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Vegan Cheesy Chili Mac

Nov
15

You guys! This cheesy chili mac reminds me so much of Hamburger Helper! Only without the meat. I’ve had this one on the back burner for a while because I was trying to wait until the holidays were over. But you know what? I couldn’t hold out anymore. Plus everyone needs comfort food sometimes and this is the epitome of comfort food. Plus it’s easy to make and will feed the whole family!

Matt said he had high expectations for this recipe. I knew he did because when we were in college he was a chili mac connoisseur.

I let him taste it before I did. I watched his facial expression as he took a bite with bated breath. When he closed his eyes and just said “mmmmmm” through a mouthful of food I knew I had a winner.

His verdict? “This is the best chili mac ever.” And trust me, when I make something he doesn’t like he lets me know in an ever so gentle way by saying, “let’s not make that again.”

On another note, I cannot believe Thanksgiving is next week. It’s just crazy to me because I feel like yesterday it was the beginning of the year. Does anyone else feel like that? I feel like time just keeps going by faster and faster the older I get. Before I know it, it’ll be Thanksgiving next year!

Speaking of Thanksgiving, I’m hosting it at my house for the first time this year and I’m a little nervous. I’ve started to put together my menu and I’m going to schedule everything out so that it’ll be ready in a timely manner. I’ve just never done anything of this scale before. Does anyone else has any tips for this Thanksgiving rookie??

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Vegan Cheesy Chili Mac

Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Whitney

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil (or veggie broth if avoiding oil)
  • 1/2 Chopped White Onion
  • 4 cloves Minced Garlic
  • 16 oz Gluten Free Macaroni Noodles
  • 1 can Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes Don't Drain
  • 1 can Chili Beans Don't Drain
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 batch Cashew Queso
  • Salt to Taste
  • Pepper to Taste

Instructions

  1. Cook macaroni according to package in a large pot.

  2. While the macaroni is cooking, saute onions and garlic in olive oil (or veggie broth) in a large pan until onions become slightly translucent.


  3. Once the garlic and onions are cooked, add chili beans, diced tomatoes, and spices and simmer until most of the liquid is gone (I do like to leave a little liquid), stirring occasionally so it doesn't burn.

  4. While the bean and tomato mixture is cooking, make cashew queso.

  5. When everything is done cooking, strain macaroni and place back into the large pot. Add bean and tomato mixture and half of the cashew queso, mix and serve hot. 

 

How to Make Homemade Nut Milks

Apr
26

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted, but I’ve been crazy busy between going out of town and my husband’s grandfather passing away. Anyways, In this post I’m going to show you how to make homemade nut milks. I have replaced cow’s milk with nut milks in everything: baking, smoothies, coffee, and anything else that would require cow’s milk. I’ve tried a few different nut milks. My favorite by far though is definitely cashew milk because it’s a little thicker and, therefore, a lot more creamy. My second favorite is almond milk. I’ve tried coconut milk too, but I’m not really a fan. Plus I have no idea how to make it homemade.

Lately at the grocery store I’ve seen all kinds of different dairy-free milks from soy milk to oat milk to hemp milk. I’ve had soy milk but the only other dairy-free milks I’ve tried have been nut milks because they are delicious and have a variety of variations. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, right?

Making homemade nut milks is a lot easier than it sounds, and no it does not involve “milking” them. You don’t need a lot of fancy equipment; just a large bowl, some cashews (or almonds, hazelnuts, etc), some filtered water, and good blender, and for some nut milks, a nut milk bag.They don’t have to be boring or bland either. You can add maple syrup to sweeten it or cocoa powder to make it chocolatey. Most of the time I leave mine plain and unsweetened so that I can use it for multiple things.

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Homemade Nut Milks
Course Drinks
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 5-10 Minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Course Drinks
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 5-10 Minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Soak cashews in water (this is not the 4 cups of filtered water, this is extra just for soaking) 4-8 hours or overnight.
  2. Strain and rinse cashews and place in a blender.
  3. Add the 4 cups of filtered water and vanilla extract (if using) to the blender.
  4. Blend for 5-10 minutes, or until there are no more chunks.
  5. Strain through a nut milk bag.
  6. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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