Alright party people. I've got a trove of macaroni and cheese recipes in my arsenal. It’s part of the mommy job description. But when it comes to veganizing my favorite recipes, I went way back to basics to one of the most ubiquitous foods of my childhood - Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Unless you grew up in a bubble, you’ve had that orange powder (several hundred times). Now is the time to make it healthy, cruelty-free and yummier than ever... The convenience of this recipe is beyond compare. We’re gonna make a nice sized jar of the orange powder to satisfy at least a dozen meals. This stuff lasts many months in the pantry, is awesome for quick meals, babysitters, anytime you would break out that beloved Kraft. Let’s go!
What you need: For the Mac:
1 Package of Elbow Macaroni or Pasta of choice
1.25 C Raw Cashews
1 C Nutritional Yeast
1 Tbl Garlic Powder
1 Tbl Onion Powder
1 Tbl sea salt
1 Tbl Paprika
1/2 Tsp Turmeric
4 Tbl binding flour such as arrowroot, tapioca - can sub cornstarch
1 Tbl mustard seed
1/4 Tsp White pepper, optional
Vegan Butter (try our super delicious Best Butterless Butter recipe here)
Non-dairy Milk (homemade is so easy, store-bought even easier)
Killer Veggie Bacon (recipe here)
1 Head of Broccoli cut into florets
5-8 Garlic Cloves finely chopped, or 1 tsp garlic powder
1-2 tbl oil
3/4 tsp sea salt
3/4 tsp mustard seed
What you do:
If you’re making the bacon - start that now, it takes the longest. The recipe makes a big container that can last many salads, sandwiches, pastas & more.
Then start the broccoli - preheat the oven to 375. Chop the broc into florets, season with a bit of oil, sea salt, crushed or granulated garlic & mustard seed. (Dr. Michael Gregor of nutritionfacts.org brings to light the benefit of eating cruciferous vegetables and their cancer fighting ability. However when they are cooked those cells get squashed, except for when using mustard seed - don't you love how food is medicine?) - cook for 20-30 minutes until lightly browned on the tops.
While that's cooking, make your macaroni & blend your orange Kraft powder. Place all Kraft mix ingredients in a blender and make sure to watch the blend/pulse so that it gets to a powder (but not a butter! cheesy nut butter isn't good for anything).
I'm gonna throw you an even quicker method which doesn't involve blending - using store-bought almond flour or oat flour (which would make it nut-free). In this case use 1 cup of nut-flour. Then you literally just put everything into a container and shake to combine. How easy is that?
Combine pasta with non dairy milk, vegan butter & orange powder. I suggest you eyeball this as you taste. If that makes you nervous, try 2 cups of cooked pasta with 3 Tbl Butter, 1/4-1/2 C Milk & 6 Tbl Kraft Mix.
Hope this recipe becomes a pantry staple & transports your palate back to childhood.