Mac & Cheese is a favourite dish for kids and adults alike. It is super simple, cheap and fast to make. The original dairy cheese version is, however, not very healthy for a number of reasons. That is why we are super stoked to present you with a much healthier alternative, without compromising on texture and flavour.
It is in general a common misunderstanding that people who eat a plant based diet should somehow be missing out on the food they used to eat and like and that they simply survive off a flavourless diet consisting of grass. 🙂
We are so happy to tell you that nothing could be further from the truth.
We have never come across a traditional dish which we could not make a plant based version of. And not only will it 99.9 % of the time have the same or better taste and texture, it will also always be a healthier version as you eliminate or strongly decrease the cholesterol, trans- and saturated fats, inflammatory agents etc. which are all associated with especially meat, dairy and eggs.
So let’s get to it. Here is our take on the traditional Mac & Cheese in a plant based version. 🙂
Making 4 Portions
What you need:
Macaroni (what you think you need to feed 4)
2 small potatoes
1 small carrot
1,5 dl water (preferably use the water from boiled veggies)
1 small chopped onion
1 handful raw cashews, unsalted
1 dl coconut milk (canned)
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
Juice from 1/2 lemon or 1 lime
Pinch of himalayan salt
Garlic powder to taste
Cayenne pepper to taste
Paprika to taste
i) Chop the potatoes and carrot and boil until soft. You can also peel them if you prefer. Chop the onion in cubes and put them in the blender together with the boiled potatoes and carrots together with all the other ingredients – including 1,5 dl cooking water.
ii) Then blend until the “cheese” looks smooth and without lumps.
iii) Cook the macaroni (we prefer ours ‘al dente’) and mix with the “cheese”.
We recommend to sprinkle some nutritional yeast, paprika, coriander and/or basilica on top for extra flavouring and then enjoy!
N.B. We usually cook some other vegetables on the side to make the dish even more filling and nutritious like string beans, broccoli, cauliflower or similar. This time we chose to steam some broccoli and it was delicious!
Jen & Kris