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Sweet Potato Nachos with Vegan Nacho Sauce

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Vegan Jalapeno Mac and Cheese Recipe

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Mains, Recipes | February 7, 2016 | By

Before we get to the Jalapeno Mac and Cheese recipe, I want to get one thing straight… I never thought I would live a completely plant-based lifestyle.

That being said, vegetarianism was easy-peasy! I never enjoyed the taste of meat. I simply switched out proteins, dressing the meal up exactly the same. I felt renewed! Digestive woes had begun to subdue, and I lost some excess body fat.

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Unfortunately, it was still normal for me to binge eat entire boxes of Cheez-Its (sorry mom!). Each time being reminded of why I never wanted to be a vegan. I grew up smothering cheese on everything!
I’m talking about the giant bags of Costco brand “Mexican Blend” in our fridge 100% of the time!

Turns out, cheese is chock full of naturally occurring chemicals called Casomorphins. These cause a “morphine-like addiction” with symptoms of “sedation, sleep induction, and depression“. This completely explains the feeling of physical addiction. It feels like deprivation at first, but after a few short weeks I was free of the strong desire to smother it on everything.
Going vegan would have been way less intimidating if I had known beforehand!

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vegan jalapeno mac and cheese

Long story short…

I still love the taste of cheese, especially if I have the munchies 😉 ! Nothing is worse than a bad Vegan Mac and Cheese recipe makeover. It’s practically an insult to call the that typically bland, goopy mess “Mac N Cheese”!! This is why I am completely ecstatic to share this Vegan Jalapeno Mac and Cheese recipe. The creamy, cheesyness of this recipe has yet to be beat! The nutritional yeast and spices do an excellent job turning the soaked cashews into a thick, creamy “cheese” sauce. Jalapenos complete the recipe by adding the perfect amount of heat!

The recipe is actually my partner’s, and luckily the heat is completely adjustable. His recipe originally included one Jalapeno (seeds included) and I could barely tolerate the heat. He stealthily increased the amount each time. Months later I asked why it seemed to be a tad bit hotter, he informed me that a full six jalapeños were used. Woah!


Serves 9 Bowls of Mac

Vegan Jalapeno Mac and Cheese Recipe

4 hr, 15 Prep Time

20 minCook Time

4 hr, 35 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews (soaked 4-6 hours (or overnight))
  • 10-12 oz whole wheat macaroni noodles
  • 1/2 yellow onion (diced)
  • 1 1/2 cup vegetable broth (low-sodium)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1-6 fresh jalapeños (with seeds and stems removed)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Oil for sautéing and greasing
  • Bread crumbs and vegan cheese for topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. Soak cashews for 4-6 hours, or overnight
  2. Preheat oven to 375°
  3. Boil macaroni for 5-6 minutes (we don’t want it to overcook!)
  4. Sauté the onion until translucent
  5. Add the soaked (and drained) cashews, cooked onion, vegetable broth, cornstarch, and spices to a high-speed blender
  6. Process until smooth and creamy
  7. Add the half-cooked macaroni to a baking dish lightly greased with olive oil
  8. Pour the sauce mixture over macaroni, and stir to coat noodles
  9. Finish with the optional bread crumbs and cheeze
  10. Bake for 15 minutes, you’ll see the mixture bubbling nicely
  11. Let cool before devouring!

Notes

I opted for low-sodium Vegetable Broth and completely Organic ingredients Start with one Jalapeno, feel free to deseed if necessary!

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Calories
99 cal
Fat
7 g
Carbs
7 g
Protein
2 g


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nick abell serving realnessAlso, despite the hesitation, I just celebrated my five-year veganniversary. I have never been so happy in my life 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Vegan Cauliflower Wings Recipe (plus a vegan ranch recipe!)

vegan cauliflower wings with peppers and vegan ranch

As much as I love the holiday season, I couldn’t be more thankful for it to be over. The stress alone is enough for me to forget what day of the week it is! Knowing I had very little time to photograph or write, I instead chose to focus entirely on spending time with family. That being said, I couldn’t wait to get back to cooking! To help ring in the new year, I chose a new take on a classic.. vegan cauliflower wings. (Also a vegan ranch recipe and a homemade pepper sauce recipe to complete the package!)

