I didn’t eat Mac and cheese until I was, well, a mother.
Most children grow up eating the obey-gooey dish for dinner or lunch. My mother never made the cheese-based meal (I had pretty bad lactose sensitivity issues) and instead cooked up a ton of shoyu chicken, tofu-egg entrees, and baked salmon for our family’s entree staples. Pasta or spaghetti only made an appearance once in awhile, and the majority of our food was very Asian-local-centered (think: rice with furikake at every meal, teriyaki sauces covering meat).
When my son and daughter discovered the delectable goodness of Mac and cheese, it was purely by chance. I was too tired one night to make anything resembling a balanced meal, so the powdered Kraft Mac and cheese was the ticket. And as the years went by, that blue box became a staple in the pantry.
But, since I am on a vegan cooking kick, I decided to try veganizing the traditional Macaroni and cheese. And you know what??? My kids gobbled it up. And you know what else??? It took me only 10 minutes to make…about the same as it would have if I used the powdered cheese from the blue box. 😉
10-minute Vegan Mac and Cheese
3/4-1 cup dry elbow macaroni (I used a rice-based pasta)
2 TBSP plant-based margarine/butter (any brand will work)
2 TBSP chickpea flour
1/4-1/3 cup Almond milk
3 spoonfuls of nutritional yeast
Daiya shredded cheese (I used the mozzarella)
Sprinkle of salt (optional)
Boil the elbow macaroni until soft.
Heat the margarine/butter in a pot on the stove and mix with the chickpea flour.
Add in the almond milk and nutritional yeast to the butter/flour mixture and stir until it is a liquid consistency.
Stir in the elbow macaroni and while stirring, add in a handful of Daiya cheese. Continue stirring the macaroni mixture, adding cheese if necessary.
Sprinkle in salt if desired.
That’s it! So easy to make, and so delicious to eat! I may never buy the blue box again… 😉
On another note…
I am looking to try to veganize a few more “local” Hawaiian dishes…kalua pig and cabbage and hamburger steak are (hopefully!) up next. What other meals would you want to see me try to veganize? What meals have you already veganized? Comment below!