Creamy & Dreamy Macaroni and "Cheese" (vegan)

Growing up, one of my favourite things to eat was macaroni and cheese. Fun fact: I would eat a box of Kraft Dinner for breakfast every chance I got. 

Thankfully, as I grew older, I became more health conscious and would save the blue boxes for special occasions - like when I was a starving student and it was on sale for 50 cents a box. That was indeed a special occasion. 

Since I'm not a college kid anymore and have more time to make nutritious decisions, I decided to take my love of macaroni and cheese to the next level: vegan, but still delicious. Dare I say, more delicious? Did I mention it's super easy to make??

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I was only familiar with making a vegan alfredo sauce (I'll have to post about that one day too!), so I went from that.  I played around with a few recipes, but nothing ever really tasted convincing. Then I added nutritional yeast flakes. Oh boy! Was that ever a delight! 

Since then, it's been a family favourite. My husband thinks its the bomb dot com (and tells everyone about it), and I rather enjoy it as well. Actually, I even like it better than the real stuff; It tastes way better, AND there are less guilty feelings when I go for seconds.

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It's so creamy and dreamy and delicious. We love it especially with some roasted kale on the side. Yum! Try it out and let me know what you think - I need to stop writing before I get hungry!

Creamy & Dreamy Vegan Macaroni & Cheese
Serves 4 moderately hungry and polite souls

2 small yellow potatoes, peeled, chopped

1 large carrot, peeled, chopped

1 small onion, large wedges

1 garlic clove

1/2 cup cashews

2 tsp sea salt plus extra to taste

2 TBSP nutritional yeast flakes

About 4 cups cooked macaroni
 

1) Boil water in a medium pot. Add carrots and potatoes and cook for 7 minutes. Add Onion. Cook until everything is soft.

2) Once everything is done, add vegetables to a blender along with cashews, garlic, and the water from the pot (about a cup and a half)

3) Add salt and nutritional yeast and blend until smooth.

4) Pour over prepared pasta and mix well.

5) Serve. Optional: garnish with parsley and bread crumbs (or even fried onion!).
 

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What do you think? Would you try this, or at least pin it for later? Why don't you go ahead and do that now? :)

I'd love to know how this recipe worked for you! Be sure to visit again and comment to let me know what you thought!