Creamy Mac and Peas- A healthy kid meal!

Every mom needs a quick meal she knows her kids will eat with no complaints. For Sophia of Veggies Don’t Bite, this is it. Vegan and gluten-free, this recipe for creamy mac and peas is a favorite in her household. A bonus? It freezes well and packs in the protein with a nut-based sauce.

round 12 ounces of your favorite gluten free pasta (or any other pasta you prefer)
1 cup Cashew Walnut Cream Sauce
½ – 1 cup reserved pasta water (depending on preferred consistency)
½ teaspoon fresh minced garlic or garlic powder (optional)
1 cup defrosted frozen peas
Himalayan pink salt and ground black pepper (if needed)

Note from the chef: The Cashew Walnut Cream Sauce recipe makes 3 cups and this recipe calls for 1 cup. You can cut the recipe by 1/3 to make the 1 cup needed or make the whole thing and freeze the rest for use at a later time, it freezes well. You can also use more cream sauce if you want it saucier. Same goes for the peas, add more peas if desired. The garlic is optional, my kids like it but it may be too strong of a taste for some. I suggest tasting it before you add the garlic.

1. Make Cashew Walnut Cream Sauce according to recipe. Cook pasta following directions on package.

2. When pasta is done reserve a cup of pasta water while draining. Keep pasta in strainer for now.

3. Using pasta pot, mix 1 cup cream sauce and ½ cup reserved pasta water over low heat. Add in garlic if using. Mix well. If you want the sauce thinner, add more pasta water ¼ cup at a time and mix well. You can add up to 1 cup total if you prefer a thinner cream sauce. Taste and add more salt, pepper or garlic to reach preferred taste.

4. Add in peas and mix until combined. Add cooked pasta back in and mix well.

Will you be making this recipe for your kids this week?

Sophia DeSantis is the author of Veggies Don’t Bite, a vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free food blog targeted to all types of eaters. She is the mom of two beautiful boys and wife to an amazing husband. Her and her family live a vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free life 90% of the time because she believes that the stress of having to be perfect shouldn’t overpower the benefits that their healthy lifestyle brings. Through her website, she hopes to reach anybody interested in making a positive health change in their life.