by Terry Walters
I’VE MADE MAC AND CHEESE FOR MY KIDS more times than I can count. For years I had Annie’s Organic to thank, but now I go with this homemade variation and make my own “cheese.” I insist that we have to add something green, and peas and chard are always my girls’ top choice.
21⁄2 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash (about 1⁄2 small squash)
2⁄3 cup rice milk or water
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
3 tablespoons chickpea miso
1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
Generous pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
8 ounces gluten-free macaroni
1 cup peas, fresh or frozen
1 cup chopped green Swiss chard
1⁄2 cup gluten-free bread or rice crumbs
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus more for oiling baking dish
Bring 1 inch of water to boil in medium pot with steamer rack. Add squash and steam until very soft.
Transfer squash to food processor. Add rice milk, nutritional yeast, miso, garlic powder, salt and nutmeg and process until combined and smooth. Turn processor off, scrape down sides and pulse one last time to combine all ingredients. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly oil an 8×8-inch baking dish.
Cook macaroni according to directions on package. When nearly done, add peas and chard to cooking water with macaroni and remove from heat. Drain and return to pot. Pour squash mixture into pot and fold to evenly coat pasta and vegetables. Transfer to baking dish and spread evenly.
In small bowl, combine breadcrumbs with olive oil and mix until moist. Spread over casserole, sprinkle with paprika and bake 30 minutes, or until breadcrumbs are lightly toasted. Remove from oven and serve.
Would you like the knowledge and inspiration to create your own clean food diet – or ways to infuse this approach into your holiday cooking? Learn more from Terry at her Copper Beech Institute retreat, Eat Clean, Live Well: Clean Food and Sustainable Health, December 2-4, 2016. For more information and to register click here.
Terry Walters is the best-selling cookbook author of “Clean Food, “Clean Start,” and most recently, “Eat Clean, Live Well.” She is a James Beard Foundation Award finalist and recipient of the Nautilus Gold and Silver Book Awards. She is featured regularly on television and radio in print and Internet media, and is the author of the popular blog, Eat Clean, Live Well. Terry will lead the overnight retreat, Eat Clean, Live Well: Clean Food and Sustainable Health at Copper Beech Institute, December 2-4, 2016. Copper Beech Institute offers more than 50 retreats and programs to foster peace and resilience in everyday life.