Last time you heard from us we were enjoying our Vegan Mac n Cheese Bake. We told you to save the extra sauce! Here’s what we made with it. We decided to healthify our Mac n Cheese Bake by switching out the pasta for some fresh and lower calorie alternatives.
1 bag of House Foods Tofu Shirataki Noodle Substitute, fettuccini shaped
1 large carrot, peeled into strands
2 medium zucchinis, peeled into strands
2 cups of fresh packed kale, washed and torn with stems removed
5 medium cremini mushrooms, sliced
¼ of one large Spanish onion, diced
2 broccoli crowns, chopped into small crowns
3 Tbsp olive oil
Dash of lemon juice
1 tsp chili flakes
6 turns freshly ground black pepper
2 cloves of garlic, minced
¼ cup cornflake crumbs (optional)
Half of the sauce from our Mac n Cheese Bake (about 2 cups)
Thoroughly rinse Shirataki noodles, boil for 2 minutes. Drain and pat dry. Set aside.
Combine carrot, zucchini, kale, mushrooms, onion, broccoli, garlic, and olive oil into a wok or large frying pan. Sautee until vegetables are tender, but so that the broccoli is still a little firm. Add lemon juice, chili flakes, and pepper about halfway through cooking.
In an 8” x 8” glass casserole dish, combine sautéed vegetables, tofu pasta and 2 cups of cheese sauce. Sprinkle with cornflake crumbs if desired. Bake in preheated oven at 375°F for 30 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving!
Simply double the veggies and noodles and bake in an 8” x 16” casserole dish if you’d like to use the entire amount of prepared sauce or have lots of mouths to feed. Special note for the non vegans out there. If you’re simply on a healthy eating kick, want to try something new, or have some vegan friends you’re trying to cook for this is a great recipe to try. We personally prefer this veggieful casserole to the previous bake, but both give you a cheesy taste without all the calories that accompany most cheeses. If after a few bites you still find yourself craving cheese, sprinkle a small amount of your favourite cheese onto your serving and mix it up! The sauce will stretch the flavour of your cheese, allowing you to have a healthy helping of casserole while using a fraction of the cheese you would find in a traditional dish.