Mac and Cheese was another favorite dish of mine on Thanksgiving when I was growing up. This year I decided to make something that will satisfy the “cheesy” craving, but has way more nutritional value (and no dairy, of course). I present to you the Spaghetti Squash “Cheesy” Mushroom Casserole! Another great dish I'm adding to my holiday eats. Tomorrow I will post my Thanksgiving Game Plan with cooking schedule.
I don't know about you, but I prefer to get my vitamins from food instead of supplements. By using spaghetti squash (instead of noodles) you're getting a wide variety of essential vitamins and minerals plus fiber! Squash has lots of vitamin C, which is great for this time of year when colds and the flu are going around. You'll get B vitamins(good for energy and relieving stress) from the nutritional yeast that gives it a cheesy flavor. The turmeric boosts its bright color. It also adds healing powers helping with aches and pains plus fighting inflammation and cancer.
This casserole will be a great replacement for Mac and Cheese this year because it's SO good. Now if I had Sun Cafe catering, I would definitely have their Mac and Cheese.
This would have been great with cashew cheese, but when you're in a time crunch I'm glad I have Daiya Cheese to fall back on. It's a vegan dish (like all my recipes), but you can make it vegetarian by using regular cheese and yogurt. If you don't like mushrooms feel free to leave them out and just make a cheesy casserole.
"CHEESY" SPAGHETTI SQUASH CASSEROLE
- 3 cups cooked Spaghetti Squash About 1 medium Spaghetti Squash
- 1/2 yellow onion chopped
- 6-10 Mushrooms chopped (you can add more or less if you'd like)
- 1 small container 6oz So Delicious Cultured Almond Milk, Plain "Yogurt"
- 1/3 cup Daiya Shredded Mozzarella Cheese or other vegan cheese
- 1/2 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp Pepper
- 1/4 tsp Turmeric
- 2 Garlic Cloves minced
- ***BREAD CRUMBS***
- 2 pieces of Ezekiel Bread or whatever bread preferred
- 1 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
- 1/8 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
- Preheat oven to 375
- In a skillet sauté the Onions, Garlic and Mushrooms for 5 - min. Use splashes of water to keep them from sticking
- In a large bowl mix together the Onions, Garlic, Mushrooms, Cheese, Yogurt, Nutritional Yeast, Turmeric, Salt and Pepper
- Add the Spaghetti Squash in the bowl mixing everything together
- Then put the mixture in a 9x9 pan lined with parchment paper
- Place all ingredients for Bread Crumbs in food processor and pulse until bread is chopped up fine and mixed well with other ingredients
- Spread breadcrumbs on top of squash mixture
- Place in oven and cook for about 30 min. It should be somewhat crispy on top.