Monday, July 29, 2013

Pour Some Vegan on Me: Mac & Cheese

There are many things you can no longer eat once you make the decision to walk the path of a Vegan. Growing up I was a dairy fanatic, and most of my family is to this day. (Even though almost ALL of them are lactose intolerant. They take the OTC pills and pile on the cheddar.)

For me, that is not my path - my path involves:

Which means... VEGAN MAC AND CHEESE!!

You will need:

1/2 bag of Pasta - I use rice pasta, and find that Trader Joe's has the best.
1 full package of Daiya cheese - when I made it last, I used pepper jack - use what you like
1 1/2 - 2 cups Veggie Broth (make sure it says vegan)
1/2 Onion - chopped
2 TBSP Flour
1 tspn Turmeric
2 TBSP Olive Oil
Around 1/2 Cup - Bread Crumbs

(Not in the photo)
1/2 Red pepper - chopped
1 TBSP Vegan Butter - like Earth Balance

Pre-heat oven to 375

Bring a big pot of salty water to boil - add pasta and undercook by about 2 minutes. Drain pasta and set aside. In the same pot heat up Olive Oil, and add the Onions and Peppers - sautee for about 5 minutes (until onions are clear) or if you want - sautee a little longer and let the onions and peppers get a little crispy around the edges. That's how I like it.

As they cook - heat up the broth in the microwave - 2 minutes on high.

Once the Peppers and Onions are cooked, dust with Flour - all 2 TBSP. Get the Peppers and Onions nicely coated - then slowly add the broth, making sure to stir as you go, scrapping the bottom to incorporate all the floury bits. Allow broth mixture to come to a boil.

Now, add Daiya Cheese and stir.

Add Turmeric for that nice (natural) orangey glow.

Stir in Pasta and let it all meld for a minutes - as you melt the Butter. Add Bread Crumbs to the Butter and set it aside. Take your Pasta and Cheese mixture off the stove, and pour into a well greased baking dish. Top with Butter Bread Crumb mixture and place in oven.

Bake for 20-30, until the bread crumbs are a golden brown, and your Daiya Cheese sauce is all bubbly and gooey.

Allow to cool (so you don't burn your face off) and enjoy!

Happy (vegan) eating!

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