15 May 2014

BUTTERNUT SQUASH MAC & CHEESE


Sometimes ya just want a giant bowl of creamy mac and cheese. Sometimes ya gotta make one, especially if it's super healthy and nutritious! I don't have much to say about this recipe because it basically speaks for itself. There are already so many great vegan mac and cheese recipes out there so if you don't like the looks of this one, feel free to Google "vegan mac and cheese" and find even better ones. But this is what I made yesterday, and I figured you'd want me to share it with all you wonderful humans. 

To be honest I actually ended up giving this to my dad for his dinner, because I lost my appetite just as I finished making it! I was looking forward to it all day too! My period really messes up my metabolism... am I the only one!? Yesterday I didn't want to eat much at all, but today I am ravenous. I dreamt about bananas and juice last night so that's all I want. Having said all that - I promise this recipe is really tasty! Try it out! Note: it's more butternut squashy than cheesy, so if you're looking for a cheesier recipe, this one looks crazy good


BUTTERNUT SQUASH MAC & CHEESE 

Base:
3 cups of quinoa penne is in the photos, but you could use whatever you want. 

Sauce:
3 cups cubed butternut squash, baked until soft
1/2 onion
1 garlic clove
1/4 cup cashews
1/2 avocado
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon turmeric 
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon coriander 
3 dates (or 1 teaspoon liquid sweetener)
Salt & pepper, to taste
Water, as needed

Prepare your base: cook your noodles, rice, or whatever... or slice a zucchini into zucchini noodles!

To make the sauce: blend everything until smooth and creamy. Mix into your noodles or rice or whatever base you want and nom it up! Oh... this would probably be amazing if you baked it in a bowl with Daiya vegan cheese shreds over top. Mmm.

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20 comments:

  1. whoa looks great! who knew such a thing as quinoa penne existed?! this looks soo creamy and good *-*
    ~ maisy

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  2. I looooooove mac and cheese :) Especially if it's made with butternut. I call that mac 'n squash, hehe.

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  3. Mmm, this looks yummy. How have I never tried vegan mac and cheese before!? I think I'm going to have to make this asap :)

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  4. Looks AMAZING! Quick question, would it still taste ok if I left out the yeast (candida infection... so I shouldn't really use yeast right now)? I personally don't mind if it doesn't taste "cheesy" as long as it's good.

    Also, how many would this feed? I live on my own so I have to be careful not to make tons of something - I hate throwing out food :-)

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  5. This looks so creamy! Such an interesting recipe

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  6. AnonymousMay 16, 2014

    Great blog but please stop talking about your periods!

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    1. AnonymousMay 20, 2014

      well said

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    2. I agree. Some things are personal and should be kept that way. Stay with the fabulous recipes.

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  7. AnonymousMay 16, 2014

    I like when she talks about her period. I can relate dude! My period messes up my metabolism tons of other stuff. Please don't make get feel weird about talking about how she feels!

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  8. Perfect!!! Looks very good and yummy!
    Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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  9. Healthy, yummy and awesome-looking! Can't wait to make it myself! Thank you for sharing this! :D

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  10. @SIBYLLE - you can leave it out :) it will be more like butternut squash creamy pasta but theres nothing wrong with that!

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  12. AnonymousMay 18, 2014

    I'm just passing through as this blog have very good vegan recipes but i have a thought : if you have a raw vegan diet and you try cooked food, this cannot be good for the bacteria in your intestine. This is the reason you failed to eat entirely. If you go raw, it should be 100%.

    once cooked food make it's way to your body, leucocytes will try to destroy them at all cost. If you don't stop cooked food, it will be the long and painful fall of your liver system.



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  13. I just discovered your blog and can't stop reading it! You are such a sensitive, calming, insightful person, so wise for your age!!! Oh and this recipe looks amazing, will make it for dinner tomorrow! Thanks! :)

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  14. AnonymousMay 20, 2014

    Yeah for those who said don't talk about your period, your just as bad as people who are scared of breast feeding. It's normal, healthy & necessary so therefore shouldn't be hidden, nor ashamed of or disgusted by. Womens issues need to be not swept under the carpet! Keep up the good work Em xo

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  16. Hi Emily, I was wondering if you used smoked paprika or Hungarian paprika? I have both, but I am not sure what direction to choose...

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  17. @Jennifer Marmont - whichever you like :) I can't remember which one I used.

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  18. I made this last night with some hand made chickpea flour pasta. Thank you Emily!! The pasta sauce is super delicious :)

    Stefi

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Feel free to comment below, I love hearing your thoughts! xo, Em