#MeatlessMonday - Mac and Cheese

Monday, January 5, 2015



Y'all... If you're not following The Detoxinista, you're missing out. She doesn't always post vegan recipes, but they're generally easy to convert with a few substitutions. However, this is one vegan recipe that will leave you wondering why you ever made it with dairy in the first place. Yum!

I made a few changes when I made it myself and it turned out wonderful. The original Detoxinista recipe is here, and seriously check out the rest of her stuff. I'm thinking about making her almond butter pancakes soon. Mmmm. :)

Mac and Cheese



Ingredients:
  • 3 cups raw cashews
  • 4 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 clove garlic
  • pinch of turmeric
  • 1 tsp mustard (dijon or yellow)
  • 16 oz gluten-free elbow or shell pasta of choice
  • Roasted broccoli (optional--click for her recipe)
Directions:
  1. Cook pasta according to directions.
  2. If you have a VitaMix or other high-powered blender, add the first eight ingredients and blend until smooth. If you don't, add cashews to a food processor until they're almost a nut butter consistency. Then add the other seven ingredients and process until you have a smooth cheese mixture.
  3. When pasta is done, drain and rinse. Then return it to the pot and add 'cheese' mixture. If you made the roasted broccoli, add that now. Stir well and serve.
You can also bake this into a casserole too. Here's how to do that:
  1. Cook pasta according to directions.
  2. Preheat oven to 350.
  3. If you have a VitaMix or other high-powered blender, add the first eight ingredients and blend until smooth. If you don't, add cashews to a food processor until they're almost a nut butter consistency. Then add the other seven ingredients and process until you have a smooth cheese sauce.
  4. When pasta is done, drain and rinse. Then return it to the pot and add the sauce. If you made the roasted broccoli, add that now. Mix gently.
  5. Pour pasta into a 9x13 pan and add a sprinkle of black pepper and paprika.
  6. Bake for 30 mins. Let cool for 5 mins. 

Eat your fruits and veggies, kids.

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