Mac & Cheeze with Broccolini

This is a quick, easy, yummy dinner to throw together.

You just toss some cashews and cheesy sauce ingredients into a blender, boil the pasta and broccoli in the same pot, and then mix it all together.

Plant-based mac & cheeze is a new favorite at my house! It’s also comforting for people who used to eat dairy.


  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup water or vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 pound of your favorite gluten-free pasta
  • 1 bunch baby broccoli or other greens, chopped


Cover the cashews in very hot water and let them sit for 10 minutes to soften.

Put the soaked cashews, vegetable broth, nutritional yeast, turmeric, lemon juice, paprika, garlic powder, and salt into your blender. Blend until the sauce is very smooth and creamy.

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, then add in the pasta and broccoli. Cook for about 10 minutes or according to package directions, then drain the pasta/broccoli and return them to the pot.

Pour the blender sauce onto the hot pasta. Stir it all together in the pot and serve immediately, topped with plant-based parmesan cheese if you like.

Enjoy your bowl of plant-based mac & cheese, so easy and filled with love!


Today’s messages comes from the brilliant documentary I Am GretaThese quotes are by climate activist Greta Thunberg:

“I have learned you are never too small to make a difference.”

“The moment we decide to fulfill something, we can do anything.”

“When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go. And then you know you’re winning!”

“Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming whether you like it or not.”

“You must take action. You must do the impossible. Because giving up is never an option.”

“I’m not that special. I can’t convince everyone. I’m just going to do what I want to do and what will have the most impact.”

We can’t save the world by playing by the rules, because the rules have to be changed. Everything needs to change – and it has to start today.”

“Together and united, we are unstoppable.”

“I often talk to people who say, ‘No, we have to be hopeful and to inspire each other, and we can’t tell [people] too many negative things’ . . . But, no — we have to tell it like it is. Because if there are no positive things to tell, then what should we do, should we spread false hope? We can’t do that, we have to tell the truth.”

Cooking and sharing plant-based recipes is one small thing I can do to help. I know it’s not enough though, so I’m learning what else I can do.

What can you do today to help our beautiful planet?

Chef Maitri Carmichael brings a creative and peaceful energy to every plate. She grew up in Toronto with a British Grandma and an Italian Nonna who showed their love through food, then she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years, spending her free time at community farms and zen kitchens. Originally a scientist and biotech entrepreneur, she graduated from the Vegan Chef School in London (2021) and the Raw Food Culinary Academy in Vancouver (2023), and is now settled in Hawaii.

3 responses to “Mac & Cheeze with Broccolini”

  1. maitricookswithlove Avatar

    The best comfort food dinner!!

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    Instagram comment from Evan: 😍😍

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    Facebook comment from Tessa-Marie: My favourite is greens with creamy pasta

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