I had to share this recipe because not only was it super quick and easy, but it was also good enough to make the bf go back for seconds saying, “My second bowl’s bigger than my first bowl, because now I know how it tastes!”
I got home from work at about 10:00 pm and was ravenous and craving mac and cheese. I busted out one of my giant vegan cookbooks and found a mac and cheese recipe. However, we ended up using the recipe as more of a basic guideline to get some flavor ideas and kind of just created as we went. (I say we because it was kind of a partner cooking project for the bf and me; we took turns stirring and throwing ingredients in as we saw fit.) Our version actually turned out pretty amazing as you can see from the quote above.
Vegan Chili Mac
12 oz pasta (we combined half a box of whole wheat rigatoni with a box of quinoa elbows, because it’s what we had on hand)
sea salt to taste
about 1/2 cup almond milk
2T Earth Balance natural buttery spread
1T olive oil
garlic powder to taste (or 1 clove fresh garlic)
1 squirt Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce)
1t yellow mustard
2T dijon mustard
1 can kidney beans
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
1/3 cup Daiya “cheddar cheese”
Hot sauce to taste (we used a TON)
1. Cook the macaroni with the sea salt, drain and return to the pot.
2. Caramelize the scallions in olive oil in a separate pan.
3. Add all ingredients, including scallions to the macaroni.
4. Stir until well mixed.
5. Serve and enjoy!
I took the pic of the leftovers, because I was too hungry to stop as shoot pics as I was cooking. Sorry!!
The primary flavor in this recipe ended up being the dijon, which we thought was fantastic. It has a slightly cheesy flavor, but do not expect it to taste like macaroni and cheese or you will be disappointed. This is also a recipe that would take to adaptation really well. You could throw pretty much anything in and it would taste good. We just used what we happened to have in the house at the time. I think a can of diced tomatoes would have been an excellent addition, or chopped greens, peppers, jalapenos, corn, etc. etc. etc…
I hope you love this recipe as much as we did! :]