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Kale Mac and Cheese

This version of Mac & Cheese Tastes good and is good for you too

"When I was growing up in the middle of America, I loved and lived on mac and cheese. I mean, let’s be honest, it is just SO good! However, most mac and cheese isn’t exactly going to give you what you need nutritionally and it depletes the energy supply. So, for my kids’ sake, I had to find a mac and cheese that tasted as good (if not better) AND filled them with all things good. This recipe takes 20 minutes, but you do need to do a little planning and place the cashews in a bowl of water the night before. Then you’re ready to go when you come home the next evening."- Julie Montagu, The Flexi Foodie.

Recipe excerpted with permission from cookbook Super Foods Super Fast: 100 Energizing Recipes To Make in 20 Minutes Or Less by Julie Montagu. Click here to purchase your own copy.

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups dried macaroni (even better if it’s gluten free and/or wholegrain!)
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 140 Grams (heaping 1 cup) cashews, soaked overnight, then drained
  • 1 1/2 Cup almond or coconut milk
  • 1 Tablespoon arrowroot powder
  • 3 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 Tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground cumin
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • large handful of kale, shredded

Directions

Cook the macaroni according to the packet instructions.

Meanwhile, heat a medium-sized saucepan over a medium heat, add the coconut oil and sauté the onion and garlic for 5 minutes or until soft.

Put the onion and garlic, soaked cashew nuts and the rest of the ingredients, except the kale, into a blender and blitz on high until thoroughly blended.

Pour the cashew ‘cheese’ back into the saucepan with the shredded kale and cook on a low heat, stirring frequently, until warm and the kale is wilted – about 2–3 minutes.

Add the drained, cooked macaroni to the pan, stir well and serve immediately.

Nutritional Facts
Servings6
Calories Per Serving427
Total Fat25g39%
Sugar3gN/A
Saturated15g73%
Protein14g29%
Carbs41g14%
Vitamin A16µg2%
Vitamin B124µg65%
Vitamin B65mg100%
Vitamin C5mg8%
Vitamin E0.4mg2.2%
Vitamin K11µg14%
Calcium36mg4%
Fiber5g18%
Folate (food)24µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)154µg39%
Folic acid197µgN/A
Iron5mg29%
Magnesium128mg32%
Monounsaturated6gN/A
Niacin (B3)31mg100%
Phosphorus268mg38%
Polyunsaturated2gN/A
Potassium402mg11%
Riboflavin (B2)5mg100%
Sodium16mg1%
Thiamin (B1)5mg100%
Zinc4mg25%