This is the turning point dish that made life much more normal again!!! I really missed cheese after becoming vegan, had to avoid the cheese section in the store, it made me have crazy thoughts. We tried almost all of the faux cheeses, and have found a few that are good, but this sauce is awesome, it does not have nutritional yeast which is like kryptonite to the kids!!!!!
MAC-N-CHEESE, a staple of a kids diet!!!!! A guilty pleasure that even adults indulge, relish, crave, ok.... I am going over board!!!!
This recipe originated with a "veganize-it" recipe in Vegnews, by Allison Rivers Samson. I have streamlined it a bit to suit my time realities, so that I can make Mac-N-Cheese as quick as "kraft" only with less fat, better nutrition, and no guilt!!!! I would put this up against Stouffers mac-n-cheese(my childhood favorite) or the kind at a cafeteria made with velveeta.
This cheese base recipe has morphed into other guilt-free faves at the local vegan monthly potluck, Mac-N-No-Cheese, Not-Yo-Cheese, and Don't-Be-Alfredo.
Here's how easy it is:
- Water from a can of new potatoes + 1/2 onion + handful of baby carrots + 1 tooth of garlic, microwaved til soft
- Put the following in Vita Mix - Can of new potatoes (yes lazy but fast), handfull of raw cashews, 1/2 buttery stick, teaspoon, papricka + salt + teaspoon mustard sweat(yeah it is just the water that rises to the top, too much mustard and the kids won't touch it), add the softened veggies from the microwave. Blend till it is cheese sauce, and add to a pound of your KIDS favorite shape of pasta, mine like the big shells.
I sometimes double the recipe and put the extra in the fridge, I will add a can of rotel and some mexican spices for Not-Yo-Cheese sauce, which is good on tacos, nachos, enchiladas, or a spoon. I also nix the carrots and paprika, add white wine and extra garlic for Don't-Be-Alfredo sauce.
Yeah!!!!!!!!! He ate all of his salad!!!!!!
There was a chocolate chip cookie bribe!!!!!