With tons of pantry items and a couple staple vegetables, you can make a delicious vegan macaroni and cheese dish! This Mac dish is made with a plant-based na-cho average cheese sauce that is paired with frozen broccoli. If you have some extra ingredients laying around, like parsley, panic bread crumbs or vegan cheeses, you can add them to the top and bake it until golden brown and bubbling. This recipe is a simple way to be creative with your vegetables and any other produce you may have laying around.
In a large pot filled 3/4 of the way with well-salted water, boil your pasta according to the boxed instructions. In the last minute of cooking your pasta, add frozen broccoli. Drain and add it back to the pot.
Stir in the cheese sauce and pour mixture into a small lightly greased casserole dish. Top with breadcrumb mixture (optional)
Bake for 10-18 minutes or until cheese is slightly brown and bubbling.
Chef’s tip: If you are in a pinch on ingredients, forget the toppings and just eat the macaroni and cheese once you add the cheese sauce to the pasta and broccoli.
As you all know, alfredo sauce is rich and creamy, but normally made with tons of milk, cream, and cheese. My veganized version is a lot healthier and made from cauliflower! That’s right, Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce for all those pasta cravings. Cauliflower is a great way to re create a thick restaurant-quality sauce. It comes together super quickly and can even be used for your next pizza night! This recipe is great to make ahead and use during the week for fast dinner ideas! Feel free to wilt some spinach in your pasta before adding the sauce, it’s one of my favorite ways to enjoy it.
Cauliflower wings are without a doubt the best creation ever! They are both crispy and has the best texture for a “wing” substitute. Not only do these make the best meatless wings, but they can also be made gluten-free. The key to getting these crisp up so well is the batter you dunk them in. Speaking of dunking, don’t forget to make my homemade ranch dipping sauce! It would go perfect with these “wings” even though they are not super spicy.
Spiralized zucchini makes for the perfect pasta alternative to my Spiralized Pesto Zucchini Noddles. Having a light lunch or dinner packed with fresh ingredients is sometimes just what we need. The fresh hint of lemon mixed with the earthy kale and garlic really makes for one special meal. If you’re not used to a kale pesto, I highly encourage you to try this dark leafy green version. Being so nutritionally packed, this recipe will give your body the fuel it needs to stay energized and well-balanced.
Cashews are such a universal ingredient that can be used to make countless recipes. This cashew cream cheese is made with fresh spices, probiotics and other nutritional ingredients. At the beginning of each week (typically Sundays), I try to make one of these variations: a veggie, plain, or herb cream cheese. This recipe is a good base to use to create other cream cheese flavors, just be sure to switch up the herbs and other added ingredients.
This Creamy Pumpkin Sauce is the best alternative to the normal Alfredo sauce that’s usually made with cheese and other dairy products. Utilizing different ingredients in the kitchen really allows for your creativity to flow, as well as getting an understanding for what pairs well with what. This deliciously rich and creamy sauce will soon be your new go-to pasta sauce. It’s great for simple meals during s busy week as well as giving some extra nutrients. Although this may seem like an odd interpretation of fettuccine Alfredo, I can assure you that these two pair very well together. Bon appetit!
Tired of eating the same foods over and over again? If you are like me, then you are always looking for new ways to create delicious food. Using other sources of protein, in this case textured sunflower protein from sunflower seeds, is an innovative and health-conscious way to eat more sustainably. The flavor profile of this earthy mushroom stewy is extrodinary! It tastes best with noodles in my opinion, however, you can dish it up with whatever you’d like!
Holiday treats are always the best! Gooey caramel sauce being dribbled over gluten-free matzo squares and baked until bubbly and thick. And if that does not get your attention, wait until you smear the chocolate chips over the entire sheet, until its fully covered and completely melted. Only to heavily sprinkle the pistachio and homemade cranberries on top, with a dash of rock salt. Put this plate down at any party you go to and just watch as you see how quickly it goes!
This airy and fluffy “cookie” is one of my favorite treats to indulge on. Being able to create a French macaron recipe in my own kitchen is something I have always wanted to do. So here we have my pumpkin spice French macaron filled with a pumpkin buttercream. One of the most interesting things that you will learn from this recipe (other than patience) is in the power of food alternatives. Using chickpea liquid and sugar as your meringue base really goes to show that you can still create these delicious desserts, without diary or the use of eggs. With that being said, I hope you enjoy this recipe and bon appétit!
Aquafaba concentrate 1. In sauce pan over medium-high heat, pour in both cans chickpea liquid AKA aquafaba (save chickpeas for my hummus recipe). Reduce liquid until 1/2 cup remains. Pour liquid into container and cool in refrigerator overnight (this step is very important).
In food processor, pulse almond flour and powdered sugar until super fine. Add pumpkin spice, pulse and set aside.
To make meringue, use stand mixer to whip cold aquafaba concentrate for 10-15 minutes until medium peak forms. Slowly add sugar, a little at a time, until incorporated. Mix again for another minute or two until sugar mixes in fully. (This is ready when you can turn bowl upside down and meringue stays put.)
Using spatula, fold almond mixture into meringue. To fold, carefully bring spatula through middle of bowl toward you. Scraping sides of bowl, fold bottom layer onto top portion. Continue until mixture is fully incorporated and fluid (like molten lava). Note: If you do not properly fold batter, you will end up with cracked or hollow shells. Making sure the air is evenly distributed and the consistency is just right is very important. To test consistency, scoop batter with spatula into “8” shape. One clean swoop, means you’re ready to pipe!
Fill piping bag with mixture. On parchment-paper-lined baking sheet, draw 2-in. circles or dispense even amount of dough. To eliminate air bubbles, slam tray onto kitchen counter. Smooth out any “nipple” that formed from piping. Allow shells to sit for 90-120 minutes or until outside is no longer sticky to the touch.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Bake 14 minutes, checking frequently toward the end. You should be able to peel shells off parchment paper without sticking.
Using spatula, carefully lift macaron shells off parchment paper. Transfer to cooling rack.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
If making homemade pumpkin puree, slice small baking pumpkin in half and lightly drizzle with oil. Place halves onto baking sheet, flesh side up, and roast for 40 minutes or until tender.
Once done roasting, add chunks of cut pumpkin into food processor (skin removed) and blend until smooth. (Use remaining purée for future recipe.)
In mixing bowl, beat room temperature butter until fluffy and white in color. Add powdered sugar, almond milk, pumpkin spice and either canned or homemade pumpkin purée and mix until frosting forms; about 3-4 minutes.
Spoon buttercream into middle of macaroon shell and top with another shell; carefully wiggling the two halves together. Once all are assembled, place into refrigerator for 24-48 hours or freeze up to 3 months.
Chef’s tip: To prevent a major macaron fail, avoid substituting ingredients or altering measurements.