While convenience foods are often not good for us, there’s something about them that draws us in time and time again. Not only are they easy to prepare, they often trigger fond and comforting memories of childhood. I have wanted to create a meat and dairy-free version of my Homemade Cheeseburger Macaroni for a while now, but the recent discovery of an impressive nacho cheese replacement recipe told me that last night was the night.
The brilliance of this meal was absolutely found in the Nacho Cheese recipe from a blog called Hot for Food. It comes together in minutes and has a brilliant flavor. I really can’t recommend it highly enough. If you look at the recipe and it intimidates you, just replace the arrowroot starch it calls for with non-GMO corn starch and you’ll never know the difference.
In place of the ground meat, I am using a soy-based product from Kroger’s Simple Truth line called Meatless Crumbles. The texture and flavor is impressive, and it is as flexible as the meat it replaces. I have to admit that I have been really impressed with the extensive organic and health-forward offerings I have seen in many of the Kroger stores in my area.
- 2 cups macaroni noodles
- 2 cups Simple Truth Meatless Crumbles (or other similar product)
- 2 Tablespoons Homemade Taco Seasoning
- ⅛ cup water
- Nacho Cheese from Hot for Food Blog (link above)
- Olive oil
- Cook macaroni according to package instructions and drain.
- Saute crumbles over medium high heat in a little oil for 2-3 minutes.
- Add taco seasoning and water, stir, and continue to cook over medium heat until the liquid reduces.
- Add cooked macaroni and nacho cheese and stir. Cover and allow to sit for 5 minutes before serving.