Sunday, March 06, 2011

Vegan Mac and Cheese!

Simple and comforting, this Mac and Cheese comes together fast if you have staples on hand!

8 oz Dry Pasta of choice (I like brown rice), cooked in salted water

Sauce ingrediets
1 C Cashew Goat cheese
4 oz roasted red pepper (around 1/2 cup) or pimentos
1 c cooked white beans
pinch nutmeg
1/4 c nutritional yeast
2 t dijon
1 cup pasta cooking water
Salt/Pepper to taste
Chipotle Powder or Smoked Paprika for garnish

Blend the sauce ingredients together and heat on stove with the cooked macaroni. Save leftover sauce for other uses.

See how easy that is?

I'm making a big batch of my New Year's Day Black Eyed Peas in honor of Mardi Gras! I'll be subbing red beans for the peas which I pressure cooked already. I am really loooking forward to a big bowl of this spicy goodness!

Breakfast this morning was oatmeal that I cooked with cinnamon, apples, stevia and white beans pureed with water for the cooking liquid. I love adding beans to my oatmeal for a nutritional boost!  Check out my Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal recipe for instructions on how I do this! 

Finally, I have some really exciting news! I will go into more this week, but this summer, I will be embarking on a CROSS COUNTRY VEGAN ROAD TRIP!!  I am going to drive from New Hampshire to Portland where I will be speaking at Vida Vegan Conference! I plan on checking out the whole country to see if I want to move! Of course, I will blog all about it and will be setting up cooking classes and photoshoots along the way! I am super stoked!


  1. I have yet to find a vegan mac and cheese I really like, but this one has definite potential!

  2. Your photos AND recipes are incredible. You are the do-it-all girl, Melody! Come be my personal chef? I'll pay you in cookies ;).

  3. That's a LONG road trip! Whoa!

    Looking forward to seeing you in MN!

  4. very cool! maybe i can make it to portland to listen! i live about 4 hours away...the mac n cheese sounds so perfect. i am lacking sauerkraut, however...xoxo

  5. Road trip!!! Awesome. I hope I can see you at Vida Vegan.

    I love the pic of the mac and cheese with broccoli. So cute.

  6. don't be afraid of stopping in Salt Lake City! we actually have a few all vegan restaurants here that are worth checking out :)

  7. Ooooh that looks so good! i will definitely try it soon!

  8. That IS a long road trip! I am in MN too (and friends with Catherine :-) ) so hopefully we can all meet up when/if you drive through!


  9. If you want to stay in Cleveland, you are welcome to stay at my home!

  10. oooh I really want to make this! mac n cheese is the ideal american comfort food, and here in New Zealand, i need some of it!

  11. oh, can't wait to try your mac & cheeze- looks divine! can't wait to hear about your vegan cross country road trip- fun!!

  12. I've actually never made mac 'n' cheese, vegan or not. It's not as common a dish here in Australia! I think I might have to put this recipe near the top of my 'to-make' list to rectify matters :)

  13. Wow... it looks so creamy and delicious!

    Happy Carnevale!

    hip pressure cooking
    making pressure cooking hip, one recipe at a time!

  14. This looks to die for! I seriously think I need to make this!!

  15. I've gotta make that Mac and cheese! Yum! Is right!

  16. I hope you'll come to Wisconsin!

  17. That road trip is going to be awesome! You take the most beautiful pictures. Every single thing looks delicious!

  18. I love mac and cheese. I haven't had it in almost a year though, which is how long I have been a vegan. I'm going to have to try this recipe for sure!

    Sounds like an awesome road trip. If you end up any where close to me,(Jackson, TN), I'll be sure to come see you!

    Beans in oatmeal? I've seen several people doing that. I guess I'm going to have to give that a try too. :o)

  19. i love trying out other people's mac 'n cheeze recipes. so awesome, Melody - it looks wonderful and i love that you add in chipotle or smoked paprika - we add both in ours every time. so yum!

  20. OK, I may be slow, but what do you do with the white beans?

  21. Mary, they are part of the sauce ingredients so you blend them

  22. Love these "comfort" recipes that are so healthy!

  23. yum!

    I just started this healthy food photo sharing site:

    I would love it if you submitted your pretty food photos!