recipe: best baked mac n cheese

I first used this recipe when I was in need of a meat-free meal that would be big and delicious enough to feed my family. There are so many recipes out there claiming to be “the best” and while I haven’t tried them all, I feel as if this is one of the great ones! It has been slightly modified from Emma’s recipe on her website A Beautiful Mess. Feel free to try it out for yourselves!

ABM’s Best Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients:

2 cups macaroni noodles, cooked
5 tbsp butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 cup vegetable stock
2 cups cheese (any kind), shredded
Salt
Pepper
1 cup breadcrumbs
1/3 cup green onion, chopped

Steps:

1. Prepare large pot with water and salt for boiling the noodles. Cook, strain, and set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Using the same pot, add the butter and garlic and cook over medium heat for a couple of minutes. Add the flour and continue to cook for another few minutes. Then add the stock and milk. Whisk. Next incorporate 1 1/2 cups of the cheese until it melts. Finally, add the noodles back in, turn off the heat, add salt and pepper to taste, and mix well.

3. Pour the macaroni and cheese into an oblong baking dish. Top with the remaining cheese, breadcrumbs, and green onion. Cover with foil and place in the oven for 20 minutes. Then remove foil and continue to bake for another 10 minutes. Remove and enjoy!

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recipe: gluten and dairy-free lasagna

Not only is this lasagna gluten-free and vegetarian, but I also made mine with dairy-free cheese! Talk about healthy! But you can certainly substitute some cheddar or mozzarella cheese for the dairy-free kind, as well as add a bit of hamburger meat (provided you have cooked it beforehand). This is something that I love to make in the summer months when we have a ton of fresh garden vegetables and only about 20 minutes to cook up a feast! It’s amazing!

Gluten-Free Vegetable Skillet Lasagna

Ingredients:

2 tbsp oil, any kind
1 large zucchini, sliced
1 cup spinach
1 cup mushrooms, diced
1/2 small yellow onion, diced
1 can diced tomatoes
2 cups grated cheese, any kind
Salt, to taste

Pepper, to taste

Steps:

1. Heat oil over medium in a skillet. Lay down a layer of zucchini. Spread the spinach on top, as well as the mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, and 1 cup of cheese. Then add the remaining zucchini and cheese. Add desired amount of salt and pepper.

2. Cover and continue to cook over medium heat for approximately 20 minutes, or until vegetables are cooked through. Then remove, slice, and serve!

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recipe: vegan blueberry lemon loaf

Each time I make a new loaf, I swear that it’s the best one yet. This, you guys, IS the best one yet! It didn’t rise as high as regular loaves (I think due to it being vegan), but it was so incredibly sweet and satisfying. No one would ever guess that it was a healthy treat!

I’ll be making this loaf again and again, with no complaints from anyone. Try it out this Christmas season!

Vegan Blueberry Lemon Loaf

Ingredients:

(For the loaf)
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
⅔ cup almond milk, unsweetened
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp lemon zest, grated
¼ cup canola oil
2 tbsp applesauce
⅔ cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup blueberries
dairy-free butter, to grease

(For the vanilla frosting)
1 ¼ cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp dairy-free butter
2 tbsp almond milk, unsweetened
¾ tsp vanilla extract

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a loaf pan with butter. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together.

3. In a large bowl, combine almond milk, lemon juice, lemon zest, and oil. Stir in applesauce, brown sugar, and vanilla extract.

4. Fold dry ingredients into large bowl. Mix until just combined. Gently stir in blueberries.

5. Pour mixture into prepared loaf pan. Put in oven for approximately 1 hour. Remove and let cool for 1 hour.

6. Put all four ingredients for frosting into a bowl. Mix with electric mixture on low, gradually increasing the speed until it thickens.

7. Spread onto loaf. Gently slice, and it’s ready to be eaten!

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recipe: holiday fried rice

Hi everyone! It’s been a minute since my last post.

I will be sharing a few recipes this month in preparation for Christmas as I ease back into blogging. This one in particular is a great option for those of you who are cooking for a large group of family and friends. It’s hearty, savory, and oh so delicious. Here it is!

Holiday Fried Rice

Ingredients:

2 cups long grain white rice
2 chicken breasts
1 tsp ginger root, diced
½ white onion, diced
4 mushrooms, diced
¼ cup green onion, diced
1 can of water chestnuts
½ cup frozen peas
½ cup frozen corn
1 can baby corn on the cob
3 eggs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
Vegetable oil

Steps:

1. Make rice ahead of time according to directions. Put in fridge for a few hours before moving onto next steps.

2. Once rice is chilled, heat oil in a large skillet. Cut the chicken breasts into small pieces and fry until nearly cooked through. Add ginger, white onion, mushrooms, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook all the way through then remove from skillet.

3. In a medium pot bring corn, peas, water chestnuts, and can of baby corn to a boil. Continue over medium-high heat until vegetables have softened. Drain and set aside.

4. Using the same skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add eggs and cook for approximately 5 minutes. Begin adding rice in small portions. Add the green onion. Finally, add the remaining cooked ingredients, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm and with the option of soy sauce. Enjoy!

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creamy vegetarian mac ‘n’ cheese

Ingredients: 

2 cups tomatoes, diced
1 cup leeks, sliced
salt and pepper, to taste
5 tbsp butter or margarine
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
1 ½ cups Havarti Cheese
1 ½ cups Gouda Cheese
1 ½ tbsp mustard
6 cups Paccheri Pasta

Steps:

1. Melt 2 tbsp of butter or margarine over medium heat on a large skillet. Cut up the tomatoes and leeks, and place them in the pan. Add salt and pepper, and continue to cook until softened and browned, or for approximately 20 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Meanwhile, grate the cheese and set aside.

3. Combine the remaining butter or margarine and flour in a medium-sized pot over medium heat until it becomes frothy. Next, add milk. Keep stirring over medium-high heat until mixture boils. Remove from heat. Add the cheese, mustard, and pasta. Mix well.

4. Put the pasta mixture into a 9” x 13” baking dish. Spread the tomatoes and leeks evenly over the pasta. Top with salt and pepper to taste. Place in the oven for approximately 40 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked through. You may need to stir halfway through!

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