Vegan Cauliflower Cheese & Polenta Shepherdless Bake
Classic comfort food, a bowl of cauliflower cheese is a warming end to any busy work day, and a great addition to a dinner table, but what to do if you don’t eat cheese? Fear not friends, because food blogger The Balanced Kitchen has the solution, a vegan cauliflower cheese & polenta shepherdless bake.
Ignore the long title and think instead of a delicious bowl of veggie goodness, finished with a thick and creamy cauliflower topping. Too good to miss out!
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- 1hr 15mins
- Serves 4
- 1 Large onion, diced
- 2 Garlic cloves, chopped
- 4 Large leaves of a Blas y Tir savoy cabbage, washed and chopped finely
- 600ml Tomato passata sauce
- 1 Vegetable stock cube, dissolved in 200ml boiling water
- 2 Tins brown lentils, rinsed and drained
- 1 Tin cannellinin beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 tbsp Granulated molasses
- 1 tbsp Ground cumin
- 1 tbsp Ground coriander
- 1 tbsp Sweet paprika
- Salt & pepper to season
- 500ml Water, boiled in a pan
- 1-2 Cups polenta
- 1 Cup nutritional yeast flakes
- 1/2 Blas y Tir cauliflower, grated
- Fresh thyme
- Pre-heat your oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4.
- Using a large casserole pot, gently saute onions & garlic for 4-5 minutes on a hob over a gentle heat.
- Add the lentils to the pot, followed by the beans, passata, stock, spices, coriander, molasses, seasoning and cabbage. Stir to combine.
- Simmer for 5 minutes while you prepare the topping.
- Topping: Gradually add the polenta to the boiled pan of water, stir continuously until a thick batter is formed, but is still an easy consistency to stir.
- Add the grated cauliflower, nutritional yeast, thyme and seasoning.
- Add the toppingto the base by simply spooning and smoothing the vegan cauliflower cheese mix on top of the base in the casserole pot.
- Place the casserole pot in the oven and bake for 30 minutes at 180°C/Gas Mark 4.
- Sprinkle with fresh thyme before serving.
Serve with freshly steamed vegetables of your choice for a nourishing and filling meal!