Healthy Vegan Mac & Cheese

Healthy Vegan Mac & Cheese

Just hangin’ out on a Wednesday with some Netflix and macaroni and cheese – VEGAN Mac and Cheese! And yes, it’s all healthy ingredients.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m new at this whole blogging thing. I love sharing my journey to a healthy and sustainable life through the food I eat and occasionally sharing my workouts with y’all!

I want to dedicate this blog to sharing with everyone how delicious healthy vegan food can be! Aaaand that you can build muscle while eating vegan! My goal is to make vegan foods (or plant based foods) MAINSTREAM!

Today I want to talk teach you sunshines how to make your very own…

Healthy Vegan Mac & Cheese • Educating Earthlings

HEALTHY Vegan Mac & Cheese!

This recipe is inspired by The Glowing Fridge. Shannon, the blogger behind The Glowing Fridge, is the one who gave me the final push to going vegan. After I started her 5 day cleanse and never went back! Definitely go check out her recipes and videos and such! Midwest Blogger Tribe should definitely be a thing.

Here’s the simple list of ingredients needed to make this dish:

  • 2 Sweet Potatoes (or orange yams)
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 2 cups carrots
  • 15 oz of Cannellini beans (or great northern, or navy, basically any white bean)

Healthy Vegan Mac & Cheese • Educating Earthlings

Healthy Vegan Mac & Cheese • Educating Earthlings

Healthy Vegan Mac & Cheese • Educating Earthlings

I’ve tried this recipes a few times trying different spices and almond milk or boiling in vegetable broth, but I found that the simpler the ingredients the better it tastes! So my advice is to just stick to the basic root veggies and beans!

Another tip I can give you is make sure to use a high speed blender for the sauce. When I am at my apartment, we have a Ninja blender, which I love using for certain recipes and is super versatile! But I have found that it leaves the sauce slightly textured rather than super smooth (which is how I like it, just a preference).

However, when I am at my nanny family’s house, they have a Vitamix! 🙂 This. Is. The. Best.

Healthy Vegan Mac & Cheese • Educating Earthlings

When I make this for the kiddos, I get to use their Vitamix – this is the one they have – and it leaves the sauce so creamy and delicious! Elsa prefers her Mac & Cheese with actual cheese and I don’t blame her. But, little Jack will eat the vegan stuff with me and loves it!

Prep Pro Tip!

This sauce recipe will cover a whole box of pasta and you may even have some leftovers. What I like to do with with left sauce is add a little almond milk and call it soup!

With the leftover macaroni from this huge portion, you can freeze it! I always like freezing smart and think for my future. Freeze them in muffin tins before putting them in the freezer bag or container!

 

This will make it super easy to grab one or two nuggets to make yourself an easy serving of vegan mac & cheese!

Healthy Vegan Mac & Cheese • Educating Earthlings

What makes this sauce the best thing ever?

I have taken the recipe from The Glowing Fridge and added a complete protein, the beans! As some of you may know, I like to try to include at least 3 of my meals (out of 5) to contain a complete protein.

Check out this post to read more about complete proteins in a vegan diet

On one end of the spectrum, “fitness gurus” will say that you need to eat as many grams of protein per day as how much you weigh in pounds. That a crazy amount of protein and isn’t required to see amazing results.

On the other end of the spectrum, “high carb vegans” will say that you only need carbs to survive. Surprisingly to most people, there are no cases of vegans being protein deficient if they are getting enough calories.

Healthy Vegan Mac & Cheese • Educating Earthlings

 

I personally like to stick to about 15-20% protein, 10-15% fats and the rest carbs. I have stopped counting macro and calories for a while not, because I know that I will get plenty of protein in my fitness diet when I have 3 meals including those complete proteins.

One of them of course being Vega Protein! Seriously the best ever and I’ve tried many plant based protein powders.

You can find some on Amazon HERE or you can go directly to the Vega Website to order. This link will give you $15 off your second order after making an account at myvega.com! And sometimes you can even find a few options of Vega at Target!

Step by Step to Vegan Mac & Cheese

On to the recipe! You can watch my YouTube video I made walking you through how to make this savory dish, or you can just read it here 😉 duh…

First you gotta get those things washed and ready to boil! Roughly chop the onion and cube the sweet potato (leaving the skin on for vitamins of course) and I like using baby carrots for less prep work plus then the leftovers from the large bag and make for a great snack with some hummus!

Throw the sweet potato, onion and carrots into a pot and cover with water. Boil for about 20 minutes or until they are nice and soft. Make sure to save the water from this step! You will be using it later to thin out the sauce.

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Meanwhile clean up your prep stuff, and boil the noodles! I used whole wheat noodles, but at home I use gluten free noodles since my hubby is gluten sensitive (he honestly could have celiac disease because his sister does, but he’s terrified of needles and refuses to get a blood test…) anyways – Tony likes this brand for gluten free noodles.

When the root veggies are all nice and soft, scoop them out and into the blender. Add the beans and a little water (add the water slowly to make sure it doesn’t get too thin). Blend! Keep adding water until you reach your desired consistency!

Healthy Vegan Mac & Cheese • Educating Earthlings

Mix all this deliciousness together with the noodles and serve warm to everyone in the world! Just kidding, but definitely to your family and friends! Check the Prep Pro Tip above for how to store these bad boys.

Stuff Your Face & ENJOY!

Healthy Vegan Mac & Cheese

  • Yield: 6 large servings, varies on method
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 25 min

Ingredients

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 2 Cups carrots
  • 15 oz can Cannellini Beans
  • 1 box of pasta, your choice of GF or Whole Wheat

Instructions

  1. Wash and prep all produce. Roughly chop onion and cube the sweet potatoes, chop carrots or use baby carrots

  2. Boil the sweet potatoes, onion and carrots in water for about 20 minutes or until tender, SAVE THE WATER FROM BOILING

  3. Cook pasta according to package

  4. Blend together the cooked sweet potatoes, onion, carrots with the beans on high - keep adding the reserved water from boiling the root veggies until your desired consistancy

  5. Pour the sauce over the cooked pasta, mix well and serve!

Notes

Refrigerate or freeze leftovers! See the Prep Pro Tip above for more info in freezing smart!

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