When I decided to stop eating dairy, Mac and Cheese was one of the foods I missed the most. I mean honestly, who doesn’t love a warm bowl of creamy, cheesy, satisfying, mac and cheese? I searched the internet to try and find an alternative that omitted dairy. Unfortunately, most of them contained cashews (I’m allergic). As my search continued, I found lots of recipes that looked good, but contained an ingredient or two that I didn’t want to include. Finally, I decided to create my own recipe!
My ideal mac and cheese had to be:
- Dairy Free
- Nut free
- Gluten Free
- Sugar free
- Fat free
WOW… I’ve got a lot of requirements!!!
After a few tweaks, I finally created a sauce that I am not only satisfied with, but that I have been putting on EVERYTHING.
- 1 small head of cauliflower, chopped
- 1¼ cup butternut squash, chopped
- 1 tspn salt
- 1 cup nutritional yeast (you can use parm. cheese if you eat dairy)
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2½ TBS lemon juice
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ¼ tsp turmeric powder
- ½ tsp mustard powder
- 1½-2 cup unsweetened coconut milk (or milk of choice)
- 1½ tsp Dijon mustard
- ¼ cup broccoli, chopped
- your favorite pasta (I used quinoa pasta)
- Spray a large pot with non stick cooking spray
- Add minced garlic and cook for about 3 minutes
- Next, add coconut milk, cauliflower and butternut squash, cover and bring to a boil
- Once boiling, turn heat down to a simmer (leave covered)
- Allow to cook (about 25 minutes) or until veggies are soft
- Once soft, transfer contents of pot to a blender
- Add remaining ingredients and blend on high
- Cook pasta according to directions
- While pasta is cooking, add broccoli (to the boiling pasta pot) and allow to cook until pasta is done
- drain water
- add desired amount of sauce
Add more salt depending on desired taste
This sauce is creamy, cheesy, and delicious. I will admit, it doesn’t taste like mac and cheese that comes from a box, but it absolutely satisfies the craving and tastes great!
My “aunt in law” has been making some of my recipes with her son, and I realized that this recipe is totally kid friendly! I think it would be fun for a child to chop all of the ingredients, and watch the sauce turn color as it blends!