Vegan Dracula's Revenge

Delicious roasted garlic and browned vegan sausage mingle in a creamy, cheesy sauce mixed with penne pasta and baked to golden perfect. If you like garlic, cheese, and sausage this dish is going to become a staple!

Produce On Parade - Vegan Dracula's Revenge - Delicious roasted garlic and browned vegan sausage mingle in a creamy, cheesy sauce mixed with penne pasta and baked to golden perfect. If you like garlic, cheese, and sausage this dish is going to become a staple!

Every september for years and years my family would make Dracula’s Revenge. It was my little brothers absolute favorite dish and he would always request it for his birthday. How he even found out about this oddly named pasta bake is beyond me. It seems like a weird request from a seven year old but what do I know.

For some reason, the other day, I was really craving it. Of course Dracula’s Revenge is decidedly NOT vegan but it certainly wasn’t hard to veganize this nostalgic dish. It did not disappoint! Have you ever had or heard of it before?

Produce On Parade - Vegan Dracula's Revenge - Delicious roasted garlic and browned vegan sausage mingle in a creamy, cheesy sauce mixed with penne pasta and baked to golden perfect. If you like garlic, cheese, and sausage this dish is going to become a staple!

Vegan Dracula’s Revenge


Vegan Dracula’s Revenge

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Delicious roasted garlic and browned vegan sausage mingle in a creamy, cheesy sauce mixed with penne pasta and baked to golden perfect. If you like garlic, cheese, and sausage this dish is going to become a staple!

Ingredients
  • 1 large garlic head
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tube (7 oz) Gimme Lean Lightlife Sausage
  • 8 oz dry penne pasta
  • 3 tbsp vegan butter
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups plain, unsweetened soymilk
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • ½ tsp salt, to taste
  • ⅛ tsp dried rosemary
  • ⅛ tsp dry rubbed sage
  • Dash of white pepper
  • A few drops of liquid smoke (optional)
  • ¼ cup shredded vegan mozzarella cheese

Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil for the pasta and preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Remove the excess papery skin from the garlic head but leave the head intact; wrap the entire thing in parchment paper then aluminum foil. Bake for 1 hour then remove from the oven and allow to cool to the touch. Turn up oven to 400° F.
  3. Once cool, separate the cloves and squeeze to extract garlic the pulp. Smash the garlic in a small bowl with the back of a wooden spoon to make a paste; set aside.
  4. In a large cast iron skillet heat the oil over medium-high heat. Break up the sausage into bite size pieces by hand and saute for about 5 minutes until browned. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. When the water is boiling, cook the pasta according to package then drain and set aside.
  6. In a large pot melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for about three minutes until lightly browned. Slowly whisk in the milk, ensuring no lumps, and cook for about 8 minutes until the mixture has thickened. Stir in the remaining ingredients until well combined; then stir in the pasta and sausage.
  7. Spray a small casserole dish with a nonstick cooking spray then transfer the pasta into the dish. Bake for 15-20 minutes until thoroughly heated. Serve hot and topped with additional cheese if you like.

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Produce On Parade - Vegan Dracula's Revenge - Delicious roasted garlic and browned vegan sausage mingle in a creamy, cheesy sauce mixed with penne pasta and baked to golden perfect. If you like garlic, cheese, and sausage this dish is going to become a staple!

Smoked Gouda and Butternut Pasta

Sweet, roasted butternut squash coat this warm and comforting pasta while garlic and smoked gouda add a bit of richness. With so few ingredients, the stars of this dish really shine. Simple and bursting with flavor yet incredibly easy and hands off; great for a weeknight dinner. I love that this pasta is sophisticated enough for a proper dinner with company, but casual enough for a Monday meal after work. It’s one of my very favorite meals. *If smoked gouda isn’t your thing, any 4 oz of cheese will do.

Produce On Parade - Smoked Gouda and Butternut Pasta - Sweet, roasted butternut squash coat this warm and comforting pasta while garlic and smoked gouda add a bit of richness. With so few ingredients, the stars of this dish really shine. Simple and bursting with flavor yet incredibly easy and hands off; great for a weeknight dinner. I love that this pasta is sophisticated enough for a proper dinner with company, but casual enough for a Monday meal after work. It’s one of my very favorite meals.

Wow, it's been awhile! Summer is always a busy time: visiting with friends, doing work around the house and yard, playing with our wee man, and in general spending as much time as possible outside enjoying our gorgeous summer in Alaska. 

Now that the leaves have started to fall and the air is bitingly crisp, I feel excited to spend more time here on the blog as winter starts to slink in. I couldn't think of a better way to kick off the fall season than with a recipe I've been meaning to share for a long time.

