Welcome to the very first installment of “Veganize It!”. I (Sarah) will feature a non-vegan recipe and show you how easy it is to make it vegan. Get ready to learn some sweet vegan moves in the kitchen as I teach you the basics and then some. Put on yo’ oven mitts or apron and get ready to EAT!
First up, a super delicious and decadent dish that everyone loves…mac and cheese. Not just any mac and cheese either. PAULA DEEN’S creamiest mac and cheese. Why not? Here is the link to the original recipe: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/recipe/paula-deen-recipe-creamiest-mac-cheese-18155375
I will repost the original recipe’s ingredients and then our recipe replacements so you can start to learn how to veganize common dishes. Enjoy and be sure to follow the ingredients on the BOTTOM (please don’t eat Paula’s).
2 cups elbow macaroni (8 ounces)
3 tablespoons butter
2 large eggs
3/4 cup heavy cream or evaporated milk
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 teaspoon mustard powder
Pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (6 ounces)
8 slices American cheese
2 cups wheat elbow macaroni OR gf brown rice macaroni
3 tbsp earth balance or coconut butter
(We won’t be using an egg replacer here!)
1 cup almond, soy, or plant milk of choice!
½ tsp-1 tsp salt (dang Paula!)
½ tsp black pepper¼ tsp mustard powder
pinch of smoked paprika (optional)
1 ½ cups Daiya vegan cheddar cheese
¼ cup- ½ cup tofutti cream cheese OR a cashew cheese spread OR sunflower seed spread (soy free)
¼ cup nutritional yeast flakes
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 ½ tsp cornstarch or tapioca starch
2 tbsp sesame tahini
1 ½ tbsp ketchup
2 tbsp flour (wheat or chickpea)
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the macaroni according to the package directions. Drain well and return the pasta to the pot. Add the butter and stir over medium heat until the butter has melted and the pasta is coated.
IN a separate medium saucepan, whisk the milk, pepper, salt, mustard powder, paprika, nutritional yeast, flour, starch, ketchup, tahini, and lemon juice over medium heat. Stir continuously until thick. Add in the cheeses and stir with a spoon until cheese is all melted and well combined. Pour cheese sauce over macaroni and stir well. EAT! You can also pour it into a casserole dish and bake for 15-20 minutes until the top is crispy (just like Grandma used to make!).