A glowing meal

Hi friends! How’s your morning going?

We’re on our second day of gloomy doomy rain over here- I kind of love it.


Since I didn’t want the weather to get in the way of Bella’s walking schedule, I took her to walk indoors to PetSmart. She starts squeaking like a little bird as soon as we pull into the parking lot. New treats and a snowman toy:


I especially love the rain because sometimes the Pilot’s flights are canceled due to weather, so he gets to come home earlier. Whenever it randomly starts raining and he has a canceled flight, he blames me for doing it. Last night, despite the weather and my wishes, he still got home pretty late and we enjoyed a 10pm dinner together.

The star of the show:


a baby butternut.

I’d been wanting to try Angela’s Butternut Squash Mac N’ Cheeze for quite a while, and decided that last night would be the night.

It was also my first time trying this quinoa pasta, which has slightly higher protein content than the brown rice pasta (6g instead of 4)

quinoa pasta 

Roasted 1/2 the bnut:


Made the sauce:


(first time making a vegan cheeze sauce sans cashews and I couldn’t believe how fantastic it came out. I added a little more garlic and salt, plus some chili powder and paprika)

Added the sauce to the cooked pasta, along with some wilted greens (kale, chard, spinach)

mac n cheeze

(don’t you just want to dive in?)

and served it up.


The recipe makes 4 servings, and the Pilot and I each couldn’t finish ours. (I had about 1.5 servings and he had around 2.5, covered in shredded cheese) It was extremely delicious –I loved the flavor from the squash!- and filling. I think it’s from all of the fiber (squash, pasta, veg) and protein- nutritional yeast isn’t messing around 😉

mac n cheese

It was the Pilot’s first Oh She Glows meal and was a fan. His big thing with vegan food is that he doesn’t want it to pretend to be something else, he wants to know exactly what’s it in so he isn’t expecting the “real” thing and then end up disappointed. For example, I always tell him we’re having crispy tempeh instead of tempeh bacon… otherwise he’ll look at me and say “this is NOT bacon.” So when I told him we were having pasta with a butternut squash and nutritional yeast sauce, he was cool with it, instead of telling him we were having mac n’ cheese and him expecting the gooey mac n’ cheese that I’ll usually make for him.

Have you tried any new recipes lately?

I’m off to the gym and then running some errands before work. Hopefully my day involves some peppermint bark, too…..

See ya later! <3



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  1. Anna @ The Guiltless Life on December 13, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    That’s one of my favourite Oh She Glows recipes, and when I linked to it in my Blog Love feature Ange said it was the top-rated post on her site that month (I think this was October).

    It is really filling! I agree. And I just bought that brand of quinoa pasta the other day – haven’t had a chance to try it yet.

  2. Catherine on December 13, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I am so excited to try this – it looks fabulous. I’m with the Pilot on vegan food pretending to be what it’s not. A vegan bacon cheeseburger? Come on. But it’s an amazing bonus when those meals do turn out to be amazing, and this looks so promising.

  3. Kristen on December 13, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I’m with the Pilot – bacon is a pork product! Cheese is a dairy product! Butternut squash is delicious in its own right, but for the love of all that’s good and holy nothing can be done to it to make it cheese.

    I think vegan “versions” of common foods are an acquired taste just like anything else. If your palate is expecting bacon and it gets crispy tempeh, no amount of seasoning and no kitchen magic are going to satisfy it. I’m actually a little insulted if someone feeds me a sneaky veggie burger under the assumption that I wouldn’t notice the difference, and the secondary assumption that I would like it less if I knew it was black beans, etc.

  4. mary on December 13, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I hate cutting up squash, it’s so hard! Is that skin I see on your squash cubes? Because that would make things a little easier! I must be seeing things. Costco sells cubed b’nut but I always wonder how long it’s been sitting there.

    I tried brown rice pasta once and it was a glop. I had to throw it out. I didn’t know it needs undercooked. I like the Barilla Plus that’s got extra protein but I’m sure it’s not gluten free.

    • Alexandra on December 14, 2011 at 12:00 pm

      I use a sturdy vegetable peeler to take off the skin first and it makes chopping a lot easier 🙂

      • Fitnessista on December 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm

        that’s what i do, too. i hate peeling and chopping them, though

  5. Stephanie on December 13, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    The mac and cheese looks really good! I especially love the close-up picture of the bite on your fork – it’s making me hungry, haha. And Bella’s snowman toy is SO cute!

    Did you know that there’s a zumba game for Wii? I just saw a commercial for it and thought of you 🙂 Might be a way to get the Pilot to zumba with you… haha.

  6. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on December 13, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    That looks amazing! Oh I’m craving mac n cheese. And bella looks so cute!!

  7. Kristi @ Sweetly Fit on December 13, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    dang I REALLY need to try this. I can’t take it anymore! I’ll be home from college next week and can finally get back to cooking again. SO pumped!

  8. Kristi @ Sweetly Fit on December 13, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Oh, and I’m a little confused…Angela’s recipe calls for cashews. Did you just decide to leave them out?

  9. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on December 13, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    I made that recipe once, but I used canned squash so flavour was a bit subpar. I’m sure it’s amazing when made with the real squash though, so I’ll have to try it again soon!

    Tonight I just tried out a recipe from the latest Cooking Light for tofu with veggies and shitake mushrooms. It was really good!

  10. mi-an d. on December 13, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    i actually make this sauce also but without the cashews and i do my own thang with it like add fennel! so good! and yes, i agree with quinoa pasta…less gummy than brown rice! me like it!

  11. Haley @ Fit, Young, and Fabulous on December 13, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    I have been craving Mac and Cheese all day!! Can NOT WAITTT to try this recipe! It looks amazing!! I made Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili yesterday and threw in some broccoli too…Soo good. Then I put the extras in a taco and ate that on top of a big huge Salad Beast!! It was a Fitnessista-kinda day! (:

  12. Ashley on December 13, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Hi Gina,

    I’m sure you are really busy right now…could you please guide me in the right direction of any posts you have done on cellulite?

    Thank you so much! I really want to banish this stuff!

  13. Dominique on December 13, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    I’m in the middle of making Crackin’ Cauliflower from Peas and Thank You. I’m about five minutes away from having it along with some brown rice. My condo smells amazing so I’m hoping my tastebuds will be happy too.

  14. Ali on December 14, 2011 at 12:47 am

    We made something almost exactly like that mac and cheese for thanks giving, but we finished it in the oven! I love that you two eat together at ten pm <3 True love

  15. MMiller on December 14, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Boy does that look good!! I have been craving anything with cheese!! I an on a Renal diet, and preparing to start dialysis! They took away all my major food groups! Cheese, chocolate, nut butters, tomatoes and sauce and ketchup, and potatoes! And forget whole grains! Your bleached out white bread is easier on the kidneys! Even my list of cereals to eat starts with Captain crunch! I have to watch the fruits and veggies, potassium is a nono! I feel like I am eating mostly junk just for the calories! But I am trying to do a salad with egg every day too!

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