Ugly but delicious

This is probably one of the most hideous recipes I’ve ever produced. 


It has pretty ingredients, but when they all come together…well, I’ll admit, it doesn’t exactly scream gourmet.  It does, however, have that comfort food look. 


All you need is a slow cooker, a head of broccoli, some cheese, and almond milk.


I figured the best way to salvage a nearly dead bunch of broccoli was to cook the sh!t out of it so I threw it in the slower cooker with 5 oz. of vegan cheddar cheese, 1 cup of almond milk, a pinch of salt and paprika


I was nervous when it looked like this…


But the smell was aaaaahhhhhh-some!  Kyle was salivating as it cooked too, and begged for some even though it wasn’t done ‘til midnight. 

The next day I tried some with a bit of couscous. 


It was cheesy, that’s for sure, but it certainly wasn’t my best recipe.  However, Kyle couldn’t get enough of it.  He liked it so much, I let him finish it off.


He’s such a cheese lover, he says vegan alternatives don’t hold a candle to the real deal, so it’s especially unusual that he was so into this dish.  What’s more, it filled him up.  I guess every once in a while certain meals can surprise you.  No matter how ugly they appear. 

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Comments (16)

  1. Mary @ Bites and Bliss

    I used to loveee broccoli and cheese! That’s the only way I’d ever eat it, actually. This look great!

  2. lynn @ the actor's diet

    babe that is HIDEOUS. but i bet it is insanely good.

  3. Lenna

    I believe it tastes great! I love broccoli in every recipe or texture! And I am actually a fan of hideous meals :))

  4. Kelsey

    mmm I love anything broccoli + cheeze so this actually looks delicious! and (at least for me) I know a recipe is GREAT if my boyfriend likes it, so if Kyle couldn’t get enough, I bet it’s awesome! 😉

  5. PB&Jenny

    broccoli and cheese was the only way that my mom could get me to eat my veggies as a kid. Well, that, and green bean casserole. Other than that i refused to allow anything green pass my lips.

  6. Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles

    Like broccoli cheddar soup!! Sometimes the grossest looking ones are the most yum-tastic. I say if the boy liked it, it was a success!

  7. julie

    why is that so genius and yet so simple hahaha i want it right nowwwww. i’m gonna make that asap when i get my slow cookah out and about

  8. *Andrea*

    that looks sooo comforting!!! i love cheesy broccoli and cheesy potatoes. how long was it in the slow cooker? on low?

  9. Victoria @ The Pursuit of Hippieness

    It sounds delicious but it looks like the stuff they used to serve us in grade school in the cafeteria!

  10. Elise

    I love hideous meals, I like to mix my dinner together so it always looks kinda mooshy and gross!!

  11. Ben the Crock Pot King

    Great recipe! Bravo love how you set it up, please keep it coming!!! I wish I had a dollar every time I had to toss bad broccoli.
    But what I’ve noticed is you seem to be on the go all the time, am I right? If you are stop by & roam around, and take a look at Once a Month Cooking.
    Once again, great article!!! Kudo’s!

  12. Elise (Post author)

    on medium for 4 hours 🙂

  13. Allison

    I had some broccoli sitting in my fridge about to go bad so I bought up some Follow Your Heart cheeze and made this up before I left for work this morning. Somehow it ended up less wet and I really cooked it too long, but I fixed it up by adding in some cooked pasta and then tried to bulk up the healthy side by adding a can of pumpkin. It turned out really good. Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Elise (Post author)

    pumpkin! how clever! glad it worked out.

  15. Vicki

    Tried this tonight with a few modifications and my three year old declared it the best soup she had ever tasted in her whole entire life. Lol. I used a bag of daiya cheddar shreds and soymilk, then added some garlic and onion. By far the best vegan “cheese” soup I have found. Thanks!

  16. Elise (Post author)

    awesome!! thanks for letting me know. im so glad you and your little one liked it 🙂

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