The crispiest vegan cauliflower wings ever!

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I’ve struggled to produce superb results in the past, creating a doughy, goop mess covered in hot sauce. Not the best combination. A tip from this blog, claimed garbanzo bean flour helped create a crisp, “fried-like” texture. Sounded perfect! Hesitant to use 100% garbanzo flour, I used a whole wheat mixture for a more traditional coating. I was blown away by the results! The coating cooked into the perfect spicy crunch over perfectly baked cauliflower. Absolutely superb.

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The perfect hot sauce to accompany perfect vegan cauliflower wings!

I usually use store-bought hot sauce for the wings, which is perfectly fine! Not having any on-hand, I decided to attempt making my own. After scavenging the entire state of Arizona for fresh cayenne pepper, I resorted to a blend of Red Fresno Peppers and a single Habanero.

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This sauce definitely packs a punch. I can barely handle the strong heat, but the flavor is so good I can’t stop!
Feel free to de-seed the peppers to reduce heat as needed.

Lastly, no cauliflower wings recipe would be complete without a thick, creamy vegan ranch recipe to go along (and tame the heat!)

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Perhaps the easiest recipe in the trio, this creamy, garlicky vegan ranch is easy as hell to prepare! I seriously tossed all of the ingredients into a blender and ran until smooth! Use less milk if you prefer a thicker “dip” texture, more for a runnier “dressing”.


Vegan Cauliflower Wings Recipe (plus a vegan ranch recipe!)

Crispy vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Wings, a Homemade Pepper Sauce, and a Homemade Vegan Ranch! What else could you ask for!?

35 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

1 hr, 20 Total Time

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Ingredients

    For the cauliflower
  • 1 small-medium head of cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup garbanzo bean flour (or sub for whole wheat or even all-purpose)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 cup + 2-3 tablespoons unsweetened soy milk
  • For the pepper sauce
  • 1 habanero pepper
  • 4 red fresno peppers
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • Dash of cayenne
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter, melted (added just before coating wings)
  • For the Ranch
  • 1 cup vegan mayo
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 2 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh dill (optional)

Instructions

    If making homemade hot sauce, start with that
  1. Combine all ingredients in blender until smooth
  2. Simmer on stovetop for 20-30 minutes
  3. (Right before you add the sauce to the wings, you'll also be adding 1 tablespoon of vegan butter. It'll be mentioned below, just keep it in mind!)
  4. For the cauliflower
  5. Preheat oven to 450°
  6. Chop cauliflower into small, bite-sized pieces and set aside
  7. Mix all other dry ingredients in medium sized bowl
  8. Slowly add soy milk until desired consistency is achieved. You want it tacky enough to stick, but runny enough to not glob together
  9. Now coat each piece of cauliflower in batter, shake off any excess, and put one layer of "wings" greased baking dish
  10. Bake for 15 minutes, turning halfway though
  11. Next, pull the wings out of the oven, coat in the pepper sauce and butter mixture, flip again, and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes until nice and crispy
  12. Remove from oven and let cool for several minutes before attempting to eat (a great time to start the ranch!)
  13. For the ranch dressing
  14. Blend all ingredients (save the dill) until smooth!
  15. For a thicker dip start with less milk, for a runnier dressing use more.
  16. Sprinkle on dill as a last-minute garnish
Cuisine: American | Recipe Type: Appetizer

Notes

Cooking times are including the Homemade Pepper Sauce. Prep time is considerably shorter if you opt for store-bought like Franks.

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Calories
172 cal
Fat
5 g
Carbs
27 g
Protein
6 g


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