Vegan Family Meals by Ann Gentry (amazon affiliate link – only $10 when I last checked!) is a beautiful hardcover cookbook with a lot of extra ideas and details beyond just recipes. I received a free review copy from the publisher and marked many recipes to try out. This ended up being the first! I used toasted gluten free vegan rice bread (amazon affiliate link) and Daiya cheese as well as soy free mayo to make the grilled cheese sandwiches. They’re great with mustard and sweet pickles.
Now, grilled cheese seems like a really basic recipe to try but the techniques jumped out at me as I read – I’ve never put mayo on a grilled cheese and she uses the oven broiler to make many sandwiches all at once. I think the latter idea is well suited to a “family” style cookbook – everyone is hungry at once! She suggested mixing two kinds of vegan cheese and I did use both cheddar and mozzarella Daiya varieties but you can’t really tell from the photo.
My husband commented that he really liked these, we think the mayo helps keep the bread from going past the crunchy grilled stage and into the too dry and crumbly stage. I have several recipes marked to try in the book but as usual it is slow going for me. While this site showcases a variety of meals and treats I actually cook the same things in rotation and rarely get to try new things – it all depends on our schedule. To be honest, most nights of late we have roasted veggies and quinoa for dinner. Grilled cheese is an easy option when you’re in a hurry!