There aren’t many cheesy recipes that I miss since going Paleo, but every once in awhile I crave the delicious gooey warmth that comes with a bowl of Macaroni and Cheese. There is nothing like it!
And now thanks to the brilliant Stacy from Paleo Gone Sassy I will be able to satisfy that craving when it strikes again.
Stacy’s Twice Baked Macaroni recipe is easy to assemble, packs loads of flavors and a hefty serving of vegetables. The kids are sure to love this creation – enjoy!
Hey there Paleo Parent blogger friends, my name is Stacy and I blog over at Paleo Gone Sassy. I started my Paleo lifestyle journey over two years ago. When I began my journey, I stumbled upon Paleo Parents blog. I was immediately connected because the blogger and I shared the same first name! I am ecstatic to be sharing a recipe here. I want to thank Stacy and Matt for featuring one of my recipes!
When I started my Paleo lifestyle journey, I thought I would never have macaroni and cheese again. Needless to say, my mother did tell me, “Never say never.” For those who thought they too could never have Macaroni and Cheese again, welcome to my happy world of Paleo food! I have made this dish for many group parties and people are amazed when they learn the dish is free of gluten and dairy. This recipe does take some time and planning, but the end result will have you drooling and licking the spoon until the last bite!
My Twice Baked Macaroni and Cheese dish is easy to make! For the noodles, spaghetti squash is baked in the oven and scraped to thin spaghetti shreds. The cheese sauce is created through soaked cashews and nutritional yeast. Soaking cashews can happen two different ways. When on a time crunch and need it done quickly, cashews can soak in boiling water for 10 minutes. I prefer soaking the cashews for a minimum of four hours in room temperature water. Soaking the cashews breaks down the nut and allows it to become creamy when pureed in a blender. The nutritional yeast is not your standard baking yeast. Nutritional yeast is large yellow flakes packed full of vitamin B nutrients. When you combine all the ingredients in a dish and bake them together, those consuming it will not believe it is an all-natural healthy dish!
- 1/8 tsp dry mustard powder
- 1/8 turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 2 TBL nutritional yeast
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 cup soaked raw cashews (see notes above)
- 1/3 cup water from soaked cashews
- 1 large spaghetti squash
- 1 lb bacon
- 1 sweet onion diced
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Slice spaghetti squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Then place squash face down on a cookie sheet and poke a few holes in the skin with a fork. Bake the spaghetti squash until tender, not mush. It should cook for about 30-45 minutes.
- While squash is cooking, place bacon in a skillet and fry over medium heat, allowing each piece to become crispy. Once crispy, remove from the bacon from the heat and crumble into small pieces.
- In the skillet with bacon grease, add the diced onions and allow them to slowly cook and caramelize over medium heat. You will want to stir the onions often to prevent them from burning. Once the onion is caramelized, remove from heat.
- Place cashews, turmeric, nutritional yeast, mustard, lemon juice, soaked cashew water, salt and pepper in a blender and blend until all items are smooth and creamy.
- Once squash is cooked, remove from oven and scrape the squash with a fork to get long spaghetti strands.
- Adjust oven to 350 degrees.
- Place the spaghetti strands in a 2 qt oven safe dish.
- Pour the cheese sauce from the blender over the spaghetti noodles. Transfer the cooked bacon and caramelized onions in the dish. Gently mix all ingredients together. Do not create a mush.
- Cover the dish and bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes until warm.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://paleoparents.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/profile.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Stacy resides in Southwest Michigan with her husband and their two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, whom she rescued from a puppy mill. She has gone from a fast food junkie to being passionate about cooking and fueling her body with all-natural nutrients. She enjoys creating new recipes for her blog Paleo Gone Sassy. Stacy has lost over 65 lbs with adopting a Paleo lifestyle and exercise. One word she uses to describe her progress is dedication. It takes dedication to stay on track and be motivated! In the event you see Stacy on the street and are hungry, she always carries healthy food on her to avoid temptations and is willing to share! Connect with Stacy: Blog | Facebook | Instagram[/author_info] [/author]