Cauliflower Mac & Cheeze

I received the most beautiful, purple-hued cauliflower from my stepmother the other day. It was gifted from a friend's garden and somehow, lucky for me, found it's way into my little hands. I plucked off a few florets for a soup (the thing was giant!) but kept the remainder safe in the fridge. Pondering what to do with such a special brassica, I knew it had to be the star of a unique dish.

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Produce On Parade - Cauliflower Mac & Cheeze - This lightened vegan mac and cheeze made with cauliflower is creamy and rich, and as always the nutritional yeast lends that proper "cheesy" flavor.

Instead, a wicked mac & cheese craving hit and it ended up in a cheesy cauliflower sauce for shell noodles. So, it might not have been the most proper dish to showcase a purple cauliflower...but it was so tasty and satisfying. I guess I'll just have to wait for my next fun-colored veggie to come along!

This dish is slightly adapted from my recipe for mac and cheese made with sweet potato. The cauliflower version is slightly less sweet tasting than the potato one, but still just as creamy and delectable. 

If you follow the recipe as is, there's a lot of sauce. I prefer my mac and cheeze exceptionally saucy so I add it all, but if you prefer, only add half and save the rest for later or just cut the sauce ingredients in half. 

Produce On Parade - Cauliflower Mac & Cheeze - This lightened vegan mac and cheeze made with cauliflower is creamy and rich, and as always the nutritional yeast lends that proper "cheesy" flavor.

Isn't she a beaut? 

Produce On Parade - Cauliflower Mac & Cheeze - This lightened vegan mac and cheeze made with cauliflower is creamy and rich, and as always the nutritional yeast lends that proper "cheesy" flavor.
Produce On Parade - Cauliflower Mac & Cheeze - This lightened vegan mac and cheeze made with cauliflower is creamy and rich, and as always the nutritional yeast lends that proper "cheesy" flavor.
Produce On Parade - Cauliflower Mac & Cheeze - This lightened vegan mac and cheeze made with cauliflower is creamy and rich, and as always the nutritional yeast lends that proper "cheesy" flavor.
Produce On Parade - Cauliflower Mac & Cheeze - This lightened vegan mac and cheeze made with cauliflower is creamy and rich, and as always the nutritional yeast lends that proper "cheesy" flavor.
Produce On Parade - Cauliflower Mac & Cheeze - This lightened vegan mac and cheeze made with cauliflower is creamy and rich, and as always the nutritional yeast lends that proper "cheesy" flavor.

I know you're going to love this non-dairy, 100% vegan mac & cheeze. It's a tricksy way to sneak some healthy vegetables into a child's/husband's diet and also on the lighter side of the calorie scale too!

Produce On Parade - Cauliflower Mac & Cheeze - This lightened vegan mac and cheeze made with cauliflower is creamy and rich, and as always the nutritional yeast lends that proper "cheesy" flavor.
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Cauliflower Mac & Cheeze
This lightened vegan mac and cheeze made with cauliflower is creamy and rich, and as always the nutritional yeast lends that proper "cheesy" flavor. Notes: For a very saucy dish, add the entire cheeze sauce or save half for later if you prefer.
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. dry pasta
  • 1 small head of cauliflower (8-12 oz), florets only
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1 cup unsweetened, plain coconut or soymilk
  • heaping ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • ½ Tbsp. liquid aminos or soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric
  • ¼ tsp. mustard (optional)
  • pinch of ground black pepper
Instructions
In a large saucepan, bring a pot of salted water to a boil for the pasta. Once boiling, add and cook according to package, then drain. Break apart the cauliflower florets and steam for no more than 10 minutes, until just tender, in an electric or stovetop steamer. Transfer the florets to a blender.Add the remaining ingredients to the blender as well and blend on high for several minutes, until smooth and creamy. Add half or the entire amount of the sauce to the pasta and stir well to combine. Serve hot.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6
Produce On Parade - Cauliflower Mac & Cheeze - This lightened vegan mac and cheeze made with cauliflower is creamy and rich, and as always the nutritional yeast lends that proper "cheesy" flavor.

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Cauliflower --> Blumenkohl (bloomen-coal) - Blumen means flowers and Kohl means cabbage!

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Healthy Tofu Curry

As a birthday present, I received two artisan tofu packages from a friend. One is tomato basil flavored and the other, curry. Yep, that's how cool being a foodie vegan is. You get unique tofu for your birthday. Obviously, I've been hoarding the stuff while trying to figure out what special dishes to make with them. I figured the curry tofu package was pretty self-explanatory. I was to make a curry with it. Which I did...it did not disappoint. 

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This curry is full of tasty veggies including cauliflower and sweet potato that meld beautifully with aromatic spices and flavorful tofu. No need for special tofu though, this dish will be just as spectacular with plain tofu! 

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Healthy Tofu Curry

Serves 6 

  • Aromatics:
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil (I used unrefined) 
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2-inch knob of ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 Tbsp. ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp.  ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp. chipotle chili powder
  • Sustenance: 
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 small cauliflower, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, diced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 12 oz. extra firm tofu, pressed and diced
  • 4 medium fresh tomatoes, diced
  • Conclusion:
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)
  • glass noodles, rice, or quinoa (to serve with curry)

Notes: I highly recommend prepping the ingredients before starting on this recipe. Measuring all the spices and chopping all the vegetables and tofu beforehand is a smart move for this curry. 

In a very large, heavy-bottomed soup pot heat the coconut oil over medium-low. Now, add in all the aromatic ingredients and saute until the onions become tender.

Add in all the remaining sustenance ingredients and stir well to combine. Cover, turn to medium-low and simmer for about 20-25 minutes until the sweet potatoes and cauliflower are tender.

Next, blend in the tomato paste and the vegetable broth. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

Add in all the remaining sustenance ingredients and stir well to combine. Cover, turn to medium-low and simmer for about 20-25 minutes until the sweet potatoes and cauliflower are tender. 

Produce On Parade - Healthy Tofu Curry Produce On Parade - Healthy Tofu Curry Produce On Parade - Healthy Tofu Curry Produce On Parade - Healthy Tofu CurryMeanwhile cook any noodles, rice, or quinoa you'd like to serve the curry over. Conversely, it can be eaten alone. 

Once the vegetables are tender, remove from heat and stir in the lime juice.

Produce On Parade - Healthy Tofu CurryGarnish with fresh cilantro and serve hot.

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