Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Spicy Macaroni & Cheese

I am a huge fan of macaroni & cheese. I have loved it always.
Vegan Mofo prompt number two is to recreate a childhood favorite. My favorite meal growing up was macaroni & cheese. I must have made hundreds of versions and so far have about 15 different ones on the blog. There are many vegan cheeses out there as well as raw, nutty concoctions, pumpkin and butternut squash purees and so forth. The way to creamy up a plain box of elbow macaroni has no limit. Back in the day, Ma made hers with a Kraft imitation brand, but to make it amazing and not solely rely on the orange powdery stuff, she added Crisco, garlic powder, milk, and sometimes if on hand extra cheese. If anyone knows, if you had no butter, no milk, or none of that extra cheese, thick globs of the orange chemical powder would not be stirred to perfectly even bliss.
Also, one of my favorite lunch meals at school was the macaroni & cheese paired with fish sticks- odd combination, but I liked it immensely:

Nodding to school cafeteria fare by adding delicious Gardein fish filets to another mac n cheese special.
Along with my childhood favorite meal, I must discuss the next female painter- Rachel Ruysch, a phenomenal 18th century realist still life painter. She was born in 1711, studied with a renowned painter at age 15, and eventually became the first female member of the prestigious Confrerie Pictura. Primarily in her later years, she was commissioned by a prince and his wife, painting visceral trompe l'oeil flowers with compelling capacity and sharp, intense sophistication, with a three-dimensional skill that exasperates and bewilders the mind. 

"Basket of Flowers," oil on canvas, 1711. Does not the beautiful, warm toned golden flowers with hints of pink and rustic greenery speak on macaroni & cheese seduced by lush broccoli florets?
One of the ingredients in this other special edition vegan macaroni is Just Mayo's amazing new Chipotle flavor. I'm sure you have all heard that the American Egg Industry is after Hampton Creek's product hardcore, angry fired up peddle pushers wanting Just Mayo to change their name and everything. It upsets me so. It's downright ludicrous to justify ownership of "mayonnaise," to say that by law, demandingly even, Just Mayo has no right to be call itself mayo without eggs. Pretty stupid. If this odd yet harmful argument goes through and wins, this could potentially inspire other industries to wage a constitutional battle with other vegan products like faux meats, dairy free cheeses, and so forth. They will use anything including the Webster Dictionary to belittle fortuitous vegan hopes and dreams..... *sighs*

Enough ranting and back to the dish prompt. As I have said, loved Ma's macaroni and cheese, but spiced things up a bit. Feel free to add a pinch of paprika and jalapenos to this recipe. No extra oils necessary- or Crisco for that matter. Thanks to Field Roast's terrific spicy cheese melting so beautifully and Just Mayo adding flare, this macaroni and cheese for one is a perfect flaming hot stroll down memory lane. If only Sir. Cheeto could have a plate.....

Spicy Macaroni & Cheese Ingredients and Preparation

1 cup elbow macaroni
2 slices Field Roast Tomato Cayenne Chao
1 tablespoon Just Mayo Chipotle
1/4 cup almond milk (or any dairy free milk)
2 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
broccoli (optional)

After bringing macaroni to a boil, lower heat and melt in Field Roast Chao.
Stir in milk, nooch, turmeric, coriander, salt, and black pepper.
Add broccoli (or other veggies).

In my childhood days, I wasn't the hugest fan of broccoli, but I love it so much now.
Golden macaroni with a kick of spiciness and daydreams of Ruysch's flowers.
Classics never get old.


  1. your mac and cheese sounds so good!! especially with the just mayo chipotle in there. Good idea!! Also, I Love that you are highlighting female painters!!! <3

    1. Thank you Amey. I appreciate your comments! I love creating different mac n cheeses. I have many variations now it's hard to pick a favorite. And women painters are my other other love. <3

  2. Oh yum! I haven't seen anyone else use Chao for mac and cheese, and it looks/sounds incredible.

    I have to admit that I've intentionally stayed somewhat out of the loop of the Just Mayo debacle. It makes me so upset! The point you make about it opening the doors for other industries to make demands on vegan products is right, and something I hadn't even considered. UGH.

  3. Spicy macaroni has me all excited. Proper comfort food

  4. Oh wow! Field Roast Chao + Just Mayo sounds like an amazing combo! And one I'd have never thought of! I can't wait to try this!

    1. Whoooo! Awesome! Thanks Bianca. I hope you give this combo a try! :)

  5. Your mac & cheese looks amazing, plus what an awesome theme of women painters! :)

  6. It's so true mac and cheese never gets old, looks super yum! I have 3 additional mac recipes on my to-do list right this very moment!

    1. Whooo hooo!!! You can never have too many mac n cheese recipes Nicole! Thank you for commenting! :D