Healthiest Dairy-Free Quinoa Mac n Cheese
- Quinoa, soaked and/or sprouted, and cooked
- Acorn squash, diced
- Sweet onion, diced
- Garlic, minced
- Nutritional yeast
- Coconut oil
- Cumin, optional
- Celtic sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
Rub your diced acorn squash, onion, and garlic with enough coconut oil to coat, and a good pinch of salt. For one large skillet of mac n cheese I used about 1/2 acorn squash. Use as much of the onion and garlic as desired, knowing that more will provide more of those flavors.
Roast on about 400ºF until golden brown. Alternatively, you can steam your squash and season with onion and garlic powder if roasting is not an option.
Add your squash, onion, and garlic to a blender (or use an immersion blender). Add your nutritional yeast, beginning with about 1/4 the amount of squash that you're using, and a few sprinkle of cumin if using. How much you use will depending on your taste and what you like, and it's very easy to add more after blending and tasting, especially the nutritional yeast.
Begin blending while streaming in water until it reaches a super creamy and pourable consistency.
Taste. Now is your time to add more nutritional yeast, cumin, and salt if needed. The more nutritional yeast, the more of that "cheesy" flavor and the more cumin will give that smokiness. Salt, obviously to enhance all the flavors. Blend again.
Pour over your cooked quinoa and mix well. You can eat as is or broil for a few minutes to get nice and golden brown on top!
You can do this sauce with other winter squash, like butternut or pumpkin, or even sweet potatoes!
*For those that don't know, my recipes are made as whole and nutrient-dense as possible, but still incredibly satisfying. I share my recipes without measurements and hope they equip you to not feel confined to a recipe, but rather confident in your kitchen to be able to create something unique, nourishing, and delicious all on your own. So take this recipe as inspiration and enjoy! Head on over to my IG @noelle.parton and tag me if you try this out, or contact me if you have questions or comments.
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