When I was a kid my family would go to Applebee’s on a regular basis and then to the movie theatre next door. We loved these trips. My brother would always order the Chicken, Broccoli, Ziti dish with a side of garlic bread. I began to order this dish as well. It was always a hit. It was only my second favorite to the chicken fingers because of their honey mustard sauce which even today I am sure has some sort of addictive drug in it and is made out of magic, but I digress.
*Please note: They have nothing vegan at Applebee’s anymore even their salads and side item veggies have meat or dairy in them 😦
My brother and his wife gave birth to a son this past month. So in honor of his new son (Nolan) and what will surely be his new son’s eating habits, I will post my recipe for a veganized Chicken, Broccoli, and Ziti. I must also make note that my step children and husband beg for this meal and state it is their favorite dinner and they are all omnivores.
Nolan’s Chicken, Broccoli, and Ziti
1/4 block of Daiya Havarti
1-2cups of Silk Soy Creamer
1/4 cup of Olive Oil
1 dash of thyme
1 dash of nutmeg
1 tbsp granulated garlic
Fresh Ground Pepper
1 boxed container of Beyond Meat (R) Lightly Salted Chicken Strips
2 heads of broccoli
2lbs of boxed ziti
- Boil a large pot of salted water.
- Add 2lbs of boxed ziti. Cook until al dente drain.
- Wait to place in serving bowl until other items are done.
- Dice Chicken Strips into cubes place in frying pan on medium with olive oil salt and pepper and sautee until hot. Place to the side.
- Preheat oven to 450degrees.
- Take the stems of the broccoli heads. Then cut into small 1-2 inch florets and slice each floret down the center so it has one flat side.
- On a cookie sheet toss broccoli with an ample amount of olive oil until well covered and the cookie sheet is as well. Toss with a good amount to salt and a few grinds of pepper.
- Place broccoli in oven for 25-28minutes. Or until crispy and roasted with carmelized edges. Small pieces may appear burnt.
- In a sauce pan place oil, salt, and pepper until warm then add cream and cheese. If it appears to thin as it cooks down feel free to add a cornstarch/arrowroot slurry or some Galaxy brand parmesan cheese or even nutritional yeast (“nooch”).
- When sauce is complete add chicken to it until well combined and then toss with pasta.
- Last add roasted broccoli and toss lightly into mixture.
- Serve hot. Crusty bread is always a great side choice as well!
The Hippie Gypsy