We try and limit our dairy intake at home since my oldest daughter has a dairy sensitivity. But the thing is she LOVES cheese, especially mac and cheese. I mean what kid doesn’t? I don’t mean the gross orange kind in a box but the kind with tons of real cheese and milk. So I had to come up with another way to get that creamy, cheesy feel without the dairy. This butternut squash creamy mac and cheese is so amazing, the entire family LOVED it which is a huge win. The butternut squash gives it that fun orange color, and the cashew cream gives it a silky creamy feel, with the nutritional yeast adding a bit of cheesiness. Give it a try friends! It’s super easy, and super yummy!
Here are some inspirations for dinner this week. Healthy, vegetarian, yummy options for the whole family to enjoy. I can’t wait to try out some of these! Bon Appetit!
A favorite activity for Piper and I lately is cooking. She is really getting in to it. If there is a lot of chopping or just not a lot for her to do, I simply add the ingredients to cups and have her dump the cups in to the bowl. I explain what each ingredient is and many times she asks to taste it. It’s such a great way to get your kids involved, and loving the food you are giving them. We made these delicious cauliflower tortillas the other day and they were such a hit I thought I would share the recipe here. I served them with herbed yogurt sauce and even made “cheese toasts” the next day with them. Very versatile and super yummy. Recipe adapted from this recipe.
I made these super easy Falafel bites the other day and Piper literally licked her plate and mine! When this happens I find the need to share. These were super quick to make, these ingredients are things you may already have in your kitchen, and your whole family will enjoy them. I tried sticks and meatball shapes, but the sticks prooved easier for dipping in the yummy yogurt sauce. Recipe adapted from this one.
So my Sunday ritual as of late is to cook big batches of things so we can enjoy them for the weeks to come. I keep some in the fridge, and then freeze some for later. One of my go-to recipes are my version of veggie burgers. They are so amazingly good, and you can really just use this recipe as a guideline to create your own burgers. If you are vegan, you can leave out the cheese, and replace the egg with 1 tablespoon flax meal with 3 tablespoons of warm water!
I love putting these on top a kale salad, or enjoying one in a sandwich.