Who loves mac n’ cheeze? Growin up, I was practically raised off of Kraft Dinner. Not for lack of trying to get me to eat actual vegetables on my parents end. No, no. I just happened to be one of those bratty kids that would only eat certain things, wouldn’t try new things and would go on a hunger strike if I didn’t what I wanted.
When I first went vegan, I was a little sad at the prospect of giving up my beloved Kraft Dinner, but I have since found new and healthier ways to enjoy it. My original recipe can be found here. This new recipe just jazzes things up a bit.
Southwest Mac n’ Cheeze Sauce
1 cup of noodles of your choice (I used Tinkyada elbow-shaped rice noodles)
1 cup of fresh corn (or frozen if you can’t get your hands on any fresh)
1 cup of peas (I had to use frozen, I couldn’t find fresh at the market)
1 red pepper, chopped into bite-sized pieces
1 jalapeno, seeded & minced (leave some seeds if you like spice – I do not!)
1 large tomato, roughly chopped
4 leaves of chard, torn into bite-sized pieces
Start cooking the noodles according to the package directions. If you do use the Tinkyada ones, I tend to cook them 1-2 minutes less than the package instructs as I like them slightly chewy and not super soft and I also add a splash of oil immediately upon adding the noodles to the water and stir them up so they don’t stick together.
Warm a couple of tbsp of water (or oil) in a pot and sautée your veggies for approximately 5 minutes. While the noodles & veggies cook – get the sauce ready.
Cashew Coco Mac Cheeze
1/2 of cashews soaked in warm water for a few hours
1/4 cup of coconut milk
1 tbsp of nutritional yeast
1 tsp of turmeric
1/2 tsp of paprika
a pinch of cayenne
sea salt & pepper added to taste
Blend or process all of the ingredients until smooth & creamy.
Once the noodles are done cooking, drain them and add them to the sautéed veggies and add the sauce and stir to combine.
This can serve 4 hungry people on it’s own or more people if you have a nice, big salad to go with it. Enjoy & happy trails =)
So I’ve been a bad bloggie buddy I haven’t been keeping on top of reading your posts. It is my goal this weekend to get all caught up! I’ve been going through some things lately (like being homesick…) and I’m just trying to get back in the swing of things. You guys all rock my socks =D Have a fantabulous weekend!!