Feisty Raw Creamy Mac with Tomatoes

Ah Monday, a fresh start to a new week with many possibilities … right? Well, that’s what I keep telling myself. It was a day of scramble at work with half our team either out sick or on vacation, but time does fly like that. I’m also not feeling 100% with a little post-nasal drip again causing a scratchy throat and not-so-happy stomach. I hate that because even though I feel bloated, I have a monster appetite to fill my stomach with good stuff to offset the drainage run-off – pleasant imagery, huh? Hopefully just a temporary thing while we’re going through a weather change.

Feeling a little off, I have slight craving to indulge in a comfort food, but also a drive to maintain a clean, raw diet. I did some looking for a greasy comfort recipe for this cold evening and Paula Deen’s Tomato Mac and Cheese seems to scream guilt-ridden comfort. But who says comfort food can’t be good for you too? What I love about the Vita-Mix is it can blend fresh produce and spices into a creamy sauce that deceivingly tastes much more naughty that it actually is. I am such a fan of nut, seed and veggie based vegan cheese alternatives, they seem to have so much more flavor and a texture pretty close to actual cheese. Then again, who says they need to mimic cheese products, vegans probably aren’t looking to fool themselves that they’re eating an animal product. Really they’re in another class of better tasting sauces to me, sauces that I can tweak with as much spicing as I’m feeling.

Another thing I’ve found is I really do not miss pasta and I had an interesting talk with my mom about that today too. Pasta by itself is not good to me, it takes a lot of sauce, oil, seasoning, etc. to get it to good and since kicking gluten, I’ve discovered that there are many alternatives that can taste just as good. However, many guys I talk to, including my hubby, say pasta rocks and specifically the white flour kind, there is no substitute. Must be a guy thing.

Anyway, I combed over Paula’s recipe and truthfully found it a little bland, like I’d need to sprinkle some hot sauce and/or pepper flakes on it. But I like the idea of mixing tomatoes with mac and cheese. The few raw recipes I’ve seen for mac and cheese seemed to be in the same junky class as traditional mac and cheese, the Cafe Gratitude recipe uses daikon noodles and a lot of pureed macadamia nuts to hit the creamy texture, and I mean a lot per serving, making it equally decadent while not offering much in the nutrient department to me and lacking in the spice kick. I guess it’s more a recipe for younger raw foodies. Anyway, I set out to make healthy, satisfying raw mac and cheese with a kick. Sound good?

What I like about this recipe it’s an all-in-one main dish recipe with many satisfying personalities to it, kind of like a fully loaded pizza, but not like it. :-) If all of Tara’s personalities from United States of Tara created a raw vegan recipe, this might be it. I liked the crunch and texture of the turnip noodles, but my husband had mixed feelings about it. For softer noodles, maybe use eggplant or zucchini in place of the turnip noodles. Overall, I really liked the recipe, especially that it was saturated in a punchy, flavorful sauce. A definite raw comfort meal!

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  1. says

    Thanks for the comment on my blog! I love the idea of making a goal list. I make lists for other things in my life so it makes sense to make a goal list! I’m definitely trying that!!

    Your recipe looks so good! I’m pretty sure I have IBS and I’ve recently tried cutting out gluten. It helped a lot. I’m interested in trying to incorporate more raw food meals into my diet and this recipe makes it look so appealing! Thanks!!

  2. Laura says

    I just made this recipie and myself, as well as my 2 housemates love it.
    I left out the hemp seeds, and it still was great. It’s nice to see a delicious creamy dressing without excessive nuts in it!
    This will become a winter staple for us here in CT.


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