Ok, so I’m a big believer in eating healthy, whole foods instead of processed crap because it’s healthier, tastes better, blah blah blah blah blah. But sometimes, I want something so deliciously fake and bad for me that my arteries die a little just thinking about it. So Nacho Cheese Doritos? Yes please! Cheetos, uh…yeah! See the theme there? Fake delicious cheesiness. BUT, not vegan friendly, so no grilled cheese sandwiches, or mac and cheese for when I want to feel like some cheesy deliciousness. And soy cheese? No thanks!!! Way too salty and smells like vomit, also the texture isn’t right. Almond cheese? that’s a little better but it’s got casein protein, so no go if you’re vegan.
Enter Daiya Cheez. Smells like and kinda tastes like buttery popcorn. In Mac and Cheese has a great kind of velveeta like texture. It has that undefinable quality that makes your tummy happy and all the troubles in the world go away, that is until you’ve finished the last scoop of the mac and cheese and reality comes crashing in on you in the guise of indigestion and a little nausea from the realization that you ate 4 servings of mac and cheese in one sitting (that’s right, enough to feed fournpeople, now in your one belly)….Totally worth it though.
Here’s the recipe:
3 tbsp flour
3 tbsp margarine (Earth Balance is my fave)
2 cups macaroni (I find the cooler the shape, the better the end result)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 cups soy milk
1 1/2 c grated daiya cheese
1 cup steamed Broccoli
1 cup steamed Carrots
1 can drained diced tomatoes
(if using the veggie options, cut back on the pasta. I personally find the canned tomatoes and veggies make the mac and cheese better)
1. Bring water to boil and cook pasta until tender, or according to package directions.
2. While pasta is cooking, melt the margarine, blend in flour, salt and pepper. Cook until the flour turns a nice golden brown colour.
3. Slowly stir in the milk, making sure to stir vigorously to prevent lumps from forming. Bring mixture to a low boil and cook until sauce has thickened
4. Add the Daiya cheese and mix until cheese has melted and everything has been incorporated. Then stir in tomatoes and steamed vegetables.
5. Pour sauce over pasta in a baking dish, top with bread crumbs and broil until bread crumbs have browned slightly, being careful not to burn the topping.