VEGAN Mac & Cheese

Monday, February 9, 2015

I've been venturing into veganism for a month or so now. The one thing that's been hardest for me to give up is CHEESE! Even though I use it sparingly - there's something about the deliciousness that I can't walk away from. I figured if I tried out some cheesy comfort food in vegan form that it will help me in my journey to becoming totally free of animal products!

I came across this recipe for mac & cheese in one of my vegan cookbooks (Mayim's Vegan Table: More than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours)** and it was awesome. I did add a little hot sauce!

 I used Daiya Cheddar Shreds and was initially a little scared by the look of it. Once I melted it up with almond milk though and mixed it into the pasta - it looked just like mac & cheese should look - gooey, cheesy, YUMMY!

I covered with whole wheat breadcrumbs and baked, then broiled to get it nice and crispy.

I definitely wouldn't call this a clean eating recipe but I was SUPER proud of myself for trying something new! This would be an awesome treat to replace a comfort food on a cold day and I will definitely be making it again. 

16 oz. of pasta (I used whole wheat shells)
1 package of Daiya Cheddar Shreds
1 1/4 cup of Almond Milk
2 tsp of flour
2 tsp of whole wheat breadcrumbs
Salt & Pepper to taste

  • Cook pasta according to package until al dente, drain and set aside in a large bowl.
  • Heat 1 cup of almond milk in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  • Mix 1/4 cup of almond milk with 2 tsp of flour and whisk until smooth. Add this slowly to the pan while whisking.
  • Add Daiya Cheddar slowly, continue whisking, until smooth consistency and cheese sauce is bubbling.
  • Pour cheese mixture over pasta and mix to combine.
  • Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray and pour the pasta mixture in, top with breadcrumbs and bake covered at 350° for 20 minutes. Then take the foil off and broil on high for 5-7 minutes to get it browned and delicious!! 

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Inspired: Color

Friday, February 6, 2015

So I'm back at school this semester and my new favorite class is definitely Color for Interiors. I learned some really cool things yesterday and it's inspiring me to learn even more on the subject, but first...coloring is really fun (and I'm kinda good at it). 

my shade and shadow renderings
I found it pretty amazing that color can actually affect you can change your heart rate, your blood pressure!! Color is being used to aid in CURING illnesses. As I've become more in tune with my own health and fitness, I've found that I love natural remedies. I don't like putting chemicals in my body and I really find this fascinating.

Fun fact - the color blue promotes productivity and increased weight lifting ability in gyms! So if you're working on your fitness, do it somewhere that's painted a nice shade of blue. 

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