Easy Vegan Stroganoff Recipe

Easy Vegan Stroganoff Recipe

Easy Vegan Stroganoff Recipe

This easy vegan stroganoff recipe is done in 15 minutes. Traditional flavor and hearty texture create classic comfort food. My kids love this recipe!
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 12 ounces pasta
  • 20 ounces mushrooms sliced
  • 1 onion yellow, red or sweet; sliced
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 Tbsp. Bragg Liquid aminos substitute soy sauce of choice or coconut aminos for soy free
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil substitute preferred oil or skip
  • 2 cup water
  • 2 tsp. vegetable bouillon paste
  • 5.4 ounces yogurt, plain plant-based, substitute coconut milk with a splash of lemon juice to sour
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 2 Tbsp. arrowroot powder substitute other thickening flour or corn starch
  • 1 tsp. thyme

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. [Cook tip: add 1 Tbsp. salt to boiling water with pasta. See note below.] Set timer and remove from water when pasta is al dente (firm, not mushy). Drain.
  • Add sliced mushrooms, onion and minced garlic into a large skillet. Dash with liquid aminos and sesame oil. Saute until soft (~10 minutes). Add a splash of water and/or lower the heat if sticking occurs.
  • In a small bowl or large measuring cup, whisk water and bouillon paste to form vegetable broth. Add yogurt, yeast flakes, arrowroot and thyme to make stroganoff sauce. Whisk until well blended.
  • Pour stroganoff sauce over the mushrooms and onions. Bring to a boil, stir constantly to prevent sticking. Remove from heat after sauce thickens (should not take longer than 1-2 minutes).
  • Pour stroganoff over pasta. Mix well. Serve. Garnish with something green (parsley, thyme, Italian seasoning, green onions, scallions, etc.). Salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

Pasta preparation tip: Add ~1 Tbsp. salt to boiling water with pasta to add flavor. Don’t worry—the salt dissolves in the entire pot of water, and the pasta absorbs a very small amount. No chance of salt overload as you drain the majority of it off. 

Easy Vegan Stroganoff Recipe

This easy vegan stroganoff recipe is done in 15 minutes. Traditional flavor and hearty texture create classic comfort food. My kids love this recipe!
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 12 ounces pasta
  • 20 ounces mushrooms sliced
  • 1 onion yellow, red or sweet; sliced
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 Tbsp. Bragg Liquid aminos substitute soy sauce of choice or coconut aminos for soy free
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil substitute preferred oil or skip
  • 2 cup water
  • 2 tsp. vegetable bouillon paste
  • 5.4 ounces yogurt, plain plant-based, substitute coconut milk with a splash of lemon juice to sour
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 2 Tbsp. arrowroot powder substitute other thickening flour or corn starch
  • 1 tsp. thyme

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. [Cook tip: add 1 Tbsp. salt to boiling water with pasta. See note below.] Set timer and remove from water when pasta is al dente (firm, not mushy). Drain.
  • Add sliced mushrooms, onion and minced garlic into a large skillet. Dash with liquid aminos and sesame oil. Saute until soft (~10 minutes). Add a splash of water and/or lower the heat if sticking occurs.
  • In a small bowl or large measuring cup, whisk water and bouillon paste to form vegetable broth. Add yogurt, yeast flakes, arrowroot and thyme to make stroganoff sauce. Whisk until well blended.
  • Pour stroganoff sauce over the mushrooms and onions. Bring to a boil, stir constantly to prevent sticking. Remove from heat after sauce thickens (should not take longer than 1-2 minutes).
  • Pour stroganoff over pasta. Mix well. Serve. Garnish with something green (parsley, thyme, Italian seasoning, green onions, scallions, etc.). Salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

Pasta preparation tip: Add ~1 Tbsp. salt to boiling water with pasta to add flavor. Don’t worry—the salt dissolves in the entire pot of water, and the pasta absorbs a very small amount. No chance of salt overload as you drain the majority of it off. 
Easy Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Recipe

Easy Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Recipe

Easy Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Recipe

Once the butternut squash is baked, this meal takes 10 minutes--almost as fast and WAY healthier than the store-bought box of crap. Add a bag of frozen peas and top with Italian bread crumbs for a plant-based meal that qualifies as traditional comfort food.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 butternut squash, whole baked
  • 12 ounces pasta (macaroni shapes) look for high protein and fiber varieties
  • 1/4 onion red, yellow or sweet, substitute 2 tsp. powder
  • 1 garlic clove substitute 1 tsp. powder
  • 1 cup nuts, raw cashews, walnuts or almonds
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes optional
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar substitute any vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Instructions
 

