Healthy Cheats: How to make this healthy, vegan mac & cheese

We stopped by the kitchen of a Cape Fear Community College chef who also specializes in nutrition. She showed us how to take traditionally unhealthy foods and make them healthy.

So how are those New Years resolutions coming along for you? Have you fallen off the wagon yet? Well, if you have, and if, like many Americans, your resolution was to eat healthier, we’ve got some tips for you.

We stopped by the kitchen of Gwen Gulliksen, a Cape Fear Community College chef who also specializes in nutrition. She showed us how to take traditionally unhealthy foods and make them healthy.

Today, we’re tackling a traditional, American favorite. Mac & Cheese.

Here is Gwen’s recipe for a healthy, creamy, vegan mac n cheese.

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • Cooked Macaroni Pasta – 2 Cups

For Cheese Sauce:

  • Margarine – 1 Tbsp
  • Flour – 1 Tbsp
  • Turmeric – ½ tsp
  • Garlic Powder – ¼ tsp
  • Onion Powder – ¼ tsp
  • Kosher Salt – ½ tsp
  • Black Pepper ¼ tsp
  • Almond Milk – 1 Cup
  • Vegan Cheddar Cheese – ½ Cup
  • Nutritional Yeast Flakes 1 ½ Tbsp

For Topping:

  • Toasted Bread Crumbs – ½ Cup
  • Rosemary – ½ tsp

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a pot large enough to hold the sauce and the pasta, heat the margarine on medium heat until melted, then whisk in the flour and spices until smooth.
  2. Add the almond milk to this mixture and whisk until smooth, then turn the heat up to medium high and whisk for 5 more minutes.
  3. Turn heat back to medium then add the cheese and yeast – stir until well incorporated.
  4. Then stir in the cooked macaroni until pasta is well coated.
  5. Spray two individual baking dishes and pour the mac & cheese out equally into these dishes.
  6. Top with the toasted bread crumbs and rosemary and bake at 400 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes.

** Notes

  • the sauce thickens as it cooks.
  • Toast the breadcrumbs on cookie sheet at 400 degrees for 5 minutes to get them golden brown before using.
  • This recipe makes 2 servings.

 

Gulliksen recommends serving this mac & cheese with some carrots and hummus as a side. Carrots are good for your eyes and skin and they are also have a lot of anti-carcinogens. Hummus is good for you because of the source of beans. According to Gulliksen, many long-term studies have shown that having half a cup of beans a day can extend your life by 5-7 years and hummus is a good way to get beans in your diet.


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