anti recipe: unreal vegan mac n’ cheese

People who don’t have food allergies sensitivities (or don’t think that they do…) are the first to knock anything made without flour, butter or sugar as “not as good” or “not the same” as the recipe they’ve grown up with.

Not shit, of course they taste different – they’re made of entirely different ingredients.

Real mac n’ cheese ingredients: ENRICHED MACARONI PRODUCT (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, FERROUS SULFATE [IRON], THIAMIN MONONITRATE [VITAMIN B1], RIBOFLAVIN [VITAMIN B2], FOLIC ACID); CHEESE SAUCE MIX (WHEY, MILKFAT, MILK PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, SALT, SODIUM TRIPOLYPHOSPHATE, CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF CITRIC ACID, LACTIC ACID, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, CALCIUM PHOSPHATE, YELLOW 5, YELLOW 6, CHEESE CULTURE, ENZYMES.

Worst Dinner Guest’s mac n’ cheese ingredients (adapted from blissful basil): RED LENTIL PASTA (INGREDIENTS: RED LENTILS), CASHEWS, ROASTED RED PEPPERS, NUTRITIONAL YEAST, APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, PAPRIKA, SEA SALT, BLACK PEPPER, CAYENNE PEPPER.

If you’re telling me that “real” mac n’ cheese is the recipe with chemicals, fake dyes and heavily processed wheat and dairy then you can do you, but I’m sticking to the one with ingredients that I can pronounce in it.

I dare you to make this vegan, grain-free version below and tell me that it doesn’t taste just as good as the real kind (and actually leave you feeling good, too). Plus mine is spicy and therefore for grown ups (Point, Worst Dinner Guest!).

But if you still don’t think it’s as good as real mac n’ cheese, I’ll happily give up and pass the niacin, acids and sulfates to sprinkle on top!

“Unreal” Vegan Mac n’ Cheese (made grain-free with lentil pasta):

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Ingredients (adapted to be grain free from Blissful Basil):

– ⅔ cup raw cashews, soaked in boiling water for 10 minutes and drained (to soften)

– 1⅓ cups filtered water

– ⅓ cup chopped roasted red pepper

– 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

– 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

– 2 teaspoons smoked paprika

– 1 teaspoon sea salt

– Spice it up: add a few pinches of cayenne, black pepper and a little hot sauce

Directions: Blend it all up on high until smooth and creamy, then heat in a saucepan for up to 5 minutes, stirring frequently. The heat n’ stir part is crucial for thickening your sauce. Note: not a good recipe to add folding laundry to or you will end up burning your first batch, too!

Mix up the sauce and pasta, top it off with jalapenos, and wallah! I give you the best unreal mac n’ cheese you ever had, haters.

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