One of my BFFs makes a butternut squash pasta with just those two ingredients and a splash of olive oil... it's to die for! I knew smoked gouda and roasted garlic would really marry beautifully with the sweet squash so I just had to experiment. This recipe will not let you down. Normally I don't cook with oil (due to Todd's rheumatoid arthritis), but don't skimp on the one tablespoon. There's no sauce in this dish, so you really need that little bit of olive oil to coat the squash and pasta. Happy cooking!

Produce On Parade - Smoked Gouda and Butternut Pasta - Sweet, roasted butternut squash coat this warm and comforting pasta while garlic and smoked gouda add a bit of richness. With so few ingredients, the stars of this dish really shine. Simple and bursting with flavor yet incredibly easy and hands off; great for a weeknight dinner. I love that this pasta is sophisticated enough for a proper dinner with company, but casual enough for a Monday meal after work. It’s one of my very favorite meals.
Produce On Parade - Smoked Gouda and Butternut Pasta - Sweet, roasted butternut squash coat this warm and comforting pasta while garlic and smoked gouda add a bit of richness. With so few ingredients, the stars of this dish really shine. Simple and bursting with flavor yet incredibly easy and hands off; great for a weeknight dinner. I love that this pasta is sophisticated enough for a proper dinner with company, but casual enough for a Monday meal after work. It’s one of my very favorite meals.

Smoked Gouda and Butternut Pasta


Smoked Gouda and Butternut Pasta
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Sweet, roasted butternut squash coat this warm and comforting pasta while garlic and smoked gouda add a bit of richness. With so few ingredients, the stars of this dish really shine. Simple and bursting with flavor yet incredibly easy and hands off; great for a weeknight dinner. I love that this pasta is sophisticated enough for a proper dinner with company, but casual enough for a Monday meal after work. It’s one of my very favorite meals.

Ingredients
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and deseeded and cut into ¾” cubes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 large garlic cloves, left in their peel
  • 12 oz dry spaghetti
  • ½ of one 8 oz. package of Miyoko's Creamery Smoked VeganMozz or vegan cheese of choice, shredded
  • 1-2 tsp Johnny’s Seasoning Salt or regular table salt
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon thyme, for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Add the cubed squash to a large casserole dish and toss with oil. Roast for 45-60 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes until the squash is fork tender. When there’s 20 minutes left, toss in the garlic then bring a large pot of water to boil for the pasta.
  2. Cook the pasta according to package, drain and return to pot. Peel the roasted garlic and smash it into a puree with a spoon in a small bowl. Stir the garlic, cheese, salt, and roasted squash into the pasta.
  3. Serve hot and topped with fresh lemon thyme and fresh cracked black pepper.
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Yield: 4 servings
Produce On Parade - Smoked Gouda and Butternut Pasta - Sweet, roasted butternut squash coat this warm and comforting pasta while garlic and smoked gouda add a bit of richness. With so few ingredients, the stars of this dish really shine. Simple and bursting with flavor yet incredibly easy and hands off; great for a weeknight dinner. I love that this pasta is sophisticated enough for a proper dinner with company, but casual enough for a Monday meal after work. It’s one of my very favorite meals.
Produce On Parade - Smoked Gouda and Butternut Pasta - Sweet, roasted butternut squash coat this warm and comforting pasta while garlic and smoked gouda add a bit of richness. With so few ingredients, the stars of this dish really shine. Simple and bursting with flavor yet incredibly easy and hands off; great for a weeknight dinner. I love that this pasta is sophisticated enough for a proper dinner with company, but casual enough for a Monday meal after work. It’s one of my very favorite meals.

Shiitake Tempeh and Kale Stir-Fry

If you happen to hate books, a most unfortunate and perplexing circumstance, then today is your lucky day. A recipe instead of a book review! Of course, if you love books, it's still your lucky day because this stir-fry is awesome and you can enter yesterday's giveaway for a smoothie recipe book that'll blow your socks off. 

I'm high in spirits today, but feeling rather taciturn. Please forgive me for this reserved post.

Produce On Parade - Shiitake Tempeh and Kale Stir-Fry - This is delicious stir-fry of marinated tempeh, rich shiitake mushrooms, and sautéed kale in a garlic-ginger sauce, over red rice.
Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.
— Kurt Vonnegut
Produce On Parade - Shiitake Tempeh and Kale Stir-Fry - This is delicious stir-fry of marinated tempeh, rich shiitake mushrooms, and sautéed kale in a garlic-ginger sauce, over red rice.

