Jamaican plant based macaroni & cheese

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Kate BradleyKate Bradley of Kenko Kitchen has created a healthy whole food version of this classic comfort food.

You will need:
400g gluten free pasta (quinoa, buckwheat, or brown rice)
big pinch salt

1 large brown onion
1 tbs coconut oil
1/2 head cauliflower
1/2 cup water
1 tsp salt
1 cup cashews
1/2 cup coconut milk
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1/4 lemon (juiced)
1-2 tsp wholegrain mustard (or dijon mustard)
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp Aleppo pepper
1/4 tsp white pepper

*optional topping: gluten free bread crumbs, grated cheese (vegan for non-dairy version)

What to do:
Cook gluten free pasta with the pinch of salt in water as per packet instructions. Strain once al dente and set aside.

In a saucepan add in your onion and coconut oil and cook over a medium flame until onions become translucent. Add in your cauliflower, salt and water and cook until cauliflower softens.

Once cauliflower is softened, pour the onion, cauliflower and liquid into a blender or food processor. Add in all remaining ingredients and place on a high speed for 2 minutes or until sauce is completely smooth.

Pour the sauce over the pasta and place into a casserole dish. Top with gluten free bread crumbs and a sprinkle of grated cheese and pop into the oven for 10 minutes or until the top is toasted. Serve and enjoy.

Want to learn how to cook other healthy whole food recipes from Kate? She’s now running cooking classes at the South Melbourne market – check out her website for details at www.kenkokitchen.com

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Zara is a healthy home consultant, author and keynote speaker on a mission to empower 1 million people to takes steps towards a healthier home. Zara learned about the link between our homes and our health after going through two different types of cancer. Zara is passionate about shining the spotlight on what she believes to be the least understood health challenges of our time, and sharing the things she wishes she had known, that could have prevented the illnesses she has been through. Recognised as one of Australia’s leading health influencers, Zara was a finalist in the 2014 Bupa Health Influencer of the Year Awards. She has appeared on TEN News, Today Show and The Project, been featured in the Herald Sun, I Quit Sugar, and contributed Medibank’s Be. Magazine and Fairfax health online publications. Zara contributed to the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s first comprehensive report on breast cancer in young women in Australia.

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