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Yesterday I went to the doctor for my annual physical. My current doctor is vegan and big on nutrition. He was practically giddy that not only was I now vegetarian but I was also a "practical vegan." (My own term - trademark pending...lol...)
Apparently all my vitals were fantastic, plus I was feeling better than I had been in years allowing for a return to a more active lifestyle. As I result, I have been steadily losing weight...without actually trying! After all the kudos and back slapping were done, my doc pointed out that my protein and iron levels were fine, and encouraged me to continue learning to cook more delicious vegan recipes. So Dr. Sid...this one is for you!
Tonight's meal takes its inspiration from several sources:
Tonight's Vegan Mac "beef and cheese" recipe:
1) My modified version of Isa's Jerk Sloppy Joes recipe
2) I ended up shredding about half a block of the Daiya cheddar, which was probably a bit more than necessary, but I was craving comfort foods this week. (NOTE: I meant to use the Daiya shredded mozzarella leftover in my fridge, but it had a not great looking growth resulting from a crappy fridge and some high humid days!)
Basically you follow the instructions given to you by the Jerk Sloppy Joes recipe. Being a bit of a novice cook, I misread the instructions and ending up cooking the onions, garlic, and ginger together instead of separating out the steps more. (It still turned out fine, and I saved myself some time.) Then I added the Quorn grounds, crushed tomatoes, and spices. I left everything on a simmer to allow the spices to merge. (However, Isa lays things out in a lovely step-by-step explanation so I urge you to look at her recipe!)
In the meantime, I cooked the pasta and prepped the cheese by shredding it. By the time the pasta was cooked, the Jerk Sloppy Joes recipe was ready! I drained the pasta then poured it back into the same pot, dumped the delicious Isa concoction over it, and stirred in the Daiya cheddar...Voila!
This meal makes plenty for dinner tonight PLUS it will provide most of my work lunches for the week! It is a perfect vegan comfort food meal for those times when you crave something gooey, tomatoey, carb-loaded goodness! Let me know if you try the recipe, or have other great comfort food vegan dishes.
In the meantime, I am off to dinner...
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