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Grain Free Mac and Cheese (AIP, GF, DF, Vegan)

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Grain Free Mac and Cheese (AIP, GF, DF, Vegan)

If you are baked pasta lover, but trying to avoid grains or simply want to include more vegetables into your diet, this Grain Free Mac and Cheese recipe is perfect for you!! Instead of using traditional gluten free pasta, this recipe features Kelp Noodles!

Never heard of kelp? It’s a type of seaweed, whose jelly-like extract is combined with water and salt to create semi-transparent noodles that can stick together without the addition of any grain flour nor starch.

Kelp noodles can be found sold in many health food stores or online (I linked the brand I used in the recipe card below). They have a crunchy texture and can be eaten raw, but in my opinion, they taste much better (and more like actual pasta) if you cook them and add some delicious toppings on them, just like I did to prepare this grain free Mac and Cheese dish.

Grain Free Mac and Cheese (AIP, Gluten & Dairy Free)

Another thing I like about kelp noodles is that they are suitable for every diet you might be on as they are: gluten free, grain free, paleo and compliant to the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP).

The “cheese” sauce I created to season this grain free Mac and Cheese is also suitable for everyone, since it’s dairy free, vegan and full of nutrients! Can you believe I snuck a whole bag of cauliflower rice in there?!

I think that the way this Vegan, Gluten Free Almond Cake turned out together with its presentation is absolutely fantastic. I prepared it on a Sunday for a family lunch and they were in heaven!

They had no idea that it was allergy free and had no refined sugar until I told them. Even still, they didn’t believe me. I hope that this recipe brings your family the same joy as it brought mine.

Grain Free Mac and Cheese (AIP, Gluten & Dairy Free)

How To Make Kelp Noodles Taste Like Real Pasta:

If you are not a fan of the typical, crunchy texture of kelp noodles, here’s a quick fix.

  1. Soak the noodles in a bowl with warm water, 1 tbsp of lemon juice and ½ a tsp of salt for about 30 minutes before preparing them.
  2. Once soaked, boil the noodles like described in the recipe card below. These two tips will do a wonderful job in softening the noodles to perfection and making them taste just like regular pasta for this grain free Mac and Cheese.
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Grain Free Mac and Cheese (AIP, GF, DF, Vegan)

This grain free Mac and Cheese recipe is super easy to make and it features a delicious vegan cheese sauce that's free from dairy and rich in nutrients!
Servings: 2
Author: Ambra Torelli
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins

Ingredients

  • 12 oz Kelp Noodles (1 bag)

For the “Cheese” Sauce:

For the Toppings:

  • ¼ tsp Dried Basil
  • ¼ tsp Nutritional Yeast flakes

Instructions

  • if you are not a fan of the typical crunchy texture of kelp noodles, make sure to read the NOTE at the end of this recipe card. I share a tip that will make them teste like regular pasta. If you don't mind them being a little crunchy, start from the next step.
  • Thoroughly rinse your kelp noodles under running water, place them in a small pot, cover them with water and cook them over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Turn off the burner and let them sit in boiling water for 10 more minutes before straining.
  • In the meantime, prepare the sauce by heating up the olive oil in a medium size saucepan together with the chopped shallot and the whole sprig of rosemary to season the oil.
  • When it starts to sizzle, add in the cauliflower rice, turmeric and salt and coconut milk and mix well. Let it cook on medium heat with a lid on for about 8 minutes and add the chicken stock little by little when needed, mixing well.
  • Transfer the cauliflower mixture in a high speed blender, add in the nutritional yeast and process until you have a smooth and creamy sauce.
  • Season your kelp noodles with the cauliflower “Mac ‘n Cheese” sauce (if you have too much of it, set some aside for later), transfer them in a casserole dish and sprinkle some dried basil and nutritional yeast flakes on top.
  • You can either enjoy the dish right away let it gratin in the oven for about 5 minutes for a more indulgent taste.

Notes

TIP: Not digging the crunchy texture of kelp noodles? I feel you… Neither do I! And I have a quick and easy fix for that! Boiling the noodles like described in the procedure above will remove 80% of the crunchiness, making them taste just like regular pasta. But if you looking to enhance the texture even more, soak the noodles in a bowl with warm water, 1 tbsp of lemon juice and ½ a tsp of salt for about 30 minutes before you prepare them. This trick will do a wonderful job in softening the noodles to perfection!!

Nutrition

Serving: 2g | Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 457mg | Potassium: 733mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin C: 83mg | Calcium: 269mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: AIP, dairy free, gluten free, grain free, mac and cheese, pasta sauce
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Lots of love from Italy and I will catch you at the next recipe!

Ambra

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Ambra Torelli
Born and raised in Italy, Ambra visited over 20 countries and now she divides her time in between Italy and the US, where her husband is from and where she moved in 2011 work as university professor of Italian Literature. She writes about food, travel and things that inspire her! more about ambra

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