Sunday, January 12, 2014

Baked Mac & Cheese

I spent my December in Phoenix Arizona helping my sister and her mom do some cooking!  My dear sister has been suffering from Lyme Disease for many years, and has finally found a place that can help treat her properly.  Part of the treatment is diet-based.  This is one recipe I came up with while I was there, and they loved it!

It is based on the guidelines for the diet, which is anti-inflammatory.  This means that their is no gluten, corn, peanuts, soy, low-sugar veggies (so no potatoes), no highly-processed foods, and no sweeteners.  Sounds like a bland life style?  Think again.  We came up with some delicious stuff.  Enjoy!

Baked Mac & Cheese
(Adapted from Angela Liddon’s recipe at Oh She Glows)
- 1 medium butternut squash
- 1 large onion
- 2 large carrots
- ¾ cup soaked cashews (soaked at last 3 hours)
- 3 Tbs coconut oil
- ⅓ cup nutritional yeast
- Sea salt & pepper to taste
- 1 box GF noodles of choice
- 3 slices GF bread
- 1 Tbs coconut oil
- Sea salt to taste

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Cut squash lengthwise in half and remove seeds.
  3. Rub with small amount of coconut oil and place cut side down on baking sheet with edges (edges necessary incase liquid drips)
  4. Place in oven until a fork enters meat easily, about 40 minutes
  5. Alternative is to remove skin of squash (after de-seeding) cube, and steam
  6. Steam chopped onion and carrots
  7. Scoop squash out of skin if roasted.
  8. Place squash, onion, carrot, cashews, nutritional yeast, & coconut oil into blender and puree until very smooth.  Season to taste. The sauce will thicken in the oven, so additional water may need to be added to reach your preferred consistency.  Adding 2 Tbs of Tapioca starch, more cashews, or even 2 Tbs ground flax seeds can help thicken it if it is not thick enough for your taste.
  9. Make GF pasta according to box.  I love Quinoa pasta for this dish.  Make sure it is a bit undercooked because it will continue to cook in the oven
  10. Place all ingredients into a casserole dish.
  11. Pulse bread, 1 Tbs coconut oil, and sea salt in blender or processor and sprinkle evenly on top of dish
  12. Bake for 30 minutes or until breadcrumbs are golden brown

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