Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Cheezeburger Macaroni

I almost didn't post a picture tonight because the dish looks so horrid. Hey, you can't win 'em all. The taste and texture, however, is spot on. For some reason I was thinking about Hamburger Helper, and so I decided to make a dish inspired by that weird white hand mascot (a cousin of the Pillsbury Dough Boy, perhaps?). I essentially revised my creamy mac and cheeze and added tempeh burger.

Serves your entire household (and possibly your neighbours, too)
- 3 cups macaroni, cooked
Tempeh Burger
- 2 pkg tempeh
- water
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1/4 cup HP/A1/BBQ sauce
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- splash of water, if needed
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1/3 cup water
- 2 cups soy milk
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 heaping tbsp tomato paste
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 1/2 cups tofu (does not have to be silken)
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp tumeric
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 2 tbsp miso (something mellow)
- 1 tsp salt

1. Cook macaroni, as per directions, until al dente.
2. While macaroni is cooking, make the burger. Simmer tempeh in water for 10 mins to help reduce the tempeh's bitterness. Cool, then break into small chunks or grate.
3. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add tempeh and fry for 3-4 mins, until it browns a little. Add sauces and spices and mix well, adding a splash of water if needed to get it all mixed. Remove from heat and set aside.
4. Place all sauce ingredients in a blender and blend until very smooth.
5. Drain macaroni and return to pot over medium heat. Add tempeh and mix well. Add sauce and bring to bubbling. Cook, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens and reduces a bit (about 5 mins). Serve.


Eve Love said...

what is it with all of you guys talking about hamburger helper... I think you're the 3rd vegan blogger I'm readng this week talking about it.
I still love you anyway, vegan dad.

Peter said...

Hi Vegan Dad,

Love the site. You are profilic with the posts. I keep my dishes simple though. I get overwhelmed when I see a long list of ingredience required. It's amazing that with kids you have time to prepare such a variety of vegan meals and can blog.



Lily Girl said...

Um yeah... so that looks pretty gross. But it *sounds* delicious and kid friendly :)

VeganLinda said...

Oh no, I will have to try this one! I lived on Hamburger Helper once my mom went back to work when I was in middle school so I can vaguely remember what it tasted like. Off to buy some tempeh.

Vegyogini said...

Wow, I grew up with Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Mac and haven't had it since I left for college. Cool idea to veganize it!

JohnP said...

Sounds great!

miss v said...

sometimes my dishes look pretty funky too... but the taste of this one sounds awesome!

Veg-a-Nut said...

This looks really good!

Kara said...

I stumbles across your site a few weeks ago and am totally loving it! Keep up the inspiration and I'll keep cooking!

allularpunk said...

i make a dish like this (though mine has tomatoes and green onions added in) and it really is weird how creepily like hamburger helper it is! and your photo of it doesn't look horrid...that's just how stuff like that looks, haha...

Matt said...

I love your mac & cheese. I'm making it tomorrow with broccoli.

Bianca said...

That doesn't look horrible at all. In fact, I could take a big ol' bite of that right now. I used to love making Hamburger Helper with soy burger back in my pre-vegan days!

Michelle said...

oh my gosh. i used to make this without meat before i cut out dairy.

Susan G said...

That was my favorite flavor as a kid. It was a treat for us because Mom didn't approve of the ground meat/casserole thing - she thought it was more proper to have a steak!

Happy Herbivore! said...

you just reminded me I need to make your tempeh burgers again!

be'ershevaboheme6 said...

It's funny, I'm nearly convinced the most comforting food is often the grossest looking...but if it warms the belly...who cares!

kimmykokonut said...

do you prefer this cheese sauce recipe over the classic vegandad recipe? i will have to give this one a try. thanks for sharing your recipes!

Vegan Dad said...

The sauces are essentially the same, but I think I like the straight mac and cheese best. If I were to make this dish again I would make a thinner sauce that could soak into the macaroni.