Mac ‘n’ Cheese Bites

Mac ‘n’ Cheese Bites

Some of you might remember one of the first recipes we shared was our vegan mac ‘n’ cheese. It’s amazing to think that was almost 16 months ago!

Well that original mac ‘n’ cheese recipe has been a staple in our household ever since, and we recently decided it was about time we gave it a fun new twist.

We’ve added more ingredients to the sauce to give it a tasty kick and we chose to bake the macaroni in muffin moulds to create these awesome ‘bites’, which are perfect for dinner parties or taking to work for a snack.

If you love to experiment, we recommended trying different types of pasta to see how the bites turn out. We’ve also tried with mini conchiglie pasta, which turned out great.

Also, don’t forget to always check the label when you buy mustard from supermarkets. You can also use Dijon mustard, but some will use cheap white wine which might not be vegan.

Enjoy!

Roxy & Ben

Mac 'N' Cheese Bites

Print Recipe
Mac ‘n’ Cheese Bites
Mac ‘n’ Cheese Bites
Servings
12 bites
Ingredients
For the ‘cheese’ sauce
  • 140 g cashews raw
  • 220 ml soya or almond milk
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 20 g nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika ground
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves
For the bites
  • 250 g macaroni pasta dry
  • 80g g raw baby spinach leaves
  • small handful of breadcrumbs
  • small handful of chives chopped
Servings
12 bites
Ingredients
For the ‘cheese’ sauce
  • 140 g cashews raw
  • 220 ml soya or almond milk
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 20 g nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika ground
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves
For the bites
  • 250 g macaroni pasta dry
  • 80g g raw baby spinach leaves
  • small handful of breadcrumbs
  • small handful of chives chopped
Mac ‘n’ Cheese Bites
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C and lightly grease the muffin tray.
  2. Soak the cashews in hot water for 30 minutes.
  3. Cook the macaroni as per packet instructions.
  4. Meanwhile, add the “cheese” ingredients to a blender and blend together until smooth, then transfer to a mixing bowl with the spinach.
  5. Drain the pasta and transfer the cooked macaroni to the mixing bowl. Mix the pasta with the cheese sauce and the spinach until evenly coated.
  6. Spoon the mac ‘n’ cheese mixture evenly into the muffin moulds. Once each mould is full, press down with the back of a spoon to compact the mixture. Then, sprinkle the breadcrumbs on the top of the bites.
  7. Transfer muffin tray to the oven and bake for 10 - 12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
  8. Remove bites from the oven and leave to cool for 5 minutes.
  9. To remove bites from the muffin moulds, run a tablespoon around the edges and use the spoon to lift the bites out from the moulds.
  10. Sprinkle with chopped chives to serve.
Recipe Notes

You will also need a 12-up muffin tray.

Loaded BBQ Jackfruit Nachos

Loaded BBQ Jackfruit Nachos

Need to impress your friends with a simple and fun treat? Then look no further than these Loaded BBQ Jackfruit Nachos.

Jackfruit is the national fruit of Bangladesh and it’s a very underrated ingredient. The BBQ jackfruit in this recipe requires only three ingredients, and once you’ve mastered this step you can try it in buns, sandwiches, pizzas and buddha bowls, as well as in these loaded nachos! We use Violife’s original cheese.

Serves 4-6.

Loaded BBQ Jackfruit Nachos

 

Print Recipe
Loaded BBQ Jackfruit Nachos
Loaded BBQ Jackfruit Nachos
Servings
4-6 people
Ingredients
  • 200 g tortilla chips (suitable for vegans)
  • 2 x 565 g cans of jackfruit in brine
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 150 g vegan cheese grated
  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 3 tomatoes diced
For the topping:
  • Handful of coriander (cilantro) chopped
  • Handful of jalapeños sliced
  • Cashew sour cream
  • Guacamole
Servings
4-6 people
Ingredients
  • 200 g tortilla chips (suitable for vegans)
  • 2 x 565 g cans of jackfruit in brine
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 150 g vegan cheese grated
  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 3 tomatoes diced
For the topping:
  • Handful of coriander (cilantro) chopped
  • Handful of jalapeños sliced
  • Cashew sour cream
  • Guacamole
Loaded BBQ Jackfruit Nachos

Cashew Sour Cream Recipe

Ingredients:
1/2 cup cashews soaked
1/4 cup water
2 tsp vinegar
2 tbsp lemon juice

Method:
1. Soak cashews in hot water for 10 minutes, then drain.
2. Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Guacamole Recipe
– Mash together one avocado, one finely chopped garlic clove and 1 tbsp of lemon juice.

Vegan Soft Cheese

Vegan Soft Cheese

We’re really excited to share this simple soft cheese recipe with you so you can make your own cheese at home…from scratch! It’s rich, creamy from the cashews, and it’s great for spreading over crackers.

I’m always keen to learn as much as I can about the ingredients in the food I eat. The more I can strip back recipes to their basic ingredients, the more I understand about recreating interesting meals at home. This cheese recipe is no exception, stripped back to it’s raw form, this is a really easy and impressive recipe for any dinner table.

We add a little turmeric to give the recipe a yellow colour, but this it up to you! The cheese will become firmer the longer you leave it in the refrigerator.

Ingredients

1 cup cashews
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 clove garlic
3/4 cup water
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 1/2 tbsp agar flakes (or substitute for agar powder but use half the amount)
Oil to coat container

Vegan Soft Cheese

Method

1. Soak the cashews in hot water for at least 30 minutes.

2. Add 1/2 cup water to a pan and pour the agar flakes on top. Heat the mixture until it starts to boil, stirring occasionally, and simmer for a further 2-3 minutes.

3. Add the cashews, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, garlic, 1/4 cup water, salt and turmeric to a blender. Then, add the agar mixture and blend for roughly 20 seconds or until the mixture is smooth.

4. Lightly grease a small ramekin and pour in the cheese mixture.

5. Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours before serving.

#SoVegan