Have your detoxifying cruciferous veggies and eat (vegan) stuffed pasta too.
The unthinkable becomes a delicious reality when you've got a baking dish full of jumbo stuffed shells filled with cauliflower "ricotta" getting toasty in the oven. And we've got the brilliant, creative, and downright refreshing Mary Mattern to thank for this game-changer.
That's a dish of the good stuff.
This veggie-laden twist on a comforting classic is from Mary's cookbook Nom Yourself: Simple Vegan Cooking. With mouth-watering, vegan recipes like this one and many others, (e.g., Gingerbread French Toast, Snickerdoodle Banana Bites, Buffalo Cauliflower Kale Salad, Shiitake Mushroom Po'Boy with Remoulade, and Deep Fried Guacamole --> what?!!) it's no wonder that Mary has garnered the attention and praise of celebrities and plant-based all-stars.
Beyond an alarmingly high number of recipes that I want to make (all at once/right this second), Nom Yourself also contains a treasure trove of Mary's personal anecdotes. They're nestled into the headings of each and every recipe, and you'd be remiss to pass over all that goodness in hasty pursuit of those drool-worthy recipes. Savor it all. She's brave, witty, and hip; and her stories reliably evoke a head nod and/or giggle.
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Cauliflower Ricotta Stuffed Shells from Nom Yourself: Simple Vegan Cooking + A Cookbook Giveaway!
- 1 large head of cauliflower, chopped
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped (I used a ½ bunch of parsley)
- 2 pinches of sea salt (I used several)
- 1 (12-ounce) jar tomato sauce, or 1½ cups homemade tomato sauce
- 1 (12-ounce) package jumbo shells, cooked to al dente and drained
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- In the bowl of a blender**, blend the cauliflower, olive oil, nutritional yeast, almond milk, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, and sea salt. Don’t overblend. You want to eliminate big chunks of cauliflower, but you still want a coarse consistency.
- Spread the tomato sauce on the bottom of an 8 x 8-inch glass baking dish.
- Stuff the shells with the cauliflower mixture, arrange them in the baking dish, and pour the remaining sauce on top of the shells.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Add some fresh basil and vegan Parmesan cheese on top if you have it! If you don’t have shells, you can also use manicotti, or use the cauliflower ricotta for lasagna.
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