Tuesday, November 15, 2011

GF Smoky Mac'n'veggies (Thankfulness #15)

Thing I'm thankful for #15: all the wonderful vegan bloggers out there. Though the vegan blog-o-sphere has slowed a bit now that MoFo is over, I still find someone posting something delightful every day, something that inspires me or makes me think. That's really cool.

Tonight's dinner: gluten-free smoky mac'n'cheez with special guest star, quinoa shells!

GF smoky mac & vegetables

Now let's talk about these quinoa shells. I saw them on sale a while ago and thought I would try them. (They are always prohibitively expensive here.) It wasn't til I got home that I realized that the first ingredient in the quinoa pasta is... wait for it... wait for it... CORN. Um. Shouldn't it be called *corn* pasta? Anyway, it's been in my cabinet since then, not because I hate corn but because I keep forgetting I had it/getting distracted by all the other grains in there.

Tonight I thought of it because I was thinking of Cara from Fork and Beans, whose birthday is today! Say happy birthday to her if you haven't already! She's a gluten-free lady and this made me think of doing a GF dinner. So I used the "quinoa" shells and made a cheezy sauce based roughly on one in the Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook, with soy flour in it instead of wheat flour. (Why soy flour? It was the first thing I found in the freezer.) Originally I was just going to make it sorta orange with paprika but I dumped in a little too much smoked paprika. And then I thought, hell, why not throw in some TVP-based smoky bits too? Throw caution to the wind!

The end result was pretty good. I enjoyed it. I served it with the last of like three different bags of frozen vegetables because we're out of everything except eggplants (not with mac) and carrots (didn't want today) right now.

The Emperor would not touch it. He literally shrieked in horror when he saw the mac. He pointed at it, huffed several times, and then told me, "that is NOT yummy mommy." Nevermind that he didn't even try it. Oh well. He ate some peas and some broccoli and I suppose if that's all he wants for dinner...

Here he is making an odd face while listening to one of his favorite songs after dinner:

A happy face?

5 comments:

(OvO) said...

"That is NOT yummy mommy!" Grey cracks me up! We're looking forward to seeing him (and the rest of you of course!) for Thanksgiving. :)

CraftyEarthMama said...

"that is NOT yummy mommy." Ahaha, the things little ones say to us! Well, i think that smoked mac and cheese sounds very yummy :)

Mel said...

Wow, you are still blogging away like crazy! That's so impressive...

I have never tried quinoa shells before, they sound interesting. My motto with smoked paprika is that you can never have too much. It looks like a really tasty dinner and the Emperor is hilarious.

Nada said...

Quinoa shells! I'm intrigued, I love all things quinoa so I'll definitely keep an eye out for them. Adorable picture of the emperor as usual :)

forkandbeans said...

This is hilarious. I got a good laugh at the fact that he huffed at his food. Move over, Emperor, I will eat your serving myself because this sounds like a total homerun meal to me! Delicious. And it's my birthday meal anyway so...more for me! You are way too cute, Nikki. Every time I read your posts, I always wish I lived near you. I get such a kick out of your humor and wit. Thank you x's one million for the birthday love! xoxoxoxox!!!!!!!!!