Just because you're pregnant doesn't mean you can't indulge in some yummy comfort food! In fact carbs might be the only thing your body likes or craves in those early months of pregnancy! This Mac 'n Cheeze recipe is one you can enjoy guilt free as it's healthy, vegan and delicious! Make it ahead and have go to meals for days to come!
Vegan Mac ‘n Cheeze (serves 4-6)
10 ounces pasta
1 cup peeled and diced potatoes
¼ cup peeled/diced carrots
⅓ cup chopped onion
¾ cup water (use liquid from pot of boiled veggies)
½ cup raw cashews soaked for at least 3 hours, or overnight
¼ cup almond milk
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Salt to taste
1 teaspoon miso
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon turmeric
¼-½ teaspoon smoked paprika
Bring a pot of water to boil and add in the onions, potatoes, carrots. Boil for 10-15 minutes, or until soft.
Rinse the soaked cashews with cold water. Set aside.
Add all ingredients, including the boiled vegetables, to a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth.
Nutrition Facts (per ½ cup scoop)
fat: 4 grams
protein: 5 grams
During pregnancy, comforting food can be especially comforting. Many women crave comfort foods - dishes that can be overloaded lots of salt and fat. This classic, comforting macaroni and “cheeze” satisfies cravings and nourishes you and your baby. Made with cashews, veggies, and almond milk instead of cream or milk, it is definitely a smart and healthy choice. Instead of feeling heavy or sick, you will know that you have done your body (and your baby’s!) good.
Miso is traditionally made from fermented soybeans, making it a better choice than regular salt. This is because fermented foods provide good bacteria to your gut flora. This strengthens our immune and digestive systems and introduce healthy bacteria to your baby a young age. Fermented foods also contain amino acids, vitamins, and minerals.
Not only is nutritional yeast used to get a great cheesy flavor, it is fortified with Vitamin B12, a nutrient essential for proper brain growth and function. It also helps with the formation of blood. Smoked paprika is another ingredient that helps give this sauce a deep umami flavor. Turmeric acts as a natural food coloring to create a golden color that everyone (especially kids) will love.
Cashews are another superfood in this delish dish! One ounce of these contains:
23% of your daily recommended amount of manganese
31% of your daily recommended amount of copper
20% of your daily recommended amount of magnesium
One ounce of milk only contains:
0% of your daily recommended amount of manganese
1% of your daily recommended amount of copper
7% of your daily recommended amount of magnesium
Making this dish with cashews and almond milk eliminates the need for using dairy milk. Dairy products have been advertised as healthy and essential for decades. Walter Willett, MD, PhD, professor of epidemiology and head of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health reported that, “One of the main arguments for USDA recommendations is that drinking milk or equivalent dairy products will reduce the risk of fractures. But in fact there’s very little evidence that milk consumption is associated with reduced fractures.” The pros of dairy are that it contains calcium, potassium, and Vitamin D. However, these nutrients are abundant in plant sources like leafy greens, fruit, vegetables, and nuts.