Creamy You’d Never Know it’s Vegan Mac ‘N’ Cheese

For those of you who don’t already know, the three main food groups of my childhood were Kraft mac ‘n’ cheese, Lucky Charms, and Ice Cream. SO. When this whole “no more eating dairy or your stomach will kill you from the inside out” thing came to be in my life, I was a little upset to say the least. Granted once I moved out and began university my eating habits began to healthify and I moved a bit away from those three foods, mac ‘n’ cheese was and always will be my favorite food of all time.

I have since been searching the world high and low for a solution to my mac ‘n’ cheese cravings that are seemingly endless that won’t make me sicker than you’d like to know AND after almost 3 years of searching, I’ve finally found my solution!!! I recently discovered a local Edmonton vegan cheese company (who woulda thunk) called For the Love of Cheese and I’m not even kidding you guys, it legit tastes like real cheese. Seriously I’m not even affiliated with them I’m just obsessed with their stuff. ANDDDDDDDD they make the most bomb delicious vegan cheese sauce I have EVER tasted in my entire life of living. I may even like this cheese sauce more than real cheese. Maybe. And it’s entirely plant based and healthy like it’s made from potatoes, carrots, and nutritional yeast.

K anyways so I discovered the cheeze sauce and have since had this healthified mac ‘n’ cheese recipe every day for the past three days and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Sooooo I suggest if you’re in the Edmonton or Calgary area you go get some of this cheese sauce or grab your favorite vegan cheese sauce and make some mac ‘n’ cheese because you guys it’s good for the soul and it will make you happy. Enjoy!

 

 

Creamy You’d Never Know it’s Vegan Mac ‘N’ Cheese

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 12 oz. container of your favorite vegan cheese sauce (I use For the Love of Cheese’s Vegan Cheeze Sauce)
  • 1 16 oz. package organic brown rice pasta
  • 2 heads broccoli, cut into florets
  • salt, pepper, and/or nutritional yeast to flavor (optional)
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Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add your pasta and cook according to package directions.
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  3. Meanwhile, add about ½ cup water to a pot and bring to a boil. Add the broccoli, turn the heat down to a simmer, and cover with a lid. Steam for about 3 minutes, or until broccoli is tender.
  4. Once the pasta has been cooked and drained, return it to the pot and add the broccoli and cheese sauce. Heat on low while stirring until everything has reached optimal serving temperature (usually about 2 minutes).
  5. Serve and sprinkle on some salt, pepper, and/or nutritional yeast if you feel so inclined! Enjoy!
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Dairy and Gluten-Free Broccoli Crust Pizza

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Here I am, sitting at the airport after yet ANOTHER flight delay. I guess nobody wants me to get back to Arizona today. And since I’m fasting until noon, I’m just daydreaming about all the delicious food out in the world, obviously. That’s normal, right? Anyways, so I’m sitting here hungry and zoned out, when someone comes and sits next to me with (of course) a huge slice of warm pizza. The smells of melted cheese mixed with warm tomato sauce and the tantilizing crust were wafting past my nose like there was no tomorrow. K self control had to be like the strongest ever of all time at this moment to not give in and walk over to get myself a slice of my own. BUT I didn’t (insert small pat on the back for Bailey). At least, not yet. JK I have a lovely healthy breakfast packed for myself that I’m actually quite excited to eat hehe.

BUT, instead of giving in to temptation, the pizza reminded me of something amazingly yummy that I recently discovered that I will now share with you. So I’ve been an avid cauliflower pizza crust lover since day 1 (that I developed my intolerances, that is) and I thought that was a game changer. While I still enjoy a slice of that cauliflower goodness every now and then, I’d like to share with you the newest member of the healthy pizza game that’s taking everyone by storm at the moment.

I’m not sure how I never thought to do this before, after all cauliflower and broccoli are so similar, but a friend of mine actually told me she had been making broccoli pizzas and she actually liked them even more than a cauliflower pizza?!! YUP. But how could that be??? For 1, the pizza crust is literally green. Not the most appetizing color when compared to the normal(ish) looking crust of a cauliflower pizza. And secondly, broccoli has SUCH a distinct flavor! How could it ever pass as a pizza crust?!

Well let me tell you, folks, I’m sure glad she made one for me because I have been absolutely HOOKED since my first teeny little hesitant bite into it. IT’S SO GOOD. I’m drooling just thinking about it. I might have to make one for dinner tonight if I ever make it to Arizona.

Seriously you guys, I know you’re thinking the exact same thing I was: “broccoli….pizza? It’s green? And you say it’s…. actually good? No wayyyyyy.” I promise. Would I ever lie to you? For those of you who don’t know me personally, I actually am physically incapable of lying. I get all giggly and can’t keep a straight face EVERY SINGLE TIME. This is the real deal! And if you don’t believe me, I guess you’re just going to have to try it anyways because that’s the only way you’ll know for sure. And if you don’t try it for me, try it for the vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and folate that you’ll get from the broccoli. How many times can you have pizza and then your body actually feels amazing afterwards?

ALSO, before I complete this chapter of my ramblings, PLEASE feel free to share your favorite toppings with me because there’s nothing I love more than a good topping party and I’d love to try some new options! Enjoy!

 

Dairy and Gluten Free Broccoli Crust Pizza

  • Servings: 1 large Pizza
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 3 large heads of broccoli cut into florets
  • 2 organic free-range eggs
  • ½ dairy-free Parmesan cheese
  • ½ + ½ cup dairy free mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Toppings: sugar-free tomato sauce, prosciutto, turkey sausage, and diced fresh red peppers

Directions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place broccoli florets in a high-powered blender or food processor and blend until your broccoli is finely chopped.
  3. Place the finely chopped broccoli into a microwave safe bowl with about 2 Tbsp water, cover, and microwave for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Remove, allow to cool, then squeeze out all the water you can (use those muscles!!!) using a tea towel.
  5. Add the squeezed broccoli, eggs, Parmesan, ½ cup mozzarella, garlic powder, dried thyme, salt, and pepper to a large bowl and mix until everything is combined.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and then dump your “pizza dough” onto it.
  7. Form the dough into a crust and bake for 10-12 minutes, until it begins to crisp up.
  8. Remove from the oven and add your toppings. Then, bake for another 10-12 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Then slice and enjoy!


Easy Coconut Yellow Curry Chicken Bamboo Bowl

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Easy Coconut Yellow Curry Chicken Bamboo Bowl

  • Servings: 1 bowl
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • ¼ cup chopped red cabbage
  • ½ cup chopped kale
  • ¼ cup shredded carrot
  • ¼ cup steamed broccoli
  • ¼ cup cremini mushrooms, sliced and sautéed until soft
  • ¼-½ cup cooked chicken breast, sliced
  • 1 tsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup cooked brown rice (I cook my rice in water with ½ tsp turmeric powder which gives it a nice yellow color as well as some great added health benefits!)
  • 1 ½ tsp yellow curry sauce
  • 1-2 Tbsp coconut milk
  • 1 tsp all-natural peanut butter

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the yellow curry sauce, coconut milk, and peanut butter. Mix until well combined.
  2. In a larger bowl, add your cabbage, kale, carrot, broccoli, mushrooms, chicken, shredded coconut, and rice. Top with your curry sauce and enjoy!