2 cups almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
2 cups medium shell macaroni
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded or grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Spray 11″x7″ baking dish with nonstick oil.
Cook macaroni in salted boiling water for 6 minutes.
Drain macaroni and set aside.
Heat milk in large saucepan.
Add the cooked macaroni shells and cauliflower florets.
Season well with salt and pepper.
Cook for 3-5 minutes, until cauliflower and macaroni are tender and sauce is thickened.
Add butter, cheddar and mozzarella cheeses and mustard.
Stir and cook over low heat until cheese has melted.
Pour macaroni mixture into prepared baking dish.
Top with Parmesan cheese and paprika (can add more cheddar cheese, if desired).
Place casserole in the upper third of over to brown (watch carefully).
Remove from oven.
Ready to dig in…
Serves 4 – 6
Note: To make this a vegan dish, use plant-based butter and non-dairy cheeses.
Nonstick cooking spray
1 large unpeeled eggplant
1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cups marinara sauce, store-bought or homemade
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup shredded or grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400°
Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Cut off and discard both ends of the eggplant.
Slice eggplant into 1/2 inch thick rounds.
Arrange slices in a single layer on baking sheet.
Brush tops of slices with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until eggplant is soft and golden brown.
Remove from oven.
Top each slice with approximately 1 tablespoon marinara sauce and 1 tablespoon mozzarella cheese.
Sprinkle slices with the Parmesan cheese.
Bake for 5 – 10 minutes, or until the cheese is hot and bubbly.
Note: Substitute the cheeses for non-dairy ones to make this vegan.
Inspired by a recipe from Joy Bauer, MS, RDN
1 large eggplant (about 1 1/2 pounds), trimmed and sliced lengthwise into four 1/2-inch thick planks
1/2 cup BBQ sauce, divided
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 ounces cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 red onion, halved and sliced into thin wedges
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 slices non-dairy provolone or mozzarella cheese (1/8-inch thick slices)
4 ciabatta or hoagie rolls, split and toasted
1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
2 pepperoncini peppers, from a jar, thinly sliced
Position oven rack six inches from the heat source and preheat broiler on high.
Line broiler pan or rimmed baking sheet with foil.
Brush eggplant slices on both sides with 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
Arrange slices on foil-lined pan.
Broil eggplant until browned and soft, about 4 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, toss mushrooms and red onion with oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and reserve.
Remove broiler pan from oven, flip eggplant slices, and brush with 2 more tablespoons BBQ sauce.
Scatter mushroom mixture around the eggplant on the pan and broil until browned and soft, about 3 minutes more.
Add 1 slice of cheese to each eggplant plank and continue to broil until cheese is melted and browned, about 2 minutes more.
To assemble the sandwiches, brush the top toasted half of each roll with 1 tablespoon mayonnaise and each bottom half with 1 tablespoon BBQ sauce.
Layer an eggplant slice, some mushroom mixture, and a few slices of pepperoncini on the bottom of each roll.
Close the sandwiches and serve immediately.
Note: Makes 4 sandwiches
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large bunch broccoli, stalks and flowerettes, finely chopped
16 ounce bag baby carrots, chopped
16 ounce box lasagna noodles
1 container silken tofu
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
salt to taste
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, vegan
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, vegan
2 – 24 ounce jars tomato sauce, divided
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a large skillet, heat olive oil on medium heat and saute chopped broccoli and carrots until tender, about 7 minutes.
Place in a large bowl and refrigerate until cool.
Cook noodles, drain, and lay flat until cool.
Mix silken tofu with garlic powder, oregano, basil and salt.
Add silken tofu mixture, Parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese to the bowl of broccoli and carrots, mix well.
Using a spatula, spread 1/2 cup of the filling onto length of each lasagna noodle, leaving 1/2 inch space at each end so roll-ups do not overflow.
Roll each one up tightly.
Spread 1 jar of the tomato sauce on the bottom of a deep baking pan.
Place roll-ups seam side down.
Cover pan with tin foil and bake in oven for 45 minutes.
Remove from oven and top with the remaining tomato sauce.
Bake uncovered for 15 more minutes.