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Old 08-10-2012, 01:47 PM   #11
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Re: "Healthy" homemade cheese sauce?

This mac & cheese cheese sauce is made of VEGETABLES! http://epicureanvegan.com/2011/05/28...ni-and-cheese/

I'm vegan, my husband is not, but he adores it. You could cut back on the margarine too to make it lower fat. I don't ever mix any with bread crumbs.

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The thing is the processed stuff has a very salty and different type flavor to it. You just can't really replicate what it tastes like.
mine aren't old enough and we don't get it enough for them to really tell the difference yet. I got Tinkyada elbow noodles and my almost 4 yr old called just the noodles Kraft dinner when he saw the package in the shopping cart. Had it with regular sauce, ground turkey & mozarella and he still called it Kraft dinner. I told him it wasn't really Kraft dinner.

Anyway thanks for the recipe!
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(Kraft dinner is what I called mac 'n cheese growing up... I grew up in Canada)
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This mac & cheese cheese sauce is made of VEGETABLES! http://epicureanvegan.com/2011/05/28...ni-and-cheese/

I'm vegan, my husband is not, but he adores it. You could cut back on the margarine too to make it lower fat. I don't ever mix any with bread crumbs.
Ohhh that looks so good! I never get cashews b/c they're so expensive wonder if other nuts could be substituted?
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I like to add mustard powder to my white sauces. Sometimes I'll add a smidge of "better than bouillon veg stock" to it too, if I have it on hand. Really bumps up the flavor.
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mine aren't old enough and we don't get it enough for them to really tell the difference yet. I got Tinkyada elbow noodles and my almost 4 yr old called just the noodles Kraft dinner when he saw the package in the shopping cart. Had it with regular sauce, ground turkey & mozarella and he still called it Kraft dinner. I told him it wasn't really Kraft dinner.

Anyway thanks for the recipe!
Man, you are lucky then. My son was 4 and twins were 2 when I changed from Kraft. (Which by the way, I openly admit to loving, but we still avoid it now.) He knew the difference instantly. They knew too, but didn't care. He was the outspoken one. He definitely knew. In fact, at the store today, we walked by some Kraft and he even said, "Mom, there's the mac n' cheese we used to buy." Obviously, nothing beats the taste of a processed meal!
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Re: "Healthy" homemade cheese sauce?

If you use a microwave, it makes that sauce very easy... melt butter in microwave, add the flour, and whisk in the milk- first a little then the rest. Nuke and whisk, nuke and whisk, and when it thickens, add your cheese and salt/pepper. I do it all in a large glass measuring cup and it is very easy.
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Re: "Healthy" homemade cheese sauce?

someone above mentioned it, ground mustard to the white sauce is amazing!! It changed everything! And finely diced red onion added to flour, milk, butter sauce. YUM, hungry now!
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Add freshly grated nutmeg too!!!
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Ohhh that looks so good! I never get cashews b/c they're so expensive wonder if other nuts could be substituted?
Raw cashews help make it really creamy. You could try soaked, skinned almonds, but I don't think it would be much cheaper (and I don't know how it would be either). Is there anywhere you can buy nuts in bulk? I buy them at my coop (though a bag of raw cashews at Trader Joes is not too expensive, and will last forever in the freezer), but places like Whole Foods and even my local supermarket sell them in bulk bins, and 1/4 cup of nuts isn't $$.
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