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Experimenting with vegetarianism

Saturday, 31 December, 2011

Let’s start with Christmas. Boy, did I blow the diet. I did make something amazing, however. It was the Macaroni and Cheese [sic] from Atlanta’s Soul Vegetarian restaurant. If you Google around you will find the recipe from the ca. 1975 Soul Vegetarian cookbook, but that isn’t what you want. Grab a pencil and click.

That is, and in food-service or pot-luck quantities:

4 c soy milk Not that crap with the chalk and sugar in it, unadulterated soy milk.

1 oz. or 2 Tbsp sea salt I don’t really know if it makes any difference, but we keep sea salt on hand instead of iodized salt.

10 cloves or 3 Tbsp minced garlic Honestly, it seemed a bit much, and you are dealing with a garlic lover.

3 Tbsp prepared mustard or 1 Tbsp dry mustard

2 t paprika

2 c nutritional yeast This is my first venture with nutritional yeast. Think of it as vegan butter.

1½ c soy oil The cheap “vegetable oil” at every store is almost certainly 100% soy. Check the label to be sure.

1 lb whole-wheat macaroni I did not know whole-wheat pasta is absolutely vegan.

and prepare as the video above. This sauce needs major agitation to come out right, so you will have to use something electric. Let me just say if you are going to use a food processor instead of a blender be utterly certain your food processor is water tight. I assure you certain models of low-end machines are not.

When I make this again, I will use about half the garlic and perhaps add a half-cup of chopped onion.

Just slop this together, drop it in a casserole dish and bake at 350° for 45 minutes.

It’s not quite macaroni and cheese, but it’s pretty amazing. It hits that MacNCheese button.

For Christmas dinner I prepared a 9×12 pan of this, and we nibbled on it all weekend.

For a later dinner, Mel prepared some Fantastic™ Vegetarian Chili. It’s a mix available in bulk foods. Dump some canned tomatoes and canned beans and you’re eating hearty. In fact, if you are disinclined toward veggieness, I still recommend the FVC. It’s easy to prepare, hearty and good. But wait until you pour some over last night’s Vegan Mac’N’Cbeese. It taste like seven different kinds of wrong, but it’s really nutritious and all that stuff we DFHs are on about.

Try the Soul Vegetarian M&C and tell me how you get on. I may have to make a batch tomorrow.

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