  • In advance, place a whole butternut squash on a baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for ~45 minutes. Remove from oven once it starts to brown on top and a knife penetrates easily. Set aside and allow it to cool. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water. [Cook tip: Add ~1 Tbsp. salt to boiling water with pasta to add flavor.]
  • Cut open squash. Use a spoon to remove the seeds. Using a spoon or a peeling knife, strip the squash away from the skin and add to the blender. Do not spend excessive time peeling away every last bit of skin. It's edible and adds fiber. Remove as much as you can and let the blender take care of the rest.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the blender to make the cheese sauce. Mix on high until creamy and smooth.
  • Pour cheese sauce over the pasta. Mix well and serve.

Notes

My kids love this dish even more when I add a package of frozen peas and top with Italian flavored bread crumbs or croutons.
Sticky Blender Solution: Did you know that your blender will wash itself? Yep. Just fill it 2/3 water and a drop of dish soap. Blend until clean.
Pasta preparation tip: Add ~1 Tbsp. salt to boiling water with pasta to add flavor. Don’t worry—the salt dissolves in the entire pot of water, and the pasta absorbs only a small amount. No chance of salt overload as you drain the majority of it off.

Easy Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Recipe

Once the butternut squash is baked, this meal takes 10 minutes--almost as fast and WAY healthier than the store-bought box of crap. Add a bag of frozen peas and top with Italian bread crumbs for a plant-based meal that qualifies as traditional comfort food.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 butternut squash, whole baked
  • 12 ounces pasta (macaroni shapes) look for high protein and fiber varieties
  • 1/4 onion red, yellow or sweet, substitute 2 tsp. powder
  • 1 garlic clove substitute 1 tsp. powder
  • 1 cup nuts, raw cashews, walnuts or almonds
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes optional
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar substitute any vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Instructions
 

  • In advance, place a whole butternut squash on a baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for ~45 minutes. Remove from oven once it starts to brown on top and a knife penetrates easily. Set aside and allow it to cool. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water. [Cook tip: Add ~1 Tbsp. salt to boiling water with pasta to add flavor.]
  • Cut open squash. Use a spoon to remove the seeds. Using a spoon or a peeling knife, strip the squash away from the skin and add to the blender. Do not spend excessive time peeling away every last bit of skin. It's edible and adds fiber. Remove as much as you can and let the blender take care of the rest.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the blender to make the cheese sauce. Mix on high until creamy and smooth.
  • Pour cheese sauce over the pasta. Mix well and serve.

Notes

My kids love this dish even more when I add a package of frozen peas and top with Italian flavored bread crumbs or croutons.
Sticky Blender Solution: Did you know that your blender will wash itself? Yep. Just fill it 2/3 water and a drop of dish soap. Blend until clean.
Pasta preparation tip: Add ~1 Tbsp. salt to boiling water with pasta to add flavor. Don’t worry—the salt dissolves in the entire pot of water, and the pasta absorbs only a small amount. No chance of salt overload as you drain the majority of it off.
Buffalo Chickpea Salad

Buffalo Chickpea Salad

Buffalo Chickpea Salad

Quick and easy, delicious, plant-based, whole food dish, high in fiber and protein. Perfect substitute for tuna, egg, or ham salad. Serve on a sandwich, as a side or over a bed of greens as the main course.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Main Dish, Sides and Snacks
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 15 ounce canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 14 ounces tofu, extra firm drained
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise plant-based, substitute plain yogurt or preferred salad dressing
  • 1/3 cup buffalo sauce (or preferred pepper sauce)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup celery diced (optional), substitute bell pepper or other crunchy veggie
  • 1/2 red onion finely chopped; substitute green onions

Instructions
 

  • Drain the chick peas and the tofu. In a large bowl, use an immersion blend to mash (use a food processor or hand press with a fork if you don't have a stick blender).
  • Stir in the rest of the ingredients.

Notes

Want a chickpea salad with a little less spice? Try this!

