Vegan Baked Ziti

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Great for a cold day!

Ingredients

  • 1 box ziti
  • 1.5 large cans tomato sauce
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 T Italian seasoning
  • 1 container extra firm tofu
  • 2 T apple cider vinegar
  • 4 T nutritional yeast
  • 1 cup dried TVP (rehydrated), browned Impossible meat, or other vegan meat substitute if desired.
  • Vegan mozzarella
  • Salt and pepper

Process

Prepare pasta according to directions, very al dente! Rinse in cold water to stop cooking and set aside.

Drain tofu. Place in a large bowl and mash with fork or potato masher until the consistency of cottage cheese or ricotta. Add vinegar, nutritional yeast, and a little salt and fold in. Set aside.

Saute onion, bell pepper, garlic, celery in olive oil until soft. Add tomato sauce, diced tomato, Italian seasoning. Salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer and let simmer 15-20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350. Add ⅓ of the sauce to the bottom of an 8×13 baking dish. Add a layer of ½ of the pasta. Add tofu mix in scoops and then use a spatula to spread across pan. Add ⅓ of the sauce over the tofu mix. Add the second half of the pasta in an even layer. If using meat substitute, add that here in an even layer. Add remaining sauce and vegan mozzarella.

Cover with lid or foil (I like to spray the foil with vegetable spray so it doesn’t stick to the vegan cheese). Bake for 40 minutes or until everything is hot and cheese is somewhat melted (to the extent that the brand you are using will melt).

Easy Vegan Nacho Cheese

Vegan nacho cheese. Can it be done? Yes, it really can! This recipe will have you telling others that it’s “not yo cheese!”


Ingredients

  • 2 cups potatoes, diced large
  • 1 cup carrots, diced large
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup nutritional yeast flakes (but to be completely honest I always double the serving of nutrional yeast in all my recipes)

Optional Additions

  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika/smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp vegan chicken-style seasoning

Instructions

  • Boil the potatoes and carrots in water until soft
  • Blend potatoes, carrots, water, oil, and seasonings on high in a blender until the ‘cheese’ is smooth
  • I enjoy eating it with only tortilla chips, but it can be used in Mexican dishes, on pasta, or as a topping!

Batch Cook: Chunky Marinara

IMG_0374 IMG_0376I’ve been batch cooking on weekends when I’m home to help get my family through the week. This week, I have made some baked tofu, will do biscuits and gravy later, and have a giant pot of chunky marinara sauce on. I thought I would share the marina recipe here (though it’s an easy one). This makes a HUGE batch. It freezes well and can be kept in the fridge for a week. I suggest keeping it in a glass container or jar.

Chunky Marinara

Ingredients
3 sweet onions, chopped
8-10 celery stalks, diced
6-8 summer squash, diced
4-6 garlic cloves, minced
3 large (28 oz) cans of diced tomatoes
2 large (28 oz) cans of tomato sauce
6 T Italian seasoning
3 T salt
1 cup nutritional yeast
Pepper to taste

Add all ingredients to a large pot (I use a pressure cooker with lid off). Bring to a boil and then turn heat back to maintain a simmer for several hours. The longer it cooks, the sweeter it will get.

Serve over pasta, on pizza crusts, on bagels, over rice, or over roasted vegetables.