Salmon and Sweet Potato Mac & "Cheese"
My very first AIM screen name was MacAndCheeser1001. When a middle schooler makes their screen name after something, you know it’s serious. My love for Kraft Macaroni and Cheese was undoubtedly one of my better qualities as a kid. If you made me macaroni, I was a happy camper - simple as that.
Can we talk about the packet of ‘cheese’ too for a second. I say “cheese” because I never really knew what it was. Dehydrated cheese? How did it melt into this fantastic cheese sauce? To be honest I probably never thought twice about it. I just poured it over the hot, steamy noodles and watched in awe as it quickly dissolved. It’s the little things. In order to entertain a kid like that nowadays you probably need something more like a mac and cheese hologram and a drone shooting cheese sauce. I digress…
Fast forward a couple years and MacAndCheeser1001 is now all into health and wellness and that means her Kraft Macaroni and Cheese consumption has decreased tremendously. Although the blue box no longer interests me, cheese and pasta definitely still do (don’t they interest everyone?). Enter, this dairy-free Sweet Potato “cheese” sauce and pasta made out of chickpeas which is fulfilling all of my childhood dreams!
Salmon and Sweet Potato Mac & “Cheese” Directions
Yields 4 servings
For the “cheese” sauce
Blend cashews, mashed sweet potato, nutritional yeast, nut milk, and garlic in a high power blender
*set aside while you make pasta and salmon
For the pasta
Bring pot of water to boil
Add entire box of chickpea pasta and cook for ~5 mins
*while pasta is cooking, start cooking salmon
Strain and transfer to mixing bowl
Pour “cheese” sauce over hot pasta and mix until coated
For the salmon
Heat some coconut oil in skillet
Sprinkle paprika and garlic in top of salmon fillets and lay face DOWN on skillet
Cook for ~2 min before flipping salmon over
Cook for another ~3 mins and sprinkle with coconut aminos (optional) when the salmon is almost cooked to your desire
Place on top of a big bowl of mac & “cheese”!!