Heath-ified Mexican Mac and Cheese
- 1 box pasta noodles, cooked (sub gluten-free pasta)
- 1/2 yellow onion, sliced thin
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 poblano pepper, diced
- 1/2 cup corn, frozen or canned
- 2 tablespoons vegan buttery spread, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- dash of cayenne
- 1 1/2 cups non dairy milk
- 2 tablespoons all purpose flour (sub gluten free all purpose flour)
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
- 2 teaspoons turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic, crushed
- tortilla chips
- hot sauce
- Heat a large pot over medium-low heat with 1 tablespoon of vegan buttery spread. Once melted, add in your thinly sliced yellow onion. Sauté until the onion begins to turn translucent.
- Add in your diced peppers and corn into the pot, along with the chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, 1/4 teaspoon salt, pepper, and cayenne. Increase the heat to medium-high and sauté veggies for 5-7 minutes. (This is a good time to start cooking your pasta on another burner.)
- When your peppers and onions are soft, add in your nut milk, all purpose flour, nutritional yeast, turmeric, garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stir this mixture until is becomes a smooth, creamy mixture.
- Keep this pot on low heat, stirring occasionally, until your pasta is cooked & drained. Once your pasta is ready, pour it into the pot with the cheesy vegetable mixture and stir so that everything is evenly coated.
- Take off the heat and serve! EAT UP.
My sister and I recently had a conversation about how she wants to cut back on dairy, because she literally eats it for almost every meal. And I don’t blame her, I mean… cheese is a great thing. But it can also make your allergies act up, give you sinus problems, or just generally upset your stomach. So I think it’s good for everyone, not just vegans, to hit the breaks on dairy at times. Plus there are so many amazing ways to eat cheesy things without eating cheese. For instance, this Mexican Mac ‘N Cheese is the perfect example! It’s a cheesy tasting delicious sauce (think Kraft but much more gourmet tasting), except there’s NO CHEESE ANYWHERE. Fancy, huh?
The recipe is SUPER simple to make. Just throw some onions, corn and peppers into a pot and sauté. Add in your cheese sauce ingredients (which includes nutritional yeast to make it taste cheesy), then throw in some pasta. WHAM. You’ve got a dairy free mac and cheese option! WHOO. I highly suggest serving it with avocado and chips. Then it’s like a full festive Mexican meal! If you’re a skeptic, I dare you to just try it. And if you hate it then you can make a voodoo doll of me and poke it or drown it in cheese sauce. (Okay don’t actually do that.) But truly, I think if you go into this situation with an open mind you’ll come out pretty excited about what goes into your mouth.