Yesterday I needed lunch…like now. I was starved. When this happens, I’m not usually craving a salad…too much chopping, picking green veggies from the garden, and then I usually like to make a homemade dressing…and frankly, when I’m about to faint from starvation I crave something a little more hearty than a salad.
This is why we should make healthy, light meals for ourselves when we’re not hungry and have a small snack in the afternoon. People like me tend to be much more sane about food choices when we’re not about to claw someone’s eyes out (I swear that’s just a figure of speech!).
Anyway, for those moments when you’re vulnerable to chow down on the first food you see, I have a solution! Super Fast Vegan Mac & Cheese. It’s a nice and hearty comfort food, but it’s healthy and it’s not too high in calories.
Super Fast Vegan Mac & Cheese
- 1/2 cup uncooked whole wheat noodles
- ½ red bell pepper
- ½ tsp. sea salt (opt)
- 1 tsp. Braggs soy sauce
- 1/8 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1/8 cup nutritional yeast
Boil up your whole wheat noodles. While your noodles are cooking, blend the rest of the ingredients in your high-speed blender. You can gently warm the sauce on the stove, if you want (I liked it as is). Once your noodles are cooked, rinse, and put in a bowl. Pour the “cheese sauce” onto your noodles. There. You may now devour.
Feel free to add additional veggies to this dish! I was in a hungry hurry so I just added a few fresh peas from the garden, but I think this would be great with some other sautéed veggies added in! Pair with a protein for a complete meal. Serves 1.
Nutritional Info (for sauce): Cals: 100, Fat: 4g, Sodium: 944mg, Carbs: 9.5g, Fiber: 6g, Protein: 10g
And…if you have a couple minutes of extra time you can grab this Raw Vegan Cheddar Dip…it’s amazing! I love it on noodles or dipped with veggies! Best dip evvvaaa!
Today: As you know I’ve been upping my protein in my diet, so here’s a glance at what I’ve been having today. No workout today because I have a bad cold (sniff, sniff), but if I muster up the energy I might have a short walk later and/or play some volleyball with friends tonight.
Breakfast: 1 Protein Pancake w/ plain organic yogurt & maple syrup, 1 nectarine
Lunch: A green salad w/ homemade dressing & 2 homemade tuna burgers (SOOO amazing! I will post the recipe soon!)
Snack: Iced Coffee w/almond milk & 2 stalks celery w/organic PB & raisins
Dinner: Not quite sure…but probably a green salad/a protein/veggies
Snack: Probably yogurt or cottage cheese (I like to have a light protein snack before bed)
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What is your fastest “to-go” lunch? Do you plan your meals?
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