my Creamy Cauliflower Queso. Instead of being a vat of heavy, weigh-you-down dip, this light, whippy queso gets its creaminess from Great Northern beans and cauliflower. Then you add in cheesiness from nutritional yeast flakes and miso, smother it over spicy chili and good-for-you quinoa, and wrap it up in a whole wheat tortilla. (You can find the Cauliflower Queso recipe and a brand spanking new video demonstration today on my blog!)
Not feeling like something handheld? The chili is also great on its own with crackers, tortilla chips, or a crumbly loaf of cornbread.
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