VEGAN Gluten-Free MAC AND CHEESE With Broccoli

by diana on November 29, 2013

in Raw & Vegetarian Recipes

This vegan gluten-free “Mac and Cheese” with broccoli recipe is one I think everybody will like. This is comfort food. This dairy-free cheese (no-cheese) sauce is thick and creamy. This is definitely a healthier, lower-fat version. Check it out! – Recipe below video

VEGAN “MAC, CHEESE & BROCCOLI” – Healthy dairy-free, gluten-free version

  • 2 C broccoli (I used broccolete or broccolini)
  • 3-4 green onions
  • 1/2 C shredded carrots
  • 1/4 C green peas
  • 1/2 C (or amount you want) of brown rice pasta or rice noodles
  • Chopped soaked almonds and some sunflower seeds (optional)
Prepare veggies and place in bowl. Stir to mix
Blend “cheesy sauce” and pour on top – don’t add all at once. Or depending on how big your salad – you may need more cheese sauce.

“Cheezy Sauce”

1/2 C soaked cashews (soaked for 2 hours, rinsed and drained)
1/2 C water
1-2 Tbsp chopped red bell pepper
1.5-2 Tbsp hemp seeds
1/4-1/2 tsp tumeric
1/4-1/2 tsp salt (may add more depends on your taste)
1.5 Tbsp lemon juice
cayenne (to taste – start with a little then add)
Add ingredients to blender and blend until creamy – if you do not have a high speed blender you may have to add a bit more water. Continue to blend until creamy, stirring often if blender not high speed.
This recipe – which is really creamy, cheesy and delicious combines raw and cooked food. When I combine raw and cooked food I like to use more raw than cooked and that is easy to do with this salad.
I used brown rice pasta for the “mac” and the “cheese” is a cheezy cashew sauce (made from cashews and hemp seeds) that looks just like real cheese sauce. Regular rice noodles would also work. The brown rice pasta is a lot like regular pasta.

This is a filling meal so if you are hungry – this is a good one.

This “cheezy sauce” is very versatile: 

The sauce can be used in many ways and on a lot of different foods. You can use it as sauce for a kale salad or kale chips, You can use it on cooked broccoli and or cauliflower, even asparagus. If you eat eggs it is great on eggs. It is good as a dip for veggies and raw crackers or tortilla chips. It is great with salsa and used as a salad dressing (would thin it a bit). Spread on crackers and use in wraps. LOVE IT!

This salad does not have to take a long time to prepare if you are ready.

Prepping To Make it Fast & Simple:

Have rice noodles or rice pasta made and in your fridge to use for a few recipes during the week – cooked and raw, hot and cold. Have your veggies washed and prepped in the fridge to quickly add to the salad would make it fast. The frozen peas I used – I just added some to a bowl and poured some boiling water (from a kettle) over them and let them thaw, then drained them. Have a container of  grated carrots in the fridge ready to use for salads.

The broccoli I used in this recipe is called Broccolette – I prefer it to regular broccoli as it is more tender and a bit sweeter tasting. It is really good raw. I also added some soaked almonds and sunflower seeds – you could leave those out.

This recipe would be great without the rice noodles or pasta.

Make a big batch of this salad as it stores will in the fridge for days. It is actually better after it sits with the sauce for a couple of hours.

This would be a great dish to someone’s house for dinner and they would love it! Spread the healthy gluten-free, dairy-free recipes!!

Remember that when you make healthier choices you influence those around you to do the same. But you cannot “force” anyone to change how they eat. The best way is to be a positive good example for them. Do if for YOU. They will watch, they will learn and when they are ready (if then become ready) they will begin to make positive changes themselves and that is what matters.

Have the healthy food choices there for them so when they are ready, they can try them.

Enjoy your weekend and for those in the US I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving Holiday!


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