Sweet Potato Vegan Mac & ‘Cheese’

Vegan Sweet potato Mac _ _Cheese_

Yield  4 servings

Prep time 20 mins

I moved to LA a little over a year ago. As I settle in this new city and make new connections and friends I've become an expert at making brunch for them in the tiny studio Dustin and I live in. While my food is well received by my food savvy friends; when their children come over the only thing they seem to like is Mac & Cheese.

Here's a delicious recipe that uses mainly sweet potatoes for the sauce! Dustin ate so much of it when I first made it because it is perfect comfort food for him.

If Gluten doesn't sit well with you use your favorite kind of gluten free Macaroni. The sauce is naturally gluten free and even your picky children will enjoy it! Whenever I make a dish that traditionally has a layer of crispy cheese on top I replace it with sliced Zucchini or Crispy coconut 'bacon' for the visual effect.

This dish is perfect for balancing Vāta and nourishing Pitta.

Ingredients

1/2 Lbs Macaroni of your choice*
 2.5 Cups Organic Sweet potato, peeled and diced
2 Cups water
1/4 Cup Organic raw Cashews
2 tsp Salt  (preferably soma)
1/2 tsp Organic Coriander, freshly ground
1/4 tsp Organic Turmeric powder*  
1/8 tsp Nutmeg, freshly ground
1/8 tsp Cayenne pepper* (I like to use convivial Golden Cayenne! follow the link to look at their amazing locally sourced spices)
1/2 tsp Basil, dried
1/4 Cup Nutritional Yeast
1/2 Cup zucchini slices

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 375’
Cook the Macaroni according to the directions on the package
Boil the sweet potatoes in the water with the rest of the ingredients except the nutritional yeast and zucchinis for 15 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are very soft.
Blend the sweet potatoes with the nutritional yeast until the sauce is well incorporated and silky.
Mix the macaroni and the sauce and pour into a 9x8’ casserole dish, Garnish with Zucchini thin slices.
Bake the macaroni for 20 minutes, serve warm and enjoy!

Notes for other body type(s)

Vata-reduced

For Vāta digestion

Sprinkle Olive oil over the zucchini before baking the mac and chee

Pitta-reduced

For Pitta digestion

Avoid the turmeric and the cayenne pepper

kapha-revised-reduced

For Kapha Digestion

Favor using quinoa pasta instead of wheat or corn. Sprinkle extra Black   pepper on your plate to boost your fire of digestion. Make sure to eat a serving leaf greens to balance the sweetness of this dish.

COOKING WITH OM