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Hi, I'm Valerie! I'm a content creator and visual storyteller based in Portland, OR. I'm also a wellness writer for SWEATLet's Regale is a space filled with bits + bites of real food, life and travel that are part of my everyday life. It's a breeding ground for ideas and excitement for a balanced and inspired lifestyle.


The Best Vegan Plant Based Mac n' Cheese

The Best Vegan Plant Based Mac n' Cheese

This has got to be the best Vegan/Plant-Based Mac n' Cheese.

I’m always trying to re-create a dairy-free mac n' cheese and I feel like I finally nailed down a solid good recipe. I'm particularly excited to use basil and Oregon White Spring Truffles from my Portland Farmer's Market haul today. Fun Fact: I'm obsessed with truffles. And, not the chocolate kind. One of my dreams is to go truffle hunting in Alba, Italy.

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What You'll Need

1 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 cup oat milk
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp yellow mustard seed powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 tsp Pink Himalayan salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp basil, finely chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cups quinoa elbow noodles (I used this band)

Optional: Oregon White Spring Truffles Shavings or White Truffle Sea Salt for a mind-blowing boost of flavor and depth. 🤯

What You'll Need To Know

Cook quinoa noodles as directed.

While the water is boiling the noodles are cooking, add to a high-speed blender all ingredients, except basil and blend for 30-60 seconds.

After the noodles have cooked, drain and pour "cheese" all over and mixed together.

Serve and enjoy!


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