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Mexican Mac & Cheese

Jan 15, 2017 | by Lisa Reynoso

Mexican Mac & Cheese

Macaroni and cheese may be the ultimate comfort food. Why should you have to give it up when you go plant-based? You shouldn’t! Many plant-based cheese sauces use nuts, which are healthy, but higher in fat. If you are watching your calories, but don’t want to sacrifice taste, this cheese is for you. With only 64 calories per 1/3 cup, the white bean cheese is so creamy and tasty and so good for you! And versatile! Use it to make nachos, add it to burritos, on broccoli, or anything else that a good cheese sauce. Leave out a bit of water, and it will be thick enough to make a grilled cheese! And the best part? It takes less time to prepare than the pasta does! You can have dinner on the table in under 20 minutes!

Cooked maccaroni
Favorite salsa
Cheese sauce (see below)

1 can white beans, undrained*
1 cup water
¼ cup sun dried tomatoes**
¼ cup nutritional yeast
¼ cup lemon juice
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt

Blend until thick and smooth

Mix the maccaroni, salsa, and cheese sauce together and serve. May be baked for a Mac & Cheese Casserole.

* If you want the cheese sauce warm, you can warm the beans before you blend. If you want to save money, soak 2/3 cup dry white beans (any kind) overnight, then cook in a pressure cooker according tho the manufacturers directions (or on the stovetop according to package directions). Once done, blend while still hot. 2/3 cup of dry beans equals about a can of beans. Just don’t cook with too much water, or you will have a runny sauce.

** Use the dry kind, not the oil-soaked kind. The dryer, the better, because they help to thicken the sauce. If they are really moist, reduce the water a little.

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Lisa Reynoso
Lisa Reynoso is a stay-at-home wife and mother to three children. She spends most of her time homeschooling, cooking, and cleaning. She has embraced the challenge of cooking plant-based and gluten-free, and enjoys trying new recipes. She is a trained Associate Director for the Nedley Depression/Anxiety Recovery Program.

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