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#1 Old 12-30-2014, 12:25 PM
 
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Vegan Mac n Cheese?

Hey everyone!

Today I tried Earth Balance vegan mac n cheese and absolutely hated it! I have yet to try their other products but I'm remaining optimistic! I've heard good things about their other products.

Anyone else have any experience with this version of mac n cheese? What'd you think? Any different version you like better?

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#2 Old 12-30-2014, 01:34 PM
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I haven't tried EB, which appears to be a mix-it-yourself dish. I get Amy's vegan mac n cheese, made with Daiya, out of the frozen case. I think it's pretty good.

The only Earth Balance product I use is the buttery spread, which I find perfectly fine. Melts well onto toast and is good for baking too.

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I don't dislike the EB, but I have been making it without adding any milk product just either olive oil or coconut oil.
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The best vegan mac & cheese I've found is this recipe:

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I haven't tried the EB mac and cheese yet because I'm still waiting for it to come to Canada but this recipe is pretty epic: http://vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=40&catId=10


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I used to get Amy's, but now I just add something like Tesco's vegan strong cheese* to some pasta....maybe I should make some white sauce, but I'm not that bothered.

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http://www.tesco.com/groceries/produ.../?id=277074194
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That's pretty cheesy to me.


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This is my favorite recipe: http://www.theppk.com/2013/06/chipot...ussel-sprouts/

I've tried others, but haven't liked a single one before.



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I've never tried any commercial versions of vegan mac and cheese. Here is how I make mine:

Peal, chop, and steam a large sweet potato. Add it to a blender (I have a high speed blender) with a small block of silken tofu, 1/4 to 1/3 cup nutritional yeast flakes, some plant milk (I guess at how much based on the volume of other stuff), and spices like nutmeg, cumin, salt/pepper, onion powder etc. Blend until creamy. Add to a pot on the stove and heat for a few minutes.

While all that is being made, I boil my macaroni (I use whole wheat macaroni), then add the sauce over the macaroni while everything is hot and mix well. It makes a very thick rich mac and cheese with a slight sweetness to it. You can also use regular potato in place of sweet potato for a more savory "cheesy" taste. You can leave out the tofu also if you don't like that, and add more potato instead. And you can vary the spices.

Sometimes I add a little bit of vegan parmesan to it (ground up almonds or sunflower seeds with nutritional yeast in blender) for extra texture.

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Someday I want to invest in a Vitamix, then my Mac and cheese will be perfect!

Picture I took of the recipe above:





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Oh great, now I want to make mac and cheese but all the stores are closed.
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This is awesome! Thanks everyone! I'm definitely going to have to try everyone's recipes!
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Well, I finally decided to order the Earth Balance boxed mac and cheese mix and try it. I thought it might be something to use for our upcoming canoe camping trip since it is lightweight and easy to pack and cook on a one pot tiny portable camping stove. I am usually not into processed stuff like this but I was feeling adventurous.

Now, I have not had boxed macaroni and cheese in probably fifteen years, but my husband is an omnivore and LOVES Kraft Macaroni and cheese mix. So I tested this vegan version on him. I found it to be kind of bland but not bad. My husband LOVED it!!! I am thinking if we use if for camping, I will throw in some peas and double the servings to make a meal out of it. I would use it again in a pinch and will use if for canoe camping but otherwise it's probably not going to be a regular menu item for me. I had to order it online as no store sells it around here.

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Well, I finally decided to order the Earth Balance boxed mac and cheese mix and try it. I thought it might be something to use for our upcoming canoe camping trip since it is lightweight and easy to pack and cook on a one pot tiny portable camping stove. I am usually not into processed stuff like this but I was feeling adventurous.

Now, I have not had boxed macaroni and cheese in probably fifteen years, but my husband is an omnivore and LOVES Kraft Macaroni and cheese mix. So I tested this vegan version on him. I found it to be kind of bland but not bad. My husband LOVED it!!! I am thinking if we use if for camping, I will throw in some peas and double the servings to make a meal out of it. I would use it again in a pinch and will use if for canoe camping but otherwise it's probably not going to be a regular menu item for me. I had to order it online as no store sells it around here.
I love that stuff! It's excellent with peas and extra black pepper.
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The EB Mac and Cheese has mixed reviews from vegans online. I personally didn't care for it, I wanted to so bad.



