Cashew-based sauces are some of my favorite! Creamy, rich, so filling and satisfying! I have a list of 20+ cashew "mac n cheeze" recipe ideas that I am working my way through - each with a different theme!
Cashews can get a bad rap because they are high in fat. But when we fixate on macronutrients (fat, protein, carbohydrates) without considering the source, we can end up missing out on nutrient dense foods!
Our bodies NEED fat - it is vital to our nervous, muscular, and immune systems. Every cell in our body needs fat to function properly, but it's important to consider the type of fat.
Cashews are high in UNsaturated fats - monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. These fats can actually decrease risk of heart disease and improve blood sugar control.
Fats are ideal in moderation. They are high in calories and our bodies do not need more than 25-30% of total daily calories from fat. When we eat more than that, our bodies store it as, you guessed it, fat or adipose tissue, and places us at further risk for health issues.
I will be sharing more on fats and oils in the future! Be sure to subscribe to learn more!
Now, enjoy this tasty pesto RICH in healthy fats!
Roasted Garlic Pesto mac
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
total time: 50 minutes
*Roast head of garlic in 400 degree oven for 40 mins. I like to cut off the top 1/2 inch, drizzle with olive oil so it seeps into the cloves, and wrap tightly in foil.
**Vegan Parmesan is an awesome addition to any pasta or salad recipe. In a high speed blender or food processor, add 1 cup walnuts (can also sub cashews or almonds), 2 TBSP nutritional yeast, 1 garlic clove, 1/2 tsp sea salt. Blend until crumbly in texture.
Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe Calories: 582 Fat: 24 g Saturated Fat: 3 g
Sodium: 211 mg Carbohydrates: 82 g Fiber: 6 g (22% DV) Sugar: 4 g Protein: 16 g
Vitamin A: 23% Vitamin C: 30% Calcium: 5% Iron: 22% (Daily Values)