I’VE DONE IT!!!! I’ve finally found a healthy dairy and gluten free alternative to mac ‘n’ cheese that doesn’t upset my tummy.
Sure there are other faux cheese substitutes that make mac ‘n’ cheese, but even though they’re dairy free, they still usually make me just as sick. Probably because most cheese substitutes are straight chemicals… And nobody wants that. So i try to limit my consumption of the fake cheese as much as I limit the real cheese.
But I have a secret to get my cheese fix on in a healthy, non-dairy and non-chemical way!
Drum roll pleaseeeeeeeee…
Ew Bailey, what?
Yeah, I know it sounds weird. I was skeptical at first too. But I gave it a shot and ohh baby am I glad I did!
Nutritional yeast is a dry flaky powder that has a cheesy flavor to it! I love shaking it on pastas or adding it to pizza sauce to trick my brain into thinking I’m eating cheese when I’m actually not.
And I haven’t even told you the best part about nutritional yeast yet! IT’S SUPER NUTRITIOUS!!! Shocking, I know. You never woulda guessed that from the name, huh?
Yup nutritional yeast is a complete protein and is an AMAZING source of B vitamins, folate, and so much more. Plus it’s low in calories, carbs, sodium and is gluten free! It’s also a great way for people who don’t eat animal products to get enough B vitamins in their diet. Aaaaand, in case you forgot, it tastes like cheese!!! You gotta be kidding me with this stuff.
So all you have to do now is whip up a batch of rice (or you could make this with past as well, I just generally steer clear from the stuff hence the rice here) and add in the rest and bada-boom bada-bing: easy peasy cheesy rice. Enjoy!
Creamy Dairy and Gluten Free “Cheesy” Rice
- 1 cup gluten free brown rice
- 1 ½ cups water
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 tsp fresh chopped thyme
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a medium sized pot, bring the rice and water to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, bring it down to a simmer and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes then remove from the heat and let it sit covered for another 10 minutes.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the rice and stir until combined and creamy. Enjoy!