Entrees

Baked Vegan Broccoli Mac and Cheese

After I found this cheese sauce, I started actively searching for ways to use it, since everyone loved it so much. Since my kids were already addicted to dairy-based mac and cheese, I thought why not toss something together they’ll love and their bodies will love too? Enter Baked Vegan Broccoli Mac and Cheese.

It was a hit, and it’s easily customizable. I even doused my serving with Frank’s Red Hot to spice it up a bit. What else can we do with this? Old Bay seasoning maybe? Add some tomatoes? How about some beefless crumbles for a “meaty” flavor?

You’re welcome to experiment with this and let me know how it went in the comments! I’ll do the same.

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Purely Plant-Based Baked Ziti

I love me some cheesy baked ziti. That’s why I needed to come up with a plant-based version of one of my favorites, and I think I did pretty well. The time listed here doesn’t include the sauce, ricotta, and parmesan batches, so add those times in if they’re not already made. This one isn’t a quick after-work recipe, so reserve this for a lazy Sunday or a special holiday dinner.

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Vegan Baked (Not Fried) Green Tomatoes

My wife loves fried green tomatoes. They’re her favorite thing that her mom makes, so I wanted to see if I could make a plant-based, oil-free version that’s close to as good as her mom’s (and score some points while I’m at it). Challenge accepted!

I made these with whole wheat panko breadcrumbs, powdered egg substitute, and white whole wheat flour, and baked them. And they were a hit! This recipe is for a pretty plain version, so feel free to spruce it up to your own liking. When I made these the first time, I made them into sandwiches with avocado, lettuce, and my Oil-free Vegan “Fiesta” Mayonnaise.

If you’re looking to add some flavor to the breading, I would suggest using seasoned crumbs (or adding your own seasonings). Another idea might be to add Vegan Parmesan Cheese Topping either to the bread crumbs or after baking (or both)!  Enjoy.

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Avocado Pad Thai

“Kev cook Thai… Kev cook Thai very well…”

If you live in my house, you have to listen to me say that every time I make this. It’s required or you’re not allowed to indulge in this tasty dish. I’m a fan of “dad jokes” and that Meet the Parents reference invokes the intended eye-rolls from my wife and kids.

Since this plant-based version of Pad Thai is my wife’s favorite, she’ll put up with my bad jokes in order to get me to make this as often as possible. And the kids love it too! (The food, not the jokes.)

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Super Easy Oil-Free Vegan Tomato Sauce

I was raised on this tomato sauce. This recipe was given to me by my Italian mother, and then I “veganized” it to create an oil-free vegan tomato sauce that’s compliant with the WFPB diet. And I’ll be honest with you, I can’t tell the difference. Not only is my version as delicious as hers, it’s way healthier. She starts hers with olive oil and Italian sausage, and the sausage really gives her sauce a great flavor. In order to replicate that flavor but keep the sauce meatless, I added fennel seed, a key component of Italian sausage. To complete the transition to an oil-free vegan tomato sauce, I swapped out her olive oil for white wine.

So no, it’s not a “start with a bushel of tomatoes and cook them down all day” kind of traditional Italian sauce, but it’s damn good. Let’s be honest. Who the hell wants to go through all of that every time you want sauce when you can buy canned tomatoes and sauce, saving both time and money? Not me. And probably not you.

Feel free to customize this recipe to suit your tastes. Add mushrooms, veggies, soy protein crumbles, whatever you like. Enjoy!

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Veggie Sushi Bowls

Easy, healthy and delicious — the trifecta. Sushi bowls are a common occurrence in the Davis house. Even Ryan’s carnivorous friends in the neighborhood love these! For us, the secret ingredient is the raspberries. They bring in the sweetness to balance the savory and jack up the kid-friendliness of this dish. We’ve even done these with strawberries in a pinch when raspberries weren’t available.

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