Four-Way Chili Mac

“Copy cat” recipes seem to be all the rage as of late. I can’t get onto Pinterest without seeing at least one pin proclaiming to have found the secret ingredients to some sauce or batter. Now this is not a copy cat recipe below, but more of a vegan tribute to something I remember fondly from childhood.

It has been several years since I last ate Three-Way Chili at Steak and Shake, but it was brought to mind when some of the beloved diner chain’s coupons were put (in vain) in our mailbox. I don’t really know exactly when I first tried the dish, but what I do know is that my young self was in awe of the meal because it was a combination of two of my favorite foods: chili and spaghetti. I still love both of those to this day, so a vegan update to the meal was a necessary one.

Four-Way Chili Mac

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. package whole-wheat thin spaghetti
  • 2 (14 oz.) cans red beans
  • 1 (14 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (10 oz.) can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 cup diced white onions

Directions:

  1. Cook the spaghetti according to package instructions and drain.
  2. In a large pot combine red beans through salt. Bring to boil, then lower to a simmer. Combine cornstarch with cold water and pour into the chili mixture. Stir well and continue to simmer until a thick saucy texture is achieved.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the tomato sauce, balsamic vinegar, and soy sauce.
  4. Divide cooked pasta among serving plates, topping each with a few spoonfuls of the tomato sauce, a hearty scoop of chili, and a sprinkle of white onion.

Nutrition per serving:
Calories: 383 Fat: 2g Saturated Fat: 0g Protein: 18g Carbohydrates: 78g Sugars: 11g

Hummus Pizza

I’ve had pizza, I’ve had hummus, and I’ve even had pizza flavored hummus, but now two worlds will collide in this ridiculously delicious recipe. Really filling, and definitely cheaper than takeout, this is sure to be a hit with the whole family.

Hummus Pizza

Serves 4, 2 slices per serving

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, drained (65 cents)
  • 1 tablespoon tahini  (40 cents)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dry oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dry basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup packed spinach, chopped
  • 1/4 cup roasted red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives

Directions:

  1. In a large heat-proof bowl, combine the flour, yeast, and brown sugar. Stir in the warm water until a soft dough forms. Knead for 5 minutes, then cover and let sit in a warm area for 1 hour.
  2. While the dough rises, make the hummus. In a food processor, combine 2 tablespoons olive oil and chickpeas through salt and blend until smooth.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a pizza pan with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and spread the dough on it. Bake for 10 minutes. Top the crust with the hummus and remaining ingredients, then broil in the oven for 1-2 minutes, until spinach is wilted and all toppings are heated through.
  4. Let sit for 5 minutes before cutting and serving.

Nutrition per serving:
Calories: 473 Fat: 20g Saturated Fat: 2.7g Protein: 14.5g Carbohydrates: 63g Sugars: 7.6g

Pizza Planet (Vegan MoFo #1)

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Happy Vegan MoFo 2014, everyone! I am very excited to kick off my theme for this year, Disney movies. I’ll have a good mix of old and new, plus popular and obscure Disney films to feature yummy dishes from.

To start off, we’ll stick with a 90’s classic, Toy Story. In the original movie, Woody and Buzz Lightyear get stranded in a gas station, but manage to snag a ride to the Pizza Planet restaurant/arcade in search of their owner, Andy. I’ve always loved the idea of this kind of space-themed Chuck E. Cheese, so it inspired me to make pizza from it!

Since most kids seem to drift towards classic cheese pizza, I decided to lay low on the veggies and keep to the theme. I was quite proud of this pizza, due to everything being homemade.

toystorypizzaI used a whole wheat crust (which Peter proclaimed delicious), oil-free pizza sauce, and cashew mozzarella cheese with a sprinkle of fresh basil from my windowsill. The pizza sauce turned out a bit on the sweet side, but everything else was great.

The crust was chewy and used only whole wheat flour, so there was no guilt with making it. I was skeptical about the cheese, but once baked it firmed up and had a good texture for those craving cheese pizza, but not wanting to splurge on store-bought vegan cheeses. I may play around with the agave ratio in the sauce next time I make this, but I’ll definitely be baking up this pizza again.