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Cheesy Vegan Mac & Cheese Recipe

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I have searched and searched for the perfect vegan mac and cheese recipe with no luck. Every recipe I tried had too many ingredients to make a “mock” cheese and still didn’t taste cheesy. I wanted a vegan mac and cheese that tasted like the dish my mom makes minus the dairy. Giving up dairy was hard especially as a former cheese lover. It took me a while but I think I finally nailed it!

For this recipe, I used So delicious cheeses. I love their shredded cheese because it tastes so much like dairy cheese it’s hard to believe that it has no animal by-products. I recently discovered Follow Your Heart block cheese and I had to read the ingredient label several times because it tastes so delicious and exactly like mozzarella cheese.

 

Ingredients

1 box of elbow macaroni

2 cups almond milk or non-dairy milk 

1 cup nutritional yeast

1 cup So Delicious shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup So Delicious shredded mozzarella cheese

1 cup So Delicious shredded cheddar jack

1 block Follow Your Heart Mozzarella cheese cut into cubes

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 tablespoon organic whole wheat flour

 

Directions

1. Boil a pot of water and cook the elbow pasta until it is al dente

2. In a separate bowl combine 1 tablespoon coconut oil with flour

3. Add nutritional yeast and mix until it forms a paste

4. Slowly add in almond milk and stir until it’s a nice consistency.

5. Start adding in cheeses one by one and stirring as you add.

6. Continue to stir until the cheese mix is nice and smooth. Don’t let it boil

7. Take the cooked pasta in a large bowl and add the cheese sauce on top. Stir until everything blends together.

8. Grease a shallow pan with remaining coconut oil and pour the macaroni cheese mix in the pan

9. Add remaining cheese on top to your liking

10. Cook in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and brown on top.

11. Eat and enjoy!

*****Feel free to add more cheese to this recipe if you like****

 

Roasted Red Pepper, Kale, and Chickpea Curry

Health, Lifestyle, Recipes

In my efforts to eat a more plant-based diet I’ve learned how to be more creative with the foods I prepare. I think it’s healthy to experiment and try new things. I’ve never been a huge Indian food lover however I do enjoy curried dishes. So when I saw a recipe for chickpea curry I thought about how I can switch it up a bit and make it my own. So here my delish rendition of Roasted Red Pepper, Kale, and Chickpea Curry. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients

2 cups dried garbanzo beans or chickpeas

1 large orange bell pepper

2 medium tomatoes

6 grape tomatoes, cut in quarters

3 1/2 cups water

1/2 cup almond milk

1/2 medium red onion, chopped

1 large bunch of purple kale

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tbsp paprika

2 tbsp curry powder

2 tbsp grapeseed oil

sea salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions

  1. Clean and rinse dried chickpea beans. Cover with water in a medium pot and cook until tender about 2 hours.
  2. Drain chickpea water in a separate bowl and set both water and chickpeas aside
  3. Heat oven to 400 degrees and roast orange pepper and medium tomatoes for about 20 minutes or until slightly charred
  4. In a medium pan sauté red onions and kale until tender and onions are translucent. Add garlic and continue to cook until fragrant.
  5. Once veggies are done roasting in the oven transfer them into a blender with the water from cooked chickpeas and almond milk.  Blend until smooth
  6. In a medium pot place cooked chickpeas, sautéed kale, chopped grape tomatoes, and red pepper blend, and remaining spices into the pot. Cook on medium low setting stirring occasionally.
  7. Combine well and cook for 15 minutes.
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste

You can serve this with rice or quinoa. I served this with thai purple sticky rice. It was so yummy!

 

Strawberry Superfood Smoothie

Health, Recipes

Since I make juices and smoothies a part of my daily life; I love coming up with new recipes. Creating and trying new recipes makes eating healthy fun and interesting. This morning I came up with this berry superfood smoothies using strawberries. You could use any type of berry you like but I LOVE strawberries. This drink is so yummy and easy to make.

 

 

Strawberry Superfood Smoothie

2 cups organic fresh organic strawberries

2 cups coconut milk

1 frozen banana

2 scoop GSGLife Superfood Reds

handful cashews

 

I blended everything up in my nutribullet!

 

I hope you enjoy this super simple and delicious smoothie.

Coconut Overnight Oatmeal

Health, Recipes

This recipe is actually inspired by a post I saw on Instagram and I decided to put my own spin on it. It’s a simple oatmeal recipe with a coconut twist. I added some berries at the end to give it some natural sweet flavor. The best part of this recipe is that you can make it the night before and eat it in the morning. I warmed mine up in a bowl but you can also eat it as it. Overnight oatmeal is starting to become very popular because it’s a quick way to make a healthy breakfast.I like to mix up the breakfast that I eat in the morning just to help break up the metonymy. It’s easy to get bored so I like to switch it up all while staying healthy of course!

 

Ingredients 

1/2 cup cut oats

1/2 cup coconut milk

1 tablespoon shredded coconut

1 teaspoon of cinnamon.

handful of berries or fruit of your choice

 

Directions

Place all the ingredients except for the fruit into a mason jar or tightly sealed container. Keep in the refrigerator overnight or until ready to serve. You can serve this hot or cold 🙂

 

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Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Recipe

Health, Recipes

Last week via social media I posted a picture of a peanut butter banana smoothie I whipped up at home for a quick snack. I’m good for creating quick recipes on a whim and seeing if it works. This one is super easy and you only need a few ingredients which you probably already have on hand. Plus there are only 3 ingredients you’ll need.

 

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana

2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

2 cups almond milk

 

Just blend all ingredients until smooth

 

Strawberry Chia Seed Pudding

Healthy Snacks, Recipes

Chia Seeds are high in antioxidants, contain beneficial Omegas fatty acids, and a great source of fiber. They can also aid in weight loss and reduce high blood pressure. This “pudding” is very easy to make and you only need a few simple ingredients.

Green Coconut Banana Smoothie

Healthy Snacks, Juices & Smoothies, Recipes

This smoothie blend recipe works for anytime of the day. Because it contains nuts which is a great source of protein you can use drink this for breakfast. Sometimes I have a mason jar filled with this yummy blend for a quick snack to hold me over. Drink it as you wish and enjoy.

Kale & Quinoa Salad

Recipes

Kale and Quinoa are becoming widely more popular because of their amazing health benefits. Kale is an excellent dark leafy green from the same family as collards. Quinoa is a super food and great source of protein. This recipe is adapted and modified from Women’s Health Mag. I hope you enjoy my spin