I love food. Raise your hand if you agree! I see you. I’m guessing this is one of the reasons you’re here? Well, today I have a huge treat for you. One of my absolute favorite things to do is recreate typically unhealthy food into healthier versions BUT not lose that classic amazing comfort food taste. Today’s success story: Classic Macaroni Salad. To be clear, I’m talking about vegan macaroni salad made with ALL whole foods. This isn’t your slap some vegan mayo in it and call it a day type of recipe. This has NO mayo. NO oils. ALL whole foods blended and stirred and chilled to make a macaroni salad you can serve at a picnic, or summer barbecue, or simply on a sit on the couch with a giant bowl and dig in type of day. But you will literally have no idea it’s actually healthy.
We are pasta fiends. Just check out how many pasta recipes I have created and you’ll see how much we love it! And when it comes to pasta, we are kind of snobby. Even if something is super healthy, I refuse to eat it if it doesn’t taste good. Why would I consume gross calories? I’m too old for that, not a 16 year old who eats everything and anything and never gain a pound type of girl anymore. I’ve told you about my love for good pasta before, and I’m back. Back with yet another amazing pasta find: truRoots Ancient Grain Pasta. A huge plus for this one? It is good chilled the next day!! Which makes it perfect for this vegan classic macaroni salad.
When truRoots came to me about joining their newest campaign on recreating my favorite comfort pasta dish into a lighter and healthier version, it took me about 1 second to know this was a job for me. This is my thing. My favorite part of this job. What gets me excited. So I knew pretty quickly that this vegan macaroni salad was going to be my conquest. I love classic pasta salad, but the traditional version isn’t the healthiest choice. So I was committed to making my version with all whole foods. TruRoots pastas are awesome out of the fridge, so they are perfect for salads and such that you want to serve later that day or even the next day. Plus they are are Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified and gluten-free. Also awesome, they come in Spaghetti, Penne, Elbow and Fusilli varieties. Woot woot!
Oh wait….AND the elbows cook in 2-3 minutes. No big deal. Ummm, YES IT IS!! It’s a VERY big deal! That’s shorter than the time it takes for my kids to even get to the table!
Why should you make this vegan macaroni salad?
- It’s made with ALL whole foods and no mayo!
- It has about 1/3 the fat of the traditional version thanks to the multiple sneaky ways I use to get creaminess into it.
- It has a boost of hidden protein.
- TruRoots pasta is made with a blend of unique, quality ingredients. This combination keeps a firm al dente texture after cooking and stays that way even when left for later.
- The truRoots elbow macaroni cooks in 2-3 minutes. BAM.
- It tastes amazing. Just as creamy and comforting as the original.
Convinced yet? You should be, because this. is. real.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of truRoots. The opinions and text are all mine.