My husband and I have been talking about me making this for longer than I can remember. So today is the day. It is simple to make, yet it does take a little time. However, most of that time is hands off. The oven is doing all the work, which is okay with me.
The recipe generously serves four. That means we will have leftovers for lunch tomorrow.
- 2 1/4 c vegetable stock
- 1/4 c coconut aminos
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp Savory Spice Blend
- 3 tbsp cornstarch
Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Cauliflower and Veggies:
- 1 whole cauliflower, leaves and center stalk removed,
- 4 large carrots, large chopped (I used rainbow carrots for their variety of flavors and colors)
- 4 medium potatoes, large chopped
- 16 oz. whole button mushrooms, halved
- 1/2 c vegetable broth
Dip cauliflower into gravy mixture until it is thoroughly coated.
Note: I let the cauliflower head marinate in the gravy mixture while I cut up the other veggies.
In a large baking dish or cast iron skillet arrange the cauliflower in the center and the remaining veggies around the cauliflower.
Pour vegetable broth over carrots and potatoes. This will help the veggies steam. Pour half the gravy over all the ingredients. Cover baking dish and bake for 40 minutes.
Uncover baking dish and pour remaining gravy over all the ingredients. Bake for 30 minutes. (I did baste all the veggies about half way through this second roasting.)
Serve. Eat. Enjoy.
Macaroni and Cheese is a favorite comfort food of mine. There is just something about it, that I cannot even put into words – mmmm. This recipe is veggie packed, nutritious and delicious. Waiting for it to come out of the oven is a task in itself.
This recipe does require a blender to blitz the sauce. Be careful when blending, because the ingredients will be hot off the stove when you blend the sauce. Make sure you leave an opening to let out the steam. I would not want you to get burnt.
Serve with your favorite green vegetable and a side salad. Now your set for a fabulous meal.
Bread Crumb Mixture:
Combine all the crumb mixture ingredients and stir. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Sauce – First Part:
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 large carrots, chopped
- 2 1/2 c yellow potatoes, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1/2 c raw cashews
- 2 1/2 – 3 c water
Combine ingredients into a large dutch oven. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer.
While veggies are cooking, prepare macaroni according to package directions.
Drain pasta. Transfer to a 9×13 baking dish. Stir in all-purpose seasoning and nutritional yeast.
Sauce – Blending – Part 2:
- Ingredients from dutch oven, including liquid
- 2 tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp miso paste
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 c nutritional yeast
- 2 tsp Savory Spice Blend
Blend until creamy. Taste for seasoning.
Mix sauce in with the pasta. Make sure you use plenty of sauce. The macaroni will absorb some of the sauce as it bakes.
Top pasta mixture with bread crumbs.
Bake for 30 minutes, until sauce is bubbling.
Serve. Eat. Enjoy.
I was doing some batch cooking this weekend to have some ingredients for the rest of the week. I made a big pot of brown rice and a sheet pan of roasted vegetables. This makes a good start for the upcoming week.
To make this bowl I used these ingredients along with some baked tofu and fresh items to add a little more dimension, flavor and nutrition to the bowl. I like to add something fresh along with cooked items when I make a bowl. This bowl hits the spot.
Note: I did not give any measurements for the ingredients. You know how hungry you are, and can gauge the amounts.
Serve. Eat. Enjoy.
I have two spice blends that I use the majority of the time; my All-purpose Seasoning and my Smokey Southwestern Seasoning. Both are enjoyed equally, yet I might have a new seasoning blend that possibly will ascend to the top. It has a combination of both the All-purpose and Smokey Southwestern with a few additions.
Herbs and Spices are so important to cooking. They impart flavor and in some cases additional nutritional value to your dish. So do not forget to season and pump up the flavor and the nutrients to your food.
Note: You can find the recipes for both my All-purpose and Smokey Southwestern Blend seasonings in the basics section on my site, or you can purchase them pre-made in my store.
Combine all ingredients into a mason jar. Cover mason jar with lid and shake to mix together ingredients.
Sprinkle. Cook. Serve. Eat. Enjoy.