I made this macaroni casserole a couple of weeks ago to satisfy an urge for comfort food. It hit the spot! Although I will not claim that it is exactly like it’s non-vegan equivalents, it is pretty darn good all the same. I served it with my Vegan Creamy Tomato Soup for the ultimate cozy Sunday afternoon meal. Recipe below!
Baked Vegan Macaroni Casserole
- 1 lb cooked Macaroni noodles (I used whole wheat and it tasted fine in the casserole!)
- ½ c raw cashews, processed into a powder
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 medium chopped potato
- 2 chopped carrots
- 1 c nutritional yeast
- 1 c non dairy milk
- Juice of half of a lemon
- 3 T corn starch
- 1 tbsp oil/earth balance
- 1 t salt
- ½ t Dijon mustard
- ½ t tumeric
- ½ t onion powder
- ¼ t black pepper
- 1/8 t cayenne
- dash of soy sauce
- **Garnish: Paprika, bread crumbs, ground almonds
- **Optional: Peas and halved cherry tomates
- Grease a large casserole pan and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Cook your macaroni noodles according to the package instructions and drain. Put in casserole pan and set aside
- In a food processor, blend the raw cashews with the carrots, potato, and garlic, and process until well combined.
- Add the rest of the ingredients (except for the macaroni, the garnish, and the optional ingredients) to the food processor and process again until a smooth “cheese” sauce forms.
- Pour the “cheese” sauce directly onto the macaroni noodles and toss to coat the noodles evenly. If you want to add optional ingredients to your casserole, now is the time to do it! I added a bag of frozen peas and some spare, halved cherry tomatoes for color and nutrition.
- Top with paprika (for a little kick), bread crumbs, and crushed almonds (for some crunch).
- Cook for 30 minutes.
- Serve! This recipe makes enough to serve about 4-6 people, depending on how hungry everyone is.
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The other night at dinner my family wanted to chow down on some chips with our burgers. My mom brought out two different bags, one was Herr’s Baked Potato Crisps (Cheddar and Sour Cream flavored) and the other was Dorito’s (Nacho Cheese).
Here are the Contenders!!
I decided it would be fun to see how they stack up! First let’s check out the NUTRITION FACTS:
Doritos Nutrition Facts
Herr's Baked Nutrition Facts
- CALORIES PER CHIP=Doritos 13.6, Herr’s Baked 9.23
- CALORIES FROM FAT PER CHIP=Doritos 6.36, Herr’s Baked 2.3
- GRAMS OF SATURATED FAT PER CHIP=Doritos 0.14, Herr’s Baked 0.04
- GRAMS OF SODIUM PER CHIP=Doritos 16.36, Herr’s Baked 25.38
- GRAMS OF DIETARY FIBER PER CHIP= Doritos 0.09, Herr’s Baked 0.15
- GRAMS OF SUGAR PER CHIP= Doritos 0.09, Herr’s Baked 0.15
- Herr’s Baked Crisps are lower in calories, calories from fat, saturated fat, but higher in sodium and sugar than the Doritos!
How about the TASTE and TEXTURE?
The Nacho Cheese Doritos are addicting and have a good heavy crunch, and do taste a little over-processed, in my opinion. The Cheddar and Sour Cream Baked Herr’s Crisps are lighter and crispier, and have less of a processed taste. The flavor was actually very tangy and pleasant, and didn’t leave the weird Dorito’s cheese film on the roof of my mouth.
Doritos vs. Herr's Baked
The winner? I went with the Baked Herr’s, all the way. Because they were lower in calories I could eat MORE! I’m usually not a fan of baked chips because I find them to be a lot less flavorful than their counterparts, but the cheddar and sour cream hit the spot. Even my dad said “I could eat these!” which is a big deal because he LOVES his Doritos. The only thing that I was disappointed about was the higher sodium stats.
- What do you think of baked chips? Have you ever tried Cheddar and Sour Cream Herr’s Baked Chips? What did you think?
- What foods do you commonly replace with healthier alternatives? Do they beat your cravings, or leave you wanting more?
Leave your answers in the comments, I can’t wait to hear from you! 🙂
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Tagged baked chips, Cheddar and Sour Cream, cheese, chips, Doritos, food battles, healthy alternatives, Herr's, Nacho Cheese, nutrition facts