Vegetable Couscous + Cheeze Sauce

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Hellloooooooooooo!

[After some careful thought, I believe this is my favourite way to greet you, said of course in a Jerry Seinfeld voice]. :biggrin:

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Apparently, I need to wear a bib on days like today because I have done a whole lotta drooling. Wait, that is every day actually.

One of my favourite discoveries as a vegan is nutritional yeast. I have used it countless times and it never disappoints me. It adds a cheesy and savoury taste to any dish and it is also an excellent source of protein, vitamins, and minerals.

Tonight I was craving Macaroni and cheeze, but we didn’t have any macaroni, so couscous + cheeze it was! Oh, and some veggies for good measure. :tongue:

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Vegetable Couscous + Cheeze Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1.5-2 cups cooked couscous
  • 1/2 cup (or a bit less) homemade cheeze sauce (see below for recipe)
  • 1 cup Vegetables, cooked (I used frozen and heated them up)
  • Seasonings of your choice (sea salt, dried parsley, etc)

 

Directions: After making cheeze sauce and couscous, leave about 1/2 cup of cheeze sauce in the pot over medium to low heat. Mix in couscous and vegetables and heat. Serve immediately. Refrigerate remaining cheeze sauce.

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Cheeze Sauce

[Adapted from PPK]

I have made a few cheeze sauces now, and I think this one was my favourite so far! It was very rich and creamy tasting thanks to the Earth Balance and flour.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup flour (I used whole grain spelt flour)
  • 1 cup water
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 2-3 tbsp Earth Balance (or margarine/butter)
  • Squirt of yellow mustard (1/2-1 tsp)
  • 1 tbsp hummus (optional)

 

Directions: Mix flour, salt, and nutritional yeast in a pot. Slowly add water, mixing well with a whisk to get the clumps out. Turn the heat on medium and whisk well until sauce thickens to desired consistency. Whisk, whisk, whisk. Remove from heat and stir in Earth Balance (or margarine/butter of choice), mustard, hummus (optional), or other spices as you wish.

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This dish pretty much blew my mind. If I could describe it in two words it would be Creamy Delight. Wait, make that 3 words: Creamy Cheezy Delight.

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I can’t wait to use the cheeze sauce on other concoctions. It would be awesome poured over roasted veggies, on kale chips, or over nachos and salsa. It is just waiting to be experimented with!

Now for some fun health links of the week!

Health News Round Up

 

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And now I have a date.

A romantic date with my kitchen sink, a little something called ‘every dish in the house’, and some soap. You’d think the Brady Bunch lived here if you saw how many dishes a food blogger and bakery owner went through in a day.

BUT….it’s nothing a little impromptu Boom Box party in the kitchen can’t fix…muahuha.

Have a great night!

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1 Erin June 22, 2010

ooooooh this looks yum. I just ate dinner but I might literally go make this now for my lunch tomorrow…thanks for the yummy idea!!!! THANK YOU :)

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2 Jessica @ The Process of Healing June 22, 2010

YUM!!! That sounds incredible!!

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3 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is June 22, 2010

Have fun on your ‘date.’ :) I tend to save those dates for my husband to go on!

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4 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ June 22, 2010

I’m right there with you about the dishes. I always seem to use every dish. I think I shall try that cheese sauce, sounds good.

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5 Maria June 22, 2010

Angela, this looks amazing! Will definitely try it, it looks insanely delicious. I’m in transition from food blog reader to blogger and have been totally inspired to eat more healthfully because of the tasty recipes you showcase. Am already an overnight oats addict. : )

Maria
kaleandcupcakes.wordpress.com

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6 Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches June 22, 2010

Oh my gosh! Your cheezy couscous looks sooooooo good! I will definitely try this recipe out. I have some nutritional yeast just waiting to be used up before I move across the country next month!

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7 Allison @ Food For Healing June 22, 2010

i’m having couscous for the first time in my life this week, i can’t wait. won’t be quite as exactly as that i’d imagine, but still!

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8 Lisa (bakebikeblog) June 22, 2010

This sounds positively delightful!! I need to find someone that sells nutrional yeast in Australia!

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9 Courtney @ Sweet Tooth Sweet Life June 22, 2010

Dishes are my arch nemesis — it’s unreal how FAST they pile up!
Your cheezy couscous sounds fabulous!!

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10 Stefanie June 22, 2010

That looks so good. I’ll have to make it this weekend. Thanks for the recipe. :)

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11 Pure2Raw Twins June 22, 2010

Sauce looks fantastic. We love nutritional yeast too! I feel you on having a ton of dishes to do all the time! Hope you have a great night!

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12 Callie June 22, 2010

Never thought of making cheeze couscous before. I’m thinking of trying it for lunch tomorrow. :)

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13 Rachel June 22, 2010

Always look forward to the Health News Round Up. Thx for the reads!

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14 Bridget June 22, 2010

Wow – an amazing dish once again! You never disappoint with your wonderfully creative recipes :)

Hope you didn’t go too crazy with all those dishes :( Ugh! I hate doing dishes because the hot water and soap always irritates my skin.

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15 mary June 22, 2010

Your dinner looks so pretty (!) and sounds tasty! I’ve been seeing a lot of cheeze sauces around… I think it’s time to try one ;)

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16 Mae June 22, 2010

I love nutritional yeast!! It works miracles. The sauce sounds delicious, and I also love that cookbook.

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17 Vanessa June 22, 2010

I agree! Nutritional yeast is a magical, magical substance. Also, I really love this cheeze recipe – also love making cashew cheese a lot. Mmmm..

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18 Mary @ Bites and Bliss June 22, 2010

You’re so creative, Angela!!! And I know how you feel about dishes..it’s only me here and I’m constantly washing them. I dont know how it happens. :P

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19 Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! June 22, 2010

I have a friend who calls nutritional yeast “hippie dust”! I like to think of a hippie fairie, sprinkling it on food to make the world a more wholesome, peace-loving place :)

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20 lindsay June 22, 2010

You’ve got me hooked on using Nutritional Yeast in everything. Love it! Thanks!
Looking forward to reading up on those websites as well! Hope you had a great training day and now get some rest friend. :)

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21 Heather (Heather's Dish) June 22, 2010

oh girl, you make vegan food look SOOOOOOOOO good :) i can’t wait to post about my amazing experience with VOO tomorrow! and i’ll be on the hunt for nutritional yeast now :)

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22 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale June 22, 2010

Looks delicious! I love anything cheesy and creamy (just made a big bowl of creamy fettucine myself!)
How long will the cheeze sauce last in the fridge? Not that it would last that long in my house…

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23 AngelaOSG June 23, 2010

I’m not sure….im guessing at least a week or so?

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24 Megan @ The Daily Sweat June 22, 2010

I love the yeast! I sprinkle it on a lot of stuff, but the next thing I’m going to make is your couscous and CHEEZE. (I like how you spell it with a “z”) It looks freaking delish!

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25 Becki @ HikeBikeEat June 22, 2010

I’m making cheeze on Thursday for lunch! I’ve been craving mac and cheese and haven’t had any in SO long since I realized I’m allergic to dairy!

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26 ERIKA June 22, 2010

my new favorite vegan cheese is Daiya – it is out of this world!! Taste’s just like real mozzarella they also make cheddar flavor you must must try it. Sold at Whole Foods here in NYC but check their website to see if it is sold in Canada or if you can buy online – it will revolutionize vegan cooking!!

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27 Camille June 22, 2010

Dinner looks supa’ tasty!

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28 Annie D. @ Annie's Simple Life June 22, 2010

THANK YOU for sharing that recipe!!!!

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29 bianka (bananas for bananas) June 22, 2010

I love your health news roundup! You always keep me up to date…oh and I’m making vegan mac n cheese tomorrow yummmm!

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30 Morgan @ Life After Bagels June 22, 2010

“so I have to choose between you and doing the voice?”

(hopefully you’re as obsessive of a Jerry Seinfeld fan as I am)

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31 AngelaOSG June 23, 2010

hahah love that!

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32 Bec June 22, 2010

You always have uber creative dinners! I would have never thought to incorporated couscous and cheese sauce

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33 Alycia @ Fit n Fresh June 22, 2010

Yum!!! That looks so good! I still need to try your savory oats (:

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34 Heather June 22, 2010

I was thinking of your “helloooooo” as more of a Mrs. Doubtfire greeting :) It’s my favorite childhood movie, what can I say?

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35 kaila June 22, 2010

your new found love of basil is such a coincidence! i recently planted basil in my garden and am getting boat loads of it right now!!! lol. That dinner looks really good… i might just have to make that sometime this week! love ur blog keep up the great writing. you have really inspired me to start thinkin about doing a try a tri.

check out my blog if you get a chance: healthyhelper.wordpress.com

Kaila

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36 Wei-Wei June 22, 2010

Helloooooooooooooo to you too! Your dinner looks creamy and delicious and oh so good. It actually kind of looks like savoury cheezy oats in a way! :D Yummmmy. :)

Wei-Wei

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37 Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' June 22, 2010

Wow, that looks delicious! I’m definitely going to have to try your version soon!

