Mac n Cheese Stuffed Crescent Rolls

The other day I was looking at a box of Daiya brand Cheesy Mac, one of my favorite brands of boxed vegan mac n cheese. I noticed in the nutritional info it claims one box makes about three servings. THREE servings?! No way, I definitely eat the whole thing every time!!! Granted, I may be a glutton, but… Luckily I found a way to stretch one box of cheesy mac into several servings: Mac n Cheese Stuffed Crescent Rolls.

I stuffed 8 crescent rolls with Daiya mac n cheese, but after doing some calculations I could’ve actually done about 48 stuffed crescent rolls! (I just only had one can of dough at the time, and was forced to eat the leftover cheesy mac on its own) This is very simple to do, and very tasty. My non-vegan dad was kind of upset with me because he only got to try one on his lunch break, and by the time he came home from work I had eaten the other seven.

Did I mention you shouldn’t look to me for dietary advice?

Mac n Cheese Stuffed Crescent Rolls | Orthodox and Vegan
Mac n Cheese Stuffed Crescent Rolls
1 can vegan crescent roll dough, 8 servings*
1 pkg Daiya Cheesy Mac, prepared according to instructions
1 Tbsp margarine, melted
garlic powder, pepper to taste
optional: Tofurky deli slices

Preheat oven to 375.
Add a couple dashes of pepper and garlic powder to your prepared Cheesy Mac, stir and set aside.
Open crescent roll dough, and roll out on work surface as you normally would. Place one tablespoon of Daiya Cheesy Mac near the top center of the crescent roll dough (the wide end), and carefully roll into crescent shape – you will most likely need to fold in at least one side to keep the Cheesy Mac from coming out. Place on baking tray. Repeat until all crescent rolls are complete.
Generously brush rolls with margarine, and sprinkle with garlic powder to taste.
Bake crescent rolls 10-13 minutes, until golden brown.

If using deli slices
To bulk up the snack – and the flavor – cut four vegan deli slices (meat substitute) in half. Fold each half in half. Place in at the top center of the crescent roll dough before adding Cheesy Mac.

*Since each box of Daiya Cheesy Mac makes three 1 Cup servings, or 48 tablespoons, you should be able to fill 48 crescent rolls. Adjust margarine and deli slices accordingly.

I was really excited to find out some Meijer and Pillsbury brand canned dough is vegan. What’s your favorite surprisingly vegan item?

Food Fight! Grocery in Portland

Sooooo, I haven’t made anything very interesting lately. I’m working on a new jackfruit recipe, but until then, thought I’d take you on a tour of Food Fight! Grocery. This is my favorite place to shop when I’m in Portland. The first time I went it reminded me of a little gas station convenience store, complete with pay-by-weight nachos and a vegan nacho cheese pump! I wish they would bring that back. But anyway, there are a million other things to try. I shared a little something with you last year, but this time I tried to take pictures of everything.

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
Being in a place like this makes you feel like a normal person. Ya know, instead of feeling so…vegan 🙂

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
Tons of fancy cheeses. The Chao is a bit expensive compared to Whole Foods, but still cheaper than Harvest Health Foods here in Grand Rapids.

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
A bunch of veggie meats ranging from major brands you can find almost anywhere, to random stuff I normally only see at the Asian market.

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
Frozen pizza, hot pockets, TV dinners.

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
MOAR vegan meats!

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
I did not know these existed. Next time I promise I’ll try them!

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
Corn dogs! Mac n Cheese Strudel!!!

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
I always see Alpendough on What Fat Vegans Eat, I wanted to try every flavor. I didn’t have time 🙁

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
So. Many. Cheez sauces.

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
At least 7 kinds of vegan jerky here.

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
Cookies. Cotton Candy. Marshmallow treats.

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
Four kinds of boxed mac n cheese. I’ve tried all but one now!

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
I’m dying. I only really had 2 full days to eat, and no checked bag to bring liquid-type stuff home, or this aged nut cheese sauce would’ve been mine!

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
I haven’t yet found veggie haggis in Grand Rapids.

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
So this was my tiny haul – and the croissant (filled with pizza toppings) and Charlie Brown bar in the foreground actually came from Sweetpea Baking Co.

From Food Fight I grabbed Tofurky pockets, mac n cheese strudel, pizza-flavored mac n cheese from So Delicious, a couple bags of $1 snack thingies, two kinds of fancy cheese, Sweet & Sara graham crackers, a caramel, and a wonderful all-natural vegan deodorant by Schmidt’s (btw, it’s the best deodorant I’ve ever used).

