Kraft macaroni and cheese is one of my all-time favorite guilty pleasures. I specifically prefer the boxed macaroni and cheese with the fake cheese powder stuff.
I’m literally salivating right now, just thinking about it.
It’s the taste of childhood–or at least what I wanted my childhood to taste like. Growing up in a health-conscious home, we rarely ate the stuff.
As a Chef and Health Coach who holds a certification in Plant-Based Nutrition, I feel it’s my professional duty to create a healthier way to indulge in this American tradition.
I’ve been playing around with variations of this sauce for years, and to be honest there are several delicious versions.
Today I’m going to share what is probably the “healthiest” version. And no, “healthiest” does not mean grossest. This stuff is just as creamy, cheesy and oh-so-mass-consumable as any other version. If you know what I mean.
Butternut cauliflower mac + cheese sauce
In a large pot (because I assume you are making a large amount of this stuff), bring the following to a boil:
- 8 cups filtered water
- 12 cups diced butternut squash (about 3 small squashes)
- 1 medium head cauliflower, broken up into small/medium pieces
- 1 large diced onion
- 4 Tbs mild miso paste (or salt if you don’t have miso on hand)
Boil that all up until it becomes soft and squishy. You’re going to blend it eventually.
Once it’s all soft and mostly broken up, turn off the heat. Then add the following:
- 1 cup white beans
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/3 cup roasted garlic
- 2 Tbs ground cumin
- 2 Tbs fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1 Tbs pink Himalayan salt
- 1 tsp ground mustard seed
- 1 tsp cayenne
Use your immersion blender to blend it into a super creamy consistency. Taste, adjust seasoning to your preference, and enjoy!
This recipe makes a huge pot of this stuff, but that’s great because you can freeze it! Why go through all the trouble to make this, to not have leftovers? Freeze in individual sandwich bags laying flat in your freezer for grab-n-go sauces.
Use over veggies, pasta, potatoes or anything you want cheesy.
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