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Vegan, Gluten Free Mac and Cheese June 23, 2010

Filed under: Appetizers/Entrees,Gluten Free,Recipes — Yvette @ 4:55 pm
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So, my boyfriend Dwight LOVES cheese.  But this summer he is trying to stay away from it, so to ease in I decided to make him some vegan mac and cheese.  He absolutely loved it, it is a really basic recipe.  For any of my relatives who follow my blog I WILL be making this at Thanksgiving, Dwight liked it that much.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups brown rice penne pasta
  • water
  • 1/4 (Almond or Soy Milk depending on whether you are allergic to nuts or soy)
  • 1/4 Earth Balance (vegan butter – they also make a soy free version)
  • 1 cup Daiya cheddar cheese (this is soy/gluten/dairy free cheese, if Daiya is not available to you, you can try Galaxy’s Rice cheese (soy free) or Follow your heart vegan cheese which (not soy free) )

Directions:

Cook the brown rice pasta according to the directions on the package (this may vary depending on what brand you get).  I used the brand Tinkyada because the ingredients were Organic Brown Rice and water.  You can’t really get much simpler than that!  Then you proceed similarly as you would with Kraft mac and cheese.  You add the milk, butter and cheese with the burner on low and stir until the ingredients are combined.  Ready to serve!

Daiya is a relatively new cheese substitute so it may be hard to find, although my boyfriend raves that it is absolutely amazing.  I haven’t tried it yet because I am really timid around things that have too many ingredients.  Anyways, it is sold at Whole Foods if you live in downstate NY, and much easier to get upstate (Wegmans, the co-op and so forth carry it).

I do request that everyone try to get brown rice pasta because gluten (from wheat) really gunks up the digestive system!!!  When gluten enters the small intestines it turns into a sticky glue-like substance.  After years of consuming gluten this can really hinder digestion and absorption.  For anyone trying to lose weight, another reason to avoid wheat is that it does a GREAT job of putting weight on.

I don’t believe in having comfort foods such as this mac and cheese too often, but occasionally it can be a nice indulgence.  Enjoy and let me know what you think!!!

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