vegan mac and cheese, v2.

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My go-to mac and cheese recipe is here.

But I recently branched out and tried something new. Its kind of a hodge podge of recipes I have come across – mostly inspired by the veg news mac and chesese, which is one of the best but has SO. MUCH. EARTH BALANCE!

I found a way to make something similar. I love this recipe because it actually has vegetables in it. And you can mess around with it and make it your own.

  • 1 box macaroni
  • 1 cup peeled and diced yellow or red potatoes
  • ¼ cup peeled and diced carrots
  • ⅓ cup chopped onion
  • ¾ cup vegetable broth
  • ½ cup raw cashews (if not using a high speed blender, make sure to soak these first!)
  • ¼ cup plain almond milk (or coconut milk!)
    3 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tspn smoked paprika
  • lots of fresh black pepper
    1. Start the water for your macaroni noodles while you are prepping the sauce. When the water is boiling, add and start cooking the noodles.
    2. Bring several cups of water to boil in a small pot. Place chopped potatoes, carrots, and onion in the boiling water, and cook for about 10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender and soft enough to blend.
    3. When veggies are soft enough to blend, use a slotted spoon to remove them from cooking water, and place them in your blender. Add all the ingredients in your blender as well.  If
    4. Blend until smooth.
    5. Pour sauce over your cooked macaroni noodles in a dish of your choice, taste for salt, and serve.

      I love to serve with roasted brussel sprouts and topped with uptons bacon.  Roasted brocolli is good too! or throw some fresh spinach in the hot water right before the noodles are done and serve with the wilted spinach mixed in.

      Also, you can make the sauce ahead of time, and keep in the fridge for a few days for when you are ready to go.This meal doesnt take long to begin with, but its extra speedy, when all you have to do is heat up your sauce in a sauce pan while you are boiling the water for your noodles. You may want to add a little more veg broth if your sauce seems too thick when reheating. just be sure to heat on low-medium and stir often!

      Enjoy!

portabella bagel sandwich with garlic creme.

PORTABELLABAGEL
Oh, this sandwich….never mind that your breath will smell like garlic for the evening – its totally worth it.

4 portobello mushrooms
4 seasame bagels
Tomatoes
Baby Spinach
1 avocado
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon dried thyme
Salt and pepper

Uptons seitan bacon (or make your own tempeh bacon!)

Garlic Cream Sauce:
1/3 pack of mori-nu soft silken tofu
10 cloves garlic, peeled and gently crushed
1 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoons Dijon mustard
Juice of one lemon
Salt and pepper

For the mushrooms: In a large shallow container whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, mustard, thyme, parsley salt and pepper. Once combined, place the mushrooms in the container and turn a few times to get them coated nicely. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes or so.

For the garlic cream sauce: Add to a food processor or blender the tofu, garlic, lemon juice, mustard, parsley, salt and pepper.

Fry up your uptons bacon, or start making your tempeh bacon.

Toast your bagel, add mushroom and bacon – top with lots of garlic creme sauce, spinach, tomato, and avocado!

Its messy, but its super tasty! Enjoy!!