Rainy Day = Raw Mac ‘n Cheese

When the instructor of my yoga class this morning said ‘Try not to think about what you’re doing later, like what you’re having for lunch after this’ of course that’s immediately where my mind went.  Since I’ve gone raw, I’ve been more excited than usual, and than I probably should be, for meal time because that means I get to try out a new recipe!
IMG_0606On my walk home in the rain, I decided that today was a great day to make the Mac and Cheese recipe I saw in Eat Raw, Eat Well.  I gathered up all of my ingredients and the food processor, and got ‘cooking’!  First, I threw a handful of almonds in the processor by themselves to make the Almond Parmesan cheese – giving it a texture similar to the breadcrumbs mom might put on a homemade version.  I did this so that I wouldn’t have to wash out the bowl after I’d processed all of my wet ingredients for the sauce.  Because my little guy is not the best at chopping, my almonds were not blasted to grated parmesan consistency, but a little crunch never hurt anybody!  IMG_0608For the cheese sauce, the recipe called for soaked cashews, olive oil, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, water, garlic clove, salt, and tumeric.  When I make these kinds of sauce, I just put in a little bit of everything, blend, and then see what I’ve got.  Because I’m making for only me, 1 cup of cashews might be overdoing it.  After a first blend, the sauce looked a tad bit watery, so I decided to add in some more nutritional yeast and some ground flax meal.  I thought that maybe chia seeds would soak up some of the water and some bulk to the sauce, but decided to try that some other time.  In the end, my sauce looked a little grainier than expected, but like I said – my processor does its best for $11.

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The recipe called for zucchini and sweet potato noodles, but my Zyliss julienne peeler did not have a fun time of shredding the potato, so I decided to save it to see if I could do something else with it – smoothie? Maybe weird.  We will see.  Once I had all my noodles made, about 2 small zucchini later, I had this lovely, mac and cheesy lunch in less than half an hour!  It actually looked so good that I started eating it before I remembered to take a picture! So really, the recipe made a little bit more than what you see here.  Just mix in the sauce, sprinkle on some parmesan, and you’ve got yourself a yummy comfort meal to make a rainy day less miserable.  Some chocolate wouldn’t hurt today either…. Brownies, anyone?IMG_0611