Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Recipe: Baked Ziti (Forks Over Knives)

I have been trying to cut out meat in some meals and been loving using my Forks Over Knives cookbook.  I have always been very intimidated as I was raised to have a meat, a vegetable and a potato/rice for dinner. Forever and always.  Also, the ingredients many recipes call for have my eyes glazing over thinking they will be tough to find or expensive or taste gross.  But, it's been easier than expected as I take baby steps, trying a new recipe every few weeks.  
The big shocker?  Even Jeremy has been surprised to find "plant-based eating" yummy.
Sunday I made this Baked Ziti and after posting the above photo online, I had requests to share the recipe. My pleasure! It was new for me to make a baked pasta dish without cheese, but it was a hit!
1 large yellow onion, peeled and diced
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
2 tablespoons oregano
1 large can of diced tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste
1 lb whole grain penne
1 batch No Cheese Sauce (recipe below)

No Cheese Sauce:
1 large yellow onion, peeped and coarsely chopped
1 large red pepper, seeded and chopped
3 tablespoons of toasted cashews (about 4 min in the oven at 300)
1 tablespoon tahini, optional (I didn't use it)
1 cup nutritional yeast (I found in bulk at a health food store)
salt to taste

Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth and creamy.  Add half a cup of water if necessary.  (Was totally necessary for me!)

Baked Ziti:
 1. Bring large pot of water to boil.
2. Preheat oven to 375.
3. Place onion in large saucepan and saute over medium heat for about 7 minutes or until the onion starts to brown.  Add tablespoons of water if needed to avoid sticking.  Add garlic and oregano and cook for another minute.  Add tomatoes, salt and pepper and cook for about 5 minutes. 
4. Cook the pasta until it's not quite al dente (it will finish cooking in the oven).  Drain the noodles and add them to the tomato mixture.  Mix well and pour into a 9x13 inch baking dish.  Top with the No Cheese Sauce and bake uncovered for about 25 minutes or until bubbly.  

That's it!  It's make six very generous portions and is even yummier as leftovers.  Let me know if you try this! Don't be intimidated if something says "vegan" or "vegetarian" like I have been.  A myth that I have been able to bust is that it wouldn't make me as full.  Not the case!  When looking at a recipe my main concern is the number of ingredients.  I like to keep things simple:)


1 comment:

  1. I am proud of you and so glad you all like this. So much healthier than Mac Cheese from a packet, just check out the chemicals in it. We'll be trying it one of these days. Love, xx


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