“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”
So in keeping with my earlier “Cinco de Mayo” post (https://natureissexy.wordpress.com/2015/05/05/cinco-de-mayo-vegan-nachos/), I thought I would stay on the same theme for my dinner tonight.
I wanted to attempt this recipe after trying a couple different methods of making vegan “cheese” sauces and after seeing a recipe from the “Forks Over Knives Cookbook” (‘Southwestern Mac and Cheese’). I just adapted the recipe slightly. I love the FOK cookbook, so there wasn’t much to alter 😀
Ingredients for the ‘cheese’ sauce:
- 1 medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup nutritional yeast flakes
- 3 tbls raw cashews, soaked for 30 mins in water
- 2 green chilies, seeds removed
- 1/2 cup low sodium vegetable broth
Rest of the ingredients:
- 250g of dry pasta noodles, boiled and prepared according to box directions
- 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
- 1 red or green bell pepper, finely chopped
- 2 cups of corn kernels
- 1 can low-sodium black beans, liquid drained
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 3 tbls black olives, sliced
- 3 tbls fresh chopped cilantro
- splash hot sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Put all of the ingredients listed under the “Cheese Sauce” in the blender and blend until smooth.
- In a pan, put a couple tablespoons of vegetable broth. Add the onions and cook for 8 mins. Add the bell pepper and cook for another 2 mins.
- Add the corn, cumin, chili powder. Cook for 1 min.
- Remove from heat. Stir in the beans, cooked pasta and cheese sauce.
- Scoop the pasta into a glass baking dish and bake for 25-30 mins.
- Take out of the oven and allow to cool for 5 mins. Top with cilantro, sliced black olives, cayenne pepper and a bit of hot sauce if you like.
And that is it! Prep time and cooking time combined is about 1 hour. Very simple and delicious. Even my non-vegan boyfriend had 2 servings for dinner 🙂 Enjoy!