Sunday, March 25, 2012

GF/DF Mac and Cheeze!

Happy Sunday!
This is the day of the week I like to try new recipes and don't really do much of anything :)
Anyways, I tried out a new recipe today - because I've been craving mac and cheese like crazy! I found it at this awesome blog called Oh She Glows where they do lots and lots of vegan recipes, including this one for vegan mac and cheese! Although I am not vegan by any stretch of the imagination, my milk allergy makes it pretty much impossible to have any kind of dairy-style sauce...

So without further ado, here is the recipe! I would not suggest eating this or cooking this in a white shirt - the sauce is very orange and does not come out!

Butternut Squash Mac 'n Cheeze (modified from Oh She Glows)
1 C roasted butternut squash or canned butternut squash
1 Tbsp butter substitute
1 C plain (unsweetened, unflavored) almond milk
1 Tbsp cornstarch (or potato starch, I had some leftover from making flour)
7 Tbsp nutritional yeast (see note at end)
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp garlic powder (or more)
1/2 lb cooked rice pasta

If you're roasting the squash:
Preheat the oven to 425F, chop up the squash into small chunks and drizzle with a large amount of extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper. Put into a baking dish (or cookie sheet) and roast for 40 min, give it a mix half way through.

For the sauce:
Melt butter over medium-low heat in a medium sauce pan. Whisk together the almond milk and starch in a small bowl until there are no clumps. Add to the pan and whisk together. Stir in the remaining ingredients and whisk over low heat until thickened (5-7 min). Once the squash is roasted, or if using canned squash, add the sauce and the squash to a food processor/blender and puree until smooth. Serve over the cooked pasta. I sprinkled it with some season salt, and that just made it even better!

***About the nutritional yeast: It sounds kinda gross, but it's actually really good - and good for you! It tastes a little like Parmesan cheese with a bit more of a nut flavor. I bought mine at whole foods, don't buy it in bulk if you're gluten free or allergic to wheat - they store it right next to the flour and their brand actually is produced in a facility that processes wheat. I bought the KAL brand that they sell in a big tub - it states wheat free right on the label!

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