Homemade Organic Vegan Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole

I scoured the internet to find a recipe that I liked, but there weren’t any, so I created this dish.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

For the Sauce:

  • 4 Tbsp. organic sunflower oil (Spectrum Organic recommended)
  • 4 Tbsp. bleached organic white flour
  • 3 cups Homemade Organic Vegetable Stock
  • 1 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground organic white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. organic ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp. organic ground sage

For the Casserole:

  • 1 head organic cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 bunch organic broccoli, cut into florets (peel, dice and save the stems for another use)
  • 1 cup finely diced organic yellow onion
  • 3-4 organic garlic cloves, minced
  • 3-4 cups cooked organic brown rice
  • 1-2 cups crushed GMO-free potato chips (Use organic if you can find them!  Keeping the crumbs leftover from the bag is a frugal way to obtain the crumbs, too.  Kettle brand plain potato chips recommended)

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Prepare the rice, if it’s not all ready cooked.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  3. Begin making the sauce:  Heat the sunflower oil in a medium pot over medium-high heat until hot, then add the flour and stir to combine; Cook for 1-2 minutes.  Then add the stock to the pot a little at a time (1/2 cup to start, then a cup at a time is okay.) whisking while totally incorporated.  Do this until all the stock is added.  Season with salt, pepper, turmeric and sage and whisk until well blended; Keep on the stove over low heat until ready to pour over casserole.
  4. Prepare the garlic, onion, cauliflower and broccoli, if not all ready done.
  5. Set the rice and vegetables into a 9″x13″ casserole dish, stir until well blended.
  6. Pour the warm sauce over the vegetable mixture and stir until completely incorporated.
  7. Top with the potato chip crumbs. (If making ahead, do not add crumbs until ready to bake, put the casserole in a cold oven and bake for an additional 20-30 minutes.)
  8. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the sides of the casserole are bubbly.
  9. Enjoy!
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Homemade Organic Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

To Cook Macaroni:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  2. Bring 2 quarts of unchlorinated and unfluoridated water to a boil along with a pinch of salt.
  3. Add the macaroni to the water and cook until just under al dente, approximately 3-1/2 to 4 minutes; Strain, and top with a little bit of butter or organic extra-virgin olive oil to keep them from sticking.

To Make Cheese Sauce:

  1. In a medium chef’s saucepan, melt 3 Tbsp. butter over medium-high heat; Add 3 Tbsp. flour, yellow mustard, salt, and pepper; Stir until well combined, then cook for a minute.
  2. Add the milk to the butter mixture 1 cup at a time; Whisk in-between adding the milk to ensure that the sauce remains smooth.
  3. Once the mixture has thickened, begin adding cheeses one half-handful at a time; Stir in-between additions to keep the sauce smooth.

To Assemble Casserole:

  1. Place the cooked macaroni into an 8″ X 8″ casserole dish.
  2. Pour the cheese sauce on top of the macaroni and stir until well combined.
  3. Sprinkle the seasoned breadcrumb mixture on top of the casserole.
  4. Bake at 350° Fahrenheit for 35 minutes, or until the mixture is bubbling at the sides, the breadcrumbs are lightly browned and the cheese is melted on top.
  5. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Pepper Jack and Chipotle Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

To Cook Macaroni:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  2. Bring 2 quarts of unchlorinated and unfluoridated water to a boil along with a pinch of salt.
  3. Add the macaroni to the water and cook until just under al dente, approximately 3-1/2 to 4 minutes; Strain, and top with a little bit of butter or organic extra-virgin olive oil to keep them from sticking.

To Make Cheese Sauce:

  1. In a medium chef’s saucepan, melt 3 Tbsp. butter over medium-high heat; Add 3 Tbsp. flour, salt and ground chipotle pepper (if using) and stir until well combined, then cook for a minute.
  2. Add the milk to the butter mixture 1 cup at a time; Whisk in-between adding the milk to ensure that the sauce remains smooth.
  3. Once the mixture has thickened, begin adding cheeses one half-handful at a time; Stir in-between additions to keep the sauce smooth.

To Assemble Casserole:

  1. Combine the 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs and 1/2 cup cheese mixture from the Homemade Organic Copycat Kraft Fresh Take Spicy Chipotle Cheddar recipe.
  2. Place the cooked macaroni into an 8″ X 8″ casserole dish.
  3. Pour the cheese sauce on top of the macaroni and stir until well combined.
  4. Sprinkle the seasoned breadcrumb and cheese mixture on top of the casserole.
  5. Bake at 350° Fahrenheit for 35 minutes, or until the mixture is bubbling at the sides, the breadcrumbs are lightly browned and the cheese is melted on top.
  6. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Fresh Take Cottage Pie

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

To Make the Mashed Potatoes:

  1. Rinse the potatoes thoroughly under cold running water; Chop the potatoes into cubes of the same size.
  2. In a stock pot, bring 4 quarts of unchlorinated and unfluoridated water to a boil; Add the cubed potatoes and cook for 20 minutes, or until fork tender then strain the potatoes reserving the cooking water.
  3. Place the cooked potatoes, butter, 1 cup reserved potato cooking water, and the cheese blend from the Homemade Organic Copycat Kraft Fresh Take Rosemary and Garlic recipe into a medium mixing bowl; Mash until well combined and smooth, adding additional potato water if necessary.

To Make the Beef Stew:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° Fahrenheit.
  2. Meanwhile, start defrosting the meat mix:  Pour 1/4 cup water into a deep saucepan with lid; Add the frozen meat mix, carrots and onions.  Simmer for 15 minutes over medium heat, covered.  Uncover; break up the frozen chunks into smaller pieces.  Add the garlic (if using); Cover and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Add the flour, salt, parsley, rosemary, thyme, ground peppercorns and sage to the beef mixture and stir until well combined.
  4. Add the peas, green beans, beef stock and vegetable stock, stir until thoroughly combined; Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until thickened and bubbly.

