Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Cauliflower Cheeze and Peanut Butter Squares

Vegan MoFo has been a great vehicle to try new recipes from blogs I had never read before, but today's recipe is something I have eaten nearly a million times already, and it is from a blog that I have loved since 2008 when Wing-It was born.

Mandee's Cauliflower Cheese

It's Mandee's Cauliflower Cheeze! I've blogged about this one before, and have made it SO many times since that day! This beauty makes it to my belly at least every couple of weeks, sometimes once a week, and sometimes even twice a week. It's easy to make, it's delicious, and it's healthful. Triple WIN! Because I have made it so many times, I have made several variations of this dish: half cauliflower and half broccoli, half cauliflower and half artichoke hearts, all broccoli, half cauliflower and half Brussels sprouts, all cashews and no macadamias, nutritional yeast, Daiya... the possibilities are endless! I usually make it with frozen cauliflower that I cook in the microwave for a couple of minutes until it's not frozen solid anymore. I bake it at 375 degrees F for about 30 minutes or until the cauliflower feels soft when I insert a fork in it. As with all other casserol-y things, I broil it for a minute when it's done.

Mandee's Cauliflower Cheese

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Mandee's Cauliflower Cheese

So deliciously creamy and satisfying! Today's streaming recommendation would have been Gavin and Stacey, because every time I make Mandee's Cauliflower Cheeze it reminds me of the episode when Pam was pretending to be a vegetarian (for the silliest reason) and Gwen makes a chili con carne for everyone else, but Pam gets stuck with a cauliflower cheese - without the cheese because Gwen didn't know if Pam ate dairy, so it was just "cauliflower with a bit of onion." The horror! Pam really wanted that chili and she asked her husband to "smuggle" her some meat! Anyway, Netflix used to have Gavin and Stacey available to watch instantly but they don't anymore. BOOO!

Peanut Butter Squares

For dessert today we have some sweet Peanut Butter Squares that Mandee's friend found on the interwebz. Chocolate and peanut butter? Yes! Gimme! They are like a deconstructed peanut butter cup! Mandee said that they were super sweet, so I figured I would only use half the amount of sugar called for in the recipe. They weren't impossibly sweet, but they also didn't firm up much without the extra sugar. Doh! My bad. The chocolate was very hard and the peanut butter pretty soft, which made it impossible to cut them into squares without squashing and flattening the peanut butter. I flipped the whole thing upside down (chocolate-side down) and cut them that way instead. It worked!

Today's Duck-of-the-Day picture...

Piggly Wiggly, Squirmy Wormy, Cap'n Sweet Face, Spooky

Hey! You're not a duck! This is my mother in law's pup who we shall call Piggly Wiggly to respect his witness protection program rules. This is his Bond, James Bond face. Wiggly, Piggly Wiggly.

21 comments :

  1. Nomnomnom This looks simply far too amazing ;pp
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    1. Thanks! I really love this cauliflower cheeze!

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  2. I can't decide which of these things I want to eat more!

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  3. Holy crap! I can't imagine anything better than that cauliflower cheeze! I have to make this right away!!

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  4. The cauliflower cheese looks so incredibly delicious. I made cauliflower mac and cheese for a certain four-year-old and she wouldn't eat it though I thought it was yummy. Maybe I'll give this one a shot. Maybe I'll tell her it's cheese pie. It looks like cheese pie. :)

    Seriously cute pup.

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    1. It is! It's very mild if you don't add any nutritional yeast or a vegan cheese (I almost always make it without those ingredients) so maybe it will please Miss E's young little taste buds. Cheese pie would be a great name for it! :D

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  5. what a great post. That cauliflower dish looks really tasty. And I especially love Piggly Wiggly! Woof/quack!

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    1. I think Piggly Wiggly and Snoopy would get along great! Piggly Wiggly is also a bit of a Baby Dumb Dumb :D

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  6. Squeee, puppy!! So cute! That cauliflower cheese looks amazing too, I haven't made that for years.

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    1. I think you owe yourself to make some cauliflower cheeze then!

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  7. I am so glad you love that cauli-cheese recipe :D It is delicious and I have to remind myself to make it every now and then, it's so comforting!

    And yay for the squidgey pb squares! I have another recipe to try that has less sugar, so hopefully that works out well, too!

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    1. Oh and now I need to watch Gavin and Stacey!!

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    2. I love it, Mandee! It's such a delicious dish! I am looking forward to checking out your less-sweet pb squares. And YES! You need to watch Gavin and Stacey! :)

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  8. Gavin and Stacey! I watched them all! I loved that show, I didn't know anyone else on the planet watched too! I now ask people, "what's occurring?" all the time.

    YAY!

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    1. Oh! What's occurring? That's awesome, Kittee! I also thought I was the only one in the US that watched Gavin and Stacey! Nessa is one of my favorite TV characters ever. She's so funny! Alright Kittee, how's it going, alright? :D

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  9. Mmmm cauliflower cheeze. You've made me hungry, i haven't felt hungry in a couple of days so YAY.

    I'd still eat those pb squares, with a spoon if I had to!

    I love Gavin & Stacey. Pretty much everything uttered by uncle bryn is comedy gold.

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    1. Awesome! I'm glad I could be of help! :D

      Uncle Bryn is so hilarious! Bryn and Nessa are definitely the best characters.

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  10. Yummy! I've never come across that recipe on Mandee's blog before, now I need to make it. So creamy!

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    1. You do need to make it! I love this dish so much! Hopefully I can return the favor - you gave me the fluffiest bread ever and I gave you a link to the creamiest, most delicious casserole ever! :D

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