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Dear Diary,

I love everything about fall including the comfort foods the holiday season brings. It’s always fun to create a healthy dish that tastes like comfort food though! Here’s a Mac & Cheese makeover! Remember Lauren’s post on working with winter squashes? I decided to make a raw, vegan, vegetable “mac & cheese” using this kabocha squash!

Ingredients:

(Approximate to taste)

- 4 oz of chopped kabocha squash (peeled)

- 1 or 2 zucchini (Julienned)

- 1/4 cup low fat cottage cheese (For vegan readers: Use soft tofu)

- 1/8 cup unsweetened almond milk

- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast

- 1/4 tsp minced garlic

- 1 handful of raw cashews (garnish)

- salt & pepper to taste

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 I used Lauren’s trick of steaming my squash in the microwave so it was easier to cut through.

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Cut the squash into cubes and puree it with all the ingredients except the cashews and zucchini. Mix it until it has this saucy consistency.

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 I then used a Julienne peeler to cut my zucchini into spaghetti like strips. Green noodles!

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I then steamed my “pasta” (saran wrap over microwave safe dish and nuked it for about 45 sec.) so that the “cheesy” sauce would get all melty! Something about a warm meal just feels more like comfort food :)

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Finally, sprinkle some raw cashew nuts on top as a garnish. Mmm mmm…good!

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