Creamy Vegan Mac and Cheese

You won’t believe how creamy, rich and actually cheesy this Vegan Mac and Cheese is! So tasty, even the kids will fall for it! No need to let them know it also happens to be healthy…

You won't believe how creamy, rich and actually cheesy this Vegan Mac and Cheese is! So tasty, even the kids will fall for it! No need to let them know it also happens to be healthy...

I’m not gonna lie to you and try to sell you the idea that this Vegan Mac and Cheese tastes exactly like the real thing. Cuz no, it doesn’t. But I can honestly tell you that it tastes darn good, though! And it’s rich and creamy. And yes, cheesy too! 

In fact, despite not being an exact replica of a classic Mac and Cheese, this vegan version has so much to offer in the flavor and texture department, you might very well end up liking it as much, if not more, than the real thing! 

The sauce is made from butternut squash, white kidney beans and nutritional yeast, which gives it a slightly sweet and nutty, tangy and cheesy flavor. As for its consistency, it’s so crazy smooth and silky that it would totally make any traditional cheese bechamel super envious! To top things off, a little sprinkle of ground hazelnuts mixed with a handful of vegan cheddar shreds provide an agreeable little crunch, with an extra dose of interesting flavors, to boot . 

One thing’s for sure, this baby beats the other one hands down in the nutrition and compassion areas. And this can’t be a bad thing now, can it? 

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Spiced Butternut Squash Pecan Pie

Free of dairy, gluten and refined sugar, this Spiced Butternut Squash Pecan Pie is a nice change from your classic pumpkin pie, and perhaps even better! What’s best is you can easily make it with your own homemade butternut squash puree and ditch the canned pumpkin stuff!

Free of dairy, gluten and refined sugar, this Spiced Butternut Squash Pecan Pie is a nice change from your classic pumpkin pie, and perhaps even better! What's best is you can easily make it with your own homemade butternut squash puree and ditch the canned pumpkin stuff!

If you’re a fan of pumpkin pie, then you will totally fall for butternut squash pie. Honestly, the two are very similar in taste and texture, but one clear advantage that the latter has over the former is that you can make your own butternut squash puree at home, from scratch, using fresh gourds that you ideally purchased from a local farmer, market, or even better yet, grown yourself in your own garden. And this means — among many other environmental benefits — you’ll be leaving an aluminium can on the shelves. I’m all for using less cans!!

Technically, pumpkin pie is made with a traditional pie crust, but I prefer to make mine with a crumb crust. Firstly, because I have no patience for making pie dough; I find that crumb crusts are so much easier to deal with. Not only that, but they also add tons of flavor AND nutritional value to your pie. The only downside to these kinds of crusts is that they tend to be extremely fragile, especially when the filling happens to be crazy moist and super silky. So they don’t support your slices very well, making it hard to extract picture perfect slices from your pie.

But frankly, I find that the benefits totally outweigh this small inconvenience…

Of course, if you preferred to go the traditional route you could very well use my paleo pie dough recipe instead of the crumb crust that I am suggesting in this post. But seriously, while this crust doesn’t entirely make the pie, it complements it so well, I totally recommend that you stick with it and be super delicate when handling and serving your pie. Just use a good pie server and you should be fine!

Personally, I think that the addition of chopped pecans to that crust as well as to the top of the pie, as a garnish, really helps in toning down the level of sweetness and intense spiciness of this traditional dessert. And the shredded coconut simply takes it to another level!

Try it once, then you can decide for yourself which option you like best! 

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Maple Cinnamon Whipped Butternut Squash

This Maple Cinnamon Whipped Butternut Squash is absolutely perfect as a side for Thanksgiving, but it’s so good, it will totally make you want to give thanks year round!

This Maple Cinnamon Whipped Butternut Squash is absolutely perfect as a side for Thanksgiving, but it's so good, it will totally make you want to give thanks year round!

I know I’ve been loving on Butternut Squash A LOT lately and as a result, I have been showering you with all kinds of (if not exclusively) butternut squash recipes for the past few weeks. 

Well, the good news is I’m leaving for Mexico this morning, so I might have a drastic change of heart when I return and [finally] start eating something else. But then again, I’ve been having visions of a butternut squash pie for the last few days, so this might still very well happen upon my return… but then I’ll be moving on after that one, I promise! 

In the meantime, I say you should totally give this Maple Cinnamon Whipped Butternut Squash a try, especially if you happen to still have room to play on your Thanksgiving menu!

It’s a nice change from the more traditional whipped sweet potatoes, but frankly, I find that the squash version tastes even better: it’s silky and crunchy, it’s sweet, salty and buttery, it’s perfectly spiced and totally addictive! 

Best part is, I made this one crazy easy to make, too. ‘Cuz you probably have better things to do than slaving away over a hot stove…


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Costa Rican Butternut Squash Picadillo

This Costa Rican Butternut Squash Picadillo is exploding with all kinds of exotic and bold flavors and filled with nothing but wholesome ingredients! A healthy gustatory experience you won’t soon forget!

This Costa Rican Butternut Squash Picadillo is exploding with all kinds of exotic and bold flavors and filled with nothing but wholesome ingredients! A healthy gustatory experience you won't soon forget!

In case you’re not familiar, Picadillo is a kind of hash that’s commonly served in many Latin American countries. It is generally made with ground beef, tomatoes or tomato sauce and a bunch of other wholesome ingredients that vary depending on the region where it’s being served. 

Like most Latin American dishes, this one is bursting with all kinds of bold and complex flavors, cleverly marrying sweet, salty and tangy aromas with absolute perfection! 

While you may find that olives and raisins make for a strange association, I can guarantee you that they work perfectly well together and will make your taste buds sing the most beautiful exotic songs! 

The best part is, like most hashes, this creamy, comforting and unpretentious dish comes together super easily, and reheats super well, too! 


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Butternut Squash Beefaroni

This Butternut Squash Beefaroni is a simple and fantastic way to covertly bring healthy food to the dinner table. Kids and grown-ups alike will be completely dazzled!

This Butternut Squash Beefaroni is a simple and fantastic way to covertly bring healthy food to the dinner table. Kids and grown-ups alike will be completely dazzled!

Just like Mac ‘N Cheese, Beefaroni tends to be a winner in most households! Kids and adults alike usually can’t resist digging into such bowlfuls of comforting goodness!

This healthier version sacrifices none of the taste, while allowing you to sneak a few extra veggies into your family’s plates, in the form of butternut squash and cauliflower. 

But this, they don’t need to know… cuz this beefaroni, it’s so tasty and comforting, no one will be able to tell the difference. In fact, chances are they’ll like this version even better! 


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Butternut Squash Apple Spice Muffins

Despite them being made with nothing but wholesome ingredients and containing no refined sugar whatsoever, these Butternut Squash Apple Spice Muffins taste so delicious, you’ll never believe how healthy they actually are!

Despite them being made with nothing but wholesome ingredients and containing no refined sugar whatsoever, these Butternut Squash Apple Spice Muffins taste so delicious, you'll never believe how healthy they actually are!

‘Tis the season, right? Pumpkin season, that is… everywhere you look is pumpkin this, pumpkin that! To be honest, I think I’m getting a little bit fed up with pumpkin…

Can butternut squash be the new pumpkin please? Is there a petition we could sign, or some kind of a vote that we could take to make it happen?

Personally, I think that butternut squash possesses just as much aptness but is so much more accessible! It’s easier to find, easier to handle, peel, dice and cook! 

Coalesced with apples, I think that butternut squash is the ultimate autumnal flavor! And I’m pretty sure that you will agree with me when you get to taste those phenomenal muffins! To me, they are perfect in every possible way. Not only are they made with good wholesome ingredients, they are also low in fat and free of refined sugar. Taste-wise, they are agreeably sweet and perfectly spiced, with a well balanced, dense and slightly chewy texture. 

All in all, I think they are the perfect little autumn treat, snack, or on the go breakfast… 


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Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup

So easy to make, so silky smooth and creamy, this Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup is guaranteed to warm your body and soul with every bite!

So easy to make, so silky smooth and creamy, this Curry Coconut Butternut Squash is guaranteed to warm your body and soul with every bite!

This soup, you guys. This smooth and silky Butternut Squash soup, it tastes just like a vacation under the sun in the dead of winter…  

Seriously! It’ll take you right there! In just about 30 minutes flat, that is! Cuz yeah, it’s crazy easy and fairly quick to make, too! 

I say the trickiest part in making this soup probably resides in peeling and dicing the butternut squash. Trust me, though, once you’ve gotten the hang of it, there’s nothing to it! If you need help with that, check out this helpful little video that I put together a few years back; it might come in real handy!


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