Monday, February 15, 2010

Kids with allergies: Mac and "Cheese" for you!

My daughter called the other day to tell me she has finally gotten a few good recipes for her son who can't drink milk at all and seems to have trouble with wheat. To top it all off, he is a little picky, too (like most kids). He loves Kraft's Mac and Cheese but she has tried over and over to come up with a gluten and milk-free way to make it. Until now.

Mac and No Cheese

2 cups water
1 cup raw cashews
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1/2 large red bell pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
1-1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1-1/2 tablespoon arrowroot powder (corn starch will work as well)

Blend first seven ingredients in blender on high for at least two minutes until completely smooth. Pour into pan and heat at a medium heat stirring frequently. When close to a boil, mix arrowroot powder with a little of the mixture. Add back to the mixture and stir well. Allow the mixture to come to a light boil and thicken. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Stir over cooked brown rice noodles.

It looks like the packaged Mac and cheese. The nutritional yeast is the ingredient that makes it taste like cheese. It is very surprising but this is the good kind of yeast. Find it in health food stores or grocers.

The verdict? He LOVES it. Finally!


  1. Loved the whole blog. I will try a little harder to check you out more frequently and go back and read the ones I have missed.