Malt Shop Inspired Grub…Veganized
One of the many things I have learned this month is that vegan food can just as easily be indulgent as healthy. It would probably be better for my waistline if it was always the latter, but alas a girl cannot survive on greens and sprouts alone (although I do quite like both).
It was with this spirit of indulgence that I created what I consider my most ambitious vegan meal to date: a veggie burger with cheese for my entree and dairy-free ice cream for dessert. I realize that at face value this meal does not seem ambitious at all. Perhaps you are envisioning a Boca Burger on a bakery bun and a bowl of Soy Dream ice cream? Well, actually everything on the menu (save for the ketchup) tonight was 100% homemade right down to the whole wheat hamburger buns and colby cheeze. (For those of my readers who are new to vegan cooking I should mention that spelling cheese as “cheeze” is a common convention when referring to dairy-free cheeses. I would hate for my mother and grandparents in particular to think that so much was spent on my college education without me picking up any proficiency in spelling.) I made a batch of Triple Mushroom Burgers from Vegetarian Burgers
and topped them with Colby Cheeze from The Uncheese Cookbook
, lettuce, tomato and ketchup and served them on Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns from the Bakingsheet
blog (now Baking Bites). And because no malt shop meal would be complete without some sort of sweet treat I ended the meal with homemade Green Tea Ice Cream from Veganomicon
The whole meal was delicious and hit the spot. The star of tonight was surprisingly the homemade cheeze! While you cannot tell from the picture, it was very melty and gooey. It was also wonderfully flavorful and reminded me a bit of Velveeta. A reviewer of The Uncheeze Cookbook on Amazon mentioned combining it with a little soy milk to make macaroni and cheeze, so that may have to be my next venture. It makes me excited to try more recipes from this cookbook and to try the Colby Cheeze recipe again with different tweaks of the flavoring. Have a good night everyone. I’m exhausted from all this cooking and baking and need some sleep.