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Did everyone else have a crazy busy, nonstop Wednesday like I did????

Things started off nice and slow with this hot bowl of cocoa oats.

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They weren’t as chocolatey as last week, because I’m out of chocolate almond milk.  If you add too much cocoa powder, your oats will taste realllllly bland!!  I added 1.5T and had to add a little drizzle of maple syrup on top.

in the mix:

  • 3T oat bran
  • 3T rolled oats
  • 2T ground flax meal
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1.5T cocoa powder
  • 1/2 bannaa
  • 1/2c water
  • 3/4c unsweetened almond milk

topped with: vanilla bean cinnamon banana bread + walnuts + coconut + vanilla maple almond butter

I am obsessed with the banana bread AND the almond butter. 

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8:45am – 3:30pm insert –> ashley doing a million things

3:45pm:  Prep dinner.  I don’t prep dinner hours ahead of time typically, but when it’s an all-in-one casserole type dish, it’s so nice to get it ready ahead of time!

I’ve been eyeing up Angela’s vegan mac n’ cheeze, since she posted it a few weeks ago.  It looked SO creamy and delicious and used no soy! 

I wanted to put my own little spin on things, so adjustments were made.  Although I’m sure Angela’s was 100% cheezey + deeelicious!!

First change was subbing out potato for cauliflower. 

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Breadcrumbs, per Angela’s instruction.

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Notice the dollop of mustard??  I am not a fan of mustard, but felt that I should try it out in this recipe.  It was actually noticeable, but didn’t bother me at all!

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The uncooked sauce tasted SO DELICIOUS.  I knew this was going to be winner!

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I forget what type of noodle these are, but I used a mix of 100% durum semolina + whole wheat noodles.  I’m a huge fan of using noodles that trap sauce inside of them.  Shells would work extremely well in this too!

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I held off on putting the breadcrumbs on top, because the casserole dish was going to sit in the fridge for a few hours before baking.  No one likes soggy breadcrumbs.

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Sprinkled with paprika, covered, and in the fridge it went.  It took about 30min flat to prep + clean dishes.  Not bad!

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The only thing I had on my mind the rest of the day was DINNER.  I walked the doggles and then when Chris went home we left for the gym.  We both got a 1 free month membership to a gym called Miramount.  I’m not sure if they’re in other cities, but I had never heard of them before.  There are 4 in Ft. Collins.  The one we went to tonight is MASSIVE.  There is an extremely large climbing section, with bouldering too.  Very nice to have an all-in-one gym.  One location even has a pool.  Yay!  They have a million different classes to take too.  Hoping to hit up spin classes + vinyasa yoga.  The monthly cost for 2 people is pretty reasonable for all that they offer.  It’s cheaper than the climbing only gym we used to belong to!  I’m loving it so far. :)

We didn’t get home until 9:15pm!!!  I had a snack before we left to hold me over.  As SOON as we got home, I preheated the oven, and threw this sucker in!

Before I knew it, it was 10pm and chow time. 

Yes, this is vegan.  So there is no real cheese, but there is also no fake cheese.  It’s a crazy mixture of cashews, almond milk, nutritional yeast, and a few other things.  The consistency is like a thick alfredo sauce, just as Angela says.  So imagine baking a bunch of doughy noodles in alfredo sauce and then topping them with breadcrumbs. 

Oh yes.  It was fabulous.  More fabulous than any alfredo sauce I’ve ever eaten. 

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I will call this “healthy comfort.”  I’m not going to try and convince you how delicious this was.  Trust me and give it a go!

Husband approved.

Light box photos were not so flattering with this dish.

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I’m hoping to make this for the family, when I go home next week.  That will be the real test! 

