Amanda Gayle Kerins’s: Vegan “Mac-N-Chesse” Recipe (Thanksgiving Series, pt.3)

The Autumn Table 2016, Thanksgiving Series


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Amanda Gayle Kerins

Private Chef

What Amanda loves about most about cooking:

“I love the end result and getting to eat it!”

What Amanda enjoys most about Thanksgiving:

“Since our family doesn’t all live in 1 place it really brings everyone together. And I LOVE all the plethora of vegetables.”


Vegan “Mac-N-Cheese”


1 large potato, peeled and washed
4 medium carrots, washed
1 large Vidalia onion, peeled
1 small garlic clove,peeled
2 1/2 cups water
16 ounces pipette pasta, or pasta of your choice
4 Tablespoons Margarin, Plus 1 Tablespoon divided
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
1 cup raw cashews
1 Tablespoon lemon Juice
1 Tablespoon Nutritional Yeast, Optional
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard

Dice vegetables in large chunks. Place in pot with water and garlic clove. Bring to a boil, then lower to simmer until vegetables are very tender. Approximately 20 minutes.

Meanwhile cook pasta according to package until al dente. Drain and set aside.

Melt one tablespoon of margarin in a small pan over low heat. Turn off and stir in panko bread crumbs, coating them well with the margarin. Set aside.

Once the vegetables are done, add them and their stock to the blender. There should be about 1 cup of stock. Add remaining margarin, cashews, lemon juice, Dijon, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper.

Blend on high until smooth and creamy. Stir 5 cups of sauce into noodles and pour in baking pan. Top with bread crumbs. Bake 375 for 40 mins or until warm and bubbly.

If you have leftover sauce, you can use in casseroles, soups, baked potatoes or make Mac and Cheese using steamed cauliflower instead of noodles.

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Amanda has really developed a strong business as an in-home private chef and loves the families she works with, offering them healthy meals at home. I asked her if she was accepting new clients and even though she currently is fully booked her response was: “There’s always room for one more family that is the right fit, I offer healthy meals that taste delicious and that makes at home eating for busy families an option.”