I usually try to make all of the recipes I post on here vegan because that is, of course, my ultimate goal but then I realized that I’m not quite there yet, and that’s okay. So no, this delicious meal is not VEGAN, it has cheese, my ultimate enemy, but it was DAMN delicious. But as all my meals for the last six years, it’s vegetarian.
This dish came from me not knowing what I wanted, searching the fridge and pantry, finding some ingredients and trusting that I could throw something together with them.
And I did.
So, the ingredients I scrounged together:
1 cup of gardein chik’n strips
1 small stalk of broccoli
2 boxes of green giants cauliflower in cheese sauce.
1 small tomato
2 cloves of garlic
Take your one cup of Gardein Chik’n strips and place in a safe microwave dish, with about a tablespoon of water, cover with a paper towel and cook for about 2 minutes.
In a large skillet with three tbsp of olive oil, add the green giant cauliflower in cheese sauce packages, cover and let thaw out but not too much or the cauliflower will be cooked before everything else. I did it until I could easily break it apart with a fork.
Once, the cauliflower and cheese is thawed, I added in the minced garlic
Then I added in the broccoli that I had cut into smaller pieces.
Add in the dashes of onion powder, garlic powder, and salt. I never measure out my spices, I do it to taste but if I had to guess I used about a tablespoon of onion and garlic powder and 2 sprinkles of salt.
After that cooks together for about 10 minutes, add in the Gardein Chik’n strips, and let cook another couple of minutes.
Once it seems as the broccoli and cauliflower are soft, add in the diced up tomato and let it finish cooking for about another minute or two.
And that’s it.
This recipe gave me about two servings. I was able to have a delicious dinner and leftovers for lunch the next day at work. It took about 10 minutes to prepare, if that, and probably 20 minutes to cook. Super simple, cost nothing extra because I just grabbed things I already had. I made it again I’d probably add mushrooms to it because I’m obsessed with mushrooms these days and I would have loved to make my own cheese sauce, or even a vegan one but I’ve tried and failed many times before so that’s going to take some time.
I’ve recently realized that throwing together a meal like this, and having it all work out, is extremely satisfying. I’ve gotten rather good at experimenting, and I hope to do more as the year pushes on!
If you make this, let me know! If you have ideas that I could add to this dish besides mushrooms, let me know!