Sunday Linner: Easy Vegan Mac and Cheese and Other Goodies.....


I remember when I was growing up, Sunday night dinners were always good. Even if the rest of the week was hectic, Sunday nights were often the time we ate together as a family and prepared ourselves for the week to come. I like the idea of a regularly dedicated time to get together with your spouse or loved ones and enjoy a nourishing meal in the comfort of your own home. So I guess I have unconsciously continued the tradition of Sunday night dinner in my own home, but actually it's more like Sunday afternoon "linner," since my husband and I frequently find ourselves enjoying a too-late-to-be-lunch and too-early-to-be-dinner combo meal.

The requirements of a good Sunday linner for me is that it must be home-cooked and it must be tasty. I tend to crave comfort foods as the days grow shorter, but there's nothing that says comfort foods can't also be simultaneously healthy and delicious!

I clipped this recipe for macaroni and cheese from an old Vegetarian Times (June 2008), and they say that they got it from Portland's own Vita Cafe. I used vegetable noodles instead of plain pasta, added fresh spinach and some sweet peas to give it a little green, used almond milk instead of soy milk, but otherwise it is the same as below:

In a saucepan, whisk together:
2 1/2 cups vegan milk
2 1/2 tablespoons white rice flour
1 1/2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon of granulated garlic
1 tablespoon of granulated onion

Simmer 4 minutes or until thickened, whisking constantly. Then whisk in:
2 tablespoons of vegan margarine (I used Earth Balance), and
1 teaspoon mustard. Simmer for 10 more minutes. Pour over cooked pasta (and add some veg if you want!)

I served the pasta with some oven-roasted garlic and herb potatoes, along with some white beans a la provencale from a recipe that my mother-in-law gave to me, and everything together combined to make the perfect Sunday afternoon-almost-evening linner. And now I feel ready to go forward and face another week!


Farmers Veggie Wife said...

That mac and cheese looks amazing. Totally going on my dinner menu for next week!

vegantuan said...

So cruel to tempt me! :)

Farmers Veggie Wife said...

I made this recipe and it was freakin' delicious. Thanks!

CM said...

YAY! Glad to hear it!

Felicity said...

The mac & cheese looks really good, and a simple recipe too. A lot of vegan mac & cheese recipes are so complicated.


Hey this is crazy, but this is how I landed on your site:
I am designing a Logo for a Fast Food Company and for reference I Googled the words "lettering effects sauce" in Google Images... In the image results I was looking for logo effects... and came across this droolicious image of Mac n Cheese... Being Vegan since over the past one year I am used to looking at tempting images and passing them by.. But since my mom was getting ready to make Vegan Tomato Pasta for supper today, I thought it was worth a try to show her the photo and say " Mom this is how I want it to look and taste! ".. and when I clicked on the link...........
Surprise of surprise! This WAS VEGAN Mac & Cheese!!!!
Too much of a co-incidence!? :D
I am going ahead to make it right away, and I can tell this is going to be yummyy....... T H A N K Y O U ! ! !

CM said...

Hi Mudra! You just made my day!!! What a cool story. I am so glad you found my blog! Hope you like the recipe. Let me know! :)


Ahhh.. was my first Vegan mac n cheese.. done to perfection.. Added some silken tofu to the sauce with soy milk.. minus margarine and with some corn as I prefer :) yummm :)