Very Cheezy Cheese Bake

You’re going to love this for two reasons.  Firstly, because it’s easy to make and impressive to present.  And secondly, because of its taste and texture – cheezy, delicious, and very much a comfort treat, with a crisp base that combine to create perfection.  You will be jolly, you will be chuffed, and all because of this cheesy stuff !  It cuts beautifully, and I suggest a crunchy green salad to keep it company.

Revised ingredients.


1 ¾ cups (12 0z /350 g) short grain rice – well washed, rinsed and drained

1 350 g pack firm tofu (I use Mori-Nu)

4 heaped Tbsp nutritional yeast

1 medium sized white onion, sliced

salt to taste (you will need a fair amount, as dairy cheese is made with quite a bit of salt)

1 Tbsp flat leaf parsley, chopped – use half the stem too

2 Tbsp all purpose plain flour, or if making it gluten-free, use cornstarch or other, e.g. tapioca

around 20 whole cherry tomatoes, set aside for decorating prior to baking

2 cups of grated vegan cheese

1 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp garlic powder (optional)

olive oil, for drizzling and greasing baking dish


  1. First, boil your rice, then drain well, rinse in cold water, and set aside.
  2. Now grease a dish approximately 10” x 5”, and pre-heat your oven to 400ºF (200ºC)
  3. Next, place all the ingredients in a bowl, except for the rice (already set aside), the tomatoes, and half the onion. Process with a hand blender – or else you can use your food processor – and process until smooth.
  4. Now combine the drained rice, and the tofu cheese mix together, and stir well, next add your vegan grated cheese and mix again.  Then pour into your pre-greased oven dish, and decorate with the remaining onions and tomatoes.  Drizzle some olive oil on top and a little salt – this will help it get a nice golden colour.
  5. Place in the oven until golden on top – this will take about 35 minutes, or so.
  6. Remove from oven, and allow to settle for 15 minutes, before cutt your portions with a very sharp, pointed knife.
  7. Serve immediately with your salad. Enjoy !

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  3. Miriam… I’m not crazy about the taste of tumeric. Could I just eliminate it? Also, could I also add some vegan Cheddar Cheese? Thanks so much! Mary

  4. Hi there Mary. Let me assure you that the use of turmeric in this dish is purely for the colour, nothing else, it is not detectable so don’t worry. Use half what I suggested and add the vegan cheddar too, that should do the trick ! Let me know how it goes.

  5. Love it! Been trying to make it for the past few days, finally had time today and am eating it now. Fabulous! And so very easy!

  6. Susan Hi there and thanks for dropping by here with your comment. I am delighted you have tried this out and are enjoying it ! It’s great if you have some left over for the next day, it keeps well. I look forward to your future comments on my blog and best wishes to you !

  7. In the oven now. I can’t get Mori-Nu tofu here so used Blue Lotus which is firmish. Instead of a green salad with have it with Creamy Kale. Hope I get the tick of “husband approval”:)

  8. Let me know how it all goes Maraika ! Enjoy ! Best recipes for non-vegan hubbies are my stews and pasta dishes. Have you tried the one ‘like my mamma used to make ?’ Just a thought. Best to you in the meantime.

  9. Hi Miriam. I’ve been hoping to make this for a while now, and finally had the chance tonight. It was delicious!! Thank you for such a wonderful recipe.

  10. Hi Michelle and welcome here. I am thrilled that you have made and enjoyed this recipe. Best wishes your way and I look forward to your future comments on my blog !

  11. so excited to find your blog and these receipes……….going VEGAN!

  12. Camie dear Hi there and welcome here. Thanks for dropping by and a huge kudos to you for choosing to go vegan – I do hope my recipes help you stay that way and make your journey a pleasant one. I look forward to your future comments on my blog and best wishes your way !

  13. I can’t wait to try this one out. I’m new and I’m trying to find recipes that my husband will like. This could be a winner!

  14. Hi there Kim – you hit on a great recipe, be sure to serve it with one of my stews, either the one ‘stew like my mamma used to make’ (very easy to make and extremely popular), or other. My gut feeling through the many comments that I have received is that these 2 savoury recipes in particular are very popular amongst men. Meantime, if you haven’t already join our new monthly and upcoming newsletter. Cheers to you ! 🙂

  15. We all thought it was just okay. It was bland for my family and that was even with me adding some garlic and pepper before putting it in the oven (can’t seem to cook with out garlic!) We had to add hot sauce to get some more flavor. We all agreed that I’ll make it again, but do some spice tweeking.

  16. Shara Hi there and thanks for your comment. Glad you made it and it didn’t go to waste. Allow me to extend my apologies your way, but as I examined the ingredients a few minutes ago after reading your comment, I realized that in error I omitted the grated cheese and garlic powder and that is why it was bland. So yes, make it again with the additions. On all my blog of all the comments that have arrived, thousands of them the word bland has never been uttered here – so that pricked up my ears and when I went to see why it was bland, I checked with my original recipe and lo and behold the 2 ingredients were not there, of course my partner who inputs the recipes was also mortified when I told him, and I have since revised the recipe. Be assured that none of my recipes are bland and it is my hope that you enjoy them. Best wishes your way.

  17. Hello!! You are a lifesaver, lady!! I’m 22 years old now….have been a vegetarian since second grade and have never eaten healthy. Always lived off of carbs, time to change that!! I could never find a website like this!! I will be trying a lot of your recipes. Thank you so very much!! Have a wonderful day!!!

  18. Victoria Hi there and thanks for dropping by here. I am delighted that you have found my site and very much look forward to your future comments and feedback on my blog ! Best wishes your way in the meantime !

  19. This is excellent! I have a new favorite comfort food. Thank you, Miriam. 🙂

  20. So glad you made and enjoyed this dear Nellie and I look forward to your future comments on m blog. 🙂


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