This weekend I had a request from the oldest TD to make mac ‘n cheese for dinner. She didn’t care about what we had with it, just as long as there was mac ‘n cheese. After all she is a teenager and that is what they like to eat. So, to compromise, I refuse to make the other kind you buy; I made a vegan version that the TD’s really enjoy.
I have a recipe a rely on from The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook: Delicious Dairy-Free Cheeses and Classicby Jo Stepaniak. I use her “Amazing Mac ‘N Cheeze Sauce”. It is very creamy, thick and cheese-like. It has some olive oil, you can use non-dairy milk substitute or water. The non-dairy adds to the creaminess of the sauce. If you’re counting calories, then you can use water and the taste is still very good. I like to use gluten-free noodles, either made of brown rice or corn blended with quinoa. Hodgson Mills, Tinkyada are two brands I like and I have been told by friends that Trader Joe’s has its own brand too (we don’t have a Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods). Gluten-free pasta is becoming more common place in that I can purchase this at my local grocery store. So things are improving for gluten/wheat allergy sufferers and those that just want a change.
Just a note, I doubled the cheeze sauce recipe so the TD’s had leftovers they could take it to school for lunch (a few lunches actually).
The Brussels sprouts I had picked up from our Farm to Folk group. I simply, washed, trimmed and cut in half. Placed on a heavy cookie sheet lightly sprayed with olive oil. Then I drizzled some olive oil over the sprouts, sprinkled a little sea salt and cracked some fresh pepper. Placed them in a preheated oven at 375ºF. I let them bake for about 25 min. They were brown, but not over cooked. Yeh! (I dislike over cooked b sprouts, reminds me of when I was a kid and I was forced to eat mushy sprouts.) Then I placed them in a bowl, drizzled some balsamic vinegar over them, tossed and served. Very Tasty! You really should try these, people that don’t like them, usually enjoy them roasted.
Enjoy cooking and the food you create!
Have some fun with your animals friends!