There is something about junky comfort food that I still crave every once in a while. I so remember eating American Chop Suey as a kid in the school cafeteria. It was made with all the stuff the USDA likes to dump on schools, nursing homes and hospitals’ ground beef, american cheese and elbow macaroni. Don’t even get me started on all the horrible “food” the US goverment gives to kids and old and sick people! Anyway, I made a vegan version the other night. This is great for you students to. Easy to make and quick and satisfying.
1 pound elbow macaroni
1 medium onion
1 medium green pepper
1 28 oz can organic diced tomatoes
1/2 small can tomato paste
1 package Fantastic Foods Taco mix
3/4 cup shredded vegan cheese
Cook macaroni according to package.
Sautee chopped diced onion and green pepper until soft. Add to pan taco mix and water (follow directions on box) and cook until liquid is absorbed. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, pasta and cheese. That’s it!
I think you could also then bake it with the cheese on top if you like it drier.
This is a good soup for all of the spring spinach:
Spinach and Zucchini Soup
3 Tbs. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed/chopped
2 med. onions, chopped (as an onion-phobe, I tend to half the amount, sometimes quarter it–how much you like onions is up to you)
2 1/2 med potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 1/2 cups zucchini, loosely chopped
4 cups vegetable broth/stock
4 cups fresh spinach
1 cup cilantro (I’ve used parsley too and it’s also good here)
one lemon (I love lemon so I sometimes use two)
1. Heat oil on medium-high heat, add garlic and onions in pinch of salt. Saute until onions become translucent.
2. Add stock, potatoes, and zucchini. Bring to a boil, then simmer until potatoes are soft, about 10-15 minutes.
3. Stir in spinach and let wilt, about 10 seconds.
4. Stir in cilantro.
5. Turn off heat and puree. And hand blender works well here. Otherwise puree in a blender in small batches, letting it cool a bit first. If you pureed in a blender, return all of the soup to pot.
6. Add juice of one (or two) lemons.
Serve–it’s lovely to drizzle a little olive oil on the top, though not necessary. And this soup is good hot or cold (on hot days).
I love it with some crusty bread and a baked sweet potato.