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!
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: