Broccoli & Cheeze: Forever Friends

Broccoli. Ahh, my dear friend broccoli, member of the cabbage family and filled with nutritional goodness. Broccoli is the basically the greatest. It’s great tons of different ways, but my favorite way to eat broccoli is with a generous helping of cheddar style Daiya. Broccoli and Daiya are great in baked potatoes, risotto, creamy broccoli cheddar soup, baked into an individual wild mushroom and rice casserole….you know, the possibilities are endless.

Individual Broccoli-Rice-Cheddar-Mushroom Casseroles.

This recipe can be found in Jenn Shagrin’s book, “Veganize This!” I know I’ve posted about her before, probably several times actually, but she’s one of my favorite cooks and I love her recipes. This is one is no exception, it’s amazing.

Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Soup.

This is one of my all time favorite recipes as well. It’s just a simple creamy broccoli cheddar soup. There is a really similar and absolutely delicious recipe for broccoli cheddar soup in “Skinny Bitch in the Kitch“. If you don’t have that book, just Google “broccoli cheddar soup” and you can basically come up with something pretty similar by just swapping out the non-vegan ingredients for vegan ones. I don’t usually add carrots to this particular soup, but they do add great color and nutrients.

Broccoli-Cheddar Risotto.

Risotto. You can basically put anything in it and it will be good. To make this, just use the basic risotto recipe that can be conveniently found here and instead of adding radicchio/tempeh pancetta, add a generous helping of Daiya and some freshly steamed broccoli.

I wish I had a big glorious picture of a cheezey, broccoli stuffed baked potato, but I don’t. I always devour them like a beast before I can take a picture. Next time, that’s what I keep telling myself.

PS. A note about Daiya; I like Daiya. It’s my opinion, that it’s the best meltable and best tasting cheese substitute available for melting. I have tried Teese, and unfortunately, am not a fan due to texture. I do love Dandies though! I also love Follow Your Heart’s vegan mozzarella and jack cheezes, but like to enjoy those unmelted, like in caprese salad. I have also come to enjoy Daiya unmelted on cold sandwiches. And, anyone who knows me knows that I love Cheezly‘s white cheddar, but those cheezes are so hard to come by that I save them for really special occasions like world’s most decadent mac ‘n cheeze.

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