Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Chick'n Nugget Mac 'N Cheez
Odd things you'll need from the store:
Gardein 7 Grain Crispy Tenders
Daiya Cheddar Shreds
The latter of the 3 will more than likely have to be found at a health food store...maybe even all 3, but my grocery store carries the tenders.
Start 2 cups of noodles boiling. I used the Tinkyada Brown Rice noodles...they work great, and they're fun shapes for the kiddos!
Make the cashew cream. (Don't freak out...it's really easy!)
1/2 c. raw cashews
1/2 c. water
Throw into a mixer and blend until smooth!
*I used my Vitamix, which does tend to smooth things out a little more than a regular blender...not to be disheartened...just soak your cashews for a few hours, and you'll be fine. (and don't pretend that you were just going to whip this up last minute and soaking is the deal-breaker...chances are you had to make a special trip to the store for these ingredients, so you actually had to plan ahead for this one...just plan to soak too!)
Once noodles are al dente (which is fancy pants speech for slightly chewy), strain and rinse. In the pot (don't add the noodles yet), add:
1/2 c. daiya cheddar shreds
1/2 t. sea salt
3 T. Earth Balance Buttery Spread
sprinkle of turmeric (this is just to add more of a yellow color...completely optional)
Stir frequently over low/med. heat until the shreds are melted.
1/2 c. frozen peas
4 Crispy tenders (which you will microwave before hand, and chop into small pieces) You can add more if you want...just sayin'
Stir until everything is warm and incorporated! That's it!
Here are some different ways to be creative with this. Try mixing in:
Fried vegan bacon chopped into little pieces
Chopped steamed carrots
So many possibilities! Hope you enjoy!!