Are you ready for HEALTHY mac and cheese? It’s a bewildering question:
“How the heck can mac and cheese be healthy, Gubba?”
Well, let me walk you through how I composed such a dish. First, let me be clear: this recipe is vegan and the “cheese” sauce is crafted from cooked vegetables and seasoned to perfection with spices and nutritional yeast. I’m not vegan, but I don’t avoid vegan recipes. I find the meals intriguing, easy to make, and oftentimes, quite healthy!
Recently, a family member went dairy-free due to allergies. This prompted me to seek yummy alternatives to their favorite dishes—one being mac and cheese! Dairy cheese is a hard flavor to mimic. You can find “dairy-free” cheese at the store, or you can use nutritional yeast to mimic a cheesy flavor. I’ve experimented with nutritional yeast, and have used it to make a few “cheesy” sauces. This vegan cheese sauce is by far my favorite because it’s so dang healthy!
This classic vegan mac and cheese recipe may seem daunting or unusual, but it’s a tasty alternative to dairy mac and cheese! What I love about this recipe is it’s fast and easy to prepare. While the vegetables cook, you can prepare the cheese sauce base. Use a blender to mix the vegan cheese ingredients, and you’re good to go!
You can opt for any type of pasta – wheat, traditional, gluten-free, or garbanzo to pair with this creamy vegan cheese sauce! I ventured out with garbanzo pasta, and it was delicious! I didn’t noticed a flavor or texture difference but my palate is most likely different than yours. I’ve also used traditional pasta with this recipe, and the flavor is consistent. Your pasta choice revolves around your dietary needs, so choose what works for you! It is neat to see the grocery shelves lined with pasta options. Of course, you can make your own pasta as well!