Monday, October 3, 2011

Family Pleasing Creamy & Cheezy Bake

"Food is our common ground, a universal experience." -James Beard

Don't we all just love easy and cheezy? Bakes are super simple, come together nicely, and can be popped right into the oven until they are ready to serve. They also provide great leftovers for the next day's lunch! Another thing about casseroles is that you can easily make them a balanced meal. This recipe has protein in your tofu and beans, lycopene in your tomatoes and paste, healthy carbohydrates in your rice (I used brown rice to be extra healthy), and lots of other healthful ingredients. You can add more or different veggies depending on what you have on hand. At any rate, this is a great meal that tastes absolutely sinful!

Savor My Family Friendly 'Cheezy Rice & Beans Bake' Recipe

1 cup cooked rice
1/2 large onion, chopped
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
8oz tofu, drained & cubed
15oz can pinto beans, drained & rinsed
1 package (2 cups) Daiya Pepper Jack Shreds "cheese"
1 6oz can tomato paste
1/4 cup Veganaise
2 tbsp Silk Original Creamer
1/ 2tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp chili powder

Preheat oven 350 degrees. Add all ingredients to a casserole dish. Combine very well and level with a spoon. Cover and bake for 30 minutes, then an additional 15 minutes uncovered. You may want to serve this with a dollop of your favorite complimentary condiments, like guacamole, Tofutti Sour Cream, or pico di gallo. Enjoy!

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