Meatless Mondays: BBQ Meatballs & Mac & Cheese (Vegan)

There’s a certain comfort that macaroni & cheese brings, that you don’t have to miss out on if you’re removing dairy from your diet… or, if you would like to try something new. As I mentioned before, I was very skeptical about non-dairy cheeses, but Daiya has changed my mind completely! Yes, it’s from a box. And yes, it still tastes amazing.

As far as the BBQ “Meatballs”, I am a huge fan of Gardein. They have so many products that have made life much easier (and tastier) for me, as a Baby Vegetarian. This particular meal is easy to prepare, and it doesn’t take long. The work is already done for you!

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Here’s what I used:

1 bag of Gardein’s Meatless Meatballs

1 box of Daiya’s dairy-free macaroni & cheese

Your favorite BBQ sauce

 

 

Here’s what I did:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 and bake the meatballs for 18 minutes.
  2. Boil the macaroni in 2 cups of water and drain them when they are done (about 7 minutes).
  3. Add the cheese sauce and stir. Use pepper and salt to season.
  4. When the meatballs are done, use your favorite BBQ sauce to cover them.
  5. Enjoy!

Make sure to let me know how it turns out if you try it! πŸ˜€

Vegan Enchilada Casserole

Show of hands if you love Mexican Food πŸ™‚

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Just me? Okay… I absolutely love Mexican food! The spices, the flavor, and all of the cheeses! When I decided to stop eating meat a year ago (I blogged about it here), I thought that meant giving up some of my favorite dishes. But… πŸ™‚ I played around with the right ingredients and I was able to re-invent one of my signature meals with all vegan ingredients!

I will say, I was skeptical about trying the vegan cheese shreds. I’ve heard the horror stories. I’ve even tasted vegan shredded cheese myself from a different brand (It was disgusting πŸ™ ). I was prepared to find something else to eat, just in case my experiment wasn’t successful. The cheese turned out delicious and I’m so glad that I tried it with this dish! I feel like it’s one of my greatest accomplishments as a vegan/vegetarian πŸ˜€

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This recipe was adapted from recipegirl’s Beef and Bean Enchilada Casserole.

Here’s what I used:

  • 3/4 Bag of Gardein’s Beefless Ground
  • 1 Bag of Daiya’s Cheddar Cheese Shreds
  • Flour Tortillas
  • 1 Can of Black Beans
  • 1 Can of Pinto Beans
  • 1 Can of Mild Enchilada Sauce
  • Chili Powder
  • Garlic Powder

 

Here’s what I did:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Ground the Beefless Ground, using chili powder and garlic powder to season.
  3. Add 1/3 of the enchilada sauce to the meat, stir, and remove from heat.
  4. Add black beans and pinto beans. Mix.
  5. Layer a baking pan with tortillas.
  6. Add Beefless Ground mixture.
  7. Add 1/3 of mild enchilada sauce on top of the mixture.
  8. Add Daiya’s cheddar cheese shreds.
  9. Repeat steps 5-8, making two layers.
  10. Cover the mixture with aluminum foil.
  11. Bake for 35 minutes.

 

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The recipe is fairly simple and does not take long to prepare! Please note that it does not take much to season the Beefless Ground. Be careful with the amount of chili powder that you use, tasting it along the way, so that it is not too spicy.

Let me know if you try this recipe, and how it turns out! πŸ™‚

Oatmeal Pancakes

I haven’t always beenΒ a “breakfast” person. I would sometimes eat oatmeal or sausage biscuits. Many times I’ve eaten burgers, fried chicken, macaroni & cheese, pizza, cookies or nothing at all for breakfast. I could actually go weeks without eating anything for breakfast. When I decided to try a vegan/vegetarian diet, I had a genuine desire to eat healthier.

I found that I felt better throughout the day when I started my day with the right meals. And one of my favorite breakfast meals, are the oatmeal pancakes. They’re very easy to make and they still taste just as great the next day!

 

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup oats

1 banana

4 Tblsp almond milk

1 Tblsp cinnamon

 

Instructions:

Blend all of the ingredients together. Pour them onto the heated griddle. It takes about 4-5 minutes for the pancakes to cook on each side.