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Vegan Mac n Cheese?

Same for me. I used to love Kraft M&C. Homemade is delicious but it would be nice to have a quick and easy guilty pleasure version from a box.


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The EB Mac and Cheese has mixed reviews from vegans online. I personally didn't care for it, I wanted to so bad.
I didn't really like it either. I found it tasted like the cardboard box it was packed in. I really wanted to like it so I tried a few more but nope. Maybe the new Annie's Vegan Mac N' Cheese will be better.

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I didn't really like it either. I found it tasted like the cardboard box it was packed in. I really wanted to like it so I tried a few more but nope. Maybe the new Annie's Vegan Mac N' Cheese will be better.

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Same. I heard that Amy's Kitchen has a good frozen mac and cheese. Daiya has one too, but I don't know if it's good.



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Same. I heard that Amy's Kitchen has a good frozen mac and cheese. Daiya has one too, but I don't know if it's good.
Amy's isn't bad.... I haven't seen the Daiya one yet however I just added to my grocery list hehe I may need to go to Whole Foods since my local grocer doesn't have much Daiya products.

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Amy's isn't bad.... I haven't seen the Daiya one yet however I just added to my grocery list hehe I may need to go to Whole Foods since my local grocer doesn't have much Daiya products.

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Surprisingly the Whole Foods closest to me didn't have it. Yours might though, the one I go to is half the size of the one closest to me in So Cal.

I'm going to try to melt Chao Cheese down and make mac and cheese with that. I bet it will be awesome.



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Home made mac and cheese is the best by far. Everyone has a profile they seem to like, so it's easy to tweak some of the recipes you may find to your liking.

Some good recipes are posted above any many more available with a bit of digging.

I like the Earth Balance Mac and Cheese as a replacement for KD. It does have that highly processed food feel and the smells through the house are strong but It's a good junky treat if you've been off dairy for a ling time and had KD as a kid.


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I just made some. Simply melted in some Violife with some macaroni, and a little salt and pepper.

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I never had "real" mac and cheese but have tried a vegan option with cream and mustard (and salt and pepper) poured over noodles and then heated in a pan for a little crust.

I liked it, but as I am trying to loose some weight at the moment, I turned to healthier food.
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I thought the EB boxed mac was gross.

I like Amy's frozen vegan mac and cheese (be careful, because they sell a lactose-free one that is not vegan. The vegan one has Daiya).

Also love the recipe in "Isa Does It" for Roasted Red Pepper mac and cheese. So good!
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Ive tried Amy's and it was good. But I really wanted to like it. Has any one found a vegan gluten free that isn't horrible? I would really like something that was quick. There are so few ready foods for vegans that are gluten free.We are almost a captive market. Even if it is bad some will still buy it.
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Ive tried Amy's and it was good. But I really wanted to like it. Has any one found a vegan gluten free that isn't horrible? I would really like something that was quick. There are so few ready foods for vegans that are gluten free.We are almost a captive market. Even if it is bad some will still buy it.

The Amy's vegan one is also gluten-free.
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Also love the recipe in "Isa Does It" for Roasted Red Pepper mac and cheese. So good!
I wish I liked red peppers. Her Chipotle Brussel Sprout Mac and cheese is fantastic.



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Just found a version on the website for the Roasted Red Pepper mac I mentioned above. There's even a video: http://www.theppk.com/2013/10/roaste...-cheese-video/
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I love the EB mac & cheese. I've tried others but they were all disgusting.
My favorite recipe is fat free vegan's Mac and cheese
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I recently tried Annie's Home Grown Vegan mac and cheese
http://www.annies.com/products/pasta...s-creamy-sauce

The secret ingredient is pumpkin, and it wasn't too bad, but I didn't like it as well as EB. My omni husband really didn't like this version much either. I also found a vegan gluten free mac and cheese version and bought that one for my Mom for Christmas. I found these at a Whole Foods coop in a town three hours south of where I live. we don't have anything like that up here. It is a pasttime of mine when I visit cities far away to see what vegan products their health food stores carry lol.

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I added non-dairy creamer and Earth Balance butter to the Earth Balance Mac and Cheese and it was actually pretty good. I would not recommend it without these additions, though.
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