This is delicious stir-fry of marinated tempeh, rich shiitake mushrooms, and sautéed kale in a garlic-ginger sauce, over red rice. I know you'll love it. 

Produce On Parade - Shiitake Tempeh and Kale Stir-Fry - This is delicious stir-fry of marinated tempeh, rich shiitake mushrooms, and sautéed kale in a garlic-ginger sauce, over red rice.
Produce On Parade - Shiitake Tempeh and Kale Stir-Fry - This is delicious stir-fry of marinated tempeh, rich shiitake mushrooms, and sautéed kale in a garlic-ginger sauce, over red rice.
Produce On Parade - Shiitake Tempeh and Kale Stir-Fry - This is delicious stir-fry of marinated tempeh, rich shiitake mushrooms, and sautéed kale in a garlic-ginger sauce, over red rice.
Produce On Parade - Shiitake Tempeh and Kale Stir-Fry - This is delicious stir-fry of marinated tempeh, rich shiitake mushrooms, and sautéed kale in a garlic-ginger sauce, over red rice.
Produce On Parade - Shiitake Tempeh and Kale Stir-Fry - This is delicious stir-fry of marinated tempeh, rich shiitake mushrooms, and sautéed kale in a garlic-ginger sauce, over red rice.
Produce On Parade - Shiitake Tempeh and Kale Stir-Fry - This is delicious stir-fry of marinated tempeh, rich shiitake mushrooms, and sautéed kale in a garlic-ginger sauce, over red rice.
Produce On Parade - Shiitake Tempeh and Kale Stir-Fry - This is delicious stir-fry of marinated tempeh, rich shiitake mushrooms, and sautéed kale in a garlic-ginger sauce, over red rice.
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Shiitake Tempeh and Kale Stir-Fry
This is delicious stir-fry of marinated tempeh, rich shiitake mushrooms, and sautéed kale in a garlic-ginger sauce, over red rice.
Ingredients
  • desired amount of cooked rice or quinoa (I like red rice)
  • 1 oz. dried shiitake mushrooms, reconstituted and sliced
  • 8 oz. tempeh, sliced very thinly
  • -- Marinade --
  • 1/3 cup liquid aminos or soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. corn starch
  • 3 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. agave nectar
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
  • garlic clove, minced
  • ½ cup water from reconstituting shiitake mushrooms
  • -- Conclusion --
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • dash of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 small bunch of kale, chopped and stem tips discarded
  • 3 green onions, sliced thinly on the diagonal
Instructions
Start by reconstituting the mushrooms in a shallow bowl with just enough boiling water to cover. Allow to rest until ready to use, at least 10 minutes.Cook desired amount of rice or quinoa according to package. Slice the tempeh very thinly.In a small bowl, whisk together the marinade ingredients, excluding the water from the mushrooms. When the mushrooms have rested for 10 minutes, remove ½ cup of the water and whisk into the marinade. Seal the tempeh and marinade in a small zip lock baggie. Shake to ensure all the pieces are covered and refrigerate until ready to use, at least 10 minutes. Remove the reconstituted mushrooms with a slotted spoon from the water and slice. Set aside. Once the tempeh is done marinating, heat the sesame oil over medium-low and add the garlic and crushed red pepper. Then, remove the tempeh from marinade with a slotted spoon and add to pan (reserving the marinade for later). Sauté for about 5 minutes, then add the mushrooms, kale, and marinade. Sauté another 5 minutes until the sauce has thickened. If it thickens too much, add a bit of water from the mushrooms. Stir in the green onions and remove from heat.Serve hot, over cooked rice or quinoa and garnish with sesame seeds and extra green onion.
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Produce On Parade - Shiitake Tempeh and Kale Stir-Fry - This is delicious stir-fry of marinated tempeh, rich shiitake mushrooms, and sautéed kale in a garlic-ginger sauce, over red rice.

Bob loves to eat his dinner from the Kong!

Produce On Parade - Shiitake Tempeh and Kale Stir-Fry - This is delicious stir-fry of marinated tempeh, rich shiitake mushrooms, and sautéed kale in a garlic-ginger sauce, over red rice.

Dutch Word of The Day

I'm learning Dutch now along with German! Check out Duolingo to learn languages for free. I'm not affliated, I just love them!  Rice --> rijst (ryest) - with a slight rolling of the "r"

Good Deed of The Day

You've got to read this article from Vanity Fair on Sam Smith, co-creator of The Simpsons, feisty atheist, and a huge champion for animal rights who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. What a huge inspiration.