This month my coworkers picked two recipes for me from a random cookbook I own. This month they picked one savory main dish and a dessert. The main dish was the mac n cheese dish from The Vegan Bible. The recipe requires the following ingredients:
Chopped red bell pepper
Dairy free milk
Hot pepper sauce
Overall, the recipe was super easy to make, probably the easiest vegan mac n cheese I have ever made without processed ingredients. Basically you mix the seasonings with the diary free milk in a saucepan until in thickens into a cheese sauce. You add the cheese sauce to the cooked elbow noodles and mix in the chopped veggies. It tasted really good and creamy but I definitely think I would double the cheese sauce to noodles because I like it saucy. I will say that while it made enough to last a whole week by the end of the week it was not as appetizing. I really did not want to eat it at the end of the week.
The dessert recipe was a chocolate chip banana bread from the Gluten Free Vegan Baking cookbook. It requires the following ingredients:
Gluten free flour
Vegan chocolate chips
Like most dessert recipes you combine the dry ingredients and then the wet then pour into the pan to cook. It was easy to make but difficult to cook through fully. The outside of the bread was finished cooking fairly quickly while the middle was not. I had to put it back in the oven several times because the middle wasn’t cooked. Even when I thought it was fully cooked when I went to cut it into slices for my coworkers the middle was not done and the rest was falling apart. It ended up being a hot mess, however, it did taste good. If I ever made it again I might try adding a flax egg or something to keep it together more. Overall, it was a good week and I definitely think I could play around more with the mac n cheese to fit my tastes better.
The first Munchie Monday challenge was a recipe chosen from the Veganize It! Easy DIY Recipes for a Plant-Based Kitchen cookbook written by Robin Robertson. My friend and coworker, Nickole randomly chose Scrapple for the first recipe to recreate. It is a vegan version of a Pennsylvania-Dutch recipe. It was a fairly simple recipe that did not take more than an hour of active cooking. You really just boil some of the ingredients, blend a few others and then combine together to chill overnight in a loaf pan. Below is a picture of the groceries I bought for the recipe and I had a lot of leftover ingredients that I could use in the future.
After setting it in the loaf pan to chill in the fridge overnight I cut it into slices and fried it in a pan. It turned out very similar to a Thanksgiving-themed meatloaf made from tofu. The sage and thyme were the dominant flavors but they were not overpowering. The recipe recommended having it with ketchup or maple syrup so that is what I did. I liked both combinations and proceed to eat it with both for the rest of the week. The outside of the loaf was crispy due to me letting it chill without covering it. The middle was mushy, almost like it had not been cooked all the way. I almost wondered if I would be better to bake it in the oven.
The next night I had the Scrapple in a sandwich which was just as good and I think the extra day in the fridge firmed the slices up a little bit because it was less mushy. This recipe estimated it would yield 12 slices but mine had closer to 16 slices and lasted me a little over a week even with me eating two pieces a night. Overall, I liked the Scrapple and would potentially make it again with different spices simply because sage and thyme are not my favorite seasonings. I think it was tasty and affordable to make and would definitely recommend trying it if you enjoy Thanksgiving-esque meals.
Tune in later on in February for a Vegan Chopped Challenge! Comment below if you have had scrapple and what recipe I should try next!
Happy Monday! I want to announce a new series I am creating for Life in Progress called Munchie Mondays! This series will consist of posts all about food. One format of posts I will be doing is going to be called Vegan Chopped Challenge and will be something akin to the vegan version of the Food Network show Chopped. The Vegan Chopped Challenges will consist of one of my friends randomly drawing a few ingredients out of jars and I will have to create a recipe using all of the ingredients drawn. The other format would be trying randomly chosen recipes in the vegan cookbooks I own and reviewing them. Out of respect to the authors of the cookbooks, I will not be posting the actual recipes, mainly just my overall experience. These challenges are intended to help me be more creative in the kitchen and to try new things. Feel free to follow along or recommend a recipe you want me to try in the comment section!