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Mac And Cheese with Greens and Nuts

Mac And Cheese with Greens and Nuts

We are having vegan mac and cheese for dinner! However, don't think this is your typical mac and cheese. We went above and beyond to make this classic a delicious, super healthy, and quick vegan lunch option. 

We are making this vegan mac and cheese from scratch and it will only take us 25 minutes from start to finish. It's an easy recipe that anyone can follow along and it's made with all readily available ingredients. 

I absolutely love mac and cheese! It has to be one of my favourite pasta dishes of all times. And for a long while, I felt I was missing out since I hadn't found a vegan recipe that I really loved. Also, vegan mac and cheese is not the healthiest thing to eat on a regular basis. 

For this reason, I decided to whip together the perfect vegan mac and cheese recipe in my world. I love it and so does everybody else.  Every time I share it with someone, I get nothing but compliments. I also get asked for the recipe a lot, therefore I'm sharing it here so everyone can have it.

Mac And Cheese with Greens and Seeds ingredients

For the perfect mac and cheese, we need pasta cooked al dente and a creamy cheese sauce. We don't want our macaroni to end up in a watery sauce. So the consistency matters here, and it matters a lot. 

To get the creamy sauce right, in both consistency and flavour, I mixed a few different things. First of all, I'm using soy cream, soy milk and some vegan cheese to get us a thick heartwarming sauce. Then, to get the very characteristic mac and cheese taste in a vegan world, I seasoned the sauce with cajun spice, sea salt, and of course, nutritional yeast for that fermented cheesy flavour. 

As you might know now, I tend to stuff leafy greens wherever I believe I can get away with it. And I can definitely get away with it here. This is where our healthy vegan mac and cheese gets even healthier! And of course, a lot more delicious. 

vegan mac and cheese sauce

I also added a handful of mixed nuts and seeds to this yummy pasta dish. We get a bit more texture, a bunch more nutrients as well. Nuts and seed are a great source of protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals, and the often forgotten healthy fats, such as Omegas 3 6 9.

Once you have all the elements ready, mix the pasta with the sauce and the baby spinach, adjust the taste, and you are ready to serve this beauty. Sprinkle some nuts and seeds and enjoy this delicious meal! 

You can have it as a main dish or even as a side dish. Sometimes, I have a small salad with it to keep packing on those nutrients. Just make sure to make a big batch because you will want to come back for more. Enjoy!  

Mac And Cheese with Greens and Seeds top down

Ingredients
6
Prep time
5 minutes
Total time
Category: Lunch, Dinner
Serves: 4
Allergens: Soy

Ingredients

For the topping

  • 120 g baby spinach (cleaned)
  • 2 tsps cajun spice
  • 200 g grated vegan cheese
  • 32 g mixed seeds
  • 80 g nutritional yeast
  • 1½ tsps sea salt
  • 60 g soy cream
  • 243 g soy milk

For the Pasta

  • 342 g macaroni pasta

Directions

  1. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package.
  2. Add the liquids to a saucepan, together with the cajun spice, nutritional yeast and the vegan cheese.
  3. Simmer until you get a homogeneous mixture.
  4. Mix the pasta with the sauce and the baby spinach, adjust taste and serve with some nuts on top, enjoy!

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