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 :)

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

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