Vegan Grilled Cheese and Basil Polenta Sandwiches

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1 h 40 min 50 min 4
Vegan Grilled Cheese and Basil Polenta Sandwiches
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426 gm Coconut milk (full fat, for mozzarella)
5 tbsp Seaweed, agar, dried (for mozzarella)
1 tsp Sea salt (for mozzarella)
1 tsp White balsamic vinegar (for mozzarella)
4 tsp Arrowroot flour (or tapioca flour, for mozzarella)
1 1/2 tsp Nutritional yeast (for mozzarella)
3 cup Vegetable stock/broth, low sodium (or water, for polenta)
1 cup Polenta, dry (use instant if you can find it, for polenta)
2 clove(s) Garlic (minced, for polenta)
1 cup Thai basil, fresh (about 1 handful, for polenta)
1 pinch Salt (for polenta)


To make sandwiches:
1. Remove polenta from loaf pan (by pulling up nonstick baking paper).
2. Cut into squares or triangles.
3. Heat a little olive oil on skillet on medium-high heat, add sandwiches. Grilling on both sides for five minutes.


Advanced Preparation

1 - 3 days prior [optional], Coconut milk 426 gm

To make coconut milk mozzarella: Pour coconut milk into small saucepan over medium-low heat until completely mixed. Add remaining mozzarella ingredients, except for nutritional yeast. Boil then simmer for ten minutes while frequently stirring. Pour into flat-bottomed glass dish and let gel for an hour or stick in fridge when cool for later use.

1 - 3 days prior [optional], Vegetable stock/broth, low sodium 3 cup

To make polenta: Boil water. Whisk in polenta, garlic, and salt. Reduce heat. Stir frequently for 20-30 minutes (shorter if using instant polenta) until thickened and not sticking to sides. Pour half into loaf pan lined with nonstick baking paper. Crumble set mozzarella on top and gently place basil leaves all over. Then pour remaining polenta on top. Refrigerate until set, at least 40 minutes or up to 3 days. See pictures.

Nutrition Facts

Per Portion

Calories 371
Calories from fat 205
Calories from saturated fat 197
Total Fat 22.8 g
Saturated Fat 21.9 g
Trans Fat 0
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.8 g
Monounsaturated Fat 9.0 g
Cholesterol 0
Sodium 783 mg
Potassium 313 mg
Total Carbohydrate 35 g
Dietary Fiber 3.3 g
Sugars 1.8 g
Protein 6.2 g

Dietary servings

Per Portion

Grain 1.8

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