Monday, December 26, 2011

Taco Mac {Vegan}: This Week's Cravings {Macaroni and Cheese}

Day 360.

Today's This Week's Cravings theme is Macaroni and Cheese. I decided to make Taco Mac, which is something I've made a lot, but only with boxed mac and cheese. Today, I'm going to attempt it with our Homemade Vegan Cheese Sauce Powder (a huge favorite for the kids) and Lentil and Rice Ground Beef Substitute (I've made it before only with Quorn or Morningstar Farms beef crumbles). So, this is the first time it will be made with whole foods, but we'll have to see if it stands up to the flavor of the processed stuff.

Taco Mac
Ingredients for 4 servings
Boil noodles according to package directions and drain.

Meanwhile, heat cheese sauce powder, milk, taco seasoning and cilantro over medium heat for 5 minutes or until heated through. Mix in "beef" and salsa, heat through.

When macaroni is drained, place back in a large pot, adding margarine and stirring until melted. Pour in sauce and stir to combine. Serve with extra salsa and dairy-free shredded cheese, if desired.

The Results
I really like this a lot, which is pretty awesome since I wasn't all that fond of the cheese sauce on its own in the Kid-Friendly Vegan Mac and Cheese (the kids were crazy about it). I expected I might be making a separate meal for my husband and I and reserving this for the kids. But the taco seasoning and salsa make the cheese sauce delicious! My husband and the kids all loved it, too. This is a definite repeat and so easy to whip together. It's a little on the spicy side for the kids, so a 1/2 tablespoon instead of a full tablespoon of taco seasoning might be in order for kids who don't do spicy.

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      1. So glad you were on top of it this morning! Mine posted SO late! :-) I LOVE mac & cheese!

      2. oo that looks great! Great recipe for This Weeks Cravings!