To assemble the casserole:

  1. Place the beef stew mixture in the bottom of an 8″ x 8″ casserole dish.
  2. Carefully top the stew mixture with the potato mixture.
  3. Sprinkle the breadcrumb and seasoning blend from the Homemade Organic Copycat Fresh Take Rosemary and Garlic recipe on top of the casserole.
  4. Bake at 375° Fahrenheit for 35 minutes, or until the casserole is bubbly around the edges and the breadcrumbs are a light golden brown.
  5. Enjoy!

 

Homemade Organic Baked Margharita Penne Pasta

I have greatly modified this recipe from All Things Mac and Cheese.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups dry organic penne pasta
  • 5 Tbsp. organic unbleached white flour
  • 3 Tbsp. organic pasture butter
  • 1 cup Homemade Organic Sweet Whey
  • 1 cup grass-fed organic whole milk
  • 1 cup shredded organic mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp. organic dried basil
  • 2 tsp. Real Salt, divided
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground organic white pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups freshly diced organic tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup sliced organic green onions
  • 1 recipe Homemade Organic Margharita Topping

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  2. Bring 1 gallon of water and 1 tsp. Real Salt to a boil; Add the pasta and cook for 6-8 minutes, not to al dente, drain and place into an 8x8x2″ baking dish.
  3. Melt the butter in a chef’s saucepan until warm and add the flour; Stir to combine and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Whisk in the whey/milk little by little until all of it is incorporated into the roux.
  5. Add the mozzarella a handful at a time and stir until melted.
  6. Stir in the salt, basil and white pepper until well blended.
  7. Add the tomatoes, green onions and cheese sauce to the pasta and stir until well comined.
  8. Sprinkle the Homemade Organic Margharita Topping over the casserole.
  9. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes at 350° Fahrenheit.
  10. Enjoy!

 

Homemade Organic Hearty Vegetable Frittata

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 3 Tbsp. organic extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium organic Idaho potatoes, rinsed and diced small
  • 3/4 cup diced organic yellow onion
  • 3/4 cup diced organic bell pepper
  • 6 organic pasture eggs
  • 1 tsp. Homemade Organic Garlic Paste
  • 1 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. organic dried oregano
  • 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. organic cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded organic Colby cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated organic Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° Fahrenheit.
  2. In an ovenproof skillet (such as an all-stainless-steel skillet), heat the oil over medium heat until warm and bubbly.
  3. Add the potatoes to the skillet and stir to coat thoroughly with the oil, then cook until the potatoes are lightly browned, approximately 15 to 20 minutes; Remove the potatoes from the pan and set aside.
  4. To the same skillet, add the onion and bell pepper; Saute until tender, approximately 5-6 minutes; Add the potatoes and saute until heated through, approximately 5 minutes.
  5. Beat the eggs with the salt, pepper, oregano, and cayenne; Pour the egg mixture on top of the cooked vegetable mixture.
  6. Place the skillet into the oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until the cheeses are a light golden brown.

Homemade Organic Better-Than-Velveeta Classic American Casseroles Loaded Mashed Potato

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Ground Beef Mixture:

Mashed Potatoes:

  • 8 to 10 small organic potatoes
  • 1/2 cup grass-fed organic whole milk (optional; use 1/2 cup unchlorinated and unfluoridated water instead)
  • 1 tsp. Real Salt
  • 3 Tbsp. organic pasture butter
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground organic peppercorn blend

Cheese Sauce:

  • 2 Tbsp. organic pasture butter
  • 2 Tbsp. organic unbleached white flour
  • 1 cup grass-fed organic whole milk
  • 1 cup organic cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. organic paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. organic ground turmeric

Topping:

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a 2 quart casserole dish with additional pasture butter.
  3. In a deep frying pan, cook the bacon until crisp, then chop into small bits and set aside; Reserve 1 tablespoon grease in pan (reserve the rest for future use) and add 2 tablespoons of flour to the grease and stir until well combined.
  4. Make Mashed Potatoes:  In a large stockpot, bring a half-gallon of water to a boil.  Meanwhile, scrub and cube potatoes (peel if desired).  Add the cubed potatoes to the boiling water and cook for 20 minutes, or until fork tender.  Remove from boiling water, add milk, butter, salt and pepper until well blended.
  5. Make Ground Beef Mixture:   
    1. If using Homemade Organic Freezer Meat Mix:  Pour 1/2 cup unchlorinated and unfluoridated water into the pan used to fry the bacon; Add the frozen mix, and onions.  Simmer for 15 minutes over medium heat, covered.  Uncover; break up the frozen chunks into smaller pieces.  Cover and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. (proceed to step c)
    2. If using grass-fed organic ground beef: Put the beef in the same frying pan used to crisp the bacon, add the onions.  Cook over medium heat until the meat is browned and the onions are translucent.  (proceed to step c)
    3. Add the beef stock, vegetable stock, salt, pepper and sour cream to the meat mixture; Cook until thickened and bubbly, set aside.
  6. Make Cheese Sauce:  Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, then add the flour, stirring until thick and smooth.  Pour in the milk, salt, pepper, paprika and turmeric, whisking until well combined.  Cook the mixture until it thickens, then add the cheese and stir until blended.  Keep on the back burner on low heat until needed.
  7. To Assemble Casserole: Pour the meat mixture into the prepared baking dish.  Top with the prepared mashed potatoes, spreading to coat evenly.  Top with the warmed cheese sauce.  Sprinkle the top with bacon pieces and chives.
  8. Bake at 350° Fahrenheit for 20- 25 minutes or until heated through; The casserole should be bubbly at the sides.
  9. Enjoy!