Buffalo Chickpea Salad

Quick and easy, delicious, plant-based, whole food dish, high in fiber and protein. Perfect substitute for tuna, egg, or ham salad. Serve on a sandwich, as a side or over a bed of greens as the main course.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Main Dish, Sides and Snacks
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 15 ounce canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 14 ounces tofu, extra firm drained
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise plant-based, substitute plain yogurt or preferred salad dressing
  • 1/3 cup buffalo sauce (or preferred pepper sauce)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup celery diced (optional), substitute bell pepper or other crunchy veggie
  • 1/2 red onion finely chopped; substitute green onions

Instructions
 

  • Drain the chick peas and the tofu. In a large bowl, use an immersion blend to mash (use a food processor or hand press with a fork if you don't have a stick blender).
  • Stir in the rest of the ingredients.

Notes

Want a chickpea salad with a little less spice? Try this!
Simple Smoky Cream Pasta

Simple Smoky Cream Pasta

Simple Smoky Cream Pasta

Plant-based meals can be easy and delicious comfort food. Make simple, smoky cream pasta with ingredients you probably have in your pantry. If you don't have these exact ingredients, see recipe notes for ideas.
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

Smoky cream sauce

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil optional: substitute water
  • 1 onion any variety; chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced; substitute 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 cup veggie broth substitute 1 cup water + 1 tsp. veggie bouillon
  • 14 ounce can of coconut milk substitute 1.5 cups any plant milk
  • 1 Tbsp. Liquid Bragg's aminos substitute any soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard substitute lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika substitute 1/8 tsp. Liquid smoke
  • 1/4 cup arrow root flour substitute any fine-ground all-purpose flour for thickening purposes
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes optional

Add-ins

  • 16 ounces pasta of choice
  • 14 ounce canned beans substitute lentils
  • 5 ounces mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 cups broccoli chopped: fresh or frozen
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Tip: Add salt to cooking water once it boils to infuse pasta with flavor. Drain and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, saute chopped onion in olive oil (or just splash with water to avoid sticking) until translucent (5-7 minutes) on low to medium heat. If using fresh broccoli (or other fresh produce), add in the last minute or two and cook until soft and bright.
  • In a large measuring cup, whisk together minced garlic cloves, veggie broth, coconut milk, Liquid Bragg's, mustard, thyme, smoked paprika, arrow root and yeast flakes. Make sure flour is dissolved. Pour over the onion and stir as the sauce thickens.
  • Add beans, mushrooms and any alternative add-ins as the sauce thickens. Remove from heat promptly to avoid sticking. Add pasta and stir.
  • Garnish with vegan Parmesan topping (see recipe below), pine nuts, green onions, dried herbs like Italian seasoning, cracked pepper

Notes

Pasta preparation tip: Add ~1 Tbsp. salt to boiling water with pasta to add flavor. Don’t worry—the salt dissolves in the entire pot of water, and the pasta absorbs a very small amount. No chance of salt overload as you drain the majority of it off.
Veggie Broth vs. Bouillon: Store bought organic veggie broth can be very expensive. I use Organic Better than Bouillon Vegetable Base, which allows me to make as little (or as much) as I need without paying $1/cup (it's about $0.20 cents/cup). Running low on groceries?
Add-ins are optional! Search your fridge, freezer and pantry and use what you have.
Pantry items: dried (rehydrate) or canned mushrooms, artichoke hearts or hearts of palm, sun-dried tomatoes, green chilis or jalepenos.
Frozen veggies: peas, corn, spinach, edamame, butternut squash, green beans, carrots
Fresh produce: bell peppers, carrots, zucchini, squash, spinach, kale, asparagus, cherry tomatoes,
Tasty Topping Recipe: Vegan Parmesan 

Simple Smoky Cream Pasta

Plant-based meals can be easy and delicious comfort food. Make simple, smoky cream pasta with ingredients you probably have in your pantry. If you don't have these exact ingredients, see recipe notes for ideas.
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

Smoky cream sauce

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil optional: substitute water
  • 1 onion any variety; chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced; substitute 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 cup veggie broth substitute 1 cup water + 1 tsp. veggie bouillon
  • 14 ounce can of coconut milk substitute 1.5 cups any plant milk
  • 1 Tbsp. Liquid Bragg's aminos substitute any soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard substitute lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika substitute 1/8 tsp. Liquid smoke
  • 1/4 cup arrow root flour substitute any fine-ground all-purpose flour for thickening purposes
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes optional

