Mucho Mac & Cheese // A Gilmore Girls Party!

a gilmore girls party!

One week to go! Do you know what I am talking about? I assume so if you read the title of the post, but I digress. The Gilmore Girls revival is coming out in just one week and I couldn't be more excited/ nervous! 

I am definitely a purist when it comes to older TV shows, meaning I am not usually so stoked about revivals or renditions. However, I have so much hope! Gilmore Girls is a thing in my life that provides consistent and immediate comfort. I equate it with the Harry Potter books and The Lord of the Rings movies; stories that are always there and available when I seek them out. Sometimes I worry that I am boring or not opening myself up to new experiences by having this roster of comfort media that I surround myself with, but sometimes the sparkles and wavers of the world require something familiar to curl up to.

Almost like a warm drink or a bowl full of chilly, these stories alight a kind of nostalgia boarding on memory. I've experienced the plot lines and characters so many times and so fully that I am completely absorbed into the world. 

A few weeks ago I reached out to my friend Liz of the amazing blog Pumpkin and Peanut Butter to ask her if she wanted to co-host a Gilmore Girls virtual viewing party with me. She responded immediately with a resounding YES! We gathered up a group of our best blogging pals and each created a recipe that reflected some food moment, story line, or general Gilmore Girls themed idea. Now you have a handful of healthy but decadent recipes to make for your Gilmore Girls viewing party! 

I couldn't be more excited about all of the amazing bloggers and recipes that are in this round-up, and only wish that we could all be together IRL to celebrate and share our recipes on the release day <3

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gimore girls viewing party snacks & treats

Pumpkin and Peanut Butter - Roasted Tomato Margarita Pizza

Fooduzzi - Upside-Down Tequila Slammer with a Twist

Fork in the Kitchen - Mocha Brownies with Espresso Ganache

Joy Food Sunshine - Dessert Sushi

The Food Wright - Brown Butter Maple Chipotle Snack Mix 

Nourished The Blog - Peanut Soba Noodle Bowl with Veggies

This recipe is pretty singularly inspired by one of my favourite characters in Gilmore Girls - Paris

For some reason, this scene always stuck with me and makes Sebastian and I crack up every time we watch it. Something I love about Paris is how she is always so earnest while still maintaining a constant persona of sassy intelligence and ego. She is just the greatest!

So, I give you Mucho Mac & Cheese! This is a super classic cheesy bowl of goodness (although vegan style, naturally). The sweet potato gives it a warmth and creaminess reminiscent of every childhood mac & cheese bake, and the crispy gluten free panko topping is savoury and delicious. 

Now, I know what you might be thinking: "The Gilmore Girls would never eat something vegan OR gluten free!" 

I am totally with you there but come on, we all need to have our Gilmore Girls style comfort food and really what can be more fitting than this (am I selling it?). 

Let me know if you try out this recipe, or even better if you make it for the Gilmore Girls release!

Love you babes xo 

mucho mac & cheese

Serves two or three - can easily be doubled :)

*For this recipe I used gluten free panko instead of regular bread crumbs and brown rice pasta to make the whole dish gluten free. You can opt to use regular pasta and regular bread crumbs if you prefer! The arrowroot powder in the cheese sauce is optional, but I do recommend it as it adds thickness to the sauce when cooked.

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Ingredients

Mac & Cheese

  • 2 cups uncooked brown rice pasta* + water
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews (soaked overnight)
  • 1 cup sweet potato puree (fresh or canned)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp arrowroot powder*
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika 
  • 1/2 tsp salt 

Crispy Panko Topping

  • 1/4 cup gluten free panko*
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp salt
  • pinch of pepper

 

Notes

Preheat oven to 375. Cook pasta as per instructions on package. Once cooked drain the water and place the pasta back into the cooking pot, off the heat. 

Combine all of the sauce ingredients in an upright blender and blend on high until smooth and creamy. Do a taste test for seasoning and adjust to preferences. Pour the sauce over the pasta in the pot and mix together until evenly coated (reserving a few tbsp of sauce to pour on top before cooking).

Combine the ingredients for the panko topping in a small bowl and stir together until crumbly (I used my hands for this). 

Pour the pasta (with the sauce on it) until small oven proof dishes such as french onion soup bowls (what I used), large ramekins, or even just a medium sized baking dish. Anything that you like! Pour the extra sauce over each dish and top generously with the panko mixture. 

Bake for 12 - 15 minutes, until golden brown on top and bubbling. Enjoy hot! This will keep for a couple of days in the fridge, but is really best when first made.