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.
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!
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!
Also, despite the hesitation, I just celebrated my five-year veganniversary. I have never been so happy in my life 🙂
I finally did it! I made vegan pasta and sauce completely from scratch. I’ve had the itch for sometime now, but have heard plenty of stories of how pasta-making turns into an all-day nightmare. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
A vegan pasta recipe as simple as it should be!
We decided, instead, to go with the Kitchenaid route*! We already had the unit, and the attachment set isn’t that expensive.
After using, I can honestly say it is completely worth it. I was shocked at how much time it shaved off of the process. Not only does the attachment roll the dough, it kneads along the way! I absolutely recommend for anyone wanting to make homemade pasta dough.
(*Not a paid-link, simply an honest review!)
Why cook a homemade vegan pasta recipe and top it with store-bought sauce! Adorn that beauty with a flavorful homemade tomato sauce that pairs wonderfully.
I had grown so accustomed to using canned tomatoes for sauces, I was fearful to try anything new. It makes such a difference! Using fresh tomatoes honestly took my partner’s classic recipe to the next level! It hardly takes any more time and is absolutely worth the extra effort.
I also added turmeric powder to the pasta dough not only for its countless health benefits, but for the vibrant yellow hue! Makes for a healthy and visually stunning pasta recipe.
A homemade pasta recipe goes amazingly well with this quick lemon pesto sauce!
What’s your favorite way to eat pasta?
Being far too prone to hangovers myself, I don’t drink very often. I do, however, believe in indulging with a wholesome drink whenever appropriate!
Organic vodka, lemon bitters, chocolate mint (yup, that’s a thing!), fresh raspberries, and seltzer combine for an irresistible, refreshing alcoholic beverage. I don’t have much to say about the drink other than to try it! The fresh raspberries provide a delicate texture, making for a fun, festive libation.
Enhanced with chocolate mint, the result is an incredibly smooth vodka drink recipe with hints of lemon, chocolate, and mint. (And everyone knows how much I love pairing chocolate with mint *swoon* )
The vodka is the first organic variety I have ever mixed with, and I am in love! It is seriously the smoothest, cleanest tasting vodka I have ever had (no more nail-polish remover here!)
When I do drink, vegan vodka cocktails are my go-to! I recently stumbled upon Ocean brand organic vodka (look at that beauty!). Admittedly, I fell in love with the bottle, but some research quickly found it is; “Naturally gluten-free”, and “contains absolutely no GMOs (genetically modified organisms), herbicides, or pesticides all of which ensure the cleanest, purest, most refreshing cocktail experience.”
I’ve paired the drink with another vegan alcohol brand, in the form of lemon bitters! The bitters add a beautiful lemon undertone to the entire drink that is exquisite. You only need a few dashes to dramatically change an entire drink!
I have a confession.. I’ve never actually made a vegan pesto recipe before. It wasn’t even until I started working at a vegan restaurant that I had a taste! I fell in love immediately. The way lemon sensually pairs with basil is almost too perfect. Known for being notoriously easy to make, I dove right into the recipe-writing and testing!
Fresh ingredients for a simple and delicious vegan pesto recipe.
I wanted to keep things simple, but also felt compelled to experiment (of course!). Nutritionally, hemp seeds and pine nuts are both powerhouses. I went with a blend for the base of the pesto. They get along perfectly, both having a semi-neutral flavor and extremely similar texture. Hemp seeds also happen to be way cheaper per pound! Yay!
(Feel free to substitute the hemp seeds for more pine nuts, as needed. It should turn out similar!)
Whole cloves of garlic, fresh basil, lemon juice, and nutritional yeast combine for a taste surprisingly similar to the non-vegan style! My partner couldn’t believe how much it tasted like parmesan, and was shocked to find out it was nutritional yeast based! (he practically hates nooch!)
A vegan pesto recipe for every occasion!
I purposefully lessened the sometimes overwhelming lemon flavor for a multipurpose pesto sauce. This is perfect on pasta (duh!), but also goes amazingly well on toast, bread, veggies, or even as sauce on pizza! The options are virtually endless! Even better, it takes less than 15 minutes to prepare, so you can throw it together last-minute.