My next challenge was how do I make a vegan recipe... what can and can't I use and what should I make. Foodie Friends Friday my new best place to look for a recipe came to the rescue. I found this recipe from Hungry Couple called Baked Rice and Zucchini Cake on our last weeks linky party and as I read the recipe, light bulbs went on. This would be perfect to use up the zucchini that I have and use the vegan cheese instead of the parmesan cheese that is called for and I would have a vegan recipe that used Daiya cheese for the challenge... Great! and I was getting my ingredients ready I spied an eggplant on the counter top that I just had gotten from my garden and thought why not use that too...
So here is the way I made this recipe
Baked Rice with Eggplant and Zucchini
recipe adapted from Hungry Couple
1 TBSP olive oil
1/2 cup onions
1 clove garlic
1 cup egg plant diced
2/3 cup zucchini shredded
1/4 cup green beans - cut in small pieces
1 tsp greek seasoning
2 cups water
1 cup rice -- I used about 1/4 cup brown rice and 3/4 cup jasmine rice
1/2 cup diaya mozzarella style vegan cheese
salt and pepper to taste.
In a pot, saute onions and garlic in olive oil until they become translucent. Add green beans and continue to cook for a few minutes. Once the green beans are starting to get soft, add egg plant and zucchini. Continue to cook for a few minutes on medium heat until veggies are soft. Add 2 cups of water, rice, and greek seasoning. Bring to a boil and then reduce to low and cook until water is evaporated and rice is soft, approximately 20 minutes. Stir in cheese.
Spray two small oven safe pans or mini spring form pans if you have them with non-sticking cooking spray. Divide mixture in two and place in each pan. Bake in a 400 degree oven for approx 300 minutes or until top becomes a light golden brown. Allow pans to cool and run a knife around edge of pans and careful unmold or turn over on plate. Makes 2 servings.
|place mixture in two oven safe pans-|
I used my small corning ware pots
I was delightful surprised on how good this tasted and the vegan cheese gave it an extra special taste.
I have changed my thoughts after eating this meal about vegan cheese!
This coming week on September 21st we will have a Vegan Challenge on Foodie Friends Friday
til next time <3 <3 <3 Marlys