And I feel your pain with the dishes– there are only two of us, and you’d think I had cooked for an army! Where do all these dishes come from?! Boom box party sounds like a good way to tackle them, though. ;)

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38 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies June 22, 2010

Wow. that looks amazing. So comforting!!

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39 Lauren (Lauren Loves Good Food) June 22, 2010

Hellloooooo. La la la. LOVE that episode of Seinfeld and seeing someone else quote it definitely brightens my day! I feel like I’m ALWAYS doing dishes, is it weird that I’ve started to enjoy it?!

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40 Erika June 23, 2010

Mmm, that looks amazing. I looove nutritional yeast!!

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41 Elle June 23, 2010

Cheezy cous cous – brilliant idea! I’m definitely going to have to give that a whirl. Thanks for mentioning my tribute to your cheezy oats in your spotted section! I’m an oats convert thanks to you.

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42 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 23, 2010

Oooh nutritional yeast! I’ve made cheesy sauces out of that stuff too – it’s so incredible tatsing! And a little goes such a long way :) thouhg I think I read it shouldn’t be heated above 100degrees or somethig?

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43 Nae (from CookingInCambridge) June 23, 2010

This looks so interesting! I may have to try it.
…although I probably wont, owing to my ‘traveling diet,’ where all my money has been spent on travel and I am thus left eating cabbage and potatoes.

And sometimes apples.

Keep up the delightful recipes! :D

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44 Amanda June 23, 2010

Once again, another awesome recipe I can’t wait to try!

Amanda

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45 maxinthegym June 23, 2010

Oh wow I have so many recipes I need to try now! Anything resembling mac & cheese is a must try in my book!

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46 Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman June 23, 2010

That sounds (and looks!) really good. I haven’t tried nutritional yeast, and I can’t quite understand how it tastes like cheese. But I believe it…and need to make that sauce!

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47 faith @ gracefulfitness June 23, 2010

Yes, nutritional yeast is amazing stuff, especially as a vegetarian or vegan. While living in Peru for a year my only request from the States was “send me a BIG bag of nutritional yeast!”
Have you had it on popcorn? It helps to first spray the popcorn with a little EVOO then spinkle on the nut. yeast and maybe a little cayenne. Best movie snack ever!
The couscous looks delicious, I will have to try that when I am back in the land of real supermarkets.

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48 AngelaOSG June 23, 2010

no i havent had it on popcorn but that sounds amazing!

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49 Triathlonbabe aka Grace June 23, 2010

See you so help me to decide what I will fix for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner almost everyday! Thanks for these awesome ideas that I love to experiment with, makes me want to try new things all the time!

Where do you find the nutritional yeast, maybe Whole Foods?

That dish made me drool just looking at the pics and it’s breakfast time for me at the moment. :)

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50 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 23, 2010

I’ve never tried nutritional yeast but I’m really curious about it! Even though I’m not a vegan, I really love trying out vegan foods.

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51 Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) June 23, 2010

WOW this looks good! Feed me please, Ange? :P

xo
Kris

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52 JavaChick June 23, 2010

I tried a recipe for Cheezy Sauce and was not impressed – did not taste cheesy and had the consistency of glue. I do like nutritional yeast sprinkled on top of things though. Will keep your recipe in mind for a future attempt at sauce!

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53 Noelle @OPera Singer in Kitchen June 23, 2010

You are so funny. Sometimes you write the way I think, and you totally have it when you write it down. Thanks for the smile!

The cheeze looks yummy along with coucous! I like your boom box party as well. I tend to do that everytime I clean the house and clean kitchen. It is inspirational or gets my groove going.:)

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54 Carbzilla June 23, 2010

This sauce is going to be a savior for the coucous that I overcooked slightly. It needs some liquid to un-brick itself. Can’t wait!

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55 Kim June 23, 2010

Had your cheezy couscous recipe for lunch today – perfect!

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56 Teri [a foodie stays fit] June 24, 2010

I made the cheese sauce last night with couscous and veggies. It was awesome! I’m so glad I had some leftover sauce…delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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57 Jillian June 24, 2010

What kind of nutritional yeast do you use? Is it the flakes or is there a good powder for cooking?

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