Add-ins

  • 16 ounces pasta of choice
  • 14 ounce canned beans substitute lentils
  • 5 ounces mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 cups broccoli chopped: fresh or frozen
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Tip: Add salt to cooking water once it boils to infuse pasta with flavor. Drain and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, saute chopped onion in olive oil (or just splash with water to avoid sticking) until translucent (5-7 minutes) on low to medium heat. If using fresh broccoli (or other fresh produce), add in the last minute or two and cook until soft and bright.
  • In a large measuring cup, whisk together minced garlic cloves, veggie broth, coconut milk, Liquid Bragg's, mustard, thyme, smoked paprika, arrow root and yeast flakes. Make sure flour is dissolved. Pour over the onion and stir as the sauce thickens.
  • Add beans, mushrooms and any alternative add-ins as the sauce thickens. Remove from heat promptly to avoid sticking. Add pasta and stir.
  • Garnish with vegan Parmesan topping (see recipe below), pine nuts, green onions, dried herbs like Italian seasoning, cracked pepper

Notes

Pasta preparation tip: Add ~1 Tbsp. salt to boiling water with pasta to add flavor. Don’t worry—the salt dissolves in the entire pot of water, and the pasta absorbs a very small amount. No chance of salt overload as you drain the majority of it off.
Veggie Broth vs. Bouillon: Store bought organic veggie broth can be very expensive. I use Organic Better than Bouillon Vegetable Base, which allows me to make as little (or as much) as I need without paying $1/cup (it's about $0.20 cents/cup). Running low on groceries?
Add-ins are optional! Search your fridge, freezer and pantry and use what you have.
Pantry items: dried (rehydrate) or canned mushrooms, artichoke hearts or hearts of palm, sun-dried tomatoes, green chilis or jalepenos.
Frozen veggies: peas, corn, spinach, edamame, butternut squash, green beans, carrots
Fresh produce: bell peppers, carrots, zucchini, squash, spinach, kale, asparagus, cherry tomatoes,
Tasty Topping Recipe: Vegan Parmesan 
Spinach Artichoke Mac & Cheese Recipe

Spinach Artichoke Mac & Cheese Recipe

Spinach Artichoke Mac and Cheese

Spinach Artichoke Mac and Cheese is delicious, plant-based comfort food with 17 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber per serving. Fast, 1-pot prep with pantry and freezer ingredients.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces pasta use whatever you have
  • 1 cup cashews see recipe notes for substitution options
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bag frozen riced cauliflower ~2 cups, substitute can of white beans
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes optional: replace with 1/2 tsp ground mustard and/or a splash of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 red onion substitute 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 5 garlic cloves substitute 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 14 ounce artichoke hearts drained
  • 1 bag frozen spinach or 5 cups fresh
  • 14 ounce canned lentils or ~1 3/4 cups cooked
  • 1 cup bread crumbs optional, see notes
  • 1/2 cup vegan cheese optional

Instructions
 

  • If working with frozen cauliflower and spinach, place packages in sink and cover with warm water to thaw.
  • In a large soup pot, bring water to boil for pasta. Optional: when water reaches boiling point, add salt to the water to give pasta flavor (about 1 Tbsp per 8 cups). Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente.
  • Add to the blender the cashews and water (or a substitute as discussed in the recipe notes), riced cauliflower, yeast flakes, onion, garlic and salt. Puree until creamy and smooth. Add the artichoke hearts and pulse into small chunks.
  • Drain the pasta. Keep the pasta in the colander and add spinach to the warm pot. Heat on low until wilted or thawed. Splash with water to avoid sticking.
  • Return pasta to the pot and stir in cream sauce. At this point, it's done and delicious. You can serve as is.
  • Or, preheat broiler. Top with bread crumbs and vegan cheese. Broil a few minutes until bubbly and browning. I did not switch to a casserole dish. Just lowered the oven rack and used the soup pot.

