Friday, September 30, 2011

Mac & Cheese Gets A Makeover

Nick's Favorite Vegan Mac & Cheese

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And now for the recipe...
I have tried several vegan mac and cheese recipes and enjoy this one the most. Plus, it's husband-tested and approved!

Creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Spelt Breadcrumbs

12 ounces quinoa macaroni, or spelt macaroni (or whole wheat or brown rice shells)
1/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour (or whole wheat pastry flour)
1/3 cup non-hydrogenated margarine (Earth Balance)
2 1/2 cups original soymilk or water
2/3 cup nutritional yeast flakes (found in health-food stores, already-packaged or in the bulk section; keep refrigerated or in the freezer after purchase)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp finely ground pepper
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 Tbsp light miso (found in health-food stores, Asian grocery stores, often in the refrigerated section)
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tsp stone-ground mustard
1/2 spelt or whole wheat bread crumbs
(Or 2 pieces spelt bread, 2 tsp olive oil,
dried herbs pulsed until fine in a food processor)
1 cup Daiya Cheddar Cheese *Optional (found in health-food stores, non-dairy, in the refrigerated section)


1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Bring about 6-8 cups of water to a boil. Add sea salt. Add the macaroni
and cook as described on the package. About 7-9 minutes.
3. Heat a medium-sized sauce pan and add the margarine. Whisk in the
flour and create a roux. Add soymilk, and whisk. Add remaining
ingredients and whisk. Cook for approximately 7 minutes, or until your
cheese sauce looks thick and creamy.
4. Once macaroni is finished cooking, combine with the cheese sauce and
place the whole mixture in a greased 8 x 8 pan. Top with breadcrumbs
and Daiya cheese if using.
5. Bake covered for approximately 30-35 minutes or until bubbles appear in
the center of your dish. Enjoy!

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