Creamy Vegan Mac and Cheese

I’ve made a lot of vegan mac and cheese. All kinds. If you can think it, I’ve probably made it: some good, some bad but this one is my absolute favorite. It also happens to be exceptionally easy. A staple in our house, I hope it will become one in your house as well. This vegan version is oil-free and oh so creamy and delicious.

Produce On Parade - Creamy Vegan Mac and Cheese - I’ve made a lot of vegan mac and cheese. All kinds. If you can think it, I’ve probably made it: some good, some bad but this one is my absolute favorite. It also happens to be exceptionally easy. A staple in our house, I hope it will become one in your house as well. This vegan version is oil-free and oh so creamy and delicious.

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Anywho, what I am thinking is... comfort food. A teething Oliver is getting up every two hours to nurse #whatdidwedo and then with me working full-time, this is one dead momma. I literally ran into a wall today, in front of a patient. That's what three intermittent hours of sleep get you. I need food that is fast and filling and yummy. Last night I was really craving mac and cheese, so we whipped this up in no time. I thought it was about time I shared this recipe. It's always the staples that I have yet to share for some reason.

Not only is this dish killer but it happens to be the only vegan mac and cheese recipe that is Todd approved. He doesn't like the sweet potato or butternut squash mac and cheeses. Nope, this is the only one. Oh well, makes my life easier!

Produce On Parade - Creamy Vegan Mac and Cheese - I’ve made a lot of vegan mac and cheese. All kinds. If you can think it, I’ve probably made it: some good, some bad but this one is my absolute favorite. It also happens to be exceptionally easy. A staple in our house, I hope it will become one in your house as well. This vegan version is oil-free and oh so creamy and delicious.

Creamy Vegan Mac and Cheese

Recipe by Kathleen @ Produce On Parade

I’ve made a lot of vegan mac and cheese. All kinds. If you can think it, I’ve probably made it: some good, some bad but this one is my absolute favorite. It also happens to be exceptionally easy. A staple in our house, I hope it will become one in your house as well. This vegan version is oil-free and oh so creamy and delicious. Inspired by BuzzFeed. *A high powered blender works best. If you don’t have one just soak the cashews in boiling water for 20 minutes prior to use.

Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 medium yellow potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 large garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced
  • ¼ medium yellow onion, peeled and sliced
  • ½ cup raw cashews*
  • scant ¼ cup large-flake nutritional yeast
  • 1 ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric
  • dash of freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 oz dry pasta shells

Cooking Directions

  1. Bring a medium pot of water to boil for the vegetables. Boil the potatoes and garlic clove for 2 minutes. Add the carrots and boil for 5 additional minutes. Add the onion and boil for 7 additional minutes.
  2. While the vegetables are boiling, add the remaining ingredients except the pasta to a blender. Drain the veggies saving the water (1 ½ cups), add them to a blender along with the saved water; blend on high until smooth and creamy. It makes about 4 cups of sauce.
  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil for the pasta and cook according to the package. Drain and return to the pot. Stir 3 cups of the sauce into the cooked pasta, reserving 1 cup for stirring in later if all the mac and cheese won’t be all eaten immediately. Serve hot.
Produce On Parade - Creamy Vegan Mac and Cheese - I’ve made a lot of vegan mac and cheese. All kinds. If you can think it, I’ve probably made it: some good, some bad but this one is my absolute favorite. It also happens to be exceptionally easy. A staple in our house, I hope it will become one in your house as well. This vegan version is oil-free and oh so creamy and delicious.

Cauliflower Mac & Cheeze

I received the most beautiful, purple-hued cauliflower from my stepmother the other day. It was gifted from a friend's garden and somehow, lucky for me, found it's way into my little hands. I plucked off a few florets for a soup (the thing was giant!) but kept the remainder safe in the fridge. Pondering what to do with such a special brassica, I knew it had to be the star of a unique dish.

We need to find a way to solve our problems and our differences with other people without hurting our killing them. This should extend to all living creatures as well...there is also a way to find a cure without hurting animals in the process and that is the track that we need to get on.
— Paul Graham of The Las Vegas Informer
Produce On Parade - Cauliflower Mac & Cheeze - This lightened vegan mac and cheeze made with cauliflower is creamy and rich, and as always the nutritional yeast lends that proper "cheesy" flavor.

Instead, a wicked mac & cheese craving hit and it ended up in a cheesy cauliflower sauce for shell noodles. So, it might not have been the most proper dish to showcase a purple cauliflower...but it was so tasty and satisfying. I guess I'll just have to wait for my next fun-colored veggie to come along!

This dish is slightly adapted from my recipe for mac and cheese made with sweet potato. The cauliflower version is slightly less sweet tasting than the potato one, but still just as creamy and delectable. 

If you follow the recipe as is, there's a lot of sauce. I prefer my mac and cheeze exceptionally saucy so I add it all, but if you prefer, only add half and save the rest for later or just cut the sauce ingredients in half. 

