Happy Meatless Monday everybody!

I have an announcement to make. A big one. Well, not for you guys, but for me, definitely. Ready? Here we go…

My family and I are gonna try do go vegan for 30 days.

I know, not a big deal, right? After all, most of our recipes are already vegetarian, so how hard can it be?

Well, it is. Especially because we all LOVE dairy. All kinds. Giving up everything else? No problem. But dairy? Nuh hu. Not easy at all.

Oh, and another thing too. If I’m going to do this, I KNOW I’m gonna have to do major planning. Now THAT will be my biggest challenge. For sure. Planning, ugh! Can’t even say the word without cringing.

I guess I’ll have to use my secret weapon to tackle this one: my little sister. If anyone can help me, she can.

The question is, who’s gonna help her?? Because let me tell you, she has her work cut out for her…

So how about we start the week with a vegan dish? Perfect for meatless Monday. Quick, easy and most importantly, it doesn’t involve too much planning. Perfect!

Looks like we’re off to a good start…

Hope you enjoy it!

Vicky

Cook time: 15 minutes (plus time necessary to cook the pasta)

Ingredients (serves 4-6):

  • ½ pound whole wheat penne or elbow pasta, cooked
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil or all natural, non-hydrogenated shortening (we used Earth Balance Natural Shortening)
  • 2 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups coconut or almond milk (we use Silk)
  • 1 ½ cups shredded vegan cheese (we use Daiya)
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Cooking spray

Topping:

  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  1. Prepare a 9”x 9” square baking dish with cooking spray
  2. Melt coconut oil or shortening in a large non-stick soup pot
  3. Add flour. Stir well and let it brown at medium heat for 1-2 minutes
  4. Add coconut or almond milk, stirring constantly and making sure there are no lumps
  5. Add salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer
  6. Add shredded cheese, stir well and cook until all the cheese has melted and the sauce has thickened.
  7. Add cooked pasta, mix well making sure it’s all well coated with the sauce.
  8. Transfer the pasta to baking dish. Set aside.
  9. Preheat oven at 400F
  10. In a small bowl, combine panko bread crumb, oregano, salt and olive oil. Mix well.
  11. Sprinkle topping all over the pasta.
  12. Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown
  13. ENJOY! From May I have that recipe.

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