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 Post subject: The Great Mac and Cheez Battle
PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 4:02 pm 
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I'm looking for the best vegan version of mac and cheese. So far I've tried Mac Daddy from Veganomicon and it was DELICIOUS. Still on deck from books I own: Dreena Burton's Mac-Oh-Geez and the sunflower mac from Isa Does It.

Are there any other recipes I should throw into the cook-off? What's the best version you've tried? Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: The Great Mac and Cheez Battle
PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 6:53 pm 
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My two favorites are the chipotle mac and cheese here on the PPK blog and the mac and cheese in Vegan Diner.


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 Post subject: Re: The Great Mac and Cheez Battle
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The Mac and Shews from the ppk database is really popular, it has sauerkraut. Then the VegNews Mac, if you do a forum search I bet you can find it. Then there is an awesome Ethiopian version Kittee's book.

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 Post subject: Re: The Great Mac and Cheez Battle
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KrisB wrote:
My two favorites are the chipotle mac and cheese here on the PPK blog and the mac and cheese in Vegan Diner.


I second the one from Vegan Diner. It's my all-time favorite recipe!! Quick, easy to find ingredients, whole foods, no weird aftertaste.


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 Post subject: Re: The Great Mac and Cheez Battle
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Oh, that does sound good. Whole foods is a definite plus. The Veg News one has an awful lot of margarine in it ...


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 Post subject: Re: The Great Mac and Cheez Battle
PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 10:09 pm 
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The mac and cheese from Quick & Easy Vegan Comfort Food is my go-to. It's the recipe that tipped the scales for me to believe I could go vegan.


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 Post subject: Re: The Great Mac and Cheez Battle
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This one is my fave. I'm a little biased toward it, but no shame here. Just pulled one out of the oven, so I say with certainty that it's our family's fave.

Vegan Baked Mac and Cheese from Everyday Vegan Eats.


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 Post subject: Re: The Great Mac and Cheez Battle
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I love this one:

http://kitteekake.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/two-more-layers.html?m=1

The only difference is that I don't use gluten free pasta. I also just make the mac and cheese in a casserole dish.

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 Post subject: Re: The Great Mac and Cheez Battle
PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 2:35 am 
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new farm mac+cheese is my fav of all time: http://www.cestlavegan.com/2009/07/mac-cheese/

v. simple and easy and has very few ingredients.

(I bake it with breadcrumbs on top because that's how mac+cheese happened when I was a kid, but other than that the recipe is aces)

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 Post subject: Re: The Great Mac and Cheez Battle
PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 10:08 am 
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The VegNews one is still my fave: http://vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=40&catId=10

And I always have to add that you should reduce the salt in the sauce to 1 teaspoon. Or at least taste it at that point and decide if you want more.


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 Post subject: Re: The Great Mac and Cheez Battle
PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 11:28 am 
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I think there are several threads dedicated to finding great mac and cheese recipes, FWIW. Here are some:

viewtopic.php?f=18&t=32078
viewtopic.php?f=18&t=33527
viewtopic.php?f=18&t=23914
viewtopic.php?f=18&t=16356

It's a popular topic!


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 Post subject: Re: The Great Mac and Cheez Battle
PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 1:32 pm 
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Also: always add miso! And prob hot sauce.

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 Post subject: Re: The Great Mac and Cheez Battle
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i think there are several threads on this you can peruse but my favorite is the baked version from Vegan Table.

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 Post subject: Re: The Great Mac and Cheez Battle
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I've blown my own horn on this topic before, but (if I say so myself) in this case it is completely justified. I have now served this to many, many vegans and omnivores alike with excellent reviews!

http://elizaveganpage.blogspot.com/2010 ... heese.html

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 Post subject: Re: The Great Mac and Cheez Battle
PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 8:51 am 
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jdfunks wrote:
Also: always add miso! And prob hot sauce.

Yup.
I'm a big fan of Isa's roasted red pepper mac. You can find the recipe here. Not sure if it's also in a book.


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 Post subject: Re: The Great Mac and Cheez Battle
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Isa's Mac 'n' Shews is one of my favourite foods ever. And it has had rave reviews from my family- my brother, who doesn't like cooking, asked for the recipe saying that even though it is quite a lot of work, if anything can get him to cook it will be the thought of that delicious dish!

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 Post subject: Re: The Great Mac and Cheez Battle
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I'll put my vote in even though I seem to be the only one: The Gee Whiz spread from the uncheese cookbook on pasta. My kid actually doesn't like mac and cheese for some reason but he eats this! It is also pretty low fat. I could live on it. Sometimes I add salsa and hot sauce to make a southwest version.

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 Post subject: Re: The Great Mac and Cheez Battle
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This has been my go to for the past few years (it's also the fave of my formerly cheese monger bf):http://ohsheglows.com/2011/03/10/butternut-squash-mac-n-cheeze-two-ways/
I always opt to add the bread crumbs and bake


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 Post subject: Re: The Great Mac and Cheez Battle
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I didn't realize this was such a popular topic! next time I'll know to search first ...

Trying that butternut recipe from Oh She Glows tomorrow. I'm intrigued by the mac and shews, but I think the rest of my family would run a mile from anything with sauerkraut in it.


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 Post subject: Re: The Great Mac and Cheez Battle
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I've been making a light sauce with acorn squash that I really like. It's also great on bowls.
http://kitteekake.blogspot.com/2015/10/ ... sauce.html

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 Post subject: Re: The Great Mac and Cheez Battle
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kittee, I'll have to try that -- it sounds delicious.

The Oh She Glows sauce was easy and excellent. I love that squash flavor, and it had the perfect thick, creamy mac'n'cheese texture.

I added a bunch of peas, though, and that combined with the sweetness of the squash pushed the whole thing sweeter than my ideal. If I do it again I'd add spinach or adzuki beans instead, and also probably roast the garlic along with the squash because I think that would add something. Maybe throw in a shallot too.


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