I have been re-creating childhood favorite recipes into healthy, vegan meals lately and my kids have been LOVING it!  This vegan hamburger helper style recipe has received rave reviews.  It is a quick, easy and absolutely delicous family meal.  I used gluten free pasta in this recipe because me and my daughter have celiac but you can use any pasta that you like, it would even work really well with brown rice if you want to make it a whole foods recipe.

8 oz. shell pasta cooked  [we used gluten free brown rice pasta]

1 c. black bean or lentil burgers

1/4 c. vegetable broth

1/3 c. yellow onion diced

1 clove garlic minced

1 – 15 oz. can italian diced tomatoes

1 c. broccoli

1/3 c. carrot juice

1 Tb. Italian seasoning

1 c. vegan cheese sauce

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. salt

Sautee onion, spices, and garlic in vegetable broth until onion is translucent, broccoli, tomatoes, carrot juice, and simmer until broccoli is bright and softened.  Add pasta and crumbled burgers and stir well, top with cheese sauce and serve.

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