Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Chicken Pilaf Casserole

Most of the recipes here are pretty lean, protein-y, and free of processed foods. They feature lentils, beans, nuts, and protein-rich grains such as quinoa. But now I'm going to post a few that contain plant-based meat.

It can be nice to use sometimes to re-create comfort foods, and though it is processed, it's a heck of a lot better than meat made out of dead animals, which is full of mystery corpses, antibiotics, salmonella, feces, and suffering of all kinds. Don't say you can't be vegan because you'd have to eat processed foods. You certainly don't have to (see: most of the other recipes on this site), but if you're missing meat, do yourself a favor and have a Gardein burger or chicken casserole once in a while. 100% shit- and misery-free.

Vegan Chicken and Pilaf Casserole

Fatty, carb-y, salty goodness.

5 T dairy-free margarine, such as Earth Balance or Organic Smart Balance
4 T flour
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1.5 c nondairy milk
1.25 c veg broth (you can just use water + a veggie bouillon cube)
1 package Gardein Mandarin chicken (discard sauce packet), or 2 c of any plant-based chicken
1.5 c cooked pilaf, such as Carolina brand
1/2 lb sliced mushrooms
1 green and 1 red bell pepper, chopped
small handful chopped parsley
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350.

Put the chicken in the microwave for two or three minutes so it's at least partly cooked. (It will get thoroughly baked shortly, so exact timing doesn't matter now; you just don't want to add it to your dish while it's frozen solid.)

If you have a casserole dish that can go on the stovetop, melt the margarine in it. If not, use a saucepan. Add garlic and cook for 3 min. Add flour and mix thoroughly until combined. Add milk and broth slowly (at least at first) while stirring, to avoid lumps. Raise heat, bring just to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Add other ingredients. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well.

If mixture is not yet in casserole dish, transfer it to one now. Cover dish. Bake in oven for 25 minutes. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve.

Ohara Koson, Hen and Two Chicks in Grass, c. 1927
Leave chickens alone.

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