Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Vegan Mac & Cheese (Daiya Sauce), Coconut Almond Date Balls, Garden Of Life Hull

I'm still catching up on posts from the last week or two and today I am going to blog about some of my foods and finds!  Starting off with this super easy recipe for a Vegan Cheese Sauce using Daiya Shreds to make Mac & Cheese.

1 C Daiya Shreds
1 C Almond Milk
2 T Nutritional Yeast
1 T Earth Balance
Pinch of Garlic Salt and/or powder
I have to say...this was super tasty, a great comfort food, and one of my better attempts at a Vegan Mac & Cheese.

I really don't know what possessed me to make these Coconut Date Balls but they turned out pretty good - especially for my first attempt!

1 C Almonds
3 Soaked Dates
1 tea Coconut Oil
1 tea Cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
zest of a lemon (or two)

All in a high speed blender!  THEN...I rolled them in shredded coconut!  I used Approx 2 to 3 cups.  It was a little messy but it was worth it!

This past Monday I received my box of goodies from Garden of Life!  I'm so excited about these products and will be blogging about them often because of the amount in which I received!  I guess you really don't know how big the containers are until they are smack-dab in front of you!

This box couldn't have come at a better time because I'll be going into work EARLIER than usual for the next week or so and I'll be putting their Energy-Blends to the test for sure!  Yeah...like 4am...FUN! 

The very first one I tried was the Perfect Food Raw - Apple Flavor.  It's a Brand new flavor of theirs!  I have to say the aroma was very nice!  The flavor was peppy right from the start!  An energizing yet welcomed smack in the face.  As I continued to sip I found myself liking the flavor more and more.  For this first taste-test I decided to do it straight-up...1 scoop in 8 ounces of water.  I will be adding this to recipes for quick breakfasts in the near future, too!  This morning I did the same thing with the Raw Protein Marley Coffee Blend...1 scoop in about 8 ounces of water.  I enjoyed this flavor even more than the apple which I was a little surprised at because I'm not much of a coffee drinker.  I prefer tea...as many of you know.  This Marley/Garden of Life Partnered Combo is exclusively available at Whole Foods Stores.  I'm looking forward to my attempts with both of these products as well as the other products I received.  But I have to say they are pretty tasty and satisfying as-is and straight-up with water, too!  Just a preliminary mini review of sorts with MUCH MORE to come on these products, soon!

16 comments:

  1. I could go for those Coconut Date Balls right about now... :)

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    1. They were nutty and sweet! Nice snack!

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  2. Vegan Mac & Cheese? That looks good!

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    1. Thanks! I tend to over think recipes sometimes...this one was simple and turned out great!

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  3. I used nutritional yeast a LOT to make Mac & Cheese back in my vegan days :) I still love it! I swear it's just like that packet of cheese powder in Kraft, haha

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  4. The date balls look nice. It looks like you're well stocked for a while. :)

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    1. They are pretty rich! I was surprised! I could only really eat one at a time :)

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  5. <3 Mac n Cheese! MMMMMMM! I miss Daiya, I can't wait to come home and eat them!

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    1. I'll eat some for you! LOL :)
      Hope you are able to consume some soon!

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  6. Everything looks great, especially date balls. And so awesome that you're trying GoL products, I get regular protein powder shipments for smoothies and the plain flavor works well for savory recipes.

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    1. Thanks! I hope to try some of your recipes soon - especially some of the ice creams with them. I would like to incorporate them into sauces as well!

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  7. Oh your mac n' cheese sounds awesome! One of my favourite foods. And the coconut date balls sound really good too. YUM.
    I love Garden of Life stuff - they rock!

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    1. I've been tinkering with various Vegan Mac & Cheese recipes and dishes and this was certainly one of the best thus far! I hope to do more 'balls' soon as well as some dehydrating cookies, crackers, kale chips, etc...maybe even with the GoL Products!

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  8. Thank you for stopping by. Everything looks delicious 😋 Wish I could get Garden of life easily down here.

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    1. Thank YOU for stopping by! I'm going to put you on my blog list and visit often!!!

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