Monday, November 21, 2011

DIY MacNoCheeto Wrap!

Everything I ate in Portland during Vida Vegan Con was magical, and I wish I could recreate every dish. But the moment I bit into my MacNoCheeto Wrap from Homegrown Smoker, I knew this was a dish I'd be making over and over when I got back home.

We're talkin' BBQ Soy Curls, vegan mac & cheese, baked beans, and sauteed green bell peppers all wrapped up in a giant tortilla. That's, like, my dream meal. Plus, it's so easy to recreate. I finally got around to it this week. Here's my DIY MacNoCheeto Wrap:

I really don't have a recipe because it's so darn easy. I just rehydrated some Soy Curls for a few minutes in boiling water and then drained the water off. Then I sauteed a thinly sliced bell pepper in a teaspoon of olive oil for a few minutes, and then added the Soy Curls and a few tablespoons of my homemade barbecue sauce. I heated that until the sauce was absorbed and the peppers were soft.

For the macaroni, I totally cheated and used a package of Leahey Gardens vegan macaroni and cheese. But you could just as easily make your own basic nutritional yeast cheese sauce and pour it over some elbow macaroni. The baked beans were Bush's Vegetarian Baked Beans from a can. And the tortilla was Cedar's whole wheat Mountain Bread.

To assemble, I placed a half-cup of the Soy Curl mixture, a half-cup of the macaroni, and a quarter-cup of the baked beans onto the wrap and rolled up. Voila! Just as tasty as what I remember from Homegrown Smoker, but not quite as monstrously big.

By the way, JL of JL Goes Vegan has also recreated the MacNoCheeto since she's returned home from Portland. Her's is slightly different and includes a recipe for homemade Mac 'n' Rice!

What dish from a restaurant have you recreated or would like to try and recreate?

14 comments:

JL goes Vegan said...

Girl, what took you so long?! :)

Your MacNoCheeto looks incredible! Don't you just love it?

Sunday I thawed out some "mac 'n cheese", rehydrated soy curls and then discovered I had no wraps and no beans. So we had big bowls of mac and cheese w/soy curls smothered in BBQ sauce. No shame in my game.

Jamie S. said...

I just came for the first time to your blog and I have to admit your recipes are great. This one will be on my menu tomorrow.

Sal said...

Aside from baked beans (which are the devil's work), this sounds pretty amazing!

Babette said...

That wrap is a combination of my favorite foods, but I'm just not sure about putting pasta in a wrap... I guess I'd have to try it to see.

Allysia said...

Oooh, power to you on this recreation! Everyone seemed to order that thang except me ... but luckily I got to eat some of Logan's.

Jenna said...

I am SOOOO totally making this next week! Holy deliciousness!!!!!!

Vanilla Bean Vegan said...

Looks so good.. total comfort food,All my favorites in one wrap, will have to try that once the holidays are over. Have a great day!!

Jesse @ Happy Go Lucky Vegan said...

This looks awesome! I love the idea of creamy and crunchy... all in one wrap! Have a great Thanksgiving, Bianca!

Erin said...

WANT.

Leslie R. said...

Uh, YUM!

Susan said...

So amazing! I was going to get this when I was in PDX earlier this year on my US trip, but then I got foolishly lure away by the special of the day that involved smoked eggplant. I mean, it was amazing smoked eggplant, but my life won't be complete until I've had a MacNoCheeto. At least now I can make it at home until I make it back to the US and to PDX!

Ashley said...

The one thing I wish I could recreate would be a yum bowl from Cafe Yum. Omg those's are so crazy good! I am sad Cafe Yum is only in the northwest none in the South.

If I could make that I would be in heaven.

Jacinta said...

This sounds so perfect as a comfort food. I've got to find this place. Can you do a post on all the spots you visited in PDX. Always looking for ideas and rarely have the time to research them myself.

Tender B. said...

After seeing this, I took my leftover mac and cheese and shoved it into a burrito. I think I've found a new love.