A decadent vegan grilled mac and cheese sandwich in honor of #NationalGrilledCheeseDay.
Sometimes it’s just fun to play with your food, and today was the perfect occasion to make a vegan grilled mac and cheese sandwich. We used Fred’s vegan baked mac and cheese recipe, but didn’t add the bread crumbs or actually bake the mac and cheese. Instead, we made a monstrous sandwich that is covered in walnut pesto and a sun-dried tomato and red pepper sauce. Who knew that this combination could be SO delicious… I had to restrain myself from eating everything while I was shooting. You really need to try this out, and if you do please share your pictures and tag me on social media so I can see it! I love looking at your creations, it seriously makes my day!
You can use either the pesto or the red pepper spread, or use both, one on each slice of bread and create the most heavenly combination. I ended up grilling the sandwiches on a cast-iron grill, and the most terrifying part for me was flipping over the sandwich! I was convinced that I would throw mac and cheese everywhere, but once one side is grilled, it stays together pretty easily. It only takes a couple of minutes per side to grill, but make sure that your pan is hot enough before you add the sandwich.
Besides the fact that I should probably go to the gym after eating this, I think that you should be able to eat what you enjoy. There’s always talk of “balance”, especially in the health and food blogging world, and balance means something different to everyone. I am terrible at restricting myself of anything, period. I will attempt to not eat chocolate, but that usually lasts a few weeks and then I desperately want to eat it. It’s also difficult because I LOVE food, and so does my husband. One of the best parts of our marriage is that we love to try different restaurants and types of cuisine together. We’ve pretty much eaten our way through all of the vegetarