Butternut Squash Mac and Garlic Asparagus

Butternut Squash Mac and Asparagus

Mac ‘n cheese was my favorite food growing up so it holds a special place in my heart, however I’m lactose intolerant so it also makes me sick, literally. When I was little I would order it every time we went out to dinner and without a doubt we would have to stop on the side of the road on the way home because I would be sick. My mom claims she didn’t catch on because she didn’t know lactose intolerant was a thing. Apparently so!

I was really looking forward to this meal because I was imagining the creamy, cheesy pasta that I used to love. Of course It can’t actually be cheesy (it’s vegan) and it’s made from veggies and nuts so it wasn’t too creamy either. I think if I renamed this “butternut squash pasta” it would sit a lot better in my mind because it was pretty yummy if you think of it that way! I used whole wheat ziti instead of elbows and I added a splash of almond milk and Worstershire to the sauce in an attempt to make it a little creamier.

Recipe here

On the side I roasted some asparagus with olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper for 15-20 minutes on 400*.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. veganmom7 says:

    Dairy made me throw up as a child too. But as I got older, I stopped throwing up and just had terrible tummy aches – which my parents thought was just attention-seeking. It wasn’t until I became vegan that I realized that I had learned to live with the discomfort. I’m glad we have a better understanding of allergies now!


    1. That’s the same thing that happened to me too! I just started popping Lactaid pills every time I ate dairy. Me too!

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      1. veganmom7 says:

        It’s silly now to think how hard I thought it would be to give up dairy. I don’t miss it at all! I do wonder how many people are living in discomfort because they can’t tolerate dairy. Glad you aren’t anymore!


      2. I know, I definitely miss brie sometimes, but we don’t miss meat at all. I miss dairy sometimes, but not how it makes me feel that’s for sure. Thanks, you too!

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