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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Gluten Free Maple Walnut Banana Pancakes

I’m slowly realizing that with the amount of breakfast recipes I post I probbbbably should’ve just been a breakfast blog instead of all meals, but whatever, who doesn’t love breakfast? Especially pancakes.

I could probs eat different versions of pancakes for every meal the rest of my life. Seriously. They’re so freaking versatile. Between the flavor of the pancakes themselves to the limitless toppings options, the pancakes are endless! The limit dos not exist (Mean Girls reference for all my chick flick fans out there). I aspire to try as many new pancake combinations as possible in my time on this planet.

So, what’s so great about these pancakes? WELL. Let me tell ya. They areeeeeeeeee:

  • gluten free (duh)
  • dairy free
  • refined sugar free
  • you don’t even have to mix anything, just dump everything in a blender
  • 5 ingredients
  • made of real, whole foods
  • TASTY AS HELL
  • also healthy as hell, you’re welcome

K so now that I’ve convinced you to try these magical pancakes, please go ahead and do so right now. And have a spectacular Wednesday!!!


Gluten Free Maple Walnut Banana Pancakes

  • Servings: 4 pancakes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • ¾ cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 2 large organic free-range eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp maple extract
  • chopped banana, blueberries, walnuts, and/or maple syrup to top!

Directions

  1. Add 1 banana, rolled oats, eggs, baking soda, and maple extract to a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Heat a skillet or non-stick pan over medium heat and pour approximately 1/3-½ cup sized amounts of the batter onto the skillet and let cook until the tops of the pancakes are pretty bubbly (about 2 minutes).
  3. Flip the pancakes and cook until the pancakes firm up a bit, about another 1-2 minutes.
  4. Remove from the griddle/pan and top with fresh banana, blueberries, walnuts, and/or maple syrup. Enjoy!


Rootz Dark Chocolate Almond Butter (and Greens) Protein Shake

OK so usually when I have smoothies I’ll basically throw all things healthy that I can possibly think of into a blender in order to get the max amount of nutrients possible out of that shake. So for example I’ll throw in some greens, spirulina powder, turmeric root, ginger, Lion’s Mane Mushroom Powder, etc. and it just makes one giant cluster frick of brown flavored smoothie. So maybe not the best in the way of taste, but not the worst.

BUT I’ve discovered a new way to get a majority of those healthy nutrients into my smoothie AND have it taste like an absolute dream. I’m not kidding. Rootz Protein has literally changed my life. It tastes so freakin good and it’s entirely paleo friendly aka it’s made entirely of natural ingredients. Nothing artifical, no chemicals, no preservatives, just things you would find lying around the kitchen. Amazing. Seriously. Just click that little link above (or right here.) and look at the ingredients in there.

AND because I love you guys, you can use the discount code “bitesbybai” for 10% off your entire order at any point in the year BUT as a Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal you can use the code “BFCM” for 20% off your purchase from November 23-27th!!!!!

The most beautiful thing about this shake is that all the deliciousness of the Rootz Protein Powder, dark cocoa, banana, and almond butter TOTALLY takes away the taste of the spinach so you really have no idea you’re secretly getting your greens in there too (except for the fact that you put them in the blender so you know they’re in there). So what are you waiting for?! Treat your tastebuds and your body right and get to making this shake!!!

Rootz Dark Chocolate Almond Butter (and Greens) Protein Shake

  • Servings: 1 shake
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 scoop Rootz Chocolate Banana Nut Protein Powder
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1 Tbsp dark cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp spirulina powder (optional)
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh spinach
  • ½ cup unsweetened cashew (or any non-dairy) milk

Directions

  1. Add all your ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy!


Cashew-Based Vegan Ranch Dressing

Have you ever know anyone growing up who literally put ranch dressing on everything?

Yep. That was me.

I kid you not if it was dippable I was dipping it in ranch. Carrots, pizza, chicken, you name it. I ranched it.

Anyways, flash forward to now. It has been years since I ranched anything 1. due to my wonderful dairy intolerance and 2. because ranch dressing on everything isn’t exactly the best thing for you.

BUT. I recently decided to embark on a Bailey-friendly version of ranch dressing to dip my veggies in because I’ve been eating way too much hummus and frankly I’m just ready to have ranch dressing back in my life. Soooooooo, I introduce to you, the MOST delicious and easy cashew-based ranch dressing EVAAAA!!!!!

Not even being dramatic guys, this is so good. I made a whole batch and we finished the entire thing that night. There wasn’t even time for a picture. Oh well, that just meant I had to make another batch to photograph (and then eat soon afterwards). So, my fellow ranchies out there, please enjoy this delicious healthified dip and have a fantastic day.

Cashew-Based Vegan Ranch Dressing

  • Servings: 1 cup
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • ¾ cup raw cashews
  • ¾ cup cashew milk
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¾ tsp onion powder
  • 3 Tbsp fresh dill

Directions

  1. Soak your cashews in hot water for 30 minutes.
  2. While your cashews are soaking, add the lemon juice and apple cider vinegar to the cashew milk and let it sit for at least 10 minutes.
  3. Drain and rinse the cashews three times, then add to a blender with the milk mixture, water, salt, garlic, and onion powder. Blend until smooth.
  4. Add the dill and pulse to gently blend it in, but be careful not to overdo the blending or your sauce will turn green!
  5. Store in the fridge and enjoy!


Dairy Free Turkey Pesto Quesadilla AKA The Ultimate Adult Quesadilla

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Napoleon, make yourself a dang quesadilla!!!

I don’t think Napoleon’s grandma had this quesadilla in mind when she said that, but she should’ve because this is basically the best quesadilla of all time andddd it’s cheeseless so all my dairy-free peeps out there can rejoice right now! The flavor combo in here is a party in yo mouth in every bite, not to mention all the nutrients you’re getting. You’ve got your complex carbs, grains, leafy greens, lean protein, healthy fats, and so much more. Talk about a complete meal, y’all.

I shall dub this the ultimate adult quesadilla.

So all the stuffings for this here quesadilla would taste delicious on their own in a bowl, but there’s just something magical about squishing it all between two delicious, crispy, warm tortillas that gives it that extra oomph, ya know? And who woulda thunk pesto would taste so good in a quesadilla!? But really pesto on anything tastes good so really not that surprised.

OK now I’m just rambling because hungry so I’m gonna go eat one of these right now. Who’s with me?

 

Dairy Free Turkey Pesto Quesadilla AKA The Ultimate Adult Quesadilla

  • Servings: 6 half or 3 whole quesadillas
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once it’s hot, add your ground turkey and cook, while stirring occasionally, until it’s fully cooked throughout. Drain and set aside.
  2. Clean your skillet out and heat it again over medium heat. Add the coconut oil and sweet potato. Cook, while stirring occasionally, until the sweet potato is just about tender (about 5-7 minutes).
  3. Add the chopped kale to the sweet potato and cook while stirring until the kale is wilted and the sweet potato is tender (1-2 minutes more).
  4. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. Decide whether you want to make half-quesadillas or whole quesadillas and divide your ingredients accordingly. Start by spreading the pesto on the tortilla then add the ground turkey, sweet potato, and kale. Fold over the other half of the tortilla (if you’re making halves) or place another tortilla on top and press down to make it stick.
  6. Clean out your skillet and heat it over medium-low heat.
  7. Add one quesadilla to the skillet and cook until slightly browned on one side (about 45 seconds), then flip and repeat on the other side.
  8. Repeat for the remaining quesadillas.
  9. Once all quesadillas have been cooked, slice them and serve. Enjoy!