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Heavenly Mac ‘n Cheese

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This mac n’ cheese is so creamy, you won’t even know it’s dairy free! Full of real cheese taste, creamy flavor, and meaty chunks of ham, this is the ultimate comfort food- without any of the nasty allergenic factors.

You Will Need:

  • 2 cups uncooked macaroni (I used tri-color veggie macaroni for additional nutrients)
  • 1 cup diced ham
  • 1/2 cup Daiya parmasan style shreds
  • 1/2 cup Daiya cheddar style shreds
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Procedure:

  1. Boil your noodles until al dente, about 8 minutes. A wooden spoon laid atop your pot will keep it from over boiling. 
  2. Drain noodles and stir in Daiya immediately. Keep stirring until it’s melted- it takes a bit!
  3. Next, stir in diced ham, salt and pepper, and coconut milk.
  4. Simmer for 2-3 minutes until sauce is thickened, or longer if necessary.
  5. Optional: If desired, add veggies in before simmering. Corn and broccoli go nicely.

TIP: If you’re looking to sneak extra veggies into your kids, go for baby food! Pureed peas, green beans, and sweet potatoes are all delicious additions. And with the cheesy goodness of Daiya, they won’t even taste the difference!

Crowd-Pleasing Tomato Pasta

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This tomato pasta is one that the whole family will enjoy. Rich with tomato flavor and mildly sweet, it is sure to appeal to even the pickiest palettes. Serve hot alongside your favorite protein for a heartwarming meal. For additional flavor, stir in dairy-free soy-free cheeses such as Daiya Mozzarella Shreds. Enjoy!

You Will Need:

  • 2c whole grain medium shell pasta, uncooked
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste (about 1tsp each)
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp corn starch

Procedure:

  1. Boil pasta until al-dente, about 8 minutes. Drain and stir in tomato sauce and diced tomatoes.
  2. Heat to simmering, then reduce heat to low. Add sugar and stir until completely distributed.
  3. Add remaining seasonings and cornstarch.
  4. Allow pasta to simmer for approximately 5 minutes, until sauce is considerably thickened.
  5. Serve hot and enjoy.

Kid-Friendly “Goulash”

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Goulash is one of those great dishes that you can get into just about any child, with modifications. It’s a cheap, budget friendly dish that I remember scarfing down as a kid. I worshiped it in all its cheesy glory then, and I remember it fondly now. Unfortunately, being unable to consume cheese, I figured goulash was just another meal I would probably never eat again. Until I came up with this dairy free version!

Please feel free to use whatever noodles you and your family prefer. Goulash is traditionally made with elbow macaroni, but my daughter feels that the ‘funny shape’ of the noodles makes the pasta taste weird. Ha! We make ours with Rigatoni instead. For a healthier version, use ground turkey.

You Will Need:

  • 2 Cups Noodles- Gluten free noodles can be used if you desire.
  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 pound mild bulk sausage or ground country sausage
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 jar favorite spaghetti sauce*
  • 1/2 cup dairy free cheese, such as Daiya

Procedure:

  1. Crumble ground beef or turkey and sausage in skillet, cooking over medium high heat. Cook until completely browned.
  2. Add onion and then cook for 2-3 minutes longer until the meat begins to ‘crisp’ slightly. Remove from heat.
  3. Boil noodles in salted water until cooked through, about 7-10 minutes depending on the type of noodle used.
  4. Add the meat to the noodles and add pasta sauce. Stir to mix well. Add cheese.
  5. Heat over medium heat until the pasta is bubbly and the cheese is melted. Season to taste.

*NOTE- This is a great kid friendly recipe. If you don’t have a jarred pasta sauce you particularly enjoy, or you are allergic to an ingredient in pasta sauce, feel free to make your own. Sometimes I omit the pasta sauce and add tomato paste, water, and diced veggies in its place. This is a great way to get more vegetables into your little one. Additions like carrots, winter squash, zucchini, and diced tomatoes mesh well with this recipe.

Enjoy! If cooked to al-dente, this recipe also freezes well!

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