Recipe: Baked Mac and Cheese (Vegetarian)

Here lies the easiest recipe I’ve ever posted on Bummed Out Baker.

Alright, people. There are a few ways you can swing this recipe. You either use mac and cheese from a box (vegan or vegetarian) or make your own. I had a bunch of leftover cheese sauce so I threw some cooked macaroni in it, topped it with this incredible crumble, and bam. V easy, v delicious.

I don’t have kids but I suppose this would be a hit with a typical American kid OR at some kind of potluck situation. OR for a Billy Madison watch party on a week night, or something. It’s basically good for anything.

Ingredients

Mac and cheese

Mac and cheese prepared from a box OR cooked macaroni covered in homemade cheese sauce with secret vegetables.

Topping

3 bread slices
2 T organic Earth Balance
1 garlic clove

before

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Make mac and cheese and pour into pie dish.
  3. Add bread, butter, and garlic to blender and blend until crumbs.
  4. Evenly distribute crumbles over the mac and cheese.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, remove from oven, and serve.
after

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Recipe: Ugly Dip (Gluten-Free + Vegetarian)

My cheerleading squad was super into ugly dip in elementary school. Then, I stopped cheering because turns out I’m 5’9″ and don’t tumble well. It took me like, three years to do a back handspring, so I took my talents to South Beach the court.

scuse me scuse me scuse me

Volleyball. It was actually the volleyball court. And I rode the pine there, too :( I passed notes to my coach down the bench that read “please put me in” and she’d look down at me and laugh and not put me in. And ugly dip was also forgotten!!!

Welp, now that I got that out of my system, onto the recipe! Ain’t nobody got time for a complicated recipe in July in the northern hemisphere, but don’t zone out like I did and put twice as much vinegar, oil, and sugar then the recipe calls for. You’ll still eat it all, but you’ll have to do some dip draining first.

Put together this easy recipe for the 4th of July:

See? Too much liquid. Still outta this world, though

Ingredients

1/4 c apple cider vinegar
1/4 c white sugar
1/4 c olive oil
1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
10 oz Mexican-style corn
4 oz feta cheese, diced
5 green onions, chopped

Instructions

  1. Whisk vinegar, sugar, and olive oil together in a bowl.
  2. Toss black beans, corn, feta cheese, and green onions together in a separate bowl.
  3. Pour dressing over bean mixture and toss until evenly coated.
  4. Cover and refrigerate dip for one hour before serving.
  5. If you blew it on the measurements, drain the dip and then serve.

Keeps for three days in the refrigerator, aging like a fiiiine wine.

Serves 6-8 as an appetizer.

Bummed Out Bailey Rating: 8/10
Rick-the-Meat-Eater Rating: 9.5/10

Adapted from Black Bean and Feta Cheese Ugly Dip.

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Recipe: Arugula, Watermelon + Feta Salad (Gluten-Free + Vegetarian)

I suppose it’s the summertime effect, but super simple recipes are prevailing on Bummed Out Baker right now. Enjoy!

Listen to this while you make the salad and, like me, ponder why this guy is stealing bikes when he appears to be old enough to drive.

Ingredients

1/4 c orange juice
1/4 c freshly squeezed lemon juice (about one large lemon)
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 small white onion, minced
1 T honey
1/2 c olive oil
1 t sea salt
1/2 t freshly ground black pepper
6 c baby arugula
1/2 small seedless watermelon, cut in 1″ cubes with rind removed
8 oz feta cheese, diced into 1/2″ cubes
1 c fresh mint leaves, chopped

Instructions

  1. In a large jar, combine orange juice, lemon juice, garlic, onion, honey, sea salt, pepper, and olive oil. Screw on lid and shake dressing until well combined.
  2. In a large salad bowl, gently toss together the arugula, watermelon, feta, and mint.
  3. Pour dressing over salad to your liking and toss. Serve immediately.
Any unused vinaigrette can be stored in the jar and kept in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

Serves two as a main, four as a side.

Bummed Out Baker Rating: 9/10
Rick-the-Meat-Eater Rating: 9/10

Adapted from Arugula, Watermelon and Feta Salad.

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Recipe: Jalepeño Cream Cheese Enchiladas (Vegetarian)

Alright, those of you who’ve been around a while know I put on for enchiladas, hard. They’re my favorite food and, while I try to mostly eat healthy, when I don’t, I really don’t, if you nom sayin’.