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
I couldn’t stop eating these things. I put them in tacos and filled them with cheese…think I have pictures of that somewhere.

Food Fight Vegan Grocery Portland, OR
Speaking of cheese. It was a really sad day when I had to go home and leave a bunch of this in my BFF’s fridge because it was opened and wouldn’t have made it past TSA. I ate as much as I possibly could. Next time I’ll try harder.

Have you ever shopped at someplace like Food Fight Grocery? Would you pay $25 to check a bag just so you can bring special treats home?

Grand Rapids VegFest 2015

Well, last week Grand Rapids had its first ever Vegan Festival, VegFest. It was a tiny thing compared to the ones held in bigger cities that have been held for years now, but we still had fun! Two vendors cornered the food market at the festival – Shimmy Shack and Love’s were the only ones selling food. And Love’s is just ice cream and cookies, so if you wanted a meal, you were going to Shimmy Shack. Pretty much everyone wanted to get in on it, and we waited in line for an hour.

Grand Rapids VegFest Shimmy Shack
I wasn’t able to get a good picture of the truck or the line that formed in front of it, it was just too crowded! But don’t worry, I took pictures of all the food Mumra and I ordered. We tried to hit as many menu items as we could possibly fit in our stomachs.

Grand Rapids VegFest Shimmy Shack
First, Mumra ordered the Classic Burger and Chili Cheese Fries (half white & half sweet potato) with a side of garlic sauce. The housemade burger was bigger than a slider, but much smaller than a Boca burger; however, the little guy packed a lot of flavor. I kind of wished I would’ve ordered one for myself. And fries soaked in chili, yeah, they were good. Could’ve used a little more salt & hot sauce, but then again, that’s probably what the dipping sauce is for. The garlic sauce reminded me of toom, thick and creamy. The Daiya shreds melted on top were good, but in this form I think they work better on pizza. For fries, I’d melt the shreds into a sauce with veg milk and spoon it on so you can still pull the fries apart easily. And yet…we ate them all.

Grand Rapids VegFest Shimmy Shack
I ordered nachos, the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter shake, and a Shimmy Coney – a chili dog. Everything was as expected. My only issue is the LightLife dog was a little over cooked and a little tough. And again I probably would’ve added a little salt and hot sauce to the chili. It was still very satisfying, though.

Grand Rapids VegFest Shimmy Shack
Oh. And Mumra also ordered a cup of Curried Chickpea Gazpacho. I was surprised to find it actually tasted like the dressing on the tomato salad from Little Africa! I think it was the lemon and garlic, it was wonderful.

Grand Rapids VegFest Little Africa
Speaking of Little Africa, we ran into the infamous Lou(l) while stopping by the Culinary Expedition booth of chef Elizabeth Suvedi. Elizabeth offers vegan cooking classes and private cooking events. Sounds like fun!

Grand Rapids VegFest The Brinery
The Brinery was there giving out samples and selling their wonderful fermented foods, along with a bunch of other vendors. I didn’t have the patience to wait for good pictures at all the booths!

Grand Rapids VegFest
There were a few different lectures throughout the day. We sat through part of a cooking class where we watched tofu bacon being prepared.

So once I walked off my coney dog, nachos, and milk shake, what was next?

Grand Rapids VegFest Love's Ice Cream
ICE CREAM. It’s totally different than a milkshake.

Grand Rapids VegFest Love's Ice Cream
It was root beer flavored! I was a very happy girl this day.

Grand Rapids VegFest Harvest Health
A ton of vegan food options were on display at the Harvest Health booth, and even better…

Grand Rapids VegFest Harvest Health Chao Cheese
they were giving samples of Chao Cheese! I already had all three flavors at home in the fridge, but Mumra tried it and enjoyed it. Although knowing her, she’ll just figure out how to make it at home 🙂

Vegan Pizza
And after eating all the good food, I came home and found my dad had ordered a pizza for me!

Anyway. Now that we know 1500+ people in the Grand Rapids area were interested in a smallish VegFest, I have a feeling next year will see way more food vendors, and vendors in general. It will grow and it will be awesome. But I can’t wait til next year to go to a big, awesome vegan festival, so I’m going to one later this week – the Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival! Flying out to spend time in OR with my BFF. Also hoping to hit up Next Level Burger for the grand opening of their Portland location, and stop in at Food Fight! Grocery, and maybe grab a slice of cheesecake at Sweetpea. And if I really feel like being edgy, maybe I’ll get a new vegan tattoo at Scapegoat :p