OMG! I just made the most amazing plant-based 'cheesy’ sauce this past weekend, and I am in heaven!! And I owe this enlightening experience to none other than Molly Patrick of Clean Food, Dirty Girl - you can find the recipe here** along with a full mac 'n cheese experience.
Not only is this vegan cheesy sauce so tasty, but its beautiful golden yellow brought on some painting inspiration, as I was busy stuffing myself ;-)
So I serve you (on a platter, duh!) an entirely whole-foods, plant-based portrait of Molly, the creator of the most amazing cheesy sauce! Ta-dah!!
Molly's hair is made out of the golden cheesy sauce, of course, ha! And you'll be happy to know that no blueberries, strawberries or cranberries were harmed in the creation of this portrait: all leftovers made it into my morning smoothie today!
Here's my blank 'canvas' and color palette of gold yellow cheesy sauce and blends of blueberries, strawberries and cranberries. Oh, yeah, and my 'paintbrush' :-)
If you haven’t come across Molly Patrick before, she is an extremely funny and engaging person who is passionate about making whole-foods plant-based recipes as tasty as they can get and equally passionate about delivering them to those interested in the least boring way. And, let me tell you, she's wildly succeeding at both!
As is the case with this awesome cheesy sauce, recipe here. I finished making it and dug right in with some Ezekiel toast and had to pry myself from the bowl of golden yumminess before I ended up putting it all away! Later in the day, I even added it to something healthy, steamed broccoli, instead of just chowing it down by itself! So proud of my self-restraint!
I've been following Molly for over a year now, and I am one of the lucky peeps who get her Saturday emails: I look forward to each email as it is delivered to my in-box with a freshly created yummy recipe of the week and a focal point of conversation. Recipes go from the best plant-based mac 'n cheese using this cheesy sauce, to meat lovers-approved plant-based meatballs, to a dee-lish turmeric vanilla latte. And each recipe comes with a great story that I can always relate to on a deeper level than meets the eye.
Molly is nothing if not honest and a straight shooter. She is courageous in sharing her stories in a way that allows her to become open to all of us, to reach out and connect with a vulnerability that I find very inspiring. Her empathy and compassion ooze from every single story and always somehow connect back to food and to how what we eat affects how our minds and bodies feel.
You might think, how are these things connected? The best way to find that out is to subscribe to her free newsletter here and find out over the course of the following weeks. And you also get a free recipe book when you sign up! Yum!
You can also find Molly and her cooking adventures on Facebook at Clean Food Dirty Girl and on Instagram @cleanfooddirtygirl
Most of all, check out Molly's website, which has TONS of free recipes, and lots of advice on how to be gentle with yourself on this journey of eating foods that give you energy, make you happy and keep you healthy, no matter if you are also eating meat or not. You will find something yummy (and entertaining) if you want to throw some healthy meals into the mix regardless of where you are on your personal journey towards a healthier you.
Thank for all the great recipes, Molly! Looking forward to the next one!
**Spoiler alert: if you have a sensitivity to colorful language, please tread lightly.
I find Molly to be very down-to-earth, funny and engaging, and her passion for health, plant-based eating and self-discovery are qualities I deeply admire.
That passion comes in all forms, like great tasting healthy recipes, enriching stories and also very *specific* language at times ;-) While I appreciate her humor, and I hope you will have the same reaction I do to her inspiring stories and to her direct style of communication, I realize this may not work for everyone, so please keep that in mind as you visit her site.
I'm Cristina Tudor, a Beverly Hills fashion illustrator. I paint live illustrations at fashion, retail, entertainment, bridal and lifestyle events for clients such as David Yurman x Galia Lahav, Badgley Mischka, Bloomingdale's, Warner Bros. Studios, Diptyque Paris, Ted Baker London, Eric Buterbaugh x Beverly Hills EB Florals, and Survey Monkey, among others.
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