Everyone loves mac and cheese, right? Right.
Mac and cheese is not healthy, right? Right.
We eat our fair share of mac and cheese. Some simple, some with many ingredients, some stovetop, some baked, some with whole wheat pasta and veggies, some with your traditional elbows, some with cheese, some without. Its all pretty good. Yes, even without the cheese.
Cheese gets eaten around here, for sure. More than I would like, so any opportunity to cut some out, I take. And yes, mac and cheese is one of the places that I do this. This is the best mac and cheese ever. It is creamy and delicious.
There are plenty of vegan mac and cheese recipes out there. Most involving nutritional yeast. They’re good, but really, nutritional yeast just doesn’t taste like cheese. Its nutty and yummy but it tastes like nutritional yeast. This recipe is a bit more complicated, as you have to soak raw cashews, cook the veggies, and it is baked; but its not difficult, and it is worth it. My brother has asked for this multiple times, and he is not vegan. My husband didn’t realize it wasn’t cheese. I would even feel confident serving this to people who didn’t know it was vegan (making sure they aren’t allergic to nuts, of course). Really, go for it.
The picture above is obviously with spinach, which I hadn’t done before. It was good, but I would try it plain first. Best vegan mac and cheese ever.
So while this is one of my most favorite things to eat, it is something that has to be planned, as the cashews need to be soaked. I decided last minute that I wanted some mac and cheese the other day and found a recipe on, of course Pinterest, for a traditional (ie, with cheese) super quick and “healthier” mac and cheese recipe. I’ve tried “healthy” mac and cheese before, even one with chickpeas (not good), and I am a healthy mac and cheese skeptic. This one claimed, no butter, no cream, just milk and cheese and some spices.
Simon, of course, goes vegan. He can’t eat mac and cheese yet. Well, technically he could, I’m pretty sure he would have loved either of them, but no additional salt for him yet.
Simon really loves most things that he eats, but he especially loves carrots. And I’m sure one day he’ll especially love mac and cheese, and I love that I have some awesome recipes, that are semi-healthy, and even involve some carrots.