Tuesday, June 8, 2010

All About Vegan Mac & Cheese

Guilty. I've always loved Mac and cheese. And this is probably my 5th post about it. But, I do have 2 great finds to report for my fellow mac-and-cheese-heads. So, without further ado:

Number 1: Leahey's Vegan Cheese Sauce Mix

I read about this stuff on another blog, Vegan Incognito, and decided to give it a try. There's no limit to the ends I'll go to to find a good mac and cheese. So, I bought it mail order, it was back ordered, but I finally got it. And let me tell you, this stuff rocks! Is it the yumminess that Kraft has? No. But that's impossible.

This stuff was super easy to make. I just put the powder in a pan and mixed it with Rice Milk once my noodles were almost done cooking. It takes like 3 minutes. There's no powder poppin' either. The stuff just melts right away, and gets creamy fast. I tried a finger dip and I got excited. I poured it on my noodles and was delighted. It was creamy, yummy and easy. Two thumbs up.

Ok, next up.

2: Mac & Cheeza

I heard about this place on NPR. I think it was a show called "Good Food." The guy was going off on how good the stuff was, and all the toppings they had to go along with it. It drove me nuts. Then, he mentioned at the very end of the story that they had a vegan and gluten-free option. Wha-wha-what? I walked in that place's door within 3 days of hearing this. It's in downtown L.A. (and they have a Bakersfield location)

First things first. This place is a bit pricey. It's 10 bucks for the medium sized portion, which is big but it's also 10 bucks. There is a 5 dollar option. But the medium (Momma Mac as they call it) is worth every penny. I got the vegan cheese (regular noodle) with sauteed collard greens, and crushed toasted walnuts on top for crunch (included). I almost got the veggie sausage. Anyway, this place crushes any vegan mac and cheese there is. That's it. It's the best. Next time, I think I'm just gonna go straight up cheese. No nothing. Pure.


  1. Oh, thanks for the Mac & Cheeza tip - haven't heard of that place!

  2. Wow, man. I get mac & cheese cravings like nobody's business. Gonna have to look up the location of Mac & Cheeza and stop in. Sounds decadent. Where did you order the Leahey Gardens stuff from?

  3. Rocker: It's on 8th and Spring.

    And I ordered the Leahy stuff online from Vegan Essentials http://store.veganessentials.com/vegan-cheese-sauce-mix-by-leahey-gardens-p2604.aspx

    But looks like you can get it straight from the manufacturer, too. http://www.leaheyfoods.com/moreinfo.aspx?pid=Cheese-Flavored-Sauce-Mix&cs=/products/MacCheese.aspx&ai=M

  4. Since you love Mac and Cheese, I was wondering if you have tried Daiya Vegan Cheese yet? Here is a pretty fun little video of a guy making mac and cheese with Daiya.
    This stuff is SO awesome! Enjoy!

    Susan E., Michigan