This mac and cheese recipe is the best I've tasted yet! The sauce is so flavorful, you don't even miss the cheese :)
I made a few changes to the original. I doubled the sauce, but not the salt and I also preferred to thinly slice the vegetables so they can cook a bit faster. This isn't required but it does decrease the cooking time. I also altered the preparation order based on my experience making the dish. Enjoy!
Sweet potatoes can be savory and sweet. If you prefer a more savory dish, these roasted sweet potatoes just might be a new staple on your menu. Chop, season and roast them for 20 minutes and they're ready!
No, this dirty rice isn't that dirty. No animal livers will be found here. Don't worry. That omission doesn't impact the amazing flavors of this side dish--that's perfect for a Mardi Gras celebration. I just substituted mushrooms for the chicken livers and made a TVP sausage to replace the pork sausage. Thanks, Emeril for the inspiration!
Bryant Terry outdid himself when he created this recipe for Candied Sweet Potatoes and Apples in his book Vegan Soul Kitchen(affiliate link). The juices in this recipe really make a flavorful syrup that’s much better than the traditional sugar based syrup. The last time I made this, I definitely made more of the syrup. The recipe below reflects those changes. I have also decreased the roasting time for the potatoes just a bit.
Jicama is pronounced Hick-a-ma. It's the root of a Mexican vine. It's sometimes referred to as a Mexican turnip or Mexican yam. I first had jicama in a jicama apple slaw at a restaurant in Richmond. It's light flavor and crunch fascinated me and I searched for recipes to replicate my experience. I tried Emeril's Jicama Apple Slaw recipe and it was okay but I thought the dressing was a little overpowering and I didn't love the texture of all shredded vegetables.
It's true. You don't need lettuce to make a salad, but you do need veggies! Check out these lettuce-less salads. I'm sure you'll find them a little more exciting than a bed of lettuce. Not that there's anything wrong with a bed of lettuce. Sometimes, you just want something a little different.
Memorial Day is quickly approaching and if you're like many vegans, you already know that you won't have much to eat at most of the Memorial Day cookouts. If you're lucky, you go to a vegetarian cookout!
This is a quick refreshing salad that you could really eat as a main dish if you wanted to. When I made it, I added brown rice and kale that I quickly steamed in the microwave with a tablespoon of water. I’ll definitely be trying it again this summer with fresh corn!
I’ve talked to a few people at work about beans and it appears as though many people only eat green beans and baked beans. I remember eating black eye peas growing up for new years, but not very often throughout the year. If you’re not eating beans, legumes, you’re missing out on a whole bunch of nutritional goodness. They are actually more effective at removing extra cholesterol from your system than oats.
Carrots are another vegetable that are best roasted. If you eat them raw, you know that they are sweet. When they are roasted those sugars are carmelized and they are even sweeter. So good! Oh and don’t be tempted to buy those bags of baby carrots. Buy carrots by the pound. It’s cheaper and the product is the same.
I discovered orzo, which is a small oval shaped pasta, a few years ago and fell in love with it. Once it’s cooked, it almost has a creamy texture. I ate a version of this dish at a restaurant a few years ago and came home determined to recreate it. This isn’t an exact replica, but it’s very tasty.
Squash is a standard side dish at my grandmother’s during the summer. It’s really quick to prepare since it can actually be eaten raw. If you fill your pan like I did, stir the zucchini frequently so that all of the pieces get cooked evenly. I was multitasking and ended up with some pieces more well done than others.
The first time I had asparagus was in high school at a classmate’s house. Her parents grilled it. I wasn’t overly impressed. My mother never prepared it and I didn’t try it again until I was in my late 20’s when a guy I was dating made it for me. This simple preparation is the key for me. Salt, pepper and lemon. It’s all these tender spears need. Take them out as soon as they turn bright green so you can enjoy the nice crunch.
Side dishes tend to be afterthoughts. A little steam or a quick boil might be the most action they see in the kitchen. Variety is often lacking in this area as well. Growing up, I saw potatoes, broccoli, green beans, corn and mixed vegetables the most. The green beans and mixed vegetables came frozen and were most often boiled. No wonder children don’t love their veggies. Over the next several days, I’m going to share 7 side dishes that could threaten to upstage the stars on your plates. Because many vegetables have a natural sweetness and deliciousness to them, it doesn’t take a lot of work to make them shine. Another bonus is price! As you’ll see, per serving, these dishes are very inexpensive.