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Vegan baked brown rice & broccoli in a cheesy sauce! Yeah!

on 09/05/2012

Today, I made this tasty invented dish! I have never eaten broccoli with cheese before & searched the internet for food combinations. The recipes weren’t to my liking so I invented this!

Doesn’t this dish looks truly appetizing ?? It is healthy & so satisfying too!:) Check it out! The vegan cheese sauce keeps its shape. It works like a cover on all the rest of the dish! Ooh yeah!

A divine & vegan cheesy dinner! Half of it already devoured by the 2 of us! It is so good!Look at that melting cheese sauce! yum!

A divine dinner: vegan too! :) Great for entertaining!

Recipe: For 2 persons, with seconds or for 4 persons, with each 1 big portion!! We nearly ate it all! :)

Ingredients:

3 sachets of each 125 gr of quickly to cook brown rice = 375 gr brown rice

400 gr of broccoli , cut into florets, cleaned

a good vegetable stock to cook the rice in

2 fat cloves of fresh garlic, peeled & finely chopped

1 fat big white onion, peeled & sliced into smaller wedges

Maldon sea salt flakes

black pepper, finely grinned

3 or 4 pinches of smoked Spanish paprika, Pimentón de la Vera, the dulce version

a fruity EVOO

** For the cheesy vegan sauce:

1/2 cup of vegan butter

1/2 cup of white organic flour

3 cups + 1/2 cup of boiling water / I used it all in my sauce! You can use unsweetened soy milk instead of the water if you want, but heat it up well!

1 cup of nutritional yeast

Maldon sea salt flakes

black pepper, finely grinned

Method:

1.First, cook the brown rice sachets in boiling hot vegetable stock according to your packet instructions. It took me 13 minutes. Drain well & place into a large pot. Spoon through the cooked rice. Place a fitting lid on. Meanwhile, cook your broccoli in some salted boiling water until al dente. This will take 5 to 6 minutes depending how thick your broccoli florets are. Drain well.

2. At the same time, fry your onion wedges & cut up garlic in some tablespoons of fruity EVOO until browned on all sides & cooked through. Season with Maldon sea salt & finely grins of black pepper. Taste! Add to the cooked rice. Spoon it all around the bowl.

3. Preheat your oven to 200°C ( 400 F ) for 10 minutes.

4. Now, make your cheese sauce. Take a larger cooking pot & melt the vegan butter on medium heat. When melted & sizzling, add the flour. Whisk, whisk & whisk until it all comes together & there aren’t any lumps left & it is all bubbly!!! Leave it to cook like that for 1 or 2 minutes to remove the flour-taste! Let it brown a bit. This is what we call , making a roux. Equal parts of vegan butter with equal parts of white flour. Gradually add some boiling water until you reach your sauce consistency. I used it all. Whisk the water into the sauce! Stir constantly. You have to know that when you add the nutritional yeast, the sauce will even thicken more. So you want to create a thinner sauce but stil thickened enough. You can see if your sauce is thick enough , when you place a spoon into the sauce & than, make a stripe with your finger. If the sauce has thickened enough, the stripe stays. See picture below:

Checking if the sauce has thickened enough with a spoon before adding the nutritional yeast!

Now, add the nutritional yeast & whisk it all in; Whisk,whisk, whisk! Taste! Let it sit on the stove for 2 minutes or so! Add some seasoning if you need to. Thicken the sauce a bit, if you need to.Like this, it is just right:

The right cheesy consistency: pourable but thick enough!

4. Take your big bowl of rice, onion wedges & garlic. Add the cooked broccoli florets & mix with a spoon. Spoon this mix into a fitted oven dish. Pour the cheesy sauce over the top, all neatly tucked away into the lovely yellow sauce! Sprinkle a few pinches of smoked paprika over the surface in the middle. See picture! Place into the center of the oven & bake for about 20 to 30 minutes until golden brown on top & really hot! Place it under the grill for the last 5 minutes or so, if you want. Take out of the oven & let it stand for about 5 minutes to cool off a bit.

Enjoy this vegan feast best with your loved one! Happy Eating, my friends! :)

This is great like that but I submerged all of my dinner into the sauce mix. It tasted divine! :)  If you liked this post, SUBSCRIBE to Sophie’s Foodie Files: It is free!  RSS Feed RSS – Posts

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53 responses to “Vegan baked brown rice & broccoli in a cheesy sauce! Yeah!

  1. Katarina says:

    I love this dish, so delicious!

  2. hotlyspiced says:

    It’s great that this is vegan because we try to eat vegan a few times a week and what wonderful flavours Sophie! xx

  3. Kira Jacobs says:

    mm this sounds like great comfort food!!

  4. I love the blanket of cheesy sauce Sophie! :D

  5. elle says:

    mmm vegan cheese sauce

  6. Pam says:

    It looks fantastic!

  7. kokob says:

    Sophie this look amazing! That cheese sauce looks soo good! I love broccoli and cheese together, it’s such a great combination!

  8. Passionate Eater says:

    Forget about a calorie laden Mac and Cheese, I want a delicious, decadent, and nutritious meal like this!

  9. looks great and enjoy your salad today :0)

  10. Valerie says:

    Great vegan dish, it looks very satisfying!

  11. Tandy says:

    It looks very good :)

  12. Ina Gawne says:

    Sophie – this looks amazing! Love cheese, broccoli and rice. Your vegan cheese sauce sounds great!

  13. Yummy Sophie – you’re right most cheese and rice recipes out there don’t look too great! Yours look fantastic, making my mouth water!

  14. Jef Boven says:

    NOt only the picture()s, the dish itself looks delicious!

  15. Cheez and broccoli – a classic!

  16. OMG, I can eat this! Yay! You rock :)

  17. Lisa says:

    Now that is one hearty and beautiful casserole! It’s so ‘meaty’ without meat, and I just want to drown in that cheese sauce! I’m so glad you’re feeling better! xo

  18. Blond Duck says:

    I’ve never tried nutritional yeast!

  19. Johanna GGG says:

    Love broccoli with cheese sauce – never had a vegan one on broccoli but I love the yellow colour of your sauce – such cheerful colours

  20. applec says:

    That dish is making me very hungry. It looks great.

  21. hotlyspiced says:

    That is such a yummy looking meal. And so good for you too. I’m not surprised you nearly ate it all. xx

  22. ruthmartins says:

    Really looks delicious. Hard to believe it’s a healthy recipe lol Love the addition of the paprika.

  23. Carolyn Jung says:

    Anything with a cheesy sauce is irresistible in my book. ;)

  24. grace says:

    just look at that blanket of cheesy goodness! what a delicious creation, sophie. :)

  25. junglefrog says:

    I would almost say what’s not to like when it includes cheese right? I started to think but I don’t think I’ve ever had anything cheesy with broccoli before either. With cauliflower yes, as that is common so no idea why I never tried it with broccoli! Looks delicious!

    • Sophie33 says:

      Hey, Simone but you must know that this isn’t real cheese: it is a vegan one: self-created: it is nearly the same but NOt at all! :)

  26. you were right……I like this!

  27. mmmarzipan says:

    Looks lovely! Never tried making vegan cheese before, but it seems to really work! :)

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