Mac & Cheese (Gluten Free & Dairy Free)

August 4, 2011

in 5 Ingredients, Dinner in a Dash, Gluten Free, Healthy "MAKEOVERS", Kid Friendly, Recipes, Sides & Salads, Vegetarian

I tend to have tummy issues with gluten and some forms of dairy.  So Mac & Cheese is usually out of the question for me!  I usually don’t like using soy cheese or other ‘alternatives’ in Mac & Cheese, as it tastes fake, and can be gross to be quite honest!  That is why I’m so happy that I found Daiya Vegan Cheese.  Daiya also doesn’t contain soy, so if you used the Soy Free Earth Balance butter spread, this recipe would be soy free!  I did a post on it a while back HERE.  You can get Daiya at many places in US/Canada.  Check their store finder I do not recommend subbing for a different fake cheese or different milk substitute, as it could come out yucky!

Mac & Cheese (Dairy Free & Gluten Free)

Makes Approx 3-4 servings

Note: I didn’t really measure the ingredients so I won’t be able to calculate the nutrition this time.  When I make it again, I will update it.

1/2 package of brown rice spirals pasta (approx 227 grams)
1 Tbsp dairy free margarine (Becel Vegan or Earth Balance)
1/2 cup (approx) Unsweetened Original Almond Breeze or Unsweetened Silk Almond Milk
1/2 cup (approx) Daiya Cheddar Style Shreds

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain pasta & do not rinse.  Return pasta to pot, add margarine and place over low heat.  Add Daiya cheese, some of the almond milk and stir to combine.  You will need to keep stirring and adding more milk until the cheese is melted and its well blended.  You may need more than the amount of milk recommended.  This will take longer than it does with regular cheese.  I think it took 2-3 minutes of stirring total to get it all creamy as above.



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  • lorraine irving

    Where can I buy Brown rice spiral pasta on line ?

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Hi Lorraine. Not sure where you’re located, but Amazon would be a good place to start.

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  • Amaysing10

    I have been looking for a good mac n cheese recipe for a while.  I too have had issues with past recipes just being yuck.  My only problem is my son is also allergic to nuts so almond milk would not work for me.  Would you use soy or rice milk in my case?

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Soy milk would be a good alternative as its thicker than rice milk, but just make sure its unsweetened.

      • Amaysing10

        Awesome!  Thanks so much.  This recipe is in my meal rotation this week.  Can’t wait!

        • Amaysing10

          Made this tonight and it was delicious. Best dairy free recipe I have ever tasted! Thanks for the tips!

          • Kristine Fretwell

            YAY! Glad you liked it!

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  • Anonymous

    where can I buy Daiya?  where can I get these brown rice spirals?

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Click on store locator above (its highlighted) to find Daiya. As for the brown rice spirals…where do you live? In Canada I get them at Superstore, Save On…in the US, Trader Joes, Whole Foods…I’m sure a lot of other places too.
      Kristine Fretwell, Busy But Healthy,

      • Anonymous

        ok cool thanks!
        Superstore right across from me …as I am in Surrey too 😉

        Housewife M = Amanda D on facebook…I know I am always so full of questions! lol

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