I stopped at Harmon's for cat food on my way home and treated myself to this Dr. Pepper inspired kombucha. It's crazy how much it tastes like Dr. Pepper! I was never much of a soda drinker, but when I did drink it Dr. Pepper was my preferred poison. I love this stuff so much. As an added bonus it's one of the least expensive bottled kombuchas!
This house near my apartment has some of the tallest tulips I've ever seen! I should have gotten a better angle to really show how big they are, but I was rushing to catch my bus. But they're really tall and so cheerful! They gave me a much needed smile to prepare for the horror that is public transportation!
While I was getting cat food, I happened to walk down the bean aisle, and I noticed these white chili beans. It gave me an idea for green chili mac and cheese with white chili beans!
I used diced green chilis in the cheese sauce, and added the white beans at the end. This was one of my favorite mac and cheese creations I've made! It was creamy, with a hint of spice. Not too spicy for anyone sensitive to spice. Next time I make it I'll probably add more green chilis cause I like it hot! This would have been amazing topped with green dragon sauce, but sadly I had used the last of mine yesterday morning. Cholula stepped in for that added zing. I actually wrote down what I used so I could share the recipe. It's super duper simple. Green Chili Mac and Cheese
1 can light coconut milk
1 4 oz. can diced green chili
1/4 C. nooch
1 1/4 T. tapioca starch
S & P to taste
8 to 10 ounces pasta of choice
1/4 to 1/2 cup vegan shredded cheese (optional)
1 can white chili beans
While your pasta is cooking, whisk the coconut milk, salt and pepper, nooch and tapioca starch. Once it's all combined, add the green chilis. When the pasta is cooked, drain and add it back to the pot. Turn the heat to medium and add the sauce, stirring until it starts to thicken. This should only take two to three minutes. Once the sauce is thick and creamy, turn off the heat, add the shreds if using along with the beans. Put a lid on the pot and allow everything to combine and the cheese to melt for a few minutes. After that, enjoy!! This would be really delicious without the beans if you can't find the white chili beans. Or you could just spice up some white beans with garlic and cumin and add a little extra green chili. The beans were only eighty cents a can, and I found gluten free pasta on sale, so this was still very inexpensive to make, but tasted decadent and rich. VEGAN FOOD IS NOT EXPENSIVE! AND INEXPENSIVE FOOD DOESN'T HAVE TO BE BORING!!
Here's Afro in her favorite place, outside on the deck admiring the beautiful color of my green smoothie!