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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Carrot Noodles with Vegan Garlic Cream Sauce

Did daylight savings hit anyone else like a brick? Cuz it definitely hit me like one. Between the darkness, the cold, work, and school, I’ve been crunched for cooking time lately.

BUT.

That will never stop me from getting my healthy meals in. Especially when I’ve got this recipe in my toolbelt.

I’m absolutely OBSESSED with making carrot noodles lately because literally all you do is take a giant carrot and peel it up until there’s nothing left. Then, throw it all in a pan, pop the lid on, and a few minutes later: BOOM. Noodles. Anddddd, pair them with this vegan garlic cream sauce (that also takes 2 minutes to make) and you have an instant delicious and nutricious meal. Need I say more?

And who doesn’t love a good vegan cream sauce? I can never pass it up. I always make extra and keep it in a jar in the fridge so whenever I’m hungry but feeling lazy I’ll just pour it on whatever veggie noodles I have on hand that day! Easy. As. Pie.

Enjoy, my peeps, and have a spectacular Tuesday!

Carrot Noodles with Vegan Garlic Cream Sauce

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 8 large carrots, peeled
  • ½ cup soaked cashews
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • pinch paprika
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp tapioca flour
  • sliced tomato and basil (optional)
  • Sliced chicken (optional)

Directions

  1. To make the carrot noodles, I use a carrot peeler and just peel the carrots until I have nothing left to peel.
  2. Heat a large pan over medium heat. Once hot, add your carrot noodles and cover. Allow them to steam and cook for about 2-3 minutes (until tender). Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a high-powered blender, add your cashews, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, nutritional yeast, onion powder, paprika, and salt. Blend for about 30 seconds, until completely smooth.
  4. Transfer the sauce to a pot and whisk in the tapioca flour. Heat over medium-low while whisking until it barely comes to a simmer. It should have thickened by this point. Remove from the heat.
  5. Add your sauce to your carrot noodles and top with tomatoes, basil, and/or chicken if you’d like. Enjoy!


Sweet Massaged Kale Salad with Vegan Parmesan

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This is 100% my favorite salad of all time (currently). I’ve literally been eating it night and day for the past two weeks and I still can’t get enough of it!

Anddddd, besides being leafy green and delicious, it takes two seconds to make (you can even pre-make the dressing and keep it in a bottle for easy access then all you have to do is make the vegan parm and you’re set). It’s the perfect way to have a delicious healthy side salad/meal in minutes. AND IT’S SO GOOD. I made the Oh She Glows Butternut Squash with this nutty parmesan substitute and ever since I’ve just been putting it in everything.

I hope you enjoy, my peeps!

Sweet Massaged Kale Salad with Vegan Parmesan

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 bunch kale, chopped coarsely and massaged
  • ¼ c golden raisins
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • Oh She Glows Almond-Pecan Parmesan

  • ¼ c almonds
  • ¼ c pecans
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional Yeast
  • ½ tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch sea salt

Directions

  1. In a large salad bowl, add your kale and give it a few squeezes to “massage” it. This breaks it down a bit and makes it less bitter. Add the golden raisins.
  2. Meanwhile, combine 2 Tbsp olive oil, lemon juice, honey, garlic, and pepper and whisk to combine.
  3. Place all ingredients for the Oh She Glows Almond-Pecan Parmesan in a food processor and pulse until the nuts are in tiny chunks.
  4. Add the “parmesan” and dressing and toss to combine. Enjoy!


Creamy Dairy and Gluten Free “Cheesy” Rice

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I’VE DONE IT!!!! I’ve finally found a healthy dairy and gluten free alternative to mac ‘n’ cheese that doesn’t upset my tummy.

Sure there are other faux cheese substitutes that make mac ‘n’ cheese, but even though they’re dairy free, they still usually make me just as sick. Probably because most cheese substitutes are straight chemicals… And nobody wants that. So i try to limit my consumption of the fake cheese as much as I limit the real cheese.