This dish is vegetarian garbage. Delicious, vegetarian garbage that perhaps should only be eaten sparingly but, who cares. Live your enchilada truth.

Ingredients

~10 oz meatless “chicken” of choice (I used gardein)
1/2 t sea salt
1/2 t freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 t cayenne pepper
1 T + 1/2 t garlic powder
2 T butter
1 large onion, diced
2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 t paprika
1/2 t chili powder
1/2 t ground cumin
~28 oz green enchilada sauce (homemade or canned)
~6 flour tortillas
~8 oz shredded Monterey Jack cheese
diced avocado or cilantro (optional)

while the innovation is certainly getting better, fake meat is typically junk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Prepare meatless “chicken” according to package, seasoning with sea salt, black pepper, 1 t of the cayenne pepper, and 1/2 t of the garlic powder. Set aside to cool for a moment.
  3. Over medium, heat butter in a deep skillet. Add onion and jalapeños and sauté until translucent, about five minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, dice “chicken”.
  5. Add cream cheese to onion mixture and use a spatula to break into chunks, allowing it to melt and soften.
  6. Stir in remaining garlic powder (1/2 t) and cayenne pepper (1/2 t), paprika, chili powder, and cumin.
  7. Stir in “chicken” and remove mixture from heat.
  8. Pour half the enchilada sauce into the bottom of a 9 x 13″ baking dish (or something of similar size).
  9. Place tortilla stack on a work surface next to the “chicken” mixture. Using a ~1/3 c measuring cup, scoop mixture onto each tortilla, creating an approximate line down the center. This does not have to be perfect, so relax and enjoy yaself. Sprinkle about 1 T of Monterey Jack cheese on top of the mixture inside of each tortilla before rolling it up and placing in baking dish, seam down. If your tortillas misbehave, go rogue, and pop open in the dish, again, don’t worry. Just rearrange it and rest assured that as you fill the dish the tortillas will begin to stay in place.
  10. Once dish is full, top with any remaining enchilada innards, pour remaining sauce over enchiladas, and then sprinkle with remaining Monterey Jack cheese.
  11. Bake 30 minutes.
  12. Remove dish and apologize to the oven for having melted cheese and enchilada sauce all over bottom of it. (More about apologizing to inanimate objects here.) Then apologize to the in-laws you live with for dirtying up their oven, if applicable.
  13. Let the enchiladas cool a moment so you don’t burn the crap out of your mouth, but serve them warm.
  14. If desired, top with avocado or a sprig of cilantro as garnish.

Enchiladas are a dang mess and really hard to make look pretty / photograph, so I added some diced avocado as a visual diversion. EVERYONE WILL BE TOO DISTRACTED BY THE GARNISH TO NOTICE THE MESS THAT TRULY LIES BENEATH, which is also a rich metaphor for my life.

Serves four.

Bummed Out Baker Honest Rating: 7/10

Adapted from Jalepeño Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas.

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Recipe: Parmesan Garlic Orzo (Vegetarian + Gluten-Free)

Orzo is my favorite pasta. I learned that today after looking for it in the grain section at the grocery store… where I found out it’s a grain-shaped pasta! Of course this means that traditional orzo is made with wheat, but I found a highly rated gluten-free option here.

This recipe is fast and delicious to even the most selective of palates (see: Rick). While I don’t have kids to test recipes on, Rick… kind of… counts in terms of food.

Ingredients

1 c orzo pasta
1/4 c butter (I used organic Earth Balance)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 c Parmesan cheese, shredded
2 T milk (I used organic coconut milk)
2 T fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 t sea salt
1/2 t fresh black pepper, ground

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, bring lightly salted water to boil. Add orzo to boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through, about ten minutes. Drain orzo and set aside.
  2. In a skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add garlic and sauté until lightly browned, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Stir orzo, Parmesan cheese, milk, parsley, sea salt, and pepper into garlic mixture.
  4. If desired, top servings with more fresh grated Parmesan.

I made it and it was eaten immediately. No leftovers for the fridge, folks! Although this would make a really good lunch at work, hot or cold.

Serves two for a main dish, four as a side.

Adapted from Parmesan Garlic Orzo.


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