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 Side Salad

When creating a Paleo side salad, I don’t always use lettuce greens. I feel a salad is a mixture of different vegetables. Every person is different, but I love to have vegetables with my lunch and diner. Occasionally, a few vegetables may make it into my breakfast too! I served this Paleo side salad creation with my chicken nuggets. Both were a great hit last night with family!

Side note: My husband did all the prep and mixed it together. This is VERY simple!!

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Paleo Side Salad
Ingredients:
2 Tomatoes
1 Cucumber
1 Avocado
1/2 Lemon
1 tsp Dill
Salt/Pepper
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Directions:
1. Slice cucumbers into small squares. My husband cut our cucumber in half-length wise and then cut it into 1/3’s and then diced it.
2. Clean avocado and then dice into small pieces.
3. Dice up the two tomatoes.
4. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice of 1/2 the lemon into the bowl. Try to catch the seeds.
5. Sprinkle in the dill.
6. Stir all ingredients together.
7. Add the salt and pepper to taste.

*This is great with different herbs too. Only place one herb in it. We have made it with cilantro, basil, parsley or dill.