I’m participating in the 2020 Juneteenth Cookout Takeover. This initiative was established to encourage the celebration of Juneteenth – a jubilee of freedom to commemorate the end of slavery – and to amplify the food traditions of black culinary creatives.
Whelp, Juneteenth (a merge of the words/date June Nineteenth) marks the date in 1865 that the last enslaved people learned of their freedom.
And for over 150 years since, Black American families, home-cooks, chefs, and culinarians have commemorated the summer holiday with a wide range of food traditions that tell a story of the perseverance of a people. In Celebration, I’ve revamped this Vegan Mac + Cheese recipe and I’m sharing a list of other delicious, flavorful dishes that can be found below!
When it comes to this Ultimate Vegan Mac + Cheese recipe, it is by far more than a fork full of goodness! Super creamy, ‘cheesy’, and loaded with flavor, this ‘Mac + Cheese” is made from gluten-free macaroni, savory seasonings, nutritional yeast, and cashews soaked overnight (which makes the cream cheese base).
A beautiful twist on a classic dish that it sure to be a staple in your household. Completely vegan and gluten-free.
Now, if you’ve been an avid follower of Orchids + Sweet Tea, then you’ll know that I’m a Southern girl at heart who LOVES flavor! So, of course Mac + Cheese is on my top favorites list.
Growing up, I use to love this stuff. I mean, eating an entire bowl of Mac + Cheese was nothing for me. Plus, in the South, this stuff is almost always prepared during every cookout, gathering, or occasion, so how could I not be obsessed, right?
Whelp, I must say that making a vegan version was by far AMAZING!
Now, the twist is that I chose to use cashews as my ‘sauce’ versus vegan cheese, which is rather interesting by the way.
When using vegan cheese (which is ever so often), I enjoy using Daiya Food’s non-dairy shreds. The great thing is that the shreds come in a variety of flavors–cheddar, mozzarella, pepper jack, and classic.
Personally, although I use the shreds in certain dishes, I’m just not a huge fan of the way they often melt.
The texture is just weird for me, or of course I just need to get use to it. However, when I’m able to use an alternative, I’m generally happy! Haha.
These Loaded Vegan Queso Skillet Nachos are the best you’ll ever taste! This recipe comes loaded with chickpeas, red kidney beans, onions, tomatoes, jalapeños, and a delicious vegan cashew-based queso over crispy organic tortilla chips.
This One Pot Creamy Vegan Tuscan Kale Pasta recipe is a delicious weeknight meal option for the entire family. Packed with bold, savory flavors, this recipe is the perfect vegan and dairy-free option that is made with a creamy based made from cashews and filled with a nice velvety texture from the kale and tomatoes.
These Healthy Vegan Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are the epitome of a delicious savory meal. These Vegan + GF stuffed sweet potatoes are tender, perfectly filled with roasted cajun chickpeas, kale, and topped with yogurt. Best enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
This Easy Vegan Broccoli Alfredo Pasta is the perfect easy weekday meal or perhaps something simple for a laid-back weekend. Based with a creamy, flavorful Alfredo sauce made from cauliflower and cashews; and tossed with delicious broccoli. Completely dairy-free and vegan. Made in just 25 minutes!
And don’t worry—You can always check out our Vegan Lunch/Dinner archives for a ton of other awesome flavors! We got you covered.
Now, let’s dig right into this recipe.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add chickpeas pasta and cook according to packaging. Once cooked, drain and set aside.
In a medium saucepan, heat butter on medium-high heat and add garlic and sauté for a minute or so. Next, add all-purpose flour and whisk until well incorporated and bubbly.
Slowly add non-dairy milk, whisking frequently. Once mixture becomes thick, add ‘cream cheese’, whisking frequently again. Add nutritional yeast, ground mustard, black pepper, sea salt, garlic powder, lemon juice, and smoked paprika. Continue to whisk sauce until well combined.
Once fully combined, add drained pasta and toss in sauce carefully.
Garnish with diced fresh cilantro and red pepper flakes (optional) and enjoy!
If you choose to make this Ultimate Vegan Mac + Cheese recipe or any other recipe from us, be sure to tag us on Instagram at #Orchidsandsweettea so that we can share the love!
GLUTEN-FREE, KETO, PALEO, WHOLE 30 RECIPES:
The Ultimate Vegan Mac + Cheese.