VEGAN CAULIFLOWER CHEESE | VEGAN CAULIFLOWER CHEESE

Vegan Cauliflower Cheese

Hello my lovelies, so last week I shared a photo of our vegan cauliflower cheese on my social media channels and a lot of you were interested in how we made our vegan cauliflower cheese so I thought I would pop it here on the blog for you.  I know that not a lot of my readers are vegan, but I also know that there are quite a few people who need to have a dairy free diet, or have little ones that need a dairy free diet, so it’s always good to share these little tricks and make it easier for people to find recipes the whole family can enjoy.

I have to say when I first saw how this was made I didn’t expect it to taste particularly cheesy.  Obviously it does have a different taste to it, but when you’re dairy free it is a fantastic dupe and the children were happily fooled and really enjoyed every mouthful.  I have been watching a lot of vegan recipe YouTube channels and I’m going to write a post about my favourite ones to watch soon.  There are so many ideas.  This recipe is over on Pinterest for a vegan nacho cheese sauce but it works fantastically over cauliflower cheese.  This would also be amazing with enchiladas, chilli with nachos, packed with vegetables you like for a cheesy pasta sauce.  I’m so excited that we found it and want to say thank you to Jess Beautician for her Vegan June videos as they are giving us so many ideas.  Jess is such a lovely person, she always chats to me on snapchat and answers any questions that I have.  She also is really thoughtful and provides me with nut free alternatives to her recipes as she knows that I have an allergy.  It’s quite difficult being a vegan that can’t eat nuts.  So, back to the vegan cauliflower cheese.

Ingredients

2 cauliflower

3 medium potatoes

1 large carrot

6 tbsp of nutritional yeast (Jess advised me on this to make it extra cheesy)

1 tbsp of lemon juice

1 tbsp of garlic powder

a pinch of paprika

salt and pepper to season

I started by peeling and chopping up the potatoes into approximately eigths, just basically to a good size that they can soften thoroughly when added to boiling water.  Also the carrots were peeled and chopped.  This was added to pan of boiling water to cook until soft.  While I was waiting for those to soften I also prepared the cauliflowers, getting rid of all the leeves and chopping up the heads ready to go into another pan of boiling water so that it could soften up too ready to go into the baking dish when the sauce was ready.

Once the potatoes and carrots were soft, ours took quite a while, maybe 15 minutes, we then kept a cup of the water it had been boiled in and added that with the carrots and potatoes into our food processor and blended it up until smooth.  The children took turns in turning the dial on as they wanted to be involved.  I should also add they were munching raw carrots the whole time too.  I can’t cook anything without them wanting some of it to snack on while they wait.  Once this was nice and smooth I added in the rest of the ingredients and seasoning and blended that back up for another minute.

The children all had a taste at this point and I knew straight away that the sauce was approved.  I laid out the cauliflower in my baking dish and covered it in the “cheese” sauce and cooked for around half an hour.  It was so tasty, they all enjoyed it, and I thought about what a good side dish it would be to spice up a roast dinner (without meat for us obviously).  If anyone has good ideas for a vegan roast that doesn’t involve nut I’d be really interested, please comment and leave me links to any alternatives you can suggest.

Well, there you have it vegan cauliflower cheese, it was so delicious.  The only issue for us is when you’re cooking for 6 it just didn’t seem enough.  Might have to make more next time if we had it as a main and not as a side.  Our little clan were not bothered though as they scoffed down some more fruit afterwards instead.

If you’d like to see other places I get ideas from please check out my Pinterest : Vegan Comfort Food board.

https://uk.pinterest.com/ImEveryMum/comfort-food-vegan/

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THE FIRST TIME I HELD YOU | THE FIRST TIME

The First Time I Held You

Having a baby for the first time is such an amazing experience.  Nervous, anxious, feeling unprepared no matter how many times I’d checked my hospital bag over and knowing that I’d ironed everything in the home while nesting, including every single sock and pair of underwear.  There was nothing left to do, but nothing could prepare me for what was to come.

An incredibly long labour that was officially in “latent” form for the first four days, but you were stuck and something was very wrong and I just wasn’t aware because it was my first baby.  Going through a traumatic birthing process and then between my son being unwell and my being suspected of being unwell we were kept apart for over 2 days.

Nervously and excitedly pumping milk for this little man that I was yet to meet was all that was keeping me going, knowing that they would check me over and allow me up to see him after 48 hours.  I had a terrible blurry picture on Daddy’s old mobile phone that I would stare at while expressing milk for him and dreaming of the first time we could have the skin to skin that I so desperately craved.

That second evening it became too difficult, sitting expressing in a babyless room and they came to tell me I had a hungry growing boy who had some healthy lungs on him screaming for more milk and I wasn’t pumping it quick enough.  I burst into tears and agreed that they should top him up with Aptamil.

That night was the hardest.  The next morning they let me know that I could finally go and see him up on the neonatal ward.  I was so nervous and excited.  This little bundle that was missing from my tummy where I had grown him for nine months was waiting and ready to meet me.

He was getting better quickly and had less wires than the picture I had.  I had to wait while they did the ward round and the doctors determined that it was ok for me to get him out of his little incubator.  Still a tube in his nose and a canula in his hand I was able to hold my baby boy.

I can honestly say it was the most precious moment.  I was completely in shock still from the traumatic birth but for that moment, I felt like I was walking on air.  He was the most perfect thing I had ever seen and I never wanted to let him go.

We had to get help from the breastfeeding specialist once he had got to a place where he could feed on me, so that we could establish a good latch as he had been having drip feeds and then lapping from a cup.  It wasn’t easy but I never wanted to be apart from him ever again.

To hear the details of my birth story see my YouTube video here that I filmed a few months back.

*This post is an entry into the Tots100/WaterWipes Baby Milestones challenge.