MAC AND CHEESE
I have to say, this raw vegan mac and cheese has been my favorite recipe for a long time. It reminds me of all my childhood memories from when I used to eat mac ‘n cheese while playing videogames with friends, not having many worries at all. I hope this brings back some good times for you too!
Mac and Cheese (raw vegan)
Yes, this IS possible. In fact, this raw vegan mac and cheese tastes amazing! This recipe is great alone, but is also fantastic when topped with chopped mushrooms, tomatoes, and/or basil! Give it a try! Prep Time: 5 mins Processing Time: 3 mins Total Time: 10 mins
- Food Processor or high-speed blender
- 1 package kelp noodles (or zucchini noodles!)
- 1 cup cashews
- 2 red sweet bell pepper (chopped)
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1/2 clove garlic
- 1/2 heaping tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tbsp paprika
- pinch black pepper
- 1 tsp oregano (or 4 fresh leaves)
- 1 tomato (sliced)
- 2 mushrooms (chopped)
- basil leaves
- Rinse kelp noodles or spiralize zucchini.
- Add all ingredients for cheese sauce into a processer and blend until uniform.
- Pour cheese sauce over noodles and stir. Add optional toppings if desired.
- Enjoy your Rawsome Meal! 🙂
- If cheese sauce is not creamy enough you may add a little water (1 tbsp at a time). If it is too liquidy, add cashews (1 tbsp at a time).
- To soften kelp noodles, simply soak them in a bowl of water with a pinch of salt and the juice of half a lemon for a couple hours. I don’t usually do this for time’s sake, though I have tried it and it works great!
- You can also make this with zucchini noodles (spiralized from a vegetable spiralizer) instead of kelp noodles.
A RECIPE THAT RESCUES EVERY VEGAN
If I had a dollar for every person who asked a vegan where they get their Vitamin B12, I would be a billionaire.
It’s interesting how no one worried about my health back when I was eating the worst of the worst such as hamburgers and literally all junk food (nowadays I would eat a raw vegan burger instead!).
After I became healthier and no longer ate meat, the questions started rolling in…
“How do you get your B12?”, “How can you put meat on your bones?” or “Where will you get your protein?”.
Let me assure you, none of those are concerns for a raw vegan, especially when you make sure to incorporate a few essential foods in your diet if you’ve had any past deficiencies (e.g. eating sea vegetables in the case of low DHA, or getting more sunlight in the case of low Vitamin D). Once those deficiencies are again in balance, you can obtain optimal nutrition as a raw vegan and not lose sleep over it!
In this particular post, I will address B12, and how you can easily get enough of this vitamin as a raw vegan.
VEGAN MAC AND CHEESE IS LOADED WITH B12
This recipe is superior to meat- when it comes to getting that B12.
I don’t even mean just slightly… This recipe will give you approximately 20 times more B12 than a serving of steak would!
After researching various foods that contain B12, I discovered most all of the meat people eat contains very little B12 compared to other sources. Additionally, many of the animals these days are also B12 deficient (I will discuss this more later).
In contrast, nutritional yeast – a large component of this recipe – has 48.7 mcg of B12 per 100g used. In other words, this is 1217.5% of our recommended daily value!. This amounts to almost 40 times more than most servings of meat.
When it comes to meat, the only types high in B12 are more exotic things such as liver and octopus. The commonly eaten meats however, fall around 0.3 mcg (for chicken) and 2.5 mcg (beef) range per 100g. Now compare this with the 48.7 mcg of B12 per 100g of nutritional yeast see what I mean ?!
The difference is staggering. Nutritional yeast outranks meat when it comes to B12 content.
Why are meat eaters even arguing about B12 deficiency in the first place? If anything, us raw vegans should be making recommendations to our meat eating friends. Or at least, encouraging them to try this recipe. 😉
ENJOY YOUR B12 AND TALK ABOUT IT TOO!
You’ll not only enjoy making and eating this savory raw vegan mac and cheese recipe. You can also enjoy the relaxing effects of B12 too! And now that you are equipped with knowledge about the best sources of B12, you can easily dispel any concerns from anyone who doubts it!
Enjoy your mac n cheese. It’s really Rawsome! Drop a comment on your experience. 🙂
Bonus: I enjoy eating this with a companion. We usually would split it in half, then add some vegan sesame ginger salads to go with. If you like asian restaurant type of salads then this is a great recipe for you as well!
[Original article I wrote on my website]
For more information on why I went R.A.W. feel free to check out my other article.