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Actress Mayim Bialik dishes up vegan recipes: Family-friendly Mac N Cheez

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What's cooking in Katie Couric's talk show kitchen? Actress Mayim Bialik, and she demonstrated how to make her favorite vegan recipes on Katie's show. Get the recipes and the dish on Mayim's new plant-based cookbook: "Mayim's Vegan Table: More than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours" (click for details).

If you think that plant-based diets are only for adults, Mayim disagrees. Vegan cuisine can be made family-friendly to benefit your growing children. And to prove it, she's created the following recipe for a vegan version of traditional macaroni and cheese.

Mac N Cheez

Makes 8 servings

Mayim says:

People often ask vegan children if they miss macaroni and cheese. With this recipe, your kids don’t have to miss out on the creamy comfort food many kids think comes from a box. The vegan cheese sauce can be poured and mixed directly into cooked pasta or baked in a casserole. Either way, it is an exceptionally yummy and satisfying dish you’ll find yourself making when you crave comfort food in a jiffy.

Ingredients

1 (16-ounce) package pasta, such as farfalle, rigatoni, penne, shells, or large macaroni
1 1/4 cups nondairy milk (almond milk works best)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour or white or brown rice flour
1 (8-ounce) bag shredded vegan cheese, preferably mozzarella or cheddar
1/2 cup bread crumbs (optional)
Instructions

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain when al dente and place in a large bowl.
Preheat the oven to 350° F.
Heat 1 cup of the nondairy milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
In a cup, whisk the flour into the remaining 1/4 cup of milk until dissolved. Add it slowly to the heated milk, whisking as you go. Add the shredded vegan cheese and stir constantly until the cheese is dissolved and the sauce is bubbly, about 5 minutes. Pour over the pasta mixture and stir to combine.
Get more recipes and tips from Mayim by clicking here for "Mayim's Vegan Table: More than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours."

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