Sometimes you have major cravings, and one food that you could probably eat a whole pot of, this is one of them. I have been craving mac and cheese (always) but I wanted something semi healthy, as I'm trying to eat as right as I can. Which is hard, especially with our crazy schedules. With the help of pureed squash and an easy way to cook the pasta, this was really the best mac and cheese ever. Easy, dreamy, delicious.. Shoot, I'd marry it if I could.
Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese
2 C pasta of choice (I used a tomato/carrot pasta)
2 C milk of choice (I have tried it with soy and also skim)
1 C cheese of choice ( I have used grated white cheddar, as in the photos, as well as creamy cheddar Teeze
1 C pureed butternut squash
Salt and pepper to taste
Start off by mix the milk and pasta in a large pot.
You look bring this to a boil, then turn heat down and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the pasta is tender. You will NOT want to walk away for any reason, and stir constantly. Adding more milk if needed.
Once the pasta is tender, mix in the squash, and then add the cheese.
Already looks glorious, huh? Mix thoroughly, until cheese is melted. Season with salt and pepper, and dig in.
Seriously, so creamy and the taste.. Man, I can not even tell you how good this is. It's easily adaptable too. Add any kind of cheese, any kind of squash. I'm sure whatever you come up with will be amazing.
The past few weeks I've been doing breakfast smoothies, I love me a good smoothie, but I got the hankering for something different. I wanted to change it up a bit, but I still wanted something easy and something oatmeal. Thus the banana oatmeal cookie was born. I have made this using sweet potato, pumpkin, and lots of other stuff. So, if you're feeling up to it, get crazy in the kitchen and adapt as you see fit.
3 ripe bananas, mashed
2 C rolled oats
1/2 C dark chocoalte chips (optional, but tasty)
1/2 C crunchy peanut butter
splash of maple syrup
splash of coconut milk (optional)
Preheat your oven to 375. Spray a baking sheet with oil, and set aside. In a large bowl Mix all together until combined, if too thick add coconut milk.
Drop spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes, or until light golden. Cool completely before eating. I made 12 large cookies.
I love breakfast foods, I love cake, carrot cake is pretty good. Hey, so it oatmeal! So, why not put the two together (kind of) and make a super yummy oatmeal. Guess what kids, I did just that and here it is now for you to enjoy. Don't be afraid, make some, and "indulge". I dare you!
Carrot Cake Steel Cut Oats
3/4 C Water
1 TS Chia seeds
one small carrot, grated
1/4 C steel cut oats (I believe I used instant steel cut, but you can use whatever, just adjust cooking time as needed)
1/2 TS ground cinnamon (or more to taste)
1/2 TS ground giner (or more to taste)
Maple Syrup (for topping)
Coconut butter, or other butter (for topping)
Place first three ingredients in a small pot and bring to a boil. Add the oats amd boil for about 5 minutes. Mix in ginger and cinnamon, taste, and if desired add more. Place in bowl and top with maple syrup, and coconut butter. You could also top with raisins, shredded coconut, pineapple, walnuts. But I just used what I had on hand, and it was so good!