It doesn’t get much better than a creamy fulfilling meal filled with healthy ingredients. This vegan green mac and cheese packed with spinach is the ultimate in kid and adult comfort food, perfect for St. Patrick’s day or any time you crave it!
Whether you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or just need a big dose of greens, when there’s food this easy and good you better run to your kitchen! This creamy, super healthy, vegan green mac and cheese is the perfect easy way to get in on the festivities. I filled it with hidden veggies, packed it with spinach, but shhhh! Don’t tell the kids (or the husband)!
What’s better than regular mac and cheese? Mac and cheese packed with greens!
I usually make my vegan mac and cheese with veggie based cheesy sauces (see this post, this post and this one for more delicious vegan mac and cheese sauces) but this is the first fun colorful mac and cheese on the blog. The timing is perfect for St. Patrick’s day, but let’s be clear, you should eat this ANY DAY. So many reasons why:
- hidden cauliflower
- packed with spinach but undetectable in taste
- fun and colorful
- easy to make with a quick zip in the trusty high speed blender (or regular blender when you grind the cashews or soak them well)
- perfectly festive for St. Patrick’s day, Easter or even Christmas
- you can tell the kids the leprechauns made their dinner green but secretly you’re packing them with veggies
See, he doesn’t even know…
No Leprechauns were harmed in this meal
My kids didn’t even question the green part of this vegan green mac and cheese, because when you jump up and down like a crazy person and say you made leprechaun mac and cheese and yell “HOORAY!”, no one cries “WHY IS MY FOOD GREEN?!” The only snafu was when they looked wide eyed at me and asked if I made it with actual leprechauns, so I had to think fast and assure them it was purely four leaf clovers. Phew. Crisis averted.
Since dinner was silent, and everyone gobbled it up, this was a must share. We do not celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in our house (because I have enough holidays to worry about), but we eat this year round, and now that I have this green mac and cheese that is super fast and easy to whip up, I figure I may as well put this in the rotation on leprechaun day.
You can pretend too, or if you celebrate add this to your menu. It’s the prefect way to be a fun parent without a major Pinterest fail (you know you’ve had them). I’m laying it out easy, nothing fancy, nothing that takes hours to do.
Here it is, 3 tips for plant-based fun food success:
- Make it.
- Embrace the silence that ensues when it is served.
- Make sure to make it clear that this was made with pure four leaf clovers and no leprechauns were harmed.
It doesn't get much better than a creamy fulfilling meal filled with healthy ingredients. This vegan green mac and cheese packed with spinach is the ultimate in kid and adult comfort food, perfect for St. Patrick's day or any time you crave it!
- 1 cup cauliflower , chopped, about ¼ of a head
- 1 cup cooked potato , about 1 medium potato
- ¼ of a medium onion
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 1 clove garlic , medium size
- ¾ cup raw cashews (see note)
- ½ cup unsweetened almond or cashew milk , I use Silk brand
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon mustard seed powder
- 16 ounces your favorite pasta
Preheat oven to 450 F (230 C).
- Chop cauliflower and sprinkle with a bit of broth or oil. Spread out on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes until slightly crisp.
- Meanwhile, cook potato and onion by boiling until soft.
Once cauliflower, potato and onion are done, put them in a high speed blender with all other ingredients, except pasta, and blend until smooth.
Cook your favorite pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse, then return to pot.
Pour sauce over pasta and mix over low heat until thick and gooey. Serve!
- Sauce makes about 3 cups.
- The best method to cook the potato is by boiling it with the onion. See instructions.
- If you are not using a high speed blender you can either soak the cashews overnight or grind them into a fine powder using a coffee grinder.
Tips to prep ahead
- Cook cauliflower, potato and onion.
Baby/toddler food idea
- Best kid food ever. Overcook pasta for young baby and mash well.