Mac & Casheese

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Mac N’ Cheese is the ultimate comfort food, but not something everyone can enjoy. Here we give you a dish everyone can enjoy, and it’s still just as comforting as the alternative. Our fun plant based version of Mac N’ Cheese.

Ingredients:
16 oz macaroni (preferably quinoa or brown rice noodles)
2 c broccoli, florets
1½ c peas
1 c water
¾ c nutritional yeast
½ c cashews
1½ T tahini
½ lemon, juiced
1 tsp turmeric
½ tsp garlic granules
1/8 tsp paprika
1 tsp mellow white miso (optional)
black pepper to taste
Directions:
  1. Fill a medium size pot half way with water and bring it to a boil on the stovetop. Once the water is boiling, add the pasta and cook according to package directions. Set a timer so that you’re sure not to overcook the pasta. Once the noodles are just the way you like them, use a colander to drain the pasta. While doing this, you can run the pasta under cold water to prevent noodles from cooking longer. Return pasta to pot with just a little bit of water. Keep removed from the heat.
  2. While the pasta cooks, measure out 1½ cups of peas and set aside. Steam the broccoli in a separate pan. To do this, fill this pan with 1-2 inches of water and add a steam basket and lid. Put the pot on medium-high heat to bring water to a boil. Then add the broccoli florets, letting them steam until they have a desirable softness
  3. Grind the cashews in a spice grinder to form a cashew powder. A coffee grinder or blender would also work. Be sure to dry the appliance completely so you don’t end up with cashew paste.
  4. Blend all remaining ingredients together in a blender. Once the sauce has a creamy consistency, fold it into the cooked macaroni. Turn the heat up to low, and stir in the peas and broccoli. Let cook for just a few minutes to let the flavors blend and warm everything up. Serve immediately and sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper.

Serves: 4-6
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