#LunchBreakLIVE with the lovely and multi-talented vegan chef Megan Sadd of Carrots and Flowers.  Megan is a cookbook author, plant-based cheese expert (we all need one those in our lives!) and a dedicated mom.  Megan made mouthwatering sun-dried tomato mac ‘n’ cheez, one of the incredible recipes from her new book “30 Minute Vegan Dinners.”  This book, which was praised by Forbes Magazine, makes a great staple for those who are looking for quick, easy and tasty vegan recipes.  You can order her book on Amazon.

 

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#LunchBreakLIVE with the lovely and multi-talented vegan chef Megan Sadd of Carrots and Flowers! Megan is a cookbook author, plant-based cheese expert and dedicated mom! Megan is making mouthwatering SUN-DRIED TOMATO MAC ‘N’ CHEEZ, one of the incredible recipes from her new book “30 Minute Vegan Dinners!” This book, which was praised by Forbes Magazines, makes a great holiday gift! Order now for immediate delivery here: amzn.to/2MdKS0L

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If you like to cook I highly recommend Megan’s newest cookbook.  There are great recipes like Roasted Cauliflower Romesco Tacos, Spicy Buffalo Tempeh Wraps, or Date Night Truffled Mac ‘n’ Cheez.  The book is also full of smart tips for cooking efficiently, and a recipe for every mood you may find yourself in.  Many of the recipes are gluten-free.  Every recipe in this book clocks under 30 minutes, including prep, which is great for the busy and demanding lifestyles most of us live these days!

 

All the ingredients for this delicious Mac ‘n’ Cheez!  The key ingredient is tapioca flour which gives it the cheesy consistency without the dairy!

 

THE RECIPE

This uber creamy 20-minute vegan mac delivers the tang of sharp cheddar from a surprising source…sun-dried tomatoes.  A few basil leaves add complexity to the flavors without making it taste tomato basil-y.  I like to top it with hemp seeds for a little extra texture and nutrition, but it’s totally optional.  Use chickpea or lentil pasta to make this mac ‘n’ cheez super healthy.  Add a side of steamed green beans or broccoli for a complete meal.
Prep time:  5 minutes  | Cook time:  15 minutes | Yield 3 to 4 servings
2/3 cup raw cashews
2 cups small pasta shells
pinch of salt
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
1/4 cup tapioca flour
3 tbs nutritional yeast
6-7 small basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
1 1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 cup hemp seeds, divided (optional)
1.  Fill a saucepan with 3 cups of water and a large saucepan with 8 cups of water and put both over high heat.  Add cashews to the small saucepan.  It’s okay if the water is not boiling yet.  Boil the cashews for ten minutes until softened.
2.  When the large pot of water is boiling add the pasta shells and a pinch of salt to the pot.  Boil according to package instructions, but a bit longer than al dente, and then drain.
3.  When the cashews have two minutes left to boil, add the sun-dried tomatoes to the saucepan.  Drain after two minutes and reserve the water.
4.  Add the cashews and sun-dried tomatoes to a high-powered blender with 2 cups of the reserved water.  Add the flour, yeast, basil, garlic, salt, paprika, and red pepper flakes and blend on high until smooth, about two minutes.
5.  Place the pasta pan back over medium heat. Pour the cheez from the blender into the pan.  Stir for a couple of minutes, scraping the bottom and sides of the pan, until the sauce begins to thicken into gooey cheez.
6.  Add the pasta to the cheez sauce and keep stirring until the sauce becomes very thick and gooey.  About 2-3 more minutes.  Serve immediately with a sprinkle of salt, pepper and  1 tbs of hemp seeds on each portion.  FRESH TIPS!  If using sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, skip the boiling and put them straight into the blender.  use pre-soaked cashews to save even more time.  If you double this recipe, the cheez will need an extra minute or two to thicken while stirring before adding the pasta.

Megan’s newest cookbook.

 

Look how creamy and delicious this looks!

 

OMG! The creamiest Mac ‘n’ Cheez!

 

Megan preparing for #LunchBreakLIVE

 

Megan proudly showing off her delicious sun-dried tomato mac ‘n’ cheez.

The Creamiest Vegan Mac 'n' Cheez Ever!

This uber creamy 20-minute vegan mac delivers the tang of sharp cheddar from a surprising source...sun-dried tomatoes.  A few basil leaves add complexity to the flavors without making it taste tomato basil-y.  I like to top it with hemp seeds for a little extra texture and nutrition, but it's totally optional.  Use chickpea or lentil pasta to make this mac 'n' cheez super healthy.  Add a side of steamed green beans or broccoli for a complete meal.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 People

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup cashews raw
  • 2 cups small pasta shells
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 3 tbs nutritional yeast
  • 6-7 basil leaves small
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds divided (optional)

Instructions

  • Fill a saucepan with 3 cups of water and a large saucepan with 8 cups of water and put both over high heat.  Add cashews to the small saucepan.  It's okay if the water is not boiling yet.  Boil the cashews for ten minutes until softened.
  • When the large pot of water is boiling add the pasta shells and a pinch of salt to the pot.  Boil according to package instructions, but a bit longer than al dente, and then drain.
  • When the cashews have two minutes left to boil, add the sun-dried tomatoes to the saucepan.  Drain after two minutes and reserve the water.
  • Add the cashews and sun-dried tomatoes to a high-powered blender with 2 cups of the reserved water. Add the flour, yeast, basil, garlic, salt, paprika, and red pepper flakes and blend on high until smooth, about two minutes.
  • Place the pasta pan back over medium heat. Pour the cheez from the blender into the pan.  Stir for a couple of minutes, scraping the bottom and sides of the pan, until the sauce begins to thicken into gooey cheez.
  • Add the pasta to the cheez sauce and keep stirring until the sauce becomes very thick and gooey.  About 2-3 more minutes.  Serve immediately with a sprinkle of salt, pepper and  1 tbs of hemp seeds on each portion.  FRESH TIPS!  If using sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, skip the boiling and put them straight into the blender.  use pre-soaked cashews to save even more time.  If you double this recipe, the cheez will need an extra minute or two to thicken while stirring before adding the pasta.