Vegan Vegetable Mac & “Cheez” Casserole

Mac and Cheese is my number one comfort food. I was never into homemade mac & cheese until the teenage years but Kraft used to be my jam!

Now I’m an adult (kind of)…and I must eat real food. My real food must contain no dairy UNLESS i want a bellyache. I usually try to save the bellyaches for the fro-yo. Sometimes (all of the time) it’s worth the pain.

OK, where was I going with this? Right, Mac and Cheese – without the cheese – but a “cheesey” sauce – oh, and lots of veggies to trick your boyfriend into eating a full serving!

I took two recipes from here and here and combined them to make this version

Vegan Vegetable Mac & “Cheez” Casserole

Ingredients

Cheez Sauce from Oh she glows

  • 1/2 butternut squash, peeled and chopped (yields: 3.5 cups raw)
  • 3/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened almond milk), or more to thin out
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
  • 7 tbsp Nutritional yeast (provides the cheesy consistency)
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp or a bit more of dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp Tumeric powder, optional (gives the orangey colour)
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp Paprika + more to season

Pasta

  • 1 lb whole wheat pasta
  • 1 lb zucchini cut in half moon shape
  • 1/2 red pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 tbsp evoo
  • 1 tbsp garlic
  • Whole wheat panko bread crumbs
  • Soy Cheese to sprinkle on top
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 400F and add butternut squash, 1 tbsp evoo, a little salt and pepper and roast for 30 minutes

  • While squash is roasting boil your pasta in one pan and saute your zucchini, red pepper, onion, frozen peas with a tbsp of evoo.

  • Drain pasta and let cool
  • Start making your “cheez” – Add cashews to your food processor (or blender) and grind until flour like

  • Add in roasted butternut squash and the rest of your ingredients for sauce and mix until all is combined

  • Add veggies, pasta and desired amount of cheez sauce to a bowl and mix

  • Spread in casserole dish

  • Sprinkle panko bread crumbs on top

  • Add desired amount of cheese on top of panko (I added soy cheese to my half and regular mexican cheese to Adam’s)
(If you are a REALLY nice girlfriend and your boyfriend loves meat you can add a piece of cooked and crumbled turkey bacon and 1/2 cup shredded chicken to his side)
  • Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until warmed throughout
  • EAT
Who wouldn’t eat vegetables covered in creamy cheesy sauce?
No clogged arteries for us 🙂

QUESTIONS: What meal did you love as a child that you have now healthified?

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17 Responses to “Vegan Vegetable Mac & “Cheez” Casserole”

  1. definitely any kind of pasta dish. I don’t remember the last time I made spaghetti with regular noodles or ground beef. It still tastes just as delicious though, and really, that’s the most important thing… well, ever.

  2. Hmmmmm I would say French Toast! We actually ate that a lot for dinner, with my mom having 5 girls, it was a cheap and yummy meal ; )

    I make it healthier now though! My mom used to LOAD the butter with that french toast in the skillet, lol!

  3. Can you please bring me some of this tasty goodness? I think I could use some (even if it is only 8a in Cali).

    Hmmm..my Mom was never a big cook and when she did, it was already healthy. We used to eat a lot of take out pizza as a treat and now I like making my own.

  4. this. looks. awesome. I’m starring this to do lata! 😉

    and I’ve totally healthified the egg mcmuffin 1000 times over.

  5. Wow…that looks so great!

  6. Hahaha I love that you guys spilt it in half like I do with my man. Gotta please those man-friends 😉 Hehe I would probably be nice add bacon to his. hehe

    That looks SO good though! I used to be a Kraft girl back in the day too!

  7. This looks delicious! I like that you used non-dairy items because I am lactose intolerant. So I’m definitely going to have to try this recipe 🙂

  8. This looks delicious! I have a huge container of nutritional yeast and never know what to do with it. Love this idea.

  9. Look great lady! I like how much lighter this is and the use of the non-dairy products… perfect for my sensitive friend

  10. I’m going to say chicken fingers – I still love them!

  11. this looks soooooo amazing!!!! it’s totally going on my pinterest board =)
    ~jenn

  12. wow this looks so good! I usually veg-ify everything I make, since I love veggies so much! I also tend to add nuts to things to add nutrition.

  13. most likely burritos, I use turkey meat and and black beans and bake them as appose to the frying them. 🙂

  14. I am drooling right now! this looks amazing and I would give you my right or left leg in return for a bowl of this!

  15. oh my gosh! im making this tmrw night! my boyfriend will die!

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