Mac and Cheese Meal Starter
2 cups nondairy milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
1-1 1/4 cups nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/2 pound firm silken tofu
1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise (I use Vegenaise)
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons tahini
1/2 teaspoon turmeric, optional
3/4-1 teaspoon dry mustard (Coleman's English is great), optional
1/4 teaspoon cayenne, optional
1 tablespoon hot sauce (I use Texas Pete), optional
1 pound pasta (I use ditalini)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine all ingredients except for the pasta in a blender, and blend until very smooth.
2. Boil noodles, strain and put back in pan. Pour sauce over noodles, stir and put into the baking dish.
3. Bake for15-20 minutes. Stir and serve. Keep leftovers covered.
This dish tends to get a little dry after the first day...so the next day is perfect for doing one of the ideas below.
Here are a few of the combos that I have tried:
tuna bake: seaweed flakes, parsley, peas, extra cheese
hamburger helper: diced tomatoes, burger crumbles, tomato paste, hot sauce, dried onion
reuben: sauerkraut, tempeh, tomato paste, dollop sweet and dill relish, extra cheese
stroganoff: sour cream and cream cheese instead of vegan mayo, fried seitan, mushrooms, sherry or wine,1 cup broth + 1/2 cup nondairy milk, Worcestershire sauce
curry: curry powder, onion, cumin, hot pepper, mango, cauliflower, peas
Mexican 1: onions, corn, cilantro, salsa, cumin and black olives
Mexican 2: kidney beans, black olives, scallions, chorizo
Hawaiian: pineapple, veggie ham or bologna, chopped, extra cheese, onion
Picnic: 8 ounces sliced and fried veggie hot dogs, scallions or chives, extra cheese
PMS: banana peppers, green olives, scallions, extra cheese, veggie meatballs
Italian: diced tomatoes, pesto, veggie meatballs, red peppers, cannelini beans
Pot Pie: sour cream and cream cheese for vegan mayo, broth instead of milk, pearl onions, mushrooms, carrots, peas, parsley
All of the variations had to be tweaked a little….an extra splash of milk here….less salt there….Use your imagination and post your creations…..One thing I love about this site is our ability to tweak any recipe. So, tweak away.....If you don’t love it…..I at least hope you don’t hate it! Have a beautiful day!