When you think of comfort food, you have to be thinking of this…

If someone mentions comfort food, what’s the first thing you think of? Mac and Cheese, of course. Everyone loves mac and cheese. Jane and I have two cats. When we got them, we named one Mac. A friend suggested that we name the other one Cheese. I thought that was cute, but cats named Mac and Cheese for vegans? That didn’t sound right to me. Granted, the cats aren’t vegan, but still….

Last summer Jane and I attended a wedding. For appetizers they had several stations. One was a mac and cheese bar. Of course, nothing at that bar was vegan, but it was “adult mac & cheese.” There were several interesting looking cheese sauce options there, not your run-of-the-mill processed cheese “food” substance. As I said, none of these were vegan… not that I expected there to be any.

Some time last year, I wrote about a boxed vegan Mac and cheese. It was okay….  nothing too exciting, just okay.

Today I came across two new vegan Mac and cheese recipes that might be worth trying. If the pictures are indicative of the taste, these are probably worth investigating further.

In the Washington Post, there is a recipe for a mac and cheese. This recipe came from a contest that they ran in Baltimore in February. Think Mac and cheese is just macaroni and cheese sauce? There were more than 30 different mac and cheese contestants that showed up at the Baltimore Vegan Mac ’n’ Cheese Smackdown.

Vegan Chili Mac (Goran Kosanovic/For The Washington Post)
Vegan Chili Mac (Goran Kosanovic/For The Washington Post)

The recent proliferation of commercially available vegan cheeses from companies such as Daiya, Treeline and Miyoko’s Kitchen has opened up a new world of possibility for those who eschew dairy products, inspiring a host of home cooks to try their hands at recreating cheesy childhood memories.

If you want to learn more about this recipe, click here.

Alternatively, there was another recipe for vegan mac & cheese at One Green Planet. This one looks even more interesting to me.



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