Mac-and-Cheese Monday: Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese

September 16th, 2013 1:26 pm by Kelly Garbato

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I can’t quite drink this cheese sauce, but I can pretend.
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When I was planning this month’s menu, I left my four “free days” open for the Iron Chef challenge – and, while I was disappointed to learn that it wasn’t going to be a weekly thing this year, I’ve got to say that Mac & Cheese Monday more than makes up for it! If you know me, you know I’m all about three things: pizza, ice cream, and macaroni and cheese. It’s not like I need another reason to enjoy a cup of hot, creamy liquid gold – but then again, extra motivation sure doesn’t hurt. The things I do for VeganMoFo!

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Shane burned the bread crumbs a bit, but I consider this one of his tastier mistakes.
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This week’s dish is one I’ve been meaning to try for a few months now: Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese from Vegan Yumminess. (And yes, I deliberately omitted the scare quotes because ain’t no one gonna tell me that cheese HAS to come from torture and exploitation.) As the title suggests, the cheesy sauce is a blend of cooked cauliflower, carrots, nutritional yeast, and olive oil (the only significant source of fat in the whole shebang). It’s a far cry from the crazy decadent stuff I so love – but, as far as healthy vegan comfort food goes, this one’s a winner!

I mean jeez, you can’t drink a mug of Daiya every day, can you? (Wait. CAN YOU!?)

Anywho, the sauce is super-creamy – not dry, like some baked mac & cheese can be – and the bread crumbs really add that extra ooomph!. Plus, I kind of have a soft spot for cauliflower, so often neglected for its more colorful cousin broccoli.

Incidentally, Shane broke the jar of our blender last week (he swears he only tapped it against the porcelain sink before it shattered, but I have my doubts) and we literally JUST received the replacement in time for Mac & Cheese Monday. You see? Even the universe wants me to eat macaroni and cheese on the weekly.

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Tip it!
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3 Responses to “Mac-and-Cheese Monday: Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese”

  1. Sal Says:

    the universe was right, it looks great!

  2. Lindsay @ VeganYumminess Says:

    I love your photography, and thanks for your kind words about this recipe. Best wishes! Happy Vegan MoFo! :)

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