Produce On Parade - Cauliflower Mac & Cheeze - This lightened vegan mac and cheeze made with cauliflower is creamy and rich, and as always the nutritional yeast lends that proper "cheesy" flavor.

Isn't she a beaut? 

Produce On Parade - Cauliflower Mac & Cheeze - This lightened vegan mac and cheeze made with cauliflower is creamy and rich, and as always the nutritional yeast lends that proper "cheesy" flavor.
Produce On Parade - Cauliflower Mac & Cheeze - This lightened vegan mac and cheeze made with cauliflower is creamy and rich, and as always the nutritional yeast lends that proper "cheesy" flavor.
Produce On Parade - Cauliflower Mac & Cheeze - This lightened vegan mac and cheeze made with cauliflower is creamy and rich, and as always the nutritional yeast lends that proper "cheesy" flavor.
Produce On Parade - Cauliflower Mac & Cheeze - This lightened vegan mac and cheeze made with cauliflower is creamy and rich, and as always the nutritional yeast lends that proper "cheesy" flavor.
Produce On Parade - Cauliflower Mac & Cheeze - This lightened vegan mac and cheeze made with cauliflower is creamy and rich, and as always the nutritional yeast lends that proper "cheesy" flavor.

I know you're going to love this non-dairy, 100% vegan mac & cheeze. It's a tricksy way to sneak some healthy vegetables into a child's/husband's diet and also on the lighter side of the calorie scale too!

Produce On Parade - Cauliflower Mac & Cheeze - This lightened vegan mac and cheeze made with cauliflower is creamy and rich, and as always the nutritional yeast lends that proper "cheesy" flavor.
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Cauliflower Mac & Cheeze
This lightened vegan mac and cheeze made with cauliflower is creamy and rich, and as always the nutritional yeast lends that proper "cheesy" flavor. Notes: For a very saucy dish, add the entire cheeze sauce or save half for later if you prefer.
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. dry pasta
  • 1 small head of cauliflower (8-12 oz), florets only
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1 cup unsweetened, plain coconut or soymilk
  • heaping ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • ½ Tbsp. liquid aminos or soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric
  • ¼ tsp. mustard (optional)
  • pinch of ground black pepper
Instructions
In a large saucepan, bring a pot of salted water to a boil for the pasta. Once boiling, add and cook according to package, then drain. Break apart the cauliflower florets and steam for no more than 10 minutes, until just tender, in an electric or stovetop steamer. Transfer the florets to a blender.Add the remaining ingredients to the blender as well and blend on high for several minutes, until smooth and creamy. Add half or the entire amount of the sauce to the pasta and stir well to combine. Serve hot.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6
Produce On Parade - Cauliflower Mac & Cheeze - This lightened vegan mac and cheeze made with cauliflower is creamy and rich, and as always the nutritional yeast lends that proper "cheesy" flavor.

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Cauliflower --> Blumenkohl (bloomen-coal) - Blumen means flowers and Kohl means cabbage!

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Sweet Potato Mac and "Cheese"

Oh, macaroni and cheese. Sweet, sweet mac and cheese...the ultimate comfort food. Cheese isn't really on my vegan list of ethically edible items, however, so what's a comfort food seeking vegan to do? Don't worry my dear compassionate foodie, I have the answer. Produce on Parade: Sweet Potato Mac and "Cheese"

This mac and "cheese", made with sweet potato is creamy, and rich, and as always the nutritional yeast lends that proper "cheesy" flavor. Honestly, I truly enjoy this version much more than the typical macaroni and cheese. Now that's saying something. Nostalgia is a hard thing to beat.

Produce on Parade: Sweet Potato Mac and "Cheese"

Sweet Potato Mac and "Cheese" 

Inspired by Detoxinista

Serves 4

  • 1 medium sweet potato, chopped
  • 1 cup almond milk (or nut-free milk for a nut-free mac and "cheese")
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp. pink Himalyan salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp. liquid aminos or soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. mustard seeds or mustard (optional)
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • desired pasta[gallery type="circle" ids="414,412,413"]

 

Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook pasta. I used about 6 servings.

Bring a medium pot of water to boil, insert steaming basket, and add chopped sweet potatoes. Cover, turn to medium-low and let steam for 10 minutes or until tender. Meanwhile, add the remaining ingredients, except pasta (obvs), into a blender and whirl on high until the mixture is smooth.[gallery type="rectangular" ids="411,409"]

When the sweet potatoes are done steaming, add them to the blender as well and whirl on high again for about a minute or so. Add water as needed to achieve the desired viscosity. Stir in as little or as much sauce as wanted to the cooked pasta.

I'm a firm believe that any day, good or bad, can be improved upon by a warm and creamy dish of mac and "cheese". Especially when no animals were exploited in the process.