Notes

Pasta: Use whatever you have. I like the high protein and fiber gluten free pastas that have recently come to the market. For this recipe, I used Banza rotini made from chickpeas. 
Pasta preparation tip: Add ~1 Tbsp. salt to boiling water with pasta to add flavor. Don’t worry—the salt dissolves in the entire pot of water, and the pasta absorbs a very small amount. No chance of salt overload as you drain the majority of it off.
No Cashews? If you don't or can't have cashews, you have options. You can use walnuts or almonds, and if tree nuts are a problem, try pumpkin, sunflower or sesame seeds (substitute one cup of nuts or seeds and add with 1 cup of water). Alternatively, you could use a can of white beans, lentils, a block of tofu, or hummus. You could also double the riced cauliflower or add another can of artichoke hearts. Other options that make great cream sauces are potatoes, yellow squash and pumpkin. How much do you add? Replace 1 cup of cashews and 1 cup of water with one ~14 ounce can or the amount needed to generate about 1 3/4 cups of puree.
Breadcrumbs: Got stale bread?--throw that into the blender along with some garlic and onion powder or other seasonings. Bam. Bread crumbs).
Sticky Blender Solution: Did you know that your blender will wash itself? Yep. Just fill it 2/3 water and a drop of dish soap. Blend until clean.
Love mac and cheese? Try my other recipes:

Dairy free, high protein with extra veggies. Kids give this 5 stars!


Vegan Mac & Cheese (Dairy, Gluten and Soy Free)


Macaroni & Cheese (Nut-free version)


Dairy Free Alfredo Sauce

Spinach Artichoke Mac and Cheese

Spinach Artichoke Mac and Cheese is delicious, plant-based comfort food with 17 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber per serving. Fast, 1-pot prep with pantry and freezer ingredients.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces pasta use whatever you have
  • 1 cup cashews see recipe notes for substitution options
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bag frozen riced cauliflower ~2 cups, substitute can of white beans
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes optional: replace with 1/2 tsp ground mustard and/or a splash of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 red onion substitute 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 5 garlic cloves substitute 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 14 ounce artichoke hearts drained
  • 1 bag frozen spinach or 5 cups fresh
  • 14 ounce canned lentils or ~1 3/4 cups cooked
  • 1 cup bread crumbs optional, see notes
  • 1/2 cup vegan cheese optional

Instructions
 

  • If working with frozen cauliflower and spinach, place packages in sink and cover with warm water to thaw.
  • In a large soup pot, bring water to boil for pasta. Optional: when water reaches boiling point, add salt to the water to give pasta flavor (about 1 Tbsp per 8 cups). Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente.
  • Add to the blender the cashews and water (or a substitute as discussed in the recipe notes), riced cauliflower, yeast flakes, onion, garlic and salt. Puree until creamy and smooth. Add the artichoke hearts and pulse into small chunks.
  • Drain the pasta. Keep the pasta in the colander and add spinach to the warm pot. Heat on low until wilted or thawed. Splash with water to avoid sticking.
  • Return pasta to the pot and stir in cream sauce. At this point, it's done and delicious. You can serve as is.
  • Or, preheat broiler. Top with bread crumbs and vegan cheese. Broil a few minutes until bubbly and browning. I did not switch to a casserole dish. Just lowered the oven rack and used the soup pot.

Notes

Pasta: Use whatever you have. I like the high protein and fiber gluten free pastas that have recently come to the market. For this recipe, I used Banza rotini made from chickpeas. 
Pasta preparation tip: Add ~1 Tbsp. salt to boiling water with pasta to add flavor. Don’t worry—the salt dissolves in the entire pot of water, and the pasta absorbs a very small amount. No chance of salt overload as you drain the majority of it off.
No Cashews? If you don't or can't have cashews, you have options. You can use walnuts or almonds, and if tree nuts are a problem, try pumpkin, sunflower or sesame seeds (substitute one cup of nuts or seeds and add with 1 cup of water). Alternatively, you could use a can of white beans, lentils, a block of tofu, or hummus. You could also double the riced cauliflower or add another can of artichoke hearts. Other options that make great cream sauces are potatoes, yellow squash and pumpkin. How much do you add? Replace 1 cup of cashews and 1 cup of water with one ~14 ounce can or the amount needed to generate about 1 3/4 cups of puree.
Breadcrumbs: Got stale bread?--throw that into the blender along with some garlic and onion powder or other seasonings. Bam. Bread crumbs).
Sticky Blender Solution: Did you know that your blender will wash itself? Yep. Just fill it 2/3 water and a drop of dish soap. Blend until clean.
Love mac and cheese? Try my other recipes:

Dairy free, high protein with extra veggies. Kids give this 5 stars!