Herbed Vegan Mac n’ Cheeze [adapted from Oh She Glows] serves 4-6

  • 1.5c raw, unsalted cashews
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup of cauliflower
  • 2T nutritional yeast
  • 1.5t dried oregano
  • 1/2t dried parsley
  • 1.5 stems fresh rosemary
  • 1T earth balance [or butter]
  • 1/4c fresh lemon juice
  • 1t mustard
  • 1 1/3c unsweetened almond milk
  • 2t salt
  • 3 med. garlic cloves
  • fresh ground pepper
  • ~12-16oz pasta [depending on how saucy you like it]
  • paprika [optional to sprinkle on top]
  • 1 slice of bread
  1. Steam or boil chopped carrot, onion and cauliflower until just tender.  About 7-12min, depending on method.
  2. Pulse 1 piece of bread in food processor [or blender] until crumbs have formed.  Set aside.
  3. While veggies are cooking, combine nutritional yeast, cashews, oregano, parsley, rosemary, lemon juice, mustard, almond milk, earth balance, salt, garlic, and pepper in your food processor bowl.
  4. Process until smooth. [Should also work in a blender]
  5. Drain veggies and add to processor.  Process again until smooth.  About 1-2 minutes.
  6. Par-boil pasta for about 6 minutes. 
  7. Preheat oven to 350*.
  8. Drain water + rinse with cold water to stop the cooking.
  9. In a large bowl mix sauce + pasta.  It seems like a LOT of sauce, but it thickens a lot during baking.  If you want a lot of sauce, use 12oz of pasta.  If you want it less saucy use 16oz.
  10. In a 1.5-2qt casserole dish, pour in the mixture.  Top with paprika [optional] and bake covered for 30min.
  11. Uncover + top with breadcrumbs.  Broil on low for ~3min until nice and crispy.

There are no signs of all the veggies hiding in this sauce!! Loooove it.  So extremely flavorful.  Super filling and full of protein, fiber + health fats!  The rosemary + oregano were delicious additions.  I think next time I’m going to blend red peppers into the “cheeze” sauce and add different seasonings.  There are so many variations you could make with this recipe!

Dip your side of steamed veggies in this.  I dare you!!

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Gooooooodnight.  Up early for a swim and then getting ready for Jake to come this weekend.  Another action packed weekend of playing mom!!  So excited. :)


Reader Comments (77)

Thank goodness you're a late night poster or I'd have nothing to read to keep me awake at work till 2!! I made this recipe last week but next time I will definitely double the sauce. Baking it dried it out a bit, but it doesn't look like you had that problem!

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

You always have the most beautiful bowl of oats!

That Mac-n-Cheese looks super creamy!

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEstela @ Weekly Bite

I have to say, the sound of Vegan Mac and Cheese does not sound appealing at first, but after seeing Angela's and now yours, I think I'm a believer!

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

That mac and cheese is beautiful!

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

That mac n' cheese looks delicious! I'm adding this to my list of things to make! :-P

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErika @ FoodFitnessFun

That mac n' cheese looks delicious! I'm adding this to my list of things to make!

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErika @ FoodFitnessFun

now i'm convinced, i'll definitely be trying a spin on this!

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at KeepItSweet

I was just thinking about this dish (angela's version) and thought I might make it for a friend I'm visiting, or make a dish of it for Christmas! I think you've convinced me.

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergrocery goddess jen

I would NEVER be able to not eat dinner until 10 PM - Dinner is on the table at 6. The Husband knows to be home or not eat! :) That sure does look delicious though!!

um, wow. that sounds awesome. I love the picture of the cauliflower and other veggies and that pasta shape is awesome. I like kinds that trap the sauce too. And I'm not a mustard fan...but I'll trust you and leave it in when I try this. :)

Was your unsweetened almond milk plain or vanilla?

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTeri [a foodie stays fit]

I have really been wanting to make this since I saw it on OSG. I'm glad it got another good review!

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany @ Conor & Bella

ok. i think i might just do it. i might just buy nutritional yeast (gag, i hate that name!!!) and make this!

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (Heather's Dish)

Wow. This looks delish. I have been looking at Ange's recipe since she posted it... now I know I need to do it!


That cauliflower is so WHITE! I love cauliflower so I must try this.

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStacy @ Every Little Thing

I love prepping casseroles and things early. It's nice to have a bit more chill time in the evening and not have to think about it the rest of the day.

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTina @ Faith Fitness Fun

This is one of the first things on my list of things to make when I get home. Angela had me convinced, you just made me anticipate it even more! Oh the things to do when I don't have school...

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBronwyn Coyne

I've been eying that recipe too! Mac and cheese is so tempting this time of year. Since you said it took you only 30 minutes to prep/clean for this, I think I NEED to try it soon!

that looks amazing!

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrachel

I believe those are Chiocciole shape and are the Bionaturae pasta (my favorite!!). I have some in my cupboard right now! I've been eyeing this mac and cheese too, my mom makes the absolute best real mac and cheese ever. It has 4 different kinds of cheeses and it is beyond delicious.

