Recipes, Special Diets on April 12, 2011 by

Cotter Crunch: Mac n’ Chickpea Cheese

Howdy from Texas! Spring is in full bloom here and so should the health of our children. This April is national Autism Awareness month which gives us the perfect opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.

One of the ways we can support Autistic children is to focus on feeding them nourishing foods that are Gluten and Casein free. Evidence shows that this diet is often helpful in lessening the symptoms and behaviors of Autism, even associated speech problems. Unfortunately, gluten and dairy are in almost everything we eat, and trying to keep a child away from ice cream, sandwiches, and other snack foods is no walk in the park. We don’t want them to miss out on childhood favorites. And you know what, we don’t have to! All it takes is a little time and creativity in the kitchen. source

Mac n’ Chickpea Cheese

  • Gluten Free Pasta (macaroni or rotini)
  • Daiya shredded cheese (1/2 cup)
  • 1 10 ounce can chickpeas
  • 1 jar pimentos
  • curry powder
  • 1 tbsp Bob Red Mill Arrowroot Starch
  • garlic- 1 to 2 tsp.
  • sea salt and black pepper- to taste
  • olive oil or other oil of choice (2 tbsp.)
  • almond milk (unsweetened) – 1/4 to 1/2 cup


First, drain the chickpeas and dry them off. Coat them in 1 tbsp. oil and curry powder. Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 400F for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Set aside. Then, cook pasta according to the directions. Drain the pasta and add the milk, cheese, oil, flour, and seasoning. Stir on low until cheese starts to melt. Once it starts to melt, add in your chickpeas and pimentos until all the cheese is melted and coated onto the pasta and chickpeas.

Then……EAT and ENJOY in GOOD company. Goes best with family and friends!

Cheers to Good Health!

Lindsay Cotter



Dallas Taylor says:

Great recipe – I loved it!

James Cotter says:

My favorite dinner!!!

Heather says:

That looks yummy! I am on a GFCFSF diet and also Vegan so I am always trying to find a way to get more protein!

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