VEGAN MAC N JHEEZE

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So this is one of our faves . Easy, very few ingredients, and completely guilt free!! (As long as you don’t see carbs as guilty.)

This is from a cook book called ‘Keep It Vegan’ by Aine Carlin. I’m awful for following recipes. I start reading, get bored of following instrctions, grasp the gist, add my own twist and hope for the best!! I t seems to have worked so far 🙂

So here you go..

Ingredients

1 large Butternut Squash – Sliced in half and de-seeded.

100ml of water

1 tsp of mustard (works well without it too)

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

200g of full fat Coconut Milk

Garlic (2 to 3 cloves i love the stuff)

280g of Macaroni

1 half cup of Nutritional yeast (Shop Nutritional Yeast)

 

For the Kale

Balsamic vinegar

half a tsp Cumin

Sea salt and black peps.

1.Preheat oven to 200 deg/c

2.Place the halved butternut squash face down in a baking tray, and add the 100ml of water. Bake the butternut squash for about 1 hour.  You want the squash to be super soft. Once its soft, scoop out the flesh into a blender, add the coconut milk and blend into a puree.

3.Meanwhile, fry up the chopped garlic in a deep pan with oil of your choice. (nut oils are the best)

4. Add the squash puree into the pan and leave on a lowish heat to simmer, add the mustard and apple cider vinegar. Leave this to heat whilst you make your Mac.

5. Add your macaroni to salted boiling water. Cook for about 3 less than the recommended time. Drain, and add to your sauce.

Kale

Fry up your Kale with the oil of your choice, 3 minutes in add your balsamic vinegar, sprinkle on your cumin, and cook to your requirement.

That. Is. It.

It takes an hour and 20, Id say 5 minutes of prep and 20 minutes of actually standing over the cooker cooking.

Health Benefits.

Butternut Squash – Low in fat, high in vitamins B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Iron and Magnesium. Butternut squash also provides more potassium than banana!

Coconut Milk – Is your source of GOOD fats.

Garlic – Garlic has medicinal properties, and yep – garlic has vitamins too – c and B6. There are so many benefits of garlic, have a google and be surprised!

Nutritional Yeast – OK so I’ve recommended nutritional yeast to so many of my vegan friends as it adds a nutty/cheesy taste to meals (also great on spag bol! similar to a parmesan) Amazing source of your vitamins B’s and a touch of protein too.

Kale – High in fibre, aids digestion, provides vit A, K, C, B6, Calcium, potassium, It’s an antioxidant, and is a great source of minerals.

Apple cider vinegar – Lowers blood sugar levels, can fight bad bacteria, helps suppress appetite, (which in turn should help with weight loss) helps the body to maintain an alkaline PH level – there are SO many benefits. I could easily write an essay.

Let me know how you get on when you try it 🙂

Sinead x

 

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