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Baked Mac & Cauliflower Cheese

Real homemade mac & cheese is a weakness of mine but I never make it myself. I think it’s hard to think about all that cheese and creaminess without starting to feel myself bloating. I’ve realized that pureed cauliflower is incredibly creamy so the idea came to use that as the base for a cheese sauce. So I made baked mac & cheese healthy style including vegetables. I used quinoa pasta to add protein in the dish. The kids off course loved it but they love everything creamy and with cheese.
½ pound elbow macaroni, cooked
2/3 cup frozen sweet peas
1 small cauliflower head, cut diced
1 tbsp. olive oil mixed with 1 tbsp. white spelt flour or all-purpose flour
1 cup almond milk
¼ cup nutritional yeast
Salt & pepper to taste
½ cup grated cheese (I used mozzarella style rice cheese)
½ cup bread panko bread crumbs
2 tsp. melted butter
Preheat oven to F350
Mix oil and flour until it’s a paste in a small saucepan and whisk in the milk.  Bring to a boil while whisking. Cook for a few minutes until sauce thicken slightly. Add nutritional yeast, salt, pepper and cauliflower. Puree in a food processor or blender. Toss pasta and peas with sauce and pour into a baking dish. Toss breadcrumbs with melted butter and sprinkle on top of pasta. Bake covered for 20-30 minutes, until dish is hot all the way through. 

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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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