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Monday, 13 January 2014

Low Fat Raw Vegan Mac & Cheese!


Hey health lovers! I am so excited to share this recipe for low fat, raw vegan Mac n' Cheeze with you!


Who loved Mac n’ Cheese as a kid? I know I did! The little round noodles with the creamy cheesy sauce. I haven’t eaten it in years due to the gluten, dairy, and over processed nature of the dish. But now I can indulge again, and you can too with this low fat, raw vegan Mac n' Cheeze recipe! Yay!

I was inspired to create this recipe after seeing an ad for Kat Green’s eBook which featured Mac and Cheese, with noodles that I had never seen before -they looked like macaroni! I knew I could replicate the macaroni noodle style with my spiralizer and I already had the perfect cheese sauce in mind. I’ve made it a few times and even tested it out on my love Chris Kendall. He exclaimed, “This is the best thing I’ve ever ate!” That's quite the compliment coming from a very talented raw vegan chef!

Best of all, this recipe is raw, vegan (dairy-free), gluten-free, processed sugar-free, yeast-free, oil and salt-free, and you can make it overt fat free too! It won’t leave you feeling sluggish with a bellyache and packs a ton of nutrition in the fresh fruit and veggie ingredients. It's my new fav raw comfort food! So yummy on a cold winter day here in Saskatchewan, Canada. You’re going to love it! 


He's a kid at heart with his batman pj's! 


Chris "Oh my, this is the best thing I've ever ate!"






Lots of Love and Fresh Squeezed Hugs!
xo



Ashley Clark
Holistic Health Coach
Naturally Ashley Nutrition



Ashley Clark is a Health Coach, Artist, Photographer and the owner/operator of Naturally Ashley Nutrition. “I am bananas about holistic health and nutrition!" I want to help you create a happy, healthy lifestyle in way that is flexible, fun and lasting. It's not about cutting out the ‘bad’ foods; it's about adding in the good – more FRUITS and VEGETABLES! Healthy living isn’t just about the food you eat  – Primary ‘Food’ is important too, like finding a career you love, relationships, and connecting to your spirituality. Love your Life, Love your Food, Love YOU! 
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25 comments:

  1. YUMMY! Thank you for sharing this recipe. Love the ketchup recipe to go with it too! I can't wait to tell my mom n brother about it; they eat their mac n cheese with 'catsup' too =P
    XO!

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    1. You are very welcome Molly!! So excited for you to try it! It definitely wouldn't be the same without ketchup or 'catsup'! haha

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    2. Just made this recipe and its AMAZING! Now I will admit I decided to add a couple things to bump up the flavor...A handful of cashews, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp of sea salt, pinch of turmeric, pinch of mustard and instead of soaked broccoli, I steamed it lightly instead. Then I got the the "cheese sauce" and the spiraled zucchini, mixed it in a pot and lightly heated it on the stove. It was SO GOOD! Didn't have the mac and cheese taste. It tasted more like a creamy vegetable soup deliciousness! And the ketchup, I used roasted tomatoes instead of sun dried ones and it still came out Really Good. The ketchup definitely adds some nice Zest to the entire meal :) I highly recommend this recipe, its a winner!

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  3. Omygosh this looks amazing! Thank you for sharing this recipe!!

    Two questions: what do you mean by green onion stems? Do you mean, only the white parts?

    and, is there a reason why the sundried tomatoes in the mac and cheese recipe aren't soaked?


    Thanks!

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    1. Hi Hannah! Thank YOU! When I use onions, I try to remember to cut off the white bulb and just use the green stems, it's less irritating to your system that way, but you can use the white part too if you like! And I didn't soak my sundried tomatoes because the Vitamix does a great job of blending them, but I will make a note to soak them for people with other blender styles, thanks for pointing that out! <3

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  4. Little did my mother and father really comprehend aboutbest macaroni and cheese recipe all the additives and non-foods that were in this! Modern mother and father are much more delicate to additives and non-natural meals,

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    1. True, it's not a strict 80 10 10 recipe with the garlic, jalapeno and chili powder. My goal was to create a low fat mac n cheese that tastes as good as the nut cheeses you normally see in gourmet raw recipes.

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  5. I am SO excited to make this! I went out and bought everything I needed and then thought, "Wait...can I do this in a food processor?" I have a great processor and a nutribullet, but no Vitamix (yet). Do you think it would work in the processor? The nutribullet is probably too small unless I blend everything separately and then combine. Any thoughts or ideas would be a huge help. Thanks so much for all of your good info. Love this blog!

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    1. I can't say for sure, but if you normally make raw veggie sauces/dressings in your food processor than it should work. The corn blends well and the only thing that might be tricky is the sun dried tomatoes but you can soak those ahead of time for an hour. Thanks for your sweet comment. Enjoy the recipe!!!! xo

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  6. Yay, Ashley, I loved reading this! I had to go back and see what I put in my mac n cheese vid a few months ago and it was quite similar but I turned to the nutritional yeast for my cheesiness. I am glad for your new ideas and think I will try a combo of yours and mine. I love the broc idea! I loved broc/cheese but don't like it raw so the idea to soak in hot water is great. Thanks gal!!! <3

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  7. The last time I made zucchini noodles, I wasn't a fan. I thought I'd give it another try and I used this recipe. I'm very happy I did. This recipe is delicious and packs some heat. My fiancé ( who's pretty particular about his food ) wasn't sure about it when I was making it, but ended up eating more than I did. The only change I made was keeping the sauce a little chunkier. This recipe is definitely a keeper.

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  8. i made this the other day its so delish :))) im wondering if there is a way to make the sauce thicker to make it more like a soup :) thank you ashley your so inspirational

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    1. Hi Jessica! Thanks for your question! When I make the cheeze sauce and follow the recipe - it's always really thick - even thicker than a soup. If yours isn't try adding more sundried tomatoes!

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    2. thank you so much i think i did it wrong the first time and this time around came out very thick and creamy :) the aroma alone is to die for :))))

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  9. Hi Ashley!

    I was super excited about finally getting around to making this the other night. Unfortunately, the sauce ended up having a somewhat funny bitter after taste.

    I realise it'd be something I did wrong as this dish is famous for being one of the best raw vegan dishes :P

    I was just curious if you've ever experienced this or know what I may have done wrong...?

    xo <3

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    1. Sorry for the late reply, I've never had it go bitter on me. Were you using quality corn for the recipe? I've also tasted some pretty bitter zucchini before, maybe that was the issue?

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  10. Made this the other day and it was absolutely divine! Thank you for the brilliant recipe. The corn made this so creamy and decadent, it's really hard to believe it's low fat. I love being all raw and I love eating tons of fruit and simple salads, but it's fabulous to indulge in a recipe that is so rich and creamy.

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    1. Thank you for sharing!!! SO happy you enjoyed it!

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  11. What could you use instead of the corn in the sauce?

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    1. The corn is my way of making it low fat, if you don't mind cooked food you could try sweet potato, and if are raw and you dont mind high fat you could use soaked raw cashews.

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