Cheezy Quinoa and Veg

The annals of the Librarium Arcanum are full of stories about a strange form of magic called a roux. Prior to specialization in plant magic, I had tried to make such a thing several times with various animal drippings, and each time ended with a giant mess of burned stuff in the bottom of a pan. My apprentice days were rather dreary with the washing up. I was only reunited with the roux again by accident, by trying to make a plant magic “cheeze” sauce for macaroni in an attempt to capture the wonderful/terrible magic of boxed mac & cheese!

I recently had occasion to try re-purposing the sauce when I found really great-looking recipe here. The variety of vegetables and the flavor combination sounded delightful, but there was too much reliance on cheese! So, a couple of tweaks, including the cheeze roux for this cheese sauce (which is much easier with cold almond milk than with hot animal fat), and we have this savory one-pot meal!

Quinoa is the primary source of protein for this dish, which makes it light enough to be a side dish for veggie burgers, and versatile enough to bring as a vegan option to a potluck. The whole thing comes together in less than 20 minutes (though, if you’re making quinoa fresh, it might need a head start!) You may want to adjust the nutritional yeast, garlic, and mustard to get the flavor and color of your cheeze just right, but this sauce really holds together a nutritional, flavorful, and pretty dish!


Cheezy Quinoa and Veg (+4 mana, +4 health, +5 stamina)


For the sauce

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened, unflavoured almond milk (or more as needed to thin out)
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbsp Earth Balance or olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 3 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • salt to taste

For the rest:

  • 2-3 cups prepared grain (quinoa works great!) either warm or reheated if using leftover
  • 1 medium zucchini, grated
  • 2 medium carrots, grated
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely diced


  1. In a sauce pot, melt the Earth Balance or heat oil over medium heat.
  2. Add milk to the pot and whisk continuously while adding the flour a little bit at a time.
  3. Once flour is completely integrated and free of clumps, add nutritional yeast, mustard, garlic and salt, and allow to simmer over low heat for 5-10 minutes until somewhat thickened.
  4. If your pot is big enough to mix everything into it, add all other ingredients to the pot, if not, add the other ingredients to a large bowl, and pour the hot sauce over it all, and stir to combine!

About FoodArchMage

I'm enthusiastic about food, but wanted to share recipes and write without the seriousness that frequently accompanies heath food... so I decided to keep it lighthearted and write from a mage's perspective!
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3 Responses to Cheezy Quinoa and Veg

  1. veganneeds says:

    Nutritional yeast is the best!!! thanks for sharing this 😀
    just started following you, I have a vegan recipe/lifestyle & Cruelty-free beauty Blog as well,
    so glad I found your blog & Happy to connect with you 🙂


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