I have been experimenting with sooooo many nutritional yeast recipes, and this one looks freakin' amazing!

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristin@purplebirdblog

I can't imagine how all that ends up tasting like mac n cheese, but your photos look so good I'll have to trust you.

Wow Ashley! This looks absolutely amazing! I forgot all about wanting to try this when I first saw Angela's post. Love how you used cauliflower! And glad to know I'm not the only one who was eating dinner super late last night!

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I have been eying Angela's Mac and Cheese too :) Yours looks just as amazing!

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

This would be a great use of nutritional yeast! I have a lot that I don't really know what to do with.

This vegan mac and cheese intrigues me so much [Like how it's cheesey without cheese!!!] I might just have to buy nutritional yeast and experiment. Great photos, as always :-)

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

Looks so good! I've been meaning to try the vegan mac 'n cheese, and your photos are so delicious, I may need to try it sooner rather than later. Also, super jealous of your fancy-schmancy gym! Ours has four treadmills. One upright bike. Five ellipticals. Two rowers. Some free weights. And . . . and . . . and maybe some weight machines and a couple other machines I'm forgetting. But that's it :) And all the classes are during the day when I work. UGH!

Mac and cheese is SO on my list for this weeks dinners. Funny how us bloggers always have the same wacky, but yummy, cravings :) Saw Kath math mac n cheese, too, last week!

I made your maple- cinnamon almond butter, by the way! It was beyond phenomenal :)

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNamaste Gurl

this looks amazing!

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJess@atasteofconfidence

Ooooh, please let us know what your family thinks... you're right: that IS the true test!

Ooooh, please let us know what your family thinks... you're right: that IS the true test! I always think something's amazing, then let friends who eat mostly fast food and lean cuisines try it and they're not fans :( maybe one day...

As I read your post I'm eating leftovers from angela's Mac n cheese. It is so good! My husband and his parents all loved it too.

Wow, this looks fabulous! I have to try this on my non-vegan mac n' cheese addict hubby! Thanks!

If I make that mac n' cheese, will come come fly it into Lulu's hanger? :)

Did you see Caitlin's post this morning?! GAH! Oh, I have to email you anyway, so I'll fill you in...

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMama Pea

This looks fabulous. Definitely going to try it. Do you think unsweetened vanilla almond milk would work, or does it have to be plain? I know that sometimes the vanilla flavor can mess things up (but it's what I've got in the house).

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

Dinner at 10pm? I'm usually ready to eat my arm off at like 4:30 and have to convince myself to wait an hour :)

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternatalie (the sweets life)

I dont have any other choice but to make this now :-)

mmmm! that looks yummy! i'd love to make it for my hubs without telling him it didn't actually have cheese, and see if he noticed. question -- does flax make your oats kind of eggy or jello-y in consistency? kinda weirds me out.

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCharliegirl

oooh I bet red peppers in the cheeze sauce would be soo good!

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda (Two Boos Who Eat)

I know!! I can't wait for round 2!

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Well, I wouldn't tell him it's mac n' cheese. Definitely doesn't taste like cheese. Just tell him it's a casserole with sauce like alfredo :) Because if he's expecting cheese, he will be confused. hehe I don't get a jelly texture from adding flax. How much do you add. I usually add 2-3T with a rounded 1/3c of oats/oat bran. I use a lot of liquid and the 1/2 banana too. Do you whisk while it's cooking? It definitely thickens it up...maybe just add more liquid.

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That is not typical!! We usually eat around 7:30 :) Your day probably starts earlier than mine too...I eat breakfast around 8:30. hehe

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hmmm...I'm not sure how that would turn out. I doubt it would be bad...but not sure!

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Of course!! I will be her private jet any day!

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Don't worry..I will!! They're pretty good about trying new things though and this dish was really really tasty.

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

SO glad it turned out. That is my #1 :)

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

You would luuuurrve it!!

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Well, it's not stringy-cheesy, but it definitely has a cheesy flavor. Very similar to alfredo!

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I sprinkle about 1T on top of all my salads too!

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Whoa. You're good. That is crazy!! They make deeelicious pasta :)

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I steamed the rest of the cauliflower on the side and dipped it in the sauce leftover in my bowl, hehe. :)

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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