Skip to main content

Macaroni and Cheese (and Veggies!)

Everyone loves mac-n-cheese, yes? I thought so.

So here's the scoop: it doesn't have to be all fat and no nutrients. Yeah, man; you can mix in some of that healthy stuff (this is 'Merica and this is mac-n-cheese. We can do what ever we want). The "cheese" sauce, that this tasty little dish is saturated in, is made from roasted butternut squash and roasted carrots and I like to throw in something green for good measure. This time it was spinach (because I have a lot in the fridge just begging to get ate), but next time I am going to roll out the big guns and try it with some kale or collards. What do you think?

Make this for your next potluck, get together, or what-have-you, and fool everyone you know into not only eating it, but begging you for more. Just like that....yeah like that.


Brown Rice and Veggie Macaroni, Butternut Squash, Carrots, annnnnnnd Spinach. That's healthy enough, right?!

1/2 C cubed and roasted butternut squash (I used leftover squash from this guy)
3 carrots, roasted and roughly chopped
1/2 C cashews
1 tbsp non-dairy butter
3/4 C dairy free milk
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
2 tsp stone ground mustard
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt and pepper
8 oz macaroni - I used brown rice and veggie macaroni
Couple handfuls of spinach
1/4 C panko crumbs

On the stove top throw your butter in a pot over low-medium heat.

On the side, mix up that milk and cornstarch in a bowl, until there are no clumps. Add to the pot that you left all alone on the stove.

Add some friends to the party by stirring in the nutritional yeast, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper. Stir it up over low heat for 5 minutes or so. We want it all thick.

After its all thick, you might want to cook up your pasta.

Now, take your squash, carrots, cashews, and all that jazz in the pot to the blender. You know what to do.

Mix the pasta, "cheese" sauce, and spinach into an oiled casserole dish.

Give her a cute little sprinkling of panko crumbs and pop her into the oven at 350 (or so) until heated through.

I like to put her under the broiler for a few minutes to get the panko all brown and crisp.

Comments

  1. I've made something similar, but it's been awhile. Glad this doesn't have any added oils or fats-thanks! will try soon :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. This is my go to mac and cheese recipe, love it!

    ReplyDelete
  3. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

positive feedback. negative feedback.
comments. questions.
pats on the back. atta girls.
all welcomed and appreciated.

Popular posts from this blog

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Firenza

...

I’m not gonna lie to you my pizza was very bomb but everything else was very not.

Firenza (located in downtown Boise) looks, feels, and acts like a corporate fast food franchise because it is a corporate fast food franchise but it’s a corporate fast food franchise that offers vegan pizza, and if it wasn’t for the damn up-charges it would be, on the cheap. 

My guests and I walked through the front door of Firenza (which was kinda hard to find to be honest) and I immediately got thrown back to my high school cafeteria and not in a pleasant way. Imagine bare white walls and what looks like a giant high school logo painted over a pizza assembly line. 
We approached the pizza assembly line and I immediately told the staff member who welcomed us that this was our first time visiting the restaurant and asked for guidance. They said ok and blankly stared at us until I eventually broke the awkward silence and started asking about vegan options. 
The sauces on the menu were clearly marked as veg…

Swimming Rama

Happy MoFo! I'm excited to be back on my newly revamped, but same old same, mediocre blog for Vegan MoFo 2018. Last year I participated but I participated exclusively on the gram (you can follow me if you feel like it). While I loved the daily prompts, I totally missed sharing the recipes; so I'm glad to be back. 
Quick explanation about the name change (in case you noticed):In previous years, this blog participated in Vegan MoFo as "Vegan4One." There were a lot of reasons why I felt the need to change my blog name but ultimately the main reason was that my recipes were no longer 4One and I found the name misleading to readers. When I originally started this blog back in September of 2009, I was cooking vegan for one person but so much has happened over the years (as it should) and to make that long story short, I'm cooking for more like 6 folks now (2 grown men, 1 teenage boy, myself, and an extra serving for my lunch the next day). 
Back to Vegan MoFo:I'll be…

Savory Taco Pancakes

Below is an actual text I sent to my partner and son, but first some context: I practice Intermittent Fasting every day, so breakfast doesn't get served until noon or later daily - thus it's not really referred to as breakfast. We usually refer to it as "first meal" and sometimes brunch. My kid and partner can't really handle the late first meal on the weekends, but they deal surprisingly well. While I was making first meal today, my son was snacking on leftover cold pizza from yesterday and my partner was chugging a blueberry protein shake. So what does this have to do with the above referenced text? Well when they grew tired of waiting on me to finish putting together this dish, they decided to run down to our closest music store and grab some new guitar strings. Almost immediately after their departure, I had completed today's first meal and let me tell you I feel like a completed a masterpiece. So here's the text I sent in a group message as the van w…