But I have a secret to get my cheese fix on in a healthy, non-dairy and non-chemical way!

Drum roll pleaseeeeeeeee…

NUTRITIONAL YEAST!!!

Ew Bailey, what?

Yeah, I know it sounds weird. I was skeptical at first too. But I gave it a shot and ohh baby am I glad I did!

Nutritional yeast is a dry flaky powder that has a cheesy flavor to it! I love shaking it on pastas or adding it to pizza sauce to trick my brain into thinking I’m eating cheese when I’m actually not.

And I haven’t even told you the best part about nutritional yeast yet! IT’S SUPER NUTRITIOUS!!! Shocking, I know. You never woulda guessed that from the name, huh?

Yup nutritional yeast is a complete protein and is an AMAZING source of B vitamins, folate, and so much more. Plus it’s low in calories, carbs, sodium and is gluten free! It’s also a great way for people who don’t eat animal products to get enough B vitamins in their diet. Aaaaand, in case you forgot, it tastes like cheese!!! You gotta be kidding me with this stuff.

So all you have to do now is whip up a batch of rice (or you could make this with past as well, I just generally steer clear from the stuff hence the rice here) and add in the rest and bada-boom bada-bing: easy peasy cheesy rice. Enjoy!

Creamy Dairy and Gluten Free “Cheesy” Rice

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup gluten free brown rice
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tsp fresh chopped thyme
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a medium sized pot, bring the rice and water to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, bring it down to a simmer and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes then remove from the heat and let it sit covered for another 10 minutes.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the rice and stir until combined and creamy. Enjoy!


Rice Flour Gnocchi with Dairy Free Basil Cashew Pesto and Chicken Thighs

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Question:

What do you do when you plant basil and it decides to take over your entire herb garden?

Answer:

Make pesto, duh.

I love making pesto because literally it comes together in 30 seconds, it’s delicious, AND your can make extra and use it on some kick-ass sandwiches another day. And let me tell you, I made double the amount of pesto and we’ve been eating it on everything for the past three days because it’s SO FREAKIN’ GOOD.

Plusssss, I don’t even feel guilty about the gnocchi because it’s made with with rice flour which completely works out with my whole “not eating wheat” thing. Score!

But anyways, let’s get back to basil. BASIL. It smells good. It grows like a weed. It’s nice to look at. It tastes bomb. AND IT’S SO GOOD FOR YO BODYYYYYY!!!! Listen to this. You eat basil, you get all these healthy benefits:

  • Decreased inflammation
  • Powerful antioxidants
  • Reduced pain
  • Help fighting diabetes
  • Improved liver function
  • Stress relief
  • Immunity boost

Then, your body rejoices. And yeah, that’s just basil. Add some chicken and cashews and nutritional yeast and rice flour gnocchi and you’ve got yourself a gosh darn complete healthy meal. So get going!!! Don’t deprive your taste buds of this heavenly meal any longer!


Rice Flour Gnocchi with Dairy Free Basil Cashew Pesto and Chicken Thighs

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

    Gnocchi and Pesto
  • Rice Flour Gnocchi (or any gluten free gnocchi)
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • ¾ cup fresh basil
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp tahini
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chicken Thighs
  • 8 free range chicken thighs
  • Lemon and herb seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place your chicken thighs in a baking dish and season to your liking. Cook them in the oven for 30-40 minutes (until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F).
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  4. While you’re waiting for the water to boil, place the raw cashews, basil, olive oil, garlic, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, tahini, salt, and pepper in a food processor and process until the desired consistency has been reached and everything is thoroughly combined. Set aside.
  5. Once the water has reached a boil, add your gnocchi and cook for about 2 minutes once the gnocchi re-surface. Drain and return to the pot.
  6. Add your pesto to the gnocchi and stir to combine.
  7. Once the chicken is done cooking, plate everything and serve with your favorite salad! Enjoy!