The Planted Kitchen

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. 

 

Homemade Matcha Latte (quick read)

Mar
02

At first I was very hesitant to try matcha because it kind of creeped me out. I really wanted to try it because of all of the goodness it contains, but I didn’t want to get it and not like it. Then one day while grocery shopping I did something very out of the norm for me: I went to the cafe and ordered a matcha latte. The verdict? I’m obsessed. Now I have one (sometimes two) each day, usually in the afternoon. I began making my own about a month ago because, as with other types of latte habits, they can be taxing on your wallet when buying one everyday. Not to mention, when making it at home, you can control exactly what goes in it.

What is matcha you ask? It is a whole leaf green tea that is grown partially in the shade which give it the amazing health benefits, which I discuss in detail below. It is then ground into a powder that can be used in all sorts of recipes from smoothies, to lattes, to cookies!

As I mentioned above, matcha has a lot of goodness. As in antioxidants and other good stuff. Here’s the lowdown:

1. Calm energy

2. Anti-Aging Compounds (matcha skincare is a thing!)

3. It relaxes you

4. Boosts Metabolism

5. Antioxidant Power

Recipe:

1/2 tsp matcha green tea powder (I get mine at Whole Foods, Central Market, or Trader Joes)

3 Tbsp honey or other sweetener of choice (you can add more of less sweetener depending on how sweet you want it)

1 1/2 cups unsweetend almond milk

1 tsp vanilla (optional)

Method:

Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend for about 30 seconds then pour over ice or pour in a mug and microwave for a hot latte. If you have a vitamix and want a hot latte, you can blend for about 3 minutes to heat it up.

Drop me a line below and let me know what you think!