It’s no mystery that I love the mac and cheese. In my omni days (also known as “Before I Knew Any Better”), I ate Kraft Dinner and Velveeta by the ton! Something about pasta with cheese that just makes everything right in the world. Well except for all the pain and suffering to get said cheese so, well, you get the Vegan picture, right?
Goodness knows that Saucy Shells have been a staple comfort food ever since it crossed these Vegan lips over 2 years ago. Yes, I love those shells and have to admit, I felt like I was cheating on them a bit last night when I tried a new recipe.
The main difference in the recipes is making a roux with margarine and flour vs. blending tofu and all the rest of the goodies. And after the last time I made Saucy Shells and had a blender fandango occur at the 11th hour, well, I was a bit gun shy and this allowed me to try something new. I’ll never stop lovin’ on those shells, but I’m certainly glad I tried this new yummy number that was given to me in a recipe book as a giftie a couple years ago.
Behold the Mac and Cheeze:
All I can say is that this little number was ridiculously EASY to make and way DELISH. Here’s how you can get your paws on them:
1/2 lb. cooked pasta
1/4 cup margarine (I recommend Earth Balance)
1/4 cup flour
1 3/4 cup hot water
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon soy sauce (I added a little more…I can’t ever get too much!)
1/8 cup olive oil
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt margarine in a saucepan and whisk in flour to create a roux. Add everything else but oil and nutritional yeast. Once thick and bubbly, add in remaining ingredients. Pour “cheeze” over pasta and bake for 15 minutes.
Yes, this is December 14. Yes, Thanksgiving was on November 26. I hibernated for a while after Thanksgiving because of all of the food I made and ate! I had lunches for days on end. And actually ended up throwing some food away. For Christmas I am going to make much less food. I have learned my lesson.
For dinner I made Seitan based off of the recipe on Vegan Mafia (although I couldn’t find any nutritional yeast around here), dinner rolls based off a Vegweb recipe (I changed it slightly and added some pumpkin), shepherd’s pie using Sarah Kramer’s recipe, corn on the cob with Earth Balance and spices, mashed sweet potatoes, and squash with Earth Balance and brown sugar. Some Omnis tested the Seitan and thought that it was pretty good 🙂
For dessert I made pumpkin shortbread cookies (we posted about them last year) and cooked a store bought apple pie. The desserts resembling a bird was as close as I got to eating turkey or any other animals products. And that is how it should be.
Hope everyone has a great rest of the year!
And the winner is…
I’ve never tried ‘em but have been dying to do so for a while now! Cinnamon Pecan sounds awesome.
Comment by Kelly — November 22, 2009 @ 10:43 PM
Congratulations Kelly! Thanks to everyone who entered.
We hope all of you have a happy and cruelty free Thanksgiving. You do not need to use animals to have a happy and delicious holiday. For that matter you do not need to use animals for anything. We are thankful for all of our readers, commenters, and fans. You are a huge part of what keeps us going on here, Twitter, Facebook,etc!
Sara from Sweet & Sara was kind enough to send us a Marshmallow Variety Sampler, which contained four of each marshmallow flavor (vanilla (which we pronounce vaneeya), toasted coconut, cinnamon pecan, and strawberry), to taste test and review.
She will be sending one lucky winner a Marshmallow Variety Sampler as well!
All four flavors are “deeee eeeee lissssh us” and have a great texture. Our favorites, however, are the coconut and cinnamon pecan flavors. These marshmallows are great just by themselves straight out of the refrigerator. The vanilla and coconut flavors are also great for making Vegan s’mores. They melt and get all gooey mmmmmm. They are especially good if you have access to Rice Milk bars (we HIGHLY suggest Terra Nostra’s Ricemilk Choco Bar). We have not tried making s’mores with the other two flavors but we are sure they would be vair tasty too.
And if you don’t feel like making your own s’mores? Then Sweet & Sara has you covered with their Original and Peanut Butter flavored S’mores. They are good cold, at room temperature, or heated up. Our favorite is the Original but the Peanut Butter variety is also nom worthy.
You might be saying to yourself right around now “Wow, that is a lot of tasty looking products. There is no way they could have even more.” If so, you would be wrong! This is one of the times it pays to be wrong though so don’t worry :D. S&S now offers mini vanilla marshmallows that could go great with some Vegan hot chocolate or maybe you could add them to a bowl of cereal :D. And finally there is the Rocky Road Bark which has a big bite.
Wozzie used to own and run her own Shoppe and she sold S&S marshmallows and s’mores. They were some of the best selling items in the shoppe! Woz says that Sara was great to deal with too. We would like to end the review by begging Sweet & Sarah to bring back the Mexican Chocolate flavored marshmallows. Please, please, please, please Sara!!
Now for the giveaway. To enter leave a comment telling us your favorite Sweet & Sara marshmallow flavor. If you have not tried any of the flavors let us know which one you look forward to trying the most. Is one entry not quite enough for you? Then follow us on Twitter (we are HHVeganos) and Tweet about the giveaway. Then make another comment on here linking to your Tweet to get a second entry into the contest. The winner will be chosen at random. Winner will be chosen on Friday, November 27. Good luck to all of you! Sorry, contest is for the USA only.
Artella Artsgiving Sale – Celebrate Thanksgiving without harming any turkeys (and all other animals)
Some of you may remember that we posted about one of their holiday sales last year. You can find more information about Artella in that post.
“This sale offers 50% off all vintage goods and Artella eCertificates up to $50.00, PLUS a fun Holiday eBasket full of gifts designed to inspire holiday art-making!”
Thanks to everyone who commented!
Congratulations to our winners
“The Twilight Bar sounds amazing!!
Comment by Bryn — November 16, 2009 @ 9:47 PM”
“I like Mahalo. It’s tropical essence gives me a reason to break out
my ukulele and celebrate.
Comment by Susie — November 16, 2009 @ 9:10 AM”
“I love the Twilight bar because milky way was my favorite candy bar
prevegan days, but I hadn’t been able to enjoy one in almost 20 years!
So thank you Go Max Go for making these!
Comment by Tracy — November 14, 2009 @ 12:19 PM”
Stay tuned for the Sweet & Sara review and giveaway coming up!