Vegan Mac and Cheese recipes

Vegan Mac and Cheese recipes

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I have been wanting to make Fat Free Vegan’s Easy Macaroni and Cheeze for a long time. I finally got to the bulk store and remembered to buy nutritional yeast. I have been looking forward to trying nutritional yeast ever since I heard about its’ nutritional benefits and cheese and nutty-like taste! Seems too good to be true, right?

Here are some of the benefits of nutritional yeast:

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  • very rich in B vitamins- great for vegetarians/vegans!
  • Yellowish colour comes from the concentration of the B vitamin Riboflavin
  • Rich in vitamins niacin, thiamin, biotin, and folic acid
  • Rich in minerals selenium, chromium, zinc, phosphorus, and magnesium
  • Can be used as a supplement or condiment
  • Can be sprinkled on cereal, spaghetti, popcorn, and smoothies (note: huge foreshadowing for tomorrow AM!)
  • Two teaspoons (10 mL) of yeast flakes provide one microgram of vitamin B12, the recommended daily intake for most adults!!

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I am seriously kicking myself for not trying this sooner! Especially after the outstanding results I had making this super easy vegan mac and cheese. For some reason I thought this recipe was going to be difficult, but all you have to do is cook the pasta and then take ALL the ingredients and throw into a blender or processor. Then heat it all up and stir. It was that easy!!

Vegan Mac and Cheese

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I adapted the recipe based on what ingredients I had on hand and it surprisingly still came out stellar!

My version with tweaks below.

Ingredients:

1 pound vegan pasta (or regular if you prefer!)


1 1/4 cups water


1 cup plain Almond Breeze (may use other non-dairy milk)


3/4 cup nutritional yeast


3 tablespoons cornstarch or potato starch


1 tablespoon lemon juice


1 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)


1/2 teaspoon garlic puree


1/2 teaspoon dry mustard


1/2 teaspoon paprika


1/2 teaspoon turmeric (curry powder)


1 tablespoons tahini


black pepper to taste

Directions:

Cook your preferred pasta according to the directions on the bag or box. I used pasta shells for a fun change. It brought me back to the wonderful Velveeta pasta my mom used to make us as kids! While that is cooking, throw ALL ingredients (including 1 + 1/4 cup water) into the food processor or blender and blend for 30-60 seconds. Once pasta is cooked and drained, add sauce into sauce pan with pasta shells and simmer over low-medium heat stirring frequently. The thickening process takes 5-10 minutes. Don’t despair if you think the pasta is too watery- it REALLY thickens up nicely thanks to the cornstarch! Serves 8. You can get creative with this and mix in some vegetables or spinach too.

According to Fat Free Vegan’s recipe:

Makes 8 servings. Per serving: 303 Calories (kcal); 4g Total Fat; (10% calories from fat); 15g Protein; 54g Carbohydrate; 0mg Cholesterol; 316mg Sodium; 5g Fiber. Also, if you use nutritional yeast fortified with B-12, one serving provides 100% of the daily requirement of that vitamin.

Hers + His:

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I had to make Eric’s fun to distract him from the fact that he was eating cheese less pasta! lol. Well, I did sprinkle on some parmesan and threw in a cheeseslice for him to be fair. 🙂

The taste?

It knocked both our socks off– even with a bunch of modifications! I honestly can’t believe that it tasted that good. It was cheesey and nutty tasting. Next time I will definitely add spinach or peas to it. So awesome. I will be buying nutritional yeast on a regular basis now– WOW!!!

Look how creamy that is!!!!

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GAH! 😀 It was the perfect comfort food today for a post-night of drinking and dreary weather outside!

fitness I wasn’t planning on working out today due to only getting 4.5 hours of sleep last night after the crazy bachelorette party, but for whatever reason I am not tired at all today. Not even one bit. It’s strange! I have a feeling I am going to crash tonight! It must have been my handy Hangover Prevention Kit (HPK) not to be confused with an EPT. 😉

The workout:

  • Duration: 52 mins (including water breaks- always)
  • Speed: 3.9 mph, incline 15%
  • Max heart rate: 165 bpm
  • Avg heart rate: 146 bpm
  • Feel the burn: 450 kcals
  • Distance: 3.19 miles

It felt so good! Even though I sometimes don’t feel like working out after a late night it always makes me feel back on track and in my normal routine.

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Eric finished all the sanding and is now on coat 2 of the primer in the dining room, family room, and sunroom. Things are shaping up! We will be painting COLOUR on the wall this week! I can’t believe it!!! 🙂

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The sunroom is going to be Ashley Gray to coordinate with the mortar in the brick. We are turning the sunroom officially into a workout room. We will eventually be putting in a gym floor in there.

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For the family room we chose Peanut Shell. It will go nicely with the brick colours!

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I can’t wait to have the walls painted! It will be coming together soon enough. 🙂 After the paint, we are putting in engineered wood floors.

Well, back to normal Sunday stuff- laundry, cleaning, organizing, and preparing for the week ahead! Have a great end to your Mother’s Day!

Coming up tomorrow:

  • Cookbook giveaway
  • Shop 4 A Cause: When, What, Where, How, etc
  • Spirulina
  • and more!

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