We're discussing two life joys on the blog today: life changing grocery shopping discoveries and carbs. Subtitle: How I made a delcious gluten-free, vegan cornbread casserole and got Scrubbing Bubbles in one trip to the grcoery store.
I always thought that once we were special food people we would also have to be special grocery people. I used to try to buy things that I knew were less expensive at other stores elsewhere, but eventually the price difference wasn't worth running to two different stores. Then I went to the Gluten Free Expo and saw all of these awesome products and vendors that I had never seen at the "special" grocery stores! When I asked them where to find them, they all said Kroger. I then randomly met Kristal from Kroger's marketing team a few weeks later and she explained that Krogers now have natural foods sections in their stores.
As elated as I was to hear this, I kind of accidentally forgot about it for a while. Change is rough for creatures of habit, and I wondered if they really had all of the wierd foods that we rely on. Then I had an emergency situation of wanting to make a casserole for a grill party we were hosting, needing non-tree hugger friendly cleaning supplies and only having the time to make one trip. I pulled back into my memory and decided to give Kroger a try.
Here I am at Kroger acting like I just found the Holy Grail after spotting the natural foods section. Anything you would normally find at a health foods store, from special baking mix to eco-friendly cleaning products, is all stocked here instead of being mixed in with all of the other aisles and products.
If you are a Southern girl who happned to marry a vegan, you go through a lot of Earth Balance butter. I was excited to see that Kroger had our favorite soy free version. The gluten free tags on their food makes shopping at a new store helpful!
We also love Tofutti and use it for recipe substitutions a lot, so I was excited to also see it at Kroger and at what is normally the sale price at the health food stores!
All my Bob's Red Mill favorites were around and at a great price. You know I signed up for my Kroger card that day.
After picking up a few more items and my secret love, Scrubby Bubbies, I got home and set out all of my casserole ingredients. That's right, you are looking at FIVE ingredients total. This recipe and I are in love.
Gluten Free, Vegan Cornbread Casserole Shopping List
1 stick vegan butter (1/2 cup or 4 oz)
8oz sour cream or vegan substitute
1 can creamed corn*
2 ears of fresh corn (or a can of sweet corn)
9oz of gluten-free cornbread mix
*Green Giant's ingredient list was easy to read and identify as gluten-free!
My first move was to melt the butter and warm the sour cream in the sauce pan. I wanted the butter completely melted but the sour cream just kind of warm.
I dropped this in a mixing bowl and added my two ears of corn removed from the cob, the can of creamed corn and the cornbread mix. I just folded them together with a big wooden spoon and felt like a good wife for making my husband such a hearty and vegan-friendly treat for his 30th birthday party.
I spread it all out in an ungreased casserole dish and baked at 350F for an hour. The added bonus of this dish is that is makes the house smell awesome, like freshly baked bread!
Here's our final product: golden and gorgeous. We had a mix of gluten lovers and haters at the party and they all went nuts for this casserole! I'll definitely be baking it again. I think it would make an awesome stuffing substitute (or addition - carb so hard), and will be at the Thanksgiving table.
It was awesome shopping at Kroger for this recipe. Finally there's a place where I can get my vegan sour cream and a plunger! This Kroger plug was unsolicited and I happily paid for the ingredients (and Scrubbing Bubbles) myself. I wrote the Kroger team to tell them how much I loved my trip and if I were you I would stay tuned for some Kroger fun in your future!