Vegan Grilled Cheese. with tofu and zucchini
Recipe type: Entrees
Cuisine: Vegan
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Serves: 2 servings
Meltable Vegan Cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons agar agar flakes
  • ½ cup water
  • ⅓ cup cashews, soaked if possible 2 hours and drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, for dusting at the end
For the Vegan Grilled Cheese
  • 1 recipe meltable vegan cheese (see recipe)
  • 4 pieces of whole grain bread
  • 1 zucchini, sliced lengthwise
  • 4-6 slices of thinly sliced red onion
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • 1 small block of baked tofu, sliced into thin slices
  • 4-6 leaves of fresh basil
  • 1 cup arugula
For the Meltable Vegan Cheese
  1. First add the agar agar flakes to a sauce pan with ½ cup water and set aside.
  2. Add the cashews, the other ½ cup of water, lemon juice, salt, garlic, nutritional yeast and arrowroot powder. Blend until smooth and add to the saucepan with the agar agar.
  3. Whisk well and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to the lowest possible setting and cook for 5 minutes. It will have the consistency of thick pancake batter.
  4. At the last minute, fold in the finely chopped peppers and stir well.
  5. Prepare your mold (I used a 3" diameter ramikin) by cutting a piece of parchment paper the exact size of the bottom of your mold to help it release when it's cooled. Place the paper in the mold and set aside.
  6. Pour into whatever mold you are using and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour. It should be about the firmness of extra firm tofu or a soft cheese, and will be sliceable!
For the Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  1. To make the grilled zucchini, heat a grill pan and very lightly oil it with coconut oil or some other high smoke point plant based oil. Place the long thin slices of the zucchini onto the grill pan and cook until soft and the zucchini has grill marks.
  2. To make the grilled cheese sandwich, heat a heavy bottomed pan over low heat until hot. Place some slices of the Meltable Vegan Cheese onto two pieces of the bread and top with 1 slice of tofu. Place both sides of the sandwich into the pan, cheese side facing up. Cover and cook covered until the cheese is melty and the bread is golden brown. You can also place the slices of cheese covered bread into a microwave and cook for 30 seconds to help the cheese melt after the bread is browned.
  3. Take both sides out of the pan and build the sandwich with the grilled zucchini, avocado slices, arugula, red onion and fresh basil.
  4. If you like it really cheesy drizzle come Nacho Cheese
Recipe by Plant Craft at