Crispy Tofu Fingers in Sweet Spanish Paprika & Umami Nooch

30 years ago before vegans existed*, I didn’t know Tofu could have so much texture and be a mouthful of taste you could actually chew. Fast forward to 2020 (the future) and the range of different tofu products is amazing. Using very firm tofu and my own Sweet Spanish paprika, the results turned out very flavourful.

Vegan Mac & Cheese using nutritional yeast

with homegrown Beans, Sweetcorn and Spicy Seitan Chorizo

Good Quality Rigatoni. A slightly bigger pasta to catch more vegan cheese sauce.

Good Quality Rigatoni. A slightly bigger pasta to catch more vegan cheese sauce.

Add boiling water or add pasta to a pan of boiling water

Add boiling water or add pasta to a pan of boiling water. Cook till its al dente. Meanwhile….

Nutritional Yeast

Add a good amount of Nutritional Yeast 80 – 100g to a roux and gradually work in unsweetened soya milk. Season to taste.

A pan full of vegan cheesey sauce

A pan full of vegan cheesey sauce. Stir it a lot to get the sauce really creamy and smooth. Sometimes I cheat and use a hand held whisk.

Mix the sauce with the cooked pasta in a baking dish. Put in the oven at 180 degrees / gas mark 6 for 35 minutes.

Cooked Mac & Cheese

A bit crispy on the ends, just how I like it. The vegan Mac & Cheese is ready!

Frying some spicy seitan chorizo

Frying some spicy seitan chorizo to go on top. (A recipe for another day. Its easy to make and uses lashings of paprika and nutritional yeast)

On A plate ready to eat

On a plate ready to eat…

Closeup of food

Close up and personal with my dinner. It really was a very tasty Vegan Mac & Cheese.

Vegan Pesto

Dairy free, great on pasta, sandwiches or as a topping to enhance your favourite food.
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. Fresh basil 50g
  2. Walnuts or pine nuts 65g
  3. Cloves garlic, roughly chopped (to taste) 1 or 2
  4. Extra-virgin olive oil 110g
  5. Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  6. Lemon juice 1 tablespoon
  7. Nutritional yeast 3 tablespoons
Instructions
  1. Place the basil, walnuts or pine nuts, and garlic in a food processor fitted with the S blade.
  2. Pulse to combine, until the mixture is coarsely ground.
  3. Turn the motor on to a low speed and drizzle the olive oil in a thin stream.
  4. Add the sea salt, pepper, lemon, and nutritional yeast, and pulse a few more times to combine.
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Cheesey Sauce – low fat vegan nutritional yeast

Smooth creamy satisfying cheesy sauce made with nutritional yeast. Ideal for macaroni cheese, cauliflower cheese or wherever a cheesy sauce is required
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. Vegetable Oil (I like to use olive oil) 60ml or about 3 tbsp
  2. Plain flour 60g or just over 2oz
  3. Unsweetened, unflavoured almond milk or hazelnut milk is also good 400ml 2/3 of a pint
  4. Nutritional Yeast 60g or just over 2oz
  5. Mustard powder 1 tsp
  6. Garlic Powder 1/4 tsp
  7. Onion Powder 1/4 tsp
  8. Salt 1/4 tsp
  9. Pinch of ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a pan on a medium heat and add the plain flour
  2. Stir until the mixture makes smooth paste which doesn't stick to the pan
  3. Cook the mixture for at least 2 minutes
  4. Add about a quarter of the almond milk and allow to boil without stirring
  5. Stir the mixture until it is smooth, then beat fast (I do use a small hand whisk here if required)
  6. Keep adding the almond milk a little at a time, beating vigorously until you have a smooth white sauce.
  7. Turn down the heat to low and add the remaining ingredients
  8. Beat slowly for about a minute until smooth and silky
Notes
  1. Pour over cooked macaroni or cauliflower and bake.
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