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Back with Mac

Posted May 24 2010 7:28pm
Hey all,

I'm so sorry for being so absent...I know it has been about a week since I posted anything. I have a lot of personal stuff going on right now, with life and with my health, so I might be disappearing a bit (on and off). Hopefully things will settle down soon and I can be more consistent with my posting.

Today I tried something that I really loved, so I just had to break my "blog fast" in order to share it with you. It started with a bit of this:
With some nutritional yeast (nooch) and some quinoa.
And I made a quick and easy one pot meal!

I found this recipe through a guest post on Averie's Love Veggies and Yoga , done by the Pure2Raw twins. I love these bloggers! This is One Pot Gluten-Free Vegan Mac-n-Cheese .
The changes I made:
-I omitted the arrowroot, garlic powder, and lemon juice because I didn't have them.
-I added Organic Salba Smart Mild Salsa on top (unpictured).
-I went the lazy route and added the sauce directly to the quinoa instead of making them separately. Since there was no need to wait for the sauce to thicken without arrowroot, I thought it would be fine if I skipped a step (or two).

The verdict:
This is delicious! I haven't had real macaroni and cheese since I was a little kid, so I might not be the best judge. The sauce was delightful, even without the added thickness from arrowroot. It was incredibly creamy from the coconut milk and the tahini, and the nooch gives it the cheesy flavour. I know that quinoa is a completely different texture from pasta, so if you are looking for the bulk of noodles and the "bite" of regular macaroni, you could always try this sauce with regular pasta. Or you could use gluten-free pasta if that's important to you. I loved it! I found that the salsa on top was a good addition, but entirely unnecessary, as the mac is wonderful on its own. It was incredibly easy to prepare with very minimal ingredients. This meal was really good comfort food after an incredibly difficult week.

I will be back soon with more interesting things to share, I promise.

For now, there are a few interesting things for YOU to check out. Swing by Love Veggies and Yoga for an awesome nutty giveaway , and after you've done that, head on over to La Fille Naturelle for a giveaway of my go-to meal replacement brand Vega (the new smoothies!).

Sorry to be abrupt and boring today. Love and thinking of you all.
xoxo Lauren

Music Monday song is You Are My Joy by Reindeer Section. I was listening to it the other day and I just felt better for a few minutes...the magic of a song. Wanted to share.

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