I’ve lost track of the exact start date, but I’m just a year shy of my first year living that gluten free life. I stopped eating gluten as a way to help my eczema, because gluten can contribute to leaky gut (among other things), which can cause autoimmune issues like eczema. And almost a year in, my eczema is much much better and the rest of me feels a lot better too.
Transitioning to being gluten free wasn’t as hard for me as it can be for some, I mostly was eating and still eat primarily plants and animal protein. Cooking most of our food also made being 100% gluten free a lot easier. It was more going out and navigating the workplace that’s been more interesting.
In addition to being gluten free, I’ve been holding off on most dairy for a few months, which can make eating out and eating with others realllllly interesting. You never realize how much gluten and dairy is out there until you stop eating it! While I know that not eating foods with gluten and dairy are better for my health, there are times I miss certain dishes.
One of them is a classic comfort dish, mac and cheese. We made mac and cheese pretty on the regular growing up, and even as I ate healthier, there was just something so good about a bowl of mac and cheese. So I decided to make not only a gluten free, but dairy free Stovetop Mac and Cheese to replace what I grew up on.
In addition to making it gluten and dairy free, this Stovetop Mac and Cheese is also packed with veggies, from the kale to the butternut squash that’s in the “cheese” sauce. The “cheese sauce” is made from butternut squash, cashews and nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast is a go-to if you want the taste of cheese without the cheese. It’s also super rich in B vitamins and protein.
You can easily add more veggies to this Stovetop Mac and Cheese, or sub out kale for spinach, collards, or your other favorite vegetable. You can also add protein to this recipe too, like pastured bacon, grass fed hot dogs or pastured sausage. Even tuna is you want (that was also a thing in my house when I was a kid).
I used Cybele’s Superfood Veggie Pasta in my recipe, you can use your favorite gluten free pasta as well. I’m newer to the gluten free pasta world. I’ve heard a fair amount of horror stories about soggy, dense, or gummy gluten free pastas, so I haven’t been super eager to experiment with them. I tried Cybele‘s pasta at ShiftCon earlier this month and really liked it. Not only was the texture and taste great, the Superfood Veggie Pasta is made of green lentils and vegetables and that’s IT. No gums, not flours, no weird stuff, just real food that’s super allergen friendly.
However you customize this Stovetop Mac and Cheese, enjoy the fact that yes, you, the person who’s not eating gluten or dairy, can have a satisfying bowl of mac and cheese.