Creamy Carmelized Onion Pasta

The more I try dairy free recipes, the more amazed I am at how you can get super creamy food from veggies and nuts! In this case, eggplant is the base of a super creamy pasta sauce. I got the idea for this recipe <a>href=”http://minimalistbaker.com/vegan-caramelized-onion-mac-n-cheese/”>here</a&gt;, but naturally, I made my own changes!  I am not a fan of eggplant, at all, so if you’re like me, please try this! It tastes nothing like eggplant and just makes for a super creamy, HEALTHY sauce!

1 onion, thinly sliced
2T olive oil
1 box of pasta (I used a 12oz box of veggie elbow macaroni)
1 eggplant, peeled and cubed
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
2T Olive oil
4T nutritional yeast
1T garlic powder
1T cornstarch
1 cup unsweetened plain almond milk
3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup panko
Cooking spray

Sautée onions in olive oil until carmelized, stirring frequently (I like to really cool them, at least 30 minutes)

Toss cubed eggplant, garlic cloves, and cherry tomatoes in olive oil and place on a sheet pan, roast at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until golden, stirring half way through. While the veggies are roasting, boil water to cook the pasta.

In a blender, place garlic powder, nutritional yeast, cornstarch, almond milk, and chicken broth. Once the veggies are cooked and have cooled slightly, add them to the blender and purée until smooth. Season to taste.

Combine the cooked pasta, carmelized onions, and eggplant purée. Stir well and pour into a baking dish. Top with panko and spray with cooking spray. Place in the oven until bubbly, about 10 minutes, then broil until the panko is golden.

Serve and enjoy!! (I apologize for the lack of pictures, I was too eager to eat, and I’m having trouble uploading the one picture I did take!)

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Chocolate Bananas Foster Oatmeal

So it would seem I’m on a bit of an oatmeal kick this week! I’m loving experimenting with different flavors, plus I’ve had a small toothache so oatmeal has been an easy food to eat!

Like breakfast foods, I wasn’t a huge fan of chocolate before I got pregnant, now I can’t get enough! (I thought those pregnancy cravings would go away after I had the baby…nope!!) So any chance I had to add some chocolate to anything I go for it (note: this is just as delicious without the cocoa powder)

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Combine the following in a microwave safe bowl:
•1/2 cup old fashioned oats
•1 cup unsweetened almond milk
•1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
•1/2 banana, sliced
•1 Tbsp packed brown sugar
•1/2 tsp vanilla

Microwave for 2 minutes, stir well, then microwave another minute or two. I like my oatmeal a little thicker so I microwaved it for 4 minutes total. Make sure you watch it closely so it doesn’t bubble over! The oatmeal will thicken as it cools, the picture below is right after, 2 minutes later, and 5 minutes after that.
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You could make this with water or regular milk, but I like the creaminess the almond milk gives!

ENJOY!

Apple Pie Oatmeal

Before I got pregnant I wasn’t much of a breakfast person. It was just a meal I knew I needed to have before I could go about my day. Now I love breakfast for any meal of the day: breakfast burritos, omelettes, scrambles, French toast, waffles, pancakes, anything! Unfortunately, eating breakfast out is a little tough when I can’t eat dairy, so I’ve been making great breakfasts at home! May I present to you….Apple Pie Oatmeal. Classic American dessert meets classic American breakfast!

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In a microwave safe bowl, combine the following:
IMG_2338.JPG•1/2 cup old fashioned oats
•1 cup unsweetened almond milk
•1 Tbsp dried cranberries
•1/4 of an apple, chopped
•1 Tbsp packed brown sugar (or any other sweetener)
•1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon (not pictured)

Stir it all together and microwave for 2 minutes. Stir well and microwave 1 more minute. Make sure you keep a close eye on it, oatmeal loves to bubble over the sides if the bowl! This could also be made on the stove, but being a new mom I am all about time saving dishes!
Be careful when you take the bowl out of the microwave, as the bowl and oatmeal will be very hot! Allow to cool slightly (and it will thicken as it cools) before enjoying! I like to add a drizzle of honey over the top for a little added sweetness!
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Enjoy!