Simple Plant-Based Mac and Ease

 
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When I first decided to transition to a mostly plant-based diet, macaroni and cheese was the first thing on my list of weekly indulgences I had to get rid of. Granted, it meant I was losing that pain in my stomach I constantly got after devouring an entire box to myself. Don't judge me, I know you've been there too.

I spent months trying to find the right recipe. But lot of them had cashews as their base, and since one of my best friends is allergic, I looked elsewhere in order to be as inclusive as possible. There were some that involved red pepper for color, but I felt that the flavor was a little too overpowering. I wanted a recipe that allowed me to have a simple base, and give you the opportunity to add whatever flavors you wanted depending on the cuisine. After looking through roughly 14 different recipes, and pulling my favorite components from pretty each, this is what I got. And it's too easy for you to not try at least once. Or twice. Or forever.


Simple Plant-Based Mac and Ease

Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 30 minutes | Yield: 6 servings

Paleo Version

  • 6 cups macaroni noodles, uncooked

  • 1 cup cauliflower, chunked

  • 1 cup carrots, chunked

  • 2 tsp cooking water + 1/4 cup plant milk or creamer

  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast

  • 1 tsp + 1 tsp kosher salt

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp onion powder

Vegan Version

  • 6 cups macaroni noodles, uncooked

  • 1 cup red potatoes, chunked

  • 1 cup carrots, chunked

  • 2 tsp cooking water + 1/4 cup plant milk or creamer

  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast

  • 1 tsp + 1 tsp kosher salt

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp onion powder

  1. Boil vegetables in water + 1 tsp salt until soft, about 25-30 minutes.

  2. While the vegetables cook, make noodles according to package instructions.

  3. Drain vegetables and add to blender with all other ingredients.

  4. Blend until smooth, and add plant milk or more cooking water to thin out sauce.