Vegan Macaroni and Cheese, kicked up with cayenne, garlic and onion. This creamy and delicious dish comforts and satisfies–without yeast flakes or gluten!
Vegan Mac and Cheese without Yeast Flakes
Disclaimer: I don’t have a fundamental problem with yeast flakes. As a matter of fact, I use yeast flakes in my recipe for Cauliflower “Egg” Salad. Let’s just call it preferential pairing. I prefer this ingredient in dishes that have a concert of stronger flavors. To get the velvety creamy sauce that is typical in any traditional Macaroni & Cheese recipe, I enlisted the help of my Creamy Vegan Alfredo.
Vegan Mac and Cheese Made with Cauliflower
To this day so many people cannot believe that it is cauliflower that brings so much of the smoothness to that sauce. Using that as a starting point I created a recipe for Vegan Macaroni and Cheese. It is not only as delectable as its non plant-based counterpart, but also extremely flexible and nutritious.
Kicked Up Vegan Macaroni and Cheese
If you are a fan of garlic and onion (like everyone in my family) feel free to add a little extra to the sauté .
While blending the sauce, I added cayenne pepper for a nice spicy kick–but if spicy kick isn’t your thing, just omit it. If you’re like my daughter and you can really take the heat, then add more! Cayenne is great for revving up the metabolism.
Additionally, I used vegan cheddar cheese, but next time I’m going to try using the vegan pepperjack cheese. And don’t think I’m not already planning to test out adding a small can of green chilies to this tasty dish!
Nutritious Vegan Macaroni and Cheese
The cashews, olive oil, garlic and onion are great sources of plant-based protein, healthy fats and antioxidants.
But the cauliflower is the nutritional powerhouse in the mix. One cup of chopped cauliflower offers 85 percent of your daily value of vitamin C! Feel free to check out my Cauliflower “Egg” Salad post to find out all of the other great nutrients packed into this cruciferous veggie.
And once you find out how much cauliflower has to offer you will definitely want to check out my round-up of 6 Plant-based & Gluten-free Ways to Make Cauliflower Decadent and Delicious!