I kinda love the tv show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. I am not so much a fan of Guy Fieri himself, though I do love to impersonate him (“That’s out. of. BOUNDS.”, “This is killer, brah.”). I also like to daydream about how I’d veganize some of the monstrosities he eats.
The thing is, veganism and being a health buff aren’t necessarily intrinsically linked. At least, for ethical vegans it isn’t. It’s simply about causing as little harm as you can. And while I eat chard and lentils and smoothies most of the time, I also eat things like the behemoth below. Part of it might also be that vegans are always told how inferior their options are. I kind of like to make things like this as a “fork you!” to haters. Between shit like this and the fact that vegans have recently tackled the age old meringue problem (that’s been blowing up my social media feeds lately), there really isn’t a whole lot that we can’t enjoy.
The burger itself is Isa Moskowitz’s Beet Burgers (recipe can be found here), which are totally my favourite burger patty. So meaty and full of goodness; brown rice, lentils and beets.
I love mac and cheese, and there are far more nuanced and interesting ones out there, but sometimes when you want something really cheesy/gooey this one is the only one that cuts it.
1/2 lb dried elbow macaroni
1 tbsp Earth Balance margarine
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
1 to 1 1/2 cups cheddar Daiya shreds
salt and pepper to taste
Melt earth balance in heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and stir until well mixed and bubbly and the flour gets some golden colour on it. Look at you! You’re making a roux! Now remove from heat and add milk, stirring until well blended. Return sauce to heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat, add daiya sheds and stir until fully melted and incorporated. Add salt and pepper to taste.
While you’re doing the above, cook your pasta and drain. Return to the pot and slowly pour cheese sauce over until smothered.
Of course, it’s all about balance, so today I pumped my body full of goodness with a clean-out-the-fridge juice. Beets, celery, cucumber, apple and ginger. YUM.