Mac and Cheese Gluten Free and Vegan

Vegan Macaroni and Cheese adapted from :http://thevietvegan.com/
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp almond flour + 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp chipotle pepper
  • ½ tsp H. sea salt (to taste, you may need to up it to 1 tsp)
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 cup unsweetened or vanilla almond milk (or other milk alternative)
  • 2.5 cups macaroni elbows (gluten free)
  • Sun dried tomatoes
  • sauteed spinach
Instructions
  1. Melt oil in a small pot over medium heat. Add chopped onion and cook until translucent. Add in flour, garlic powder, and chipotle pepper and stir until butter is absorbed into the flour. Add ⅓ cup of milk and stir until incorporated. Add the remaining milk and stirring occasionally until completely incorporated and thickened.
  2. Meanwhile, cook macaroni elbows in a pot of water at a rolling boil until cooked to preference (al dente or otherwise). Strain and rinse under lukewarm water to get rid of the starch.
  3. Stir in the nutritional yeast and salt to the sauce, tasting and adjusting as necessary. For more thick and cheesy flavour, add an extra tbsp or two of nutritional yeast. Pour over cooked macaroni elbows, add in the spinach and sun-dried tomatoes.  Black pepper to taste.

VEGETARIAN EGGPLANT SHAKSHUKA

Adapted from: http://www.typicaldomesticbabe.com/2014/08/vegetarian-eggplant-shakshuka.html

I choose to double this recipe so I would have plenty of leftovers to freeze!

3 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
1/2 yellow onion cut into 1″strips
1 red or green bell pepper, cut into 2″ strips
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 small eggplant (or about 2 1/2 cups), cut into 2 inch strips
1 small jalapeno, diced
1 32oz can of whole peeled tomatoes ( try to purchase in glass or a BPA free can)
2 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
salt & fresh ground black pepper
3-4 eggs
Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped for garnish (about 2 tbsp) optional
Crusty bread or pita if desired, gluten free

Directions

In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add onion & garlic and saute until it begins to soften & becomes fragrant.  Next, add in eggplant, bell pepper & jalapeno and saute until soft (about 7-10 minutes).

Carefully add the canned tomatoes, and the tomato paste to the pan.  Stir to combine. Once the sauce has thickened, reduce heat to medium low & crack the eggs one at a time directly over your tomato mixture.  Make sure to space your eggs out evenly in the pan.  Cover with a lid, and allow your eggs to cook “over easy” style in the sauce. I fried our eggs separately and then placed them in the sauce as with pregnancy I have to have fully cooked eggs. It is your choice on how you would like them cooked.

Remove from heat, and serve with a side of bread or pita, gluten free of course.

Homemade laundry detergent

I have been using a homemade laundry detergent for about a year to year and a half.  I was using a dry powder and recently decided I didn’t want to “cheese grade” the bar soap anymore.  So this is my first attempt at a liquid non toxic laundry detergent that I am hoping will be baby skin friendly!

I split this recipe below in half and I choose to not use borax. I choose to use baking soda.  Check out the site on environmental friendliness of borax. http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/2507-20MuleTeamBoraxNaturalLaundryBoosterMultiPurposeHouseholdCleaner

 I also chose to use the baby dr bronners castile soap as I will soon be washing our little bundles items.
You may also use some essential oils for scent if you would like!
Author: Sara – My Merry Messy Life http://mymerrymessylife.com/2012/03/diy-homemade-laundry-detergent-cheap-and-green-free-printable-2.html
Recipe type: Laundry Detergent
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup Castile Soap
  • ½ cup Super Washing Soda
  • ½ cup 20 Mule Team Borax OR substitute with Baking Soda
Instructions
  1. Take your two gallon bucket and pour lukewarm to cold water in the bottom of it, about an inch high of water
  2. Add the dry powders (baking soda, super washing soda, borax (if using borax)
  3. Add more water if necessary to cover the powders then take your hand mixer or immersion blender and blend the powders for a few minutes, or until it is fully blended and there are no clumps.
  4. Fill your two-gallon bucket up almost all the way with tap water (the temperature doesn’t matter).
  5. Add the castile soap (this helps it not to bubble up), and stir with a long-handled spoon.
  6. Using the funnel, pour into your containers.

I have seen a lot of discussion on the use of vinegar in the rinse cycle vs fabric softener.  Here is some info from a helpful site I found but again please do your own research on these and some say the vinegar will do some damage to the hoses.

Also check this site out! http://www.thebeardediris.com/2012/10/09/white-vinegar-laundry-secret/

http://cleaning.lovetoknow.com/Vinegar_for_Laundry- for the blip below.

Vinegar for laundry has been tried and true for decades. In fact, this one simple product can replace many other laundry products, at a fraction of the cost.

Vinegar for Laundry

Vinegar has many used in the laundry room. It is effective to use as a fabric softener, static reducer, stain pre-treater, fabric brightener and even to clean the washing machine. For all of these applications, you can use distilled white vinegar for laundry. It’s a good idea to purchase your vinegar by the gallon jug. When you see how well it works for so many things, you will find daily uses for it.

Fabric Softener and Static Reducer

To soften fabrics, add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar to the final rise cycle of your washing machine. There is no need to use additional fabric softener or to use dryer sheets, which are not good for your dryer anyhow. You’ll also find that static is reduced when you add vinegar to the rise cycle.

If you are washing blanket and comforters, add two cups of vinegar to the last rise. You blankets will be softer and more snuggly.

You will also have softer, fluffier sweaters when you use vinegar this way. Even sweaters that are hand-washed will benefit from a final rinse with white vinegar.

Lint and Soap Residue

That same half cup of vinegar in your rise cycle to minimize lint. You’ll find less lint on your clothes and even pet hair will find your clothes less appealing.

Using vinegar for laundry will also remove that ugly soap residue that accumulates on your dark clothing. Just add a cup of vinegar to the rinse water and the soap will be totally dissolved and rinsed away.

Brightens Laundry

Add a half cup of vinegar to your wash and you’ll have whiter whites and brighter colors. Vinegar is a great laundry booster that will help your laundry work more effectively.