Vegan Mac & Cheese (Dairy, Gluten and Soy Free)


Macaroni & Cheese (Nut-free version)


Dairy Free Alfredo Sauce

Vegan Creamed Spinach Recipe

Vegan Creamed Spinach Recipe

Vegan Creamed Spinach Recipe

This rich, vegan creamed spinach has an elegant Steakhouse-style presentation--sans butter, cream and cheese. Plant-based recipes can be as simple and delicious as their artery-clogging counterparts. Easy prep, and done within 10 minutes. Make this with other leafy greens as well, such as swiss chard, mustard, collard or beet greens and kale.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Sides and Snacks
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 14 ounce white beans cannellini, navy, garbanzo or or other
  • 1/4 cup cashews substitute walnut or almonds
  • 1/2 Sweet Onion loosely chopped, substitute 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 cloves of garlic substitute 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast flakes
  • 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar substitute lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • pepper to taste
  • dash of nutmeg or red pepper flakes optional
  • 10-15 ounces fresh spinach frozen ok

Instructions
 

  • Blend all ingredients except spinach until creamy and smooth.
  • Transfer cream to a skillet. Turn on low heat. Add spinach by the handfuls, stirring constantly, adding more spinach as each batch wilts. If sticking occurs, either reduce the heat or splash with water. Remove from heat as last batch cooks. If using a cast iron skillet, remove from heat before it's finished as it will continue to cook.
  • Alternately, sauté spinach on low heat in a little water before adding the cream. As the volume decreases, add the cream sauce. Remove from heat.

Notes

Sticky Blender Solution: Did you know that your blender will wash itself? Yep. Just fill it 2/3 water and a drop of dish soap. Blend until clean.
The volume of this dish depends on how you cook the spinach. If you use the second method, or substitute frozen spinach, the spinach is evenly cooked. If significantly reduced, you may need to hold back some of the sauce (or add more spinach). This is why I prefer the first method, as some of the spinach leaves remain large and fresh looking. Cooking in cast iron skillets is a bit "touchy."  but it can work. A stainless steel skillet would be easier. Either way, keep the heat low and stir constantly.

Vegan Creamed Spinach Recipe

This rich, vegan creamed spinach has an elegant Steakhouse-style presentation--sans butter, cream and cheese. Plant-based recipes can be as simple and delicious as their artery-clogging counterparts. Easy prep, and done within 10 minutes. Make this with other leafy greens as well, such as swiss chard, mustard, collard or beet greens and kale.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Sides and Snacks
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 14 ounce white beans cannellini, navy, garbanzo or or other
  • 1/4 cup cashews substitute walnut or almonds
  • 1/2 Sweet Onion loosely chopped, substitute 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 cloves of garlic substitute 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast flakes
  • 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar substitute lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • pepper to taste
  • dash of nutmeg or red pepper flakes optional
  • 10-15 ounces fresh spinach frozen ok

Instructions
 

  • Blend all ingredients except spinach until creamy and smooth.
  • Transfer cream to a skillet. Turn on low heat. Add spinach by the handfuls, stirring constantly, adding more spinach as each batch wilts. If sticking occurs, either reduce the heat or splash with water. Remove from heat as last batch cooks. If using a cast iron skillet, remove from heat before it's finished as it will continue to cook.
  • Alternately, sauté spinach on low heat in a little water before adding the cream. As the volume decreases, add the cream sauce. Remove from heat.

Notes

Sticky Blender Solution: Did you know that your blender will wash itself? Yep. Just fill it 2/3 water and a drop of dish soap. Blend until clean.
The volume of this dish depends on how you cook the spinach. If you use the second method, or substitute frozen spinach, the spinach is evenly cooked. If significantly reduced, you may need to hold back some of the sauce (or add more spinach). This is why I prefer the first method, as some of the spinach leaves remain large and fresh looking. Cooking in cast iron skillets is a bit "touchy."  but it can work. A stainless steel skillet would be easier. Either way, keep the heat low and stir constantly.
Spinach Artichoke Spaghetti Squash

Spinach Artichoke Spaghetti Squash

Spinach Artichoke Spaghetti Squash

Spinach artichoke spaghetti squash upgrades the rich and tangy classic into a comforting, plant-based meal packed with fiber and protein. No dairy, oil or added sugar, quick and easy prep.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Dish
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

