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Broccoli and “Cheese” Stuffed Potato

When I was a teenager, many years ago, and I am not saying how long ago, I would go to the mall. In this particular mall there was a food court. The food court had many different food stalls/restaurants with a variety of different kinds of food.The one I am referencing now sold stuffed baked potatoes. I would always get the one that had ham, broccoli and a gooey cheese sauce. It was a sad day when it closed.

Now, many years later, I have a new version – Vegan style. I can feel good about eating this version and have no ill effects.

I made a sheet pan of extra potatoes so I would have some for another meal.

  • Baked potato
  • Vegan butter
  • Head of broccoli, florets only, cooked until fork tender
  • 1 recipe of “Cheese” sauce

Note: You will have some broccoli and “cheese” sauce leftover.  I will have another recipe in a coming post that will transform those leftover potatoes, broccoli and “cheese” sauce. I am already looking forward to sharing that with you.

Assemble: Potato, butter, broccoli florets and top with “cheese” sauce.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

 

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Southwestern Bean and Rice Casserole

This is a great hearty meal when you have some veggies you want to use before they go bad. It is easy to vary by changing the kinds of veggies you use. This recipe has a Southwestern flavor profile, yet with a few tweaks you could change it to Italian or Asian.

The “cheese” sauce adds an ooey-gooey goodness that is sigh worthy. Top with some chopped cilantro and some fresh guacamole – Yum.

  • 2 tbsp vegetable broth
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 c carrots, shredded or diced
  • 1 tbsp Smokey Southwestern Seasoning
  • 2 c brown rice, cooked
  • 2 zucchini, medium, diced
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with chiles
  • 2 c corn, kernels
  • 1 batch “Cheese” sauce
  • Cilantro, fresh, chopped, garnish
  • Guacamole, garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large dutch oven over medium heat add onion, red bell pepper, garlic and carrots. Stirring occasionally until veggies are softened. Add vegetable broth as needed keep veggies from sticking to pan.

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Add Smokey Southwestern Seasoning, stir until veggies are covered with seasoning.

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Stir in brown rice, zucchini, tomatoes with chiles, corn and “cheese” sauce. Stir until well mixed. Spoon into large casserole baking dish.

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Bake for 30 minutes and casserole is bubbling.

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Garnish with Cilantro and Guacamole.

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