Veggie Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Posted by: Saschan Fearon
It’s Blue Monday and we’ve got the perfect recipe for veggie Mac ‘n’ cheese, the ultimate comfort food to help you beat those mid January blues and keep your reproductive journey on track!
What you’ll need
- 50g baguette, cut into small chunks
- 2 tbsp butter, plus 1 tbsp melted
- 350g gluten free spinach pasta
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
- 1 tsp English mustard powder
- 3 tbsp plain flour
- 500ml unsweetened hemp milk
- 250g vegan mature cheddar grated
- 50g Parmesan (or vegan alternative), grated
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 onion
- an assortment of your favourite veg!(we recommend, brocolli, sweetcorn and courgette)
How to cook
- Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Spread the chunks of bread over a baking sheet along with the crushed garlic cloves, drizzle with the melted butter and season. Bake for 6 mins until crisp, then set aside.
- Boil the pasta for 2 mins less than stated on the pack. Meanwhile, melt the remaining butter in a saucepan. Add the garlic and mustard, cook for 1 min, then stir in the flour. Cook for 1 min more, then gradually whisk in the hemp milk until you have a lump-free sauce. Simmer for 5 mins, whisking constantly until thickened. Take off the heat, then stir in all the cheddar and half the Parmesan.
- Stir the pasta and some seasoning into the cheesy sauce, then tip into a large ovenproof dish, or 4 individual dishes. Scatter over the bread and remaining Parmesan, then bake for 20 mins until crisp and golden. Can be frozen before baking – defrost thoroughly before cooking.
Hemp milk is one of the healthiest nut milks around and can be used in smoothies, cereal, or to replace milk in recipes. Hemp milk is also a great dairy free alternative for women with PCOS as it is high in protein and not as congesting as traditional dairy products.
Garlic has been shown to help improve the health of cervical mucus, a key factor in helping to achieve successful conception or just to improve your vaginal health. Garlic helps to increase the amount and consistency of the cervical mucus, making it easier to become pregnant. Plus it keeps the vampires at bay!
Got any fertility friendly recipes that help you manage your condition? Let us know!
Image Credit: BBC Good Food