Paleo Macaroni and Cheese

As a child, I loved Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.  This was my mother’s favorite go-to item for babysitters and I certainly never complained about it!  However, since going Paleo I have missed cheese noodles.  This got my head thinking about creating a safe Paleo macaroni and cheese.  One that would not upset my tummy and fuel my body.  One of my new favorite activities is to soak cashews.  They create a creamy texture, I just wish cashews were cheaper!  When soaking cashews make sure you pick up a bag of raw cashews.

Paleo Macaroni and Cheese

Paleo Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients:
1/8 tsp dry mustard
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 TBL nutritional yeast
1/2 lemon juice
3/4 cup soaked raw cashews (soaked for 4 hours)
1/3 cup water from soaked cashews
1 spaghetti squash
 
Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2.  Cook whole spaghetti squash in the microwave for 10 minutes.  Make sure you poke holes into the squash, otherwise you may have an explosion.  Then allow squash to sit for 5 minutes and continue cooking.
3.  While squash is cooking, throw all the other ingredients in a blender.  Blend until all items are smooth.
4.  Once squash in ready, cut in half.  Take out the seeds and middle.  Then shred spaghetti (I use a fork) into a 2 1/2 quart glass container. 
5.  Pour the cheese sauce from the blender over the spaghetti noodles.  Gently mix the ingredients together.  Do not create a mush.
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6.  Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
 
Update:
If you want to take this recipe one step further…take four slices of bacon and cook until nice and crisp.  Remove bacon from the pan and add in 1 thinly sliced leek in the bacon grease.  Allow the onions to cook.  Then remove from heat.  Crunch up the bacon into small pieces and place in the Macaroni and Cheese bowl, with the leeks.  Make sure the bacon and leeks are stirred into the mixture before baking.
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*This is great served with Applegate hotdogs.  I just found a new nitrate-free chicken brat company at the health food store and served it with my Mac and Cheese today.

 

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Paleo Tacos

For our hump day today, we are having tacos!  I’m craving some great Mexican food and tacos sound AMAZING!  First, tacos are an easy go-to meal in our house.  I’m lucky my husband enjoys them.  We eat our tacos inside lettuce peals and fill them with taco meat, shredded sheep cheese, fresh salsa and guacamole.  I use a spice grater to shred the cheese, you don’t need much!  I have to laugh when I started this process and was trying to find ‘safe’ taco seasoning.  You would not believe the amount of taco seasonings which have gluten, corn or dairy in them.  This goes back to my favorite question, “What do they put in our food when eating processed items?”  The longer I am ‘all natural’ the more effects processed food has on my body.  I choose to be a clean eater because my body and mind do better at home, the gym and work without junk/fillers.

 

The recipe is for a single taco batch; however, I do make this in bulk and then scoop out 2-3TBL of it for Paleo tacos.  I use 2 TBL when adding it into soups.  It is a great tasting seasoning!!

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Taco Seasoning:

Ingredients
1 TBL chili powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp oregano
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
2/3 cup water
1 lb ground beef
 
Directions:
1.  Brown ground beef.
2.  Mix all the spices together.
3.  Add spices to 2/3 cup water and whisk together.
4.  Pour on top of ground beef and continue to have it simmer, allowing the spices to absorb into the meat (about 5-10 minutes).
5.  Place taco meat on lettuce shells and add your favorite toppings!!
 

**This made a total of 6 tacos and we also had a good portion of meat to make taco salads for lunch tomorrow.  We pile the meat on our tacos, but I think you could get about 10-12 tacos from 1lb of beef.