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Cauliflower and Spinach Mac n' Cheese (Vegan, GF)

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I had a really bad habit and I just kicked it right where the sun don't shine and it felt SO dang good. 

What was my naughty habit, you ask? Since I don't have an alarm clock (read: don't feel it necessary enough vs. my iPhone to spend money on), I rely on my iPhone's alarm app, so I keep my phone in my room relatively close to my bed. 

BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP. It blares each morning and I reach over to shut it off. Except, I don't just leave it at that. Instead, I usually grab it and start the stupid mindless scrolling immediately. UGH. For a while, the social-media-proponent inside me argued that my 6-AM-scrolling wasn't a big deal, just a relaxing way to ease myself out of sleep-mode and into get-shiz-done-mode.

Now, however, the self-loving and mindFUL woman I am (or am like 75% of the time - we all have our bad days, right?) recognizes that social media is not the most gentle, encouraging way to wake up. This woman basically stomped her foot down, squashed the social-media-proponent and said "enough is enough". I spend enough time scrolling and posting and liking and commenting each day - I don't want it to be the very first thing I do in the morning before my soul can even say "good morning" to God. 

I DO want to wake up to God. I want to wake up with gratitude, not envy. I want to wake up with peace, not anxiousness. I want to wake up with confidence in His love for me, not insecurity in whatever social media tells me is "less-than" about myself. Don't you? 

“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way to go, for to you I entrust my life.”
— — PSALM 143:8, NLT

For about the last week or so, I've been setting my phone on Airplane Mode about 30 minutes before bed, spending some time in the word, and falling into a peaceful sleep. My alarm goes off 7-8 hours later, my phone stays in Airplane Mode in my room, and I grab my Bible and devotional and head outside for some quiet-time (coffee in hand, duh). Not until around 8 or 9 AM do I turn Airplane Mode off. I know that sounds still very early in the morning, which it is, but by that time I've already finished my reading, my workout, and usually my breakfast, so I'm feeling strong and confident and ready to be social. 

Cauliflower and Spinach Mac n' Cheese (Vegan, GF)

By that time, I've let God's Spirit fill me up before anything can come and try to suck the life and joy and hope from me. 

To simplify this... think: 

  • drink water before a long run to prevent dehydration 
  • pack lunch/snacks for a long day of work to prevent hunger and/or hanger
  • study x amount of time before an exam to prevent a low score
  • fill up on gas before a road-trip to prevent an empty tank on an open road

Those seem to be logical steps to take to prepare for certain events and prevent other events from happening. Yet, why did I not take necessary steps to prepare for my day and prevent feelings of _____ (insecurity, loneliness, etc.)? That answer brings up a whole 'nother topic, so I'll just leave it at that and let your mind roam through thoughts of how you begin your morning and therefore set the tone for the rest of your day. 

PS I've been reading Sarah Young's "Jesus Calling" devotional alongside my own Bible readings for the past year-and-a-half-ish - highly recommend. The Lord definitely works through Young on a daily basis to reach the reader, wherever he/she is in that moment. Check it out here!

Oh, and another really fun way to begin is by making vegan mac n' cheese. Just sayin'. You should try it. 

Makes 4-6 servings

1 box Banza cavatappi (or your favorite pasta)
Cashew Cheeze Sauce
1/2 head cauliflower, chopped
1 tbsp. grapeseed oil
1 tsp. garlic powder (2 garlic cloves, minced)
Spinach, thawed if frozen
Salt and pepper, to taste
Fresh cilantro, chopped

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta according to package directions. Strain and let cool.
  2. In a nonstick skillet, over medium-high heat add 1 tbsp. grapeseed oil. After 1-2 minutes, toss in the cauliflower and garlic. Saute until charred and tender. Set aside. 
  3. Combine pasta, cauliflower, and spinach in a large mixing bowl and cover with Cashew Cheeze Sauce, stirring to coat evenly throughout.
  4. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and cilantro. Serve immediately and store leftovers in an airtight container for up to one week. 
  5. Enjoy!
Cauliflower and Spinach Mac n' Cheese (Vegan, GF)