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Green chile mac n cheese 40 minutes

It's Macaroni and Cheese week in Montreal! As good a reason as any to make some at home. My mac n 'cheese' has whole grain macaroni noodles served with a faux-cheese consisting of golden beets roasted red peppers nutritional yeast and other delicious ingredients. Also topped with some roasted green chiles for a bit of a kick!

I've been experimenting a lot with faux-cheeses recently my choices are somewhat limited because of my nut allergy. But it's all good having limitations just means i need to get more creative! Everyday i try and think of alternatives to things i used to eat like cheese... dairy or even things i still eat.

I've said it before it's all about balance and changing things up!

Swapping out potatoes for another veggie for instance or white rice for another kind of rice... or cauliflower.

I've seen so many great 'faux-cheese' recipes online even some nut-free ones (so thankful for those). One of the inspirations for this recipe was the awesome lady from Cooking with plants. Would have never thought of adding red peppers to a faux-cheese recipe even some nut-free ones (so thankful for those). One of the inspirations for this recipe was the awesome lady from Cooking with plants. Would have never thought of adding red peppers to a faux-cheese recipe she uses a marinated kind but really just using a fresh oven-roasted pepper is fine. So naturally she gets a huge THANK YOU.

For the faux-cheese sauce i was going to just use potatoes at first to make it more 'creamy'. I went to get the ingredients i needed for the recipe at the grocery and i saw some golden beets on sale. Golden beets being yellow i thought wouldn't alter the colour of the sauce and it would be a nice alternative to potatoes. Beets aren't as neutral as potatoes but i went for it anyway because beets are sweet and i feel like it could be an interesting add-on

YES YES and YES again...!

The taste is just perfect not too sweet... a bit cheesy but not too much. Paired with the roasted vegetables it just works. I was excited i allowed myself a minute of maniacal laughter. Behold! My creation...! IT LIVEEEEES.

whole grain macaroni1 cupred pepper1golden beet1garlic1 cloveyellow onion1/4red miso1 tspnutritional yeast1/4 cuplemon juice1 tspgreen chile1black olives1/4 cup

    2 servings

  • Cook 1 cup of whole grain macaroni according to package instructions.
  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • In a pan, cook 1 minced garlic clove as well as 1/4 yellow onion with a bit of oil. Set aside.
  • Peel and slice 1 large golden beet, wash 1 whole green chile as well as 1 whole red pepper. Place on a baking sheet, bake the beet for 25 minutes and about 25-30 minutes for the chile and the pepper. The chile and pepper are ready when the skin is lightly charred and softened
  • Remove skins and deseed the red pepper and green chile. Cut the green chile in small pieces and set aside, add roasted red pepper to a bowl.
  • In that same bowl, add 1 minced garlic clove, 1/4 yellow onion (or 1/4 tsp of onion powder), 1 tsp of lemon juice, the roasted golden beet, 1 tsp of red miso, 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast and 1/3 cup of water. Puree with an immersion blender until smooth. Transfer to a pan and cook over medium heat for a few minutes.
  • Serve over macaroni noodles and top with black olives and some roasted green chiles!
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