14 November 2007

Vegan Stuffed Shells For Everyone

I wish I had a beautiful photo to show you... but hubby grabbed the plate of shells and took off with it to the bedroom... apologies to all, lol.

I've been having problems with most dairy for about 4 months now - I finally tracked down another source of migraines. Dairy. Drat. Mozzarella seems to be okay, strangely enough. In talking with others who have dietary induced migraines, I've heard the same thing. If anyone would like to explain to me why mozzarella is fine but, say Cream Cheese (which is another fresh cheese) isn't, I'd love to hear it. Occasionally I'll give into temptation and still have some kind of cheese - because I just love cheese - but generally speaking I am trying to avoid dairy altogether.

Anywhoodles... This stuffed shells recipe is delicious enough to please even the most picky eater. It really tastes like traditional stuffed shells.

If you don't have any objections to dairy, forego the vegan angle and top the shells with a lot of really nice mozzarella. Do that and no-one will even know that the filling isn't dairy.

This is a great way to use up all that pulp left over from making nutmilk.

Stuffed Shells

1 1/2 c nut-pulp (instructions below)
1 c sesame seeds
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 c water
2 Tbsp parsley
1 clove garlic, crushed and minced to smithereens

1 package Tinkyada large shells

6-8 cups Chunky Tomato sauce (We like Ragu Organic or Muir Glen Chunky Tomato Sauce)

Optional- 8 oz. Whole Milk Shredded Mozzarella

1. You'll need to start this meal the night before you want to eat it, by making nut-pulp.

Start by taking 2 c almonds (I reccommend blanched almonds for the cleanest, whitest look) and placing them in a large mixing bowl. Boil 2 c water and pour over the almonds. Let soak for about 1/2 hour, or until the liquid looks milky.

Pour this mixture into your blender and blend on high speed until smooth. Wet a towel or nutmilk bag and pour the liquid into it, over a bowl) squeeze out the liquid.

Add 2 more cups COLD water to the blender and return the nutpulp to the blender. Blend for another minute or so. Strain this liquid.

Repeat the cold water step until the liquid being squeezed from the nutpulp looks like whey (milky water). Set the nutmilk aside to use for something else.

Take the nutpulp, sesame seeds, lemon juice, and water, and combine them. Let soak overnight, in the fridge.

The next day, whir this mixture in the blender until it's smooth. Add the parsley and garlic and whir again, until the parsley's chopped fine.

2. Boil the shell pasta until they're al-dente. Drain.

3. Put about 3 or 4 cups of pasta sauce in the bottom of a casserole.

4. Fill the shells with the 'ricotta' mixture and place into the sauce. Top with more sauce. (if you'd like add cheese now)

5. Tope with remaining sauce and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until hot.



Sea said...

Man, blogger crashed and my comment got erased.

The gist? Awesome post!


I Am Gluten Free said...

Ooh la la. Must try. Love nut pulp from almonds. Thanks for a great post!

haphy81 said...

Maybe you can eat mozzarella because it is (traditionally) made from Water Buffalo milk not cow's milk. Many dairy intolerants have problems with cow's milk casein (the protein in milk which is molecularly similar to gluten). goat's milk casein tends to be easier to digest than cow or buffalo. By the way there is a buffalo's milk yogurt at whole foods that is really good...(it has a higher fat content thus creamier...

Slightly Off Balance said...

ahhhhh! That's a good point - we do use buffalo mozzarella, so perhaps that's the case.

Alas, no whole foods here, or I'd try that yoghurt!