My kids cut their teeth, so to speak, on mac and cheese. And tofu. First, as vegetarian kids, then as vegan teens. Whenever friends came over, the meal most often served was mac and cheese, even after the shift to a vegan diet. Would that there had been a book like Vegan Mac & Cheese: More than 50 Delicious Plant-Based Recipes for the Ultimate Comfort Food by Robin Robertson as the gang was growing up! I would have taken a lot more chances with those preteen palates.
It took a long time for it to occur to me that plant-based cheesy sauces could be made with all kinds of vegetables — sometimes without a speck of actual vegan cheese (not that I have any objection to the latter; it’s just nice to switch things up). That’s a great feature of this lovely book, which offers 50 ways to make this beloved comfort food.
These creative recipes incorporate sauces made from plant-based milks, nuts, vegetables, and yes, sometimes vegan cheese, to create creamy, luscious mac and cheese variations. Robin takes the concept of mac and cheese tastefully global and wildly creative with recipes like:
- Indian Curry Mac
- Salsa Mac and Queso
- Buffalo Cauliflower Mac
- Greek Spinach Orzo Bake
- Italian Macaroni Pie
- Noodle Kugel
- Philly Cheesesteak Mac
- Brat & Kraut Mac and Cheese
… and lots more. Robin is a longtime colleague, and as someone who has enjoyed her recipes for years, I can vouch for them as among the tastiest, easiest to accomplish, and reliable in the biz. The recipes in Vegan Mac & Cheese are no exception! Mac and cheese remains a staple in our home, and still a favorite of my “aging” offspring. I look forward to lots of inspiration from this book.
And now, here’s Robin and her Cheesy Primavera Mac:
I like to use tricolor rotini in this lovely springtime casserole to mirror the gorgeous colors of the vegetables in the dish. Recipe from Vegan Mac & Cheese by Robin Robertson © 2019 Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc. Photo: Jack Adams photography. Reprinted by permission.
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