Hey there friends! Today is a special post, because not only am I sharing my amazing vegan mac and cheeze recipe with you, I’m also “guest posting” this recipe on my friend Nicole’s blog, Living Well with Nic!
Hey there new people! I’m so excited to be here in a new corner of the internet sharing some vegan recipes and knowledge with you all! Today I’ll be talking about my NEW Vegan Mac & Cheeze recipe!
Before I get into the recipe, I want to introduce myself! I’m the vegan blogger behind Educating Earthlings. I love everything food and fitness!
I create vegan recipes for busy earthlings that are always well balanced in their macros (because fitness goals). I also help others who are looking to start their own plant based (vegan) lifestyle and need guidance along the way.
Vegan Mac & Cheeze
I’ve dabbled with sauce recipes a lot over the past year+ being vegan and I’ve finally come up with the perfect blend for some extra creamy cheese sauce! I’ve tried so many different style and ingredient blends until one day I amazed myself (and my hubby).
First I started out with a low fat recipe that included just potatoes, carrots & onions. The flavor was okay, but the texture wasn’t there. My husband was definitely turned off by the starchy texture and stuck to his fav Daiya brand.
Side note about Daiya mac & cheese: It’s AMAZING that companies are offering a vegan alternative to classic American staples – like box mac & cheese – but it’s still overly processed and not health food. I prefer to stick to a small ingredient list coming from whole foods!
Finally I found balance in eating more healthy fats and experimented with adding cashews in the cheeze sauce. It turned out perfectly! There are a lot of variations that are delicious, but the one I’m sharing today is by far my favorite. With that said, experiment on your own with different ratios to figure out what your prefer!
Benefits of eating healthy fats
When I first started eating a vegan diet, I was really into the high-carb-low-fat (#hclf) style. This is healthy for humans since we really only need about 10% of our calories coming from protein and 10% from fats.
After learning more about a well balanced plant based diet, I discovered that it’s okay to hit 20-25% protein and 20% fats! Especially since I am trying to gain a little muscle 😉
Eating between 15-20% healthy fats every day will help your body build muscle, strong bones, healthy skin and beautiful hair! Plus it’s more sustainable than limiting yourself to less than 10% fat daily!
Which fats are healthy?
So now that you know it’s okay to eat more fats (compared to the standard HCLF vegan diet trends), now you need to know where to get those healthy fats from.
The majority of your fats should be coming from avocados, nut, seeds and some from organic soy products like tofu and tempeh. Stay away from processed oils and only use them when you need to for baking in very small amounts.
In this mac and cheeze recipe, the healthy fats are coming from cashews. Which tend to have a creamy texture when prepared correctly.
How to Prep the Sauce!
Stary by soaking 1 cup Organic Raw Cashews in boiling water for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, peel and chop one medium sized sweet potato, one medium sized white onion and 2-3 large carrots. Boil these root veggies until they are soft.
Combine the soaked cashews, soft root veggies and 1/4 cup Organic Nutritional Yeast in a high speed blender (blendtec or vitamix recommended) and pulse until smooth. Add Organic Almond Milk as needed to thin. Feel free to add some extra spices like garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper or a little salt!
Cook your Banza High Protein Pasta according to the package and smother in your cheezy sauce! Top with some homemade parmesan cheese (find the full recipe in this post) and serve warm!
NOTE: You will have leftover sauce. You can freeze this in portioned containers until you are ready to use again to make for a quick and easy dinner.
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Vegan mac & cheese made from whole foods and healthy ingredients Freeze leftover sauce in smaller portions for easily thaw, heat and serve again!
Vegan Mac & Cheeze
Cook: Yield: 2-4 servings (plus leftover sauce) Total:
Vegan mac & cheese made from whole foods and healthy ingredients
Freeze leftover sauce in smaller portions for easily thaw, heat and serve again!