I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to FINALLY have a finished ratio of ingredients for the dairy-free mac-n-cheese sauce that I KNOW my daughter will like time after time. For parents who have children with picky tastebuds and texture preferences, these types of go-tos can be lifesavers in the kitchen!

This particular recipe I created to include a sneaky source of beta-carotene rich vegetables for coloring, and hemp hearts for ALA Omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, and heart health.

Vegan Veggie Mac-N-Cheese

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A dairy-free, nutrient-dense sauce for a healthy soul-food fix of mac and cheese!

Ingredients

  • 12 oz butternut squash, cooked and cubed
  • 1 large carrot, peeled, cut in chunks and steamed
  • 1/2 cup cashews, soaked overnight or boiled for 7-8 minutes
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts
  • 2 medium garlic cloves 
  • 2/3 cup water (or more if needed) 
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice 
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast 
  • 1/2 T sea salt
  • 1/4 t paprika
  • 1/4 t mustard seed powder 
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (optional)
  • Cayenne pepper, to taste for a spicy kick! (optional)
  • Chopped chives or basil, additional paprika

Directions

  1. Combine butternut squash, cashews, hemp hearts, carrots, garlic, lemon juice and water in a high speed blender, like a Vitamix, and blend for 20-30 seconds until smooth.
  2. Add remaining dry ingredients, and continue blending until fully combined. Texture should be fairly creamy. Add more water for thinner texture.
  3. Add to your favorite pasta, konjac noodles, zoodles or whatever pasta flair you prefer. Tastes great with creative salads, steamed veggies, or as a dip for wraps!
  4. Enjoy!

Be sure to comment with any alternations you made or how you creatively used this sauce in your home.

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Imagine this: A mac-n-cheese alternative that tastes good AND is free of all of this:::

Nuts. Dairy. Eggs. Meat. Soy. Corn. Gluten. Wheat. Grain.

I made it happen one night at dinner. I’ll be honest… I felt like a kitchen-super-mom when my husband even approved of the final outcome during the “taste test.” Seriously… where’s my apron with a cape attached when I need it? (more…)