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Baked Vegan Macaroni Casserole


I made this macaroni casserole a couple of weeks ago to satisfy an urge for comfort food.  It hit the spot!  Although I will not claim that it is exactly like it’s non-vegan equivalents, it is pretty darn good all the same.  I served it with my Vegan Creamy Tomato Soup for the ultimate cozy Sunday afternoon meal.  Recipe below!

Baked Vegan Macaroni Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb cooked Macaroni noodles (I used whole wheat and it tasted fine in the casserole!)
  • ½ c raw cashews, processed into a powder
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 medium chopped potato
  • 2 chopped carrots
  • 1 c nutritional yeast
  • 1 c non dairy milk
  • Juice of half of a lemon
  • 3 T corn starch
  • 1 tbsp oil/earth balance
  • 1 t salt
  • ½ t Dijon mustard
  • ½ t tumeric
  • ½ t onion powder
  • ¼ t black pepper
  • 1/8 t cayenne
  • dash of soy sauce
  • **Garnish:  Paprika, bread crumbs, ground almonds
  • **Optional:  Peas and halved cherry tomates

Instructions:

  1. Grease a large casserole pan and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cook your macaroni noodles according to the package instructions and drain.  Put in casserole pan and set aside
  3. In a food processor, blend the raw cashews with the carrots, potato, and garlic, and process until well combined.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients (except for the macaroni, the garnish, and the optional ingredients) to the food processor and process again until a smooth “cheese” sauce forms.
  5. Pour the “cheese” sauce directly onto the macaroni noodles and toss to coat the noodles evenly.  If you want to add optional ingredients to your casserole, now is the time to do it!  I added a bag of frozen peas and some spare, halved cherry tomatoes for color and nutrition.
  6. Top with paprika (for a little kick), bread crumbs, and crushed almonds (for some crunch).
  7. Cook for 30 minutes.
  8. Serve!  This recipe makes enough to serve about 4-6 people, depending on how hungry everyone is.

-Dominique

Power-Up Breakfast #2: Raw “Cookie Dough”


As I mentioned in Power-Up Breakfast #1:  Fast Frittata, I strongly believe that every good day should start with a good breakfast!  One of my all-time favorite breakfasts that I discovered in the blogosphere is what people are calling “Vegan Cookie Dough” or “Raw Cookie Dough”.  I was skeptical that anything healthy could mimic cookie dough, but hearing everyone rave about it made me want to try it.  I’m so glad I did!  I probably make raw “cookie dough” for myself about 5 times a week now.  It is SUPER easy, quick, and filling.  When I eat it for breakfast at 8:30AM I usually am not even hungry until 2PM, which is a pretty big deal for me.

I’m going to show you how I make it, but what’s best about raw “cookie dough” is that once you get the idea behind it, it’s extremely easy to customize!  Like I said, I combined a lot of things I saw on different blogs, and my own preferences, to come up with my raw “cookie dough”, and I claim NO OWNERSHIP over this concept or this recipe!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • a couple splashes of liquid (I use Almond Milk, you can use water, soymilk, cow’s milk, etc.)
  • 1 scoop of Protein powder (I use vanilla flavored)
  • 1 spoonful of nut butter (I use almond butter)
  • Mix-ins of your choosing (this time i went with chopped walnuts for crunch and coconut flakes for extra sweetness!  other ideas include chocolate chips, dried or chopped fruit, or other nuts/seeds)

Ingredient Line-up

In my mind, ALMOND BUTTER is the star of this recipe!! I can't get enough of this stuff.

Although you essentially just have to combine all the ingredients and stir, I find it easier if I dissolve the protein powder in my liquid before adding any other ingredients, just so it doesn’t leave my cookie dough powdery!

ALMOND BUTTER, YOU SLAY ME EVERY TIME

All mixed up!

I like to chop a banana on top, it goes perfect with the cookie dough texture and taste!

And ready to go!

It may not look pretty, but if you like oats like I do, I’m sure you will LOVE it!
I like to make my raw cookie dough in a Tupperware container so that I can snap on the lid and take it with me to work.  Portable cookie dough!

What else do I take to work? Here’s was my lunch line-up this morning…

Lots of Water, Apple, Greek Yogurt, Veggies, and a BabyBel Cheese (another growing addiction)

It may not look like a lot, but like I said, the raw cookie dough keeps me full past noon!!

-Dominique

Let’s Chat:

  1. What mix-ins would go in YOUR raw cookie dough?
  2. Do you pack your lunch for work, or buy it there?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments 🙂

Food Battles: Cheesy Chips!


The other night at dinner my family wanted to chow down on some chips with our burgers.  My mom brought out two different bags,  one was Herr’s Baked Potato Crisps (Cheddar and Sour Cream flavored) and the other was Dorito’s (Nacho Cheese).

Here are the Contenders!!

I decided it would be fun to see how they stack up! First let’s check out the NUTRITION FACTS:

Doritos Nutrition Facts

Herr's Baked Nutrition Facts

BREAKDOWN:

  • CALORIES PER CHIP=Doritos 13.6, Herr’s Baked 9.23
  • CALORIES FROM FAT PER CHIP=Doritos 6.36, Herr’s Baked 2.3
  • GRAMS OF SATURATED FAT PER CHIP=Doritos 0.14, Herr’s Baked 0.04
  • GRAMS OF SODIUM PER CHIP=Doritos 16.36, Herr’s Baked 25.38
  • GRAMS OF DIETARY FIBER PER CHIP= Doritos 0.09, Herr’s Baked 0.15
  • GRAMS OF SUGAR PER CHIP= Doritos 0.09, Herr’s Baked 0.15
SUMMARY:
  • Herr’s Baked Crisps are lower in calories, calories from fat, saturated fat,  but higher in sodium and sugar than the Doritos!
How about the TASTE and TEXTURE?
The Nacho Cheese Doritos are addicting and have a good heavy crunch, and do taste a little over-processed, in my opinion.  The Cheddar and Sour Cream Baked Herr’s Crisps are lighter and crispier, and have less of a processed taste.  The flavor was actually very tangy and pleasant, and didn’t leave the weird Dorito’s cheese film on the roof of my mouth.

Doritos vs. Herr's Baked

The winner?  I went with the Baked Herr’s, all the way.  Because they were lower in calories I could eat MORE!  I’m usually not a fan of baked chips because I find them to be a lot less flavorful than their counterparts, but the cheddar and sour cream hit the spot.  Even my dad said “I could eat these!” which is a big deal because he LOVES his Doritos.  The only thing that I was disappointed about was the higher sodium stats.

Yummy!

-Dominique

Lets Chat!

  1. What do you think of baked chips?  Have you ever tried Cheddar and Sour Cream Herr’s Baked Chips?  What did you think?
  2. What foods do you commonly replace with healthier alternatives?  Do they beat your cravings, or leave you wanting more?
Leave your answers in the comments, I can’t wait to hear from you! 🙂