The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions will let us make kid-friendly mac and cheese from natural food items in our pantry.While it's a lot of ingredients, once it's all mixed up it's easy to add dairy-free milk or water, heat and add to pasta. It's just like opening up an orange powder packet to add to macaroni, without all the unpronounceables. UPDATE: we made Kid-Friendly Vegan Mac and Cheese the next day and the kids loved it.
Homemade Cheese Sauce Powder
Adapted from The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions.
Ingredients for about 5 cups (10 batches of macaroni and cheese)
- 3 cups raw cashews
- 2 cups nutritional yeat
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 3 tablespoons garlic powder
- 3 tablespoons onion powder
- 1 tablespoon sea salt (optional; I left this out)
- 1 tablespoon ground mustard seed (I used hot)
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
Grind cashews in a dry blender or coffee grinder, in batches. Add ground cashews and remaining ingredients to a sealable container (at least 5 cups capacity). Seal and shake vigorously to mix.
Mix powder in a 1:2 ratio powder to water or dairy-free milk and heat over medium heat before adding to prepared pasta. For example: mix 1/2 cup powder and 1 cup water or soy milk, heat over medium heat until thickened and mix with 1 pound prepared pasta.
Store refrigerated for up to a month or freeze.
This was really simple to mix up and I'm looking forward to trying it on some kid lunches and adult snacks. I think it may also work well in dips and slow cooker recipes as a cheese sauce substitute.