Spaghetti squash

  • 1 spaghetti squash

Spinach artichoke cream sauce

  • 1 cup cashews soaked if possible, substitute/combine with walnuts or almonds
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 Sweet Onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar substitute lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 14 ounce artichoke hearts drained
  • 5 ounces fresh spinach ~4 cups (or use 10 oz package of frozen)
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs OPTIONAL
  • 1/2 cup vegan shredded cheese OPTIONAL

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove sticker from squash. Place whole in oven on a baking sheet. Bake 35-40 minutes (depending on size). Err on the side of caution as you don't want to overcook. You want the strands to be firm, not mushy. Remove from oven when it starts to brown on top. Immediately cut open to release steam and stop the baking. Check for doneness using a fork to separate the strands. Return to oven if not soft enough. Allow to cool. Remove seeds and fluff strands with a fork.
  • While the squash is baking, add all of the cream ingredients except the artichoke and spinach to blender. Blend until creamy and smooth. Drain the artichoke hearts and add to blender. If using frozen spinach, add that now and skip the next step. Pulse a few times to chop, but don't puree. Chunks are good.
  • [Only if using fresh spinach], transfer cream to a sauce pan. Add the spinach. Heat on low and stir continuously until spinach is bright green and wilted. Remove from heat.
  • Pour spinach artichoke cream sauce into the spaghetti squash. Stir to blend the layers. Alternatively, you can transfer the spaghetti squash from its skin into a casserole dish and blend in the cream. Sprinkle with optional toppings (bread crumbs and vegan cheese) if desired.
  • Set oven to broil. Broil for 3-4 minutes. Do not walk away—watch it. It goes from bubbly to burned in seconds.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut through the strands. Use a spatula to transfer to plate. Garnish with black pepper and serve.

Notes

If your spaghetti squash is very large, consider increasing the amount of spinach artichoke cream by half or even double.
Cashews are expensive. Walnuts and almonds are too, but less so. Substitute with either. Look for bulk cashews on Amazon. Soak the entire batch overnight. Dry and store in freezer. Then they are always ready to go. Learn more about the importance of soaking nuts and beans.

Spinach Artichoke Spaghetti Squash

Spinach artichoke spaghetti squash upgrades the rich and tangy classic into a comforting, plant-based meal packed with fiber and protein. No dairy, oil or added sugar, quick and easy prep.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Dish
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

Spaghetti squash

  • 1 spaghetti squash

Spinach artichoke cream sauce

  • 1 cup cashews soaked if possible, substitute/combine with walnuts or almonds
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 Sweet Onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar substitute lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 14 ounce artichoke hearts drained
  • 5 ounces fresh spinach ~4 cups (or use 10 oz package of frozen)
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs OPTIONAL
  • 1/2 cup vegan shredded cheese OPTIONAL

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove sticker from squash. Place whole in oven on a baking sheet. Bake 35-40 minutes (depending on size). Err on the side of caution as you don't want to overcook. You want the strands to be firm, not mushy. Remove from oven when it starts to brown on top. Immediately cut open to release steam and stop the baking. Check for doneness using a fork to separate the strands. Return to oven if not soft enough. Allow to cool. Remove seeds and fluff strands with a fork.
  • While the squash is baking, add all of the cream ingredients except the artichoke and spinach to blender. Blend until creamy and smooth. Drain the artichoke hearts and add to blender. If using frozen spinach, add that now and skip the next step. Pulse a few times to chop, but don't puree. Chunks are good.
  • [Only if using fresh spinach], transfer cream to a sauce pan. Add the spinach. Heat on low and stir continuously until spinach is bright green and wilted. Remove from heat.
  • Pour spinach artichoke cream sauce into the spaghetti squash. Stir to blend the layers. Alternatively, you can transfer the spaghetti squash from its skin into a casserole dish and blend in the cream. Sprinkle with optional toppings (bread crumbs and vegan cheese) if desired.
  • Set oven to broil. Broil for 3-4 minutes. Do not walk away—watch it. It goes from bubbly to burned in seconds.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut through the strands. Use a spatula to transfer to plate. Garnish with black pepper and serve.

Notes

If your spaghetti squash is very large, consider increasing the amount of spinach artichoke cream by half or even double.
Cashews are expensive. Walnuts and almonds are too, but less so. Substitute with either. Look for bulk cashews on Amazon. Soak the entire batch overnight. Dry and store in freezer. Then they are always ready to go. Learn more about the importance of soaking nuts and beans.

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