Mac and Cheese
I used low carb macaroni for this. Sometimes I like to use the low carb stuff because it has such a high protein content and a serving size fills me up. I have a tendency to want to overeat pasta, even whole wheat pasta. This low carb pasta had soy flour and wheat gluten flour in it and had 16 grams of protein per cooked cup of pasta. The "Cheese" sauce was based on a mixture of recipes I've read, I just threw it all together in my vitamix. I used 2 cups of plain, homemade soymilk, a handful of cashews, a whole roasted red pepper, lemon juice, garlic powder, onion powder, a spoonful of miso, sea salt, and about 2 tbsp of nutritional yeast. I blended it for around 3 minutes and poured it over the hot pasta along with a couple of tbsp of the Light Smart Balance.. (That is vegan, right?? The store was out of Earth Balance.) It was delicious. Hit the spot.
I also made Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream.. no pic though, because we lost power last night for around 8 hours and we had to eat it all so it wouldn't melt in the freezer lol.. It was absolutely delicious..... but very fattening due to the cashews I used. I didn't follow a recipe, but remembered hearing people talk about cashew ice cream. I used 4 cups of homemade soymilk. This had stevia and vanilla flavoring in it. I added around a little less than 2 cups of cashews.. (told ya it was fattening!), 2 capfuls of mint extract, stevia and 1/8 tsp of xantham gum and blended it in the vitamix for at least 3 minutes. I chilled that for 3 hours and put it in the ice cream maker and added dark chocolate chunks during the last 5 minutes. (as far as I can tell, Baker's brand of dark chocolate chunks are vegan..well, they have sugar in them, but I'm trying to do the best I can!).. everyone was very impressed... and my husband said he didn't even want to try it. He said that almost sugar free, vegan, cashew ice cream was something he didn't need to even think about, let alone try.. but he did and he liked it. My next ice cream experiment will be Cherry Garcia. I want to find a way to make it rich and creamy without that amount of cashews though. I'm thinking silken tofu, xantham gum and maybe 1/2 of cashews. My ice cream maker makes 1.5 quarts. The stevia works very well, so I don't have to worry about replacing the sugar.
We had a pretty big storm last night. A huge tree in our neighborhood came down on a home and crushed it along with two cars. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but I feel so bad for the people who had so much damage to their home.
My oldest son is home! I'm so glad he's here. Now my younger son is gone until Tuesday, camping with a bunch of friends. I am very uneasy about this, but you have to let go, ya know? He's 13... he'll be having Air Soft Wars in the woods (Can you believe I allow my children to have Air Soft Guns? oy.. I used to say they'd never have ANY sort of toy gun.. and now they have these.. again.. it's about letting go and not making a huge deal out of something.)... the thing that scares me the most though, is that he'll be riding on dirt bikes and 4 wheelers... I trust the people he's with to make sure they stay safe, but it's hard to trust others with your children, especially doing things like this.
**In case you don't know what Air Soft Guns are, they are similar to BB guns, but with small, plastic pellets that won't do damage like BB's will. I am searching for biodegradable pellets... do any of you know where I can buy them? It's all the rage with boys right now.. I've been shot with one and they smart a little, but don't damage like a BB does. Eye protection is required.