With only 2 days to go until Christmas I figure you’re all feeling overwhelmed with gingerbread men, and holiday cookies so I decided to do something a little bit different for this Foodie Friday. A while back someone asked me to find a healthy take on a very classic comfort food, mac ‘n cheese. I wracked my brain about how to possibly turn this carbohydrate loaded, saturated fat soaked dish into something you could feel good about eating. Then I came across Love Veggies and Yoga, she managed to come up with a very ‘outside the box’ approach to mac ‘n cheese! May I just add, that I personally love mac ‘n cheese, A LOT, but it certainly doesn’t love me back, and it is far too indulgent to eat as much as I’d like. This recipe is vegan, and gluten free and is packed with protein, making it the perfect hearty winter comfort food when you just can’t justify the real thing.
“Mac ‘n Cheese”
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup quinoa
- ¾ cup coconut milk or hemp milk (or skimmed milk if you’re not a vegan)
- 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1/2 cup of Daiya (or low fat cheese of your choice if you’re not a vegan)
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 2 tbsp arrowroot
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- gluten free bread crumbs
- cayenne pepper
Directions for Quinoa:
Rinse your quinoa thoroughly. In small saucepan over high heat bring the water to a boil. Once boiling add quinoa and return to a boil. Then reduce heat to low and let simmer for 15 minutes
Drain, and remove from heat and set aside in a bowl.
Directions for “Cheese Sauce:”
Using the same pot the quinoa was in, place it back on the stovetop over medium heat and add coconut milk and tahini. Whisk together. The tahini will melt into the milk. Then add remaining ingredients and whisk. Raise the heat to be medium high. It will start to thicken, takes about 1-2 minutes. Once it starts getting thick pour the quinoa back in the pot and stir till well combined. Dish your quinoa into a casserole dish and cover lightly with your gluten free bread crumbs and an even lighter dusting of cayenne pepper. Place in oven on broil for 5-10 mins or until top layer begins to brown. Sprinkle shredded Daiya or low fat cheese over top if desired and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Love Veggies and Yoga.
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