Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Lentil and Cheeze Biscuit Casserole

Mmm cheezy biscuits. Who doesn't love 'em? 

Casseroles are the perfect meal time idea for the winter. They're always so comforting and hearty. Nothing better this time of year! 

This one is another inspiration from Rachel Ray. From an issue way back in 2007! When we ate beef (begrudgingly). It was tasty and it left quite the impression on us. I've finally gotten around to veganizing it and I couldn't be happier with the outcome. What a tasty dish! There's no doubt you'll love it too and it's quite simple despite having to make biscuits...

Don't worry there's a lazy way out for the biscuits. Nobody needs perfect biscuits anyway. They're biscuits! They're meant to be rugged ;)

Lentil and Cheeze Biscuit Casserole
inspired by Beef and Cheese Potpie from Everyday with Rachel September 2007

4 tbsps, Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks
1-2 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 carrot, diced
2 cups red lentils, rinsed and drained
1 standard large can of diced tomatoes, that might be a 28 oz can or 750 mL
1 cup vegetable broth
Herbamare and pepper
1 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
1 ½ cups AP flour (gluten-free if you please)
2 tsps baking powder
2 cups Daiya Cheddar Cheeze shreds, or whatever flavour you prefer
½ cup dairy-free milk

Grease an 8 X 12in baking dish (or whatever size is handy) and set aside. Preheat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook for a minute or two before adding the carrot. Cook the carrot and onion until the onion is browned and carrot is tender, about 5 mins.

Add the lentils and stir about so the carrot and onion is evenly distributed. Dump in the tomatoes and pour in the broth. Season with Herbamare, pepper, and Worcestershire; stir thoroughly and turn up the heat to medium-high heat. Once the mixture starts bubbling reduce heat to low and simmer the lentils until most of the liquid has evaporated (about 15-20 mins). Stir occasionally!

While all that jazz is happening, preheat the oven to 375˚F. Take out a large bowl and add flour, baking powder, and a pinch of salt. Use your fingers, or a pastry knife if you’re fancy, to cut in the vegan butter and cheeze. Once you’ve got coarse crumbs going on, add in the milk. You should have a shaggy-looking dough.

For nice biscuit presentation, transfer the dough to a floured surface, roll the dough out to about 1/2- inch thick. Cut out your biscuits with a large, round cookie cutter. As large as you’d like. When the lentils are ready transfer them to the baking dish and place the biscuits on top covering the entire surface of lentils.

For the lazy way, drop the dough on top of the lentils.

Place in the oven for 35 mins until the biscuits are browned and baked through. 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Grilled Cheeze with Go Veggie Dairy Free Cheese

Well, we haven't been doing so well with our promise of posting more in 2015 but we're giving it another go! Seeing as I'm basically unemployed at this point, should be relatively easy ;)

Mmmm grilled cheese. Gooey cheese and buttery bread. And such an easy meal time idea!

My grilled cheese didn't end up quite so gooey as I would have liked but hey! it's been quite some time since I've had a grilled cheese. The lack of ooey gooey-ness is not the fault of Go Veggie Dairy-Free cheese slices because I've had grilled cheeses using it since and they have met my ooey gooey expectations. How many times have I said gooey in this post so far?

I really enjoy these Go Veggie Dairy-Free slices. I think they are pretty spot-on in replicating ordinary dairy-full (well not exactly dairy-full but...non-vegan :s) cheese slices.

These slices do have carrageenan in them, much to my dismay I realized this after purchasing them. I wasn't being a saavy shopper...womp womp. So, if you have a problem with that then these slices aren't for you. But if you're not convinced that carrageenan is bad for you then by Jove! you've found yourself a new favourite vegan cheese slice.

Vegan Grilled Cheese (because you need a recipe)

 2 slices of whole wheat bread (gluten-free for some)
1 tsp of vegan margarine
1 1/2 to 2 slices of Go Veggie Dairy-Free cheese slices
2 or 3 slices of a beefsteak tomato (or whatever is in season/available), thinly sliced
a little sprinkle (or crack) of black pepper

Take two slice of bread, put enough cheese on to cover the surface of one slice of bread, entirely. Layer on your tomato slice(s), sprinkle some black pepper over the tomato and close up that sandwich. Margarine-ize one side of the sandwich, place that side down on a pan pre-heated over medium heat and then smear some margarine on the opposite side. Wait til golden to flip, about 5-7 mins and then cook til golden on the other side.

Yay!!! Grilled cheese goodness!

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