Comfort Food Made Healthy: Mac & Cheese

This velvety recipe replaces cheese with a spiced-up cashew and miso cream sauce. Packed with immunity-boosting ingredients, this dish is a great new and improved alternative.

3 cups water
1 cup cashews 
1 tbsp miso 
1 tsp sea salt 
1 clove garlic
1 tsp onion powder
1 tbsp lemon juice 
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 
1 lb whole-wheat elbow macaroni
1/4 cup canola oil 
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
Black pepper to taste 
In a blender, blend water, cashews, miso, salt, garlic, onion powder, lemon juice, and vinegar until smooth and creamy.

Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook according to package directions.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, make a roux by whisking the oil and flour over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes. Add cashew mixture and bring to a boil, whisking frequently. Reduce heat to low and let simmer until the sauce thickens.

Toss pasta with sauce and add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and parsley.