Road’s End Organics Vegan Mac & Chreese

September 22, 2010 by Keri

You’re probably thinking, “Keri, what are you doing with a box of mac and chreese?  Homemade is so much better!”  And you’d be correct, but since I’ve started babysitting for another toddler during the day, I’m missing that extra hand I used to have for making lunches.  I try to keep things made in advance, but I think keeping one of these around for emergencies will be a real life-saver.  Plus, this is the one (and I mean only) vegan product I can find without going on a nice long drive.

Vegan Cheese

Vegan Cheese

Vegan Cheese

The kids really love this mac and cheese.  The box boasts it’s called chreese (pronounced trees) because all their ingredients are plant-based, the package is made from 100% recycled paperboard thus no new trees were cut down, and organic ingredients were farmed without the use of synthetic chemicals for the making of the product, helping to preserve the soil.  The other side (this box has a lot to say) indicates Road’s End Organics’ Mac & Chreese is vegan, gluten free, soy & nut free, no egg, no whey or casein, no candida albicans, no trans fat, certified organic, lactose free, cholesterol free, a good source of B12, high fiber, no saturated fat, and a good source of folate.  Phew, I told you this box is wordy!

Vegan Cheese

I have to admit I tried this a long time ago, when I was first trying vegan “cheesy” products, and didn’t really care for it.  My tongue just didn’t understand the vegan cheese flavor yet.  When I made this for the kids I gave it another taste, and it actually tastes pretty good to me now.  Ah, how our palates change!  Since the kids just couldn’t seem to get enough of it, I’m definitely glad to have found my “break glass in case of emergency” lunch in a box.

What’s your favorite vegan mac and cheese recipe?  Fell free to link to a recipe!

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Comments

  1. Ania says:

    I often find myself with the same problem – times when all you have time for is eating out of the packet and then ‘explaining’ myself on the blog;)

  2. Jenny says:

    My palate hasn’t adjusted to the vegan boxed mac ‘n’ cheeses yet. But, I did make a quick version with Teese brand nacho cheese sauce… it was easy and even my omni hubby liked it. :)

  3. Is *is* crazy how much our tastes change! I have noticed that with lots of things since going vegan.

    Years ago, I used to nanny for a boy who was on a dairy- and gluten-free diet, and his parents kept this Mac & Chreese in the pantry. I tried it one time & thought it was terrible, but I bet you money I’d like it now! I’ll have to grab a box next time I see it at the store.

    My favorite mac & cheese recipe is this one: http://veganyumyum.com/2009/01/mac-cheeze-take-2/. It’s AMAZING!!! (I use only half the Earth Balance called for, though.)

    I also love the Mac & Cashew Cheese recipe in “The Vegan Table.”

    I have baked falafel on the menu for tonight, but I almost feel like switching to mac & cheese instead now… Argh. Decisions, decisions!

    Is this comment long enough?! Sheesh. ;)

    • Keri says:

      I know!! I used to say all kinds of “fun” vegan foods tasted awful, but now I really love them. I bet if I tasted the things I used to eat, I’d hate them (I won’t be doing that, though…)
      Thanks for the recipe suggestions, and don’t worry, I love your long comments! :)

  4. When it comes to mac & cheese, i like to keep it as simple as i can (since i am at work most of the day and don’t have much time to fix dinner on most occasions.). I do however love this alfredo sauce (http://tinyurl.com/2u3jmt5) over penne. Throw some panko breadcrumbs on it, bake it, and presto! Homemade vegan mac n cheese. Leftovers were even better!

    I’m not much for boxed macaronis but since road’s end’s is so healthy, i might pick some up for those times when i don’t have time. Thanks for the awesome post keri!

    -Andrew-

  5. Kelsey says:

    Amys has a good frozen vegan mac n cheese :)

  6. Sava says:

    I do not think I have been vegan long enough to develop a taste for vegan mac and cheese.
    Its been a few months, and I have tried two recipes, and although they weren’t bad, they just didn’t satisfying that cheese craving.

    However,
    I made the BLT casserole from La Dolce Vegan by Sarah Kramer and the cheese sauce in there was really good! I could see myself using that to make mac and cheese with and enjoying it.

    • Keri says:

      I can understand that. The “cheese” sauces really did take me awhile. I don’t have that cookbook but BLT casserole sounds awesome! :)

  7. Verity Kae says:

    I havent too much experimented with homemade vegan mac and cheese but I love Road End mac and chreese!! I also use their chreese sauce all the time! It was the first vegan cheese I had tried and I fell in love with it.

    Just a tip though, to fancy up the box pasta, I make it, and add some veggie chicken pieces and onion, top it with breadcrumbs and some Daiya and pop it in the oven for a bit until the top is golden. It really adds class to the regular box stuff and its hardly any extra work at all!

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