I’m not a vegan, but I firmly believe in having a diet that’s mainly plant-based. I’ve recently began trying to veer away from using animal-byproducts and exploring the health benefits as well as cooking creativity that comes with using vegan ingredients.
This is a delicious recipe that a co-worker recommended to me. It’s clean and uses a vast amount of organic ingredients. I made some variations here and there. Most people think of vegan recipes and think, “whoa, that’s way too much trouble to make those substitutions”, but all-in-all, this couldn’t be simpler. This pairs well with mushrooms or broccoli mixed in, but my boyfriend and I just paired it alongside freshly grilled chicken with a little paprika and onion powder sprinkled on.
For the cheese sauce:
-1 1/2 cups raw organic cashews
-3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
-3/4 cup water
-1 1/2 tsp. sea salt
-1/4 cup nutritional yeast, or 1 small packet of active dry yeast
-1/2 tsp. chili powder
-1/2 clove garlic
-a pinch of onion powder
-a pinch of turmeric
-a pinch of cayenne pepper
-1/2 tsp. mustard powder
For the macaroni n’ cheese:
-8 oz. of your pasta of choice. Shells or bowtie pasta works best (I use Organic DeLallo bowtie)
-ground black pepper and paprika to garnish
Preheat the oven to 350F and boil the pasta until it’s cooked.
Meanwhile, throw the sauce ingredients into the blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. I used my Vitamix! Blend until you have a smooth sauce. This will be delicious! All of the spices add a subtle taste that combines together perfectly to mom mock the taste of cheese.
Drain and rinse your pasta with cold water, then return the pasta to the pot to be mixed with the cheese sauce.
If you’re adding any roasted or sauteed veggies, this would be the time to do it. I highly recommend adding roasted broccoli to this dish–> Austin and I both agreed the bites of broccoli were our favorite part!
You can serve the hot Mac n’ Cheese immediately at this point, for a creamy and delicious meal, or you can bake it for a firmer, dryer texture. (My husband prefers this meal on the drier side, so I usually bake it for his benefit.)
Once you’ve mixed everything together, pour the mac n’ cheese into an 8 x 8 square dish and garnish with a sprinkle of paprika and black pepper to garnish.
Bake at 350F for 20 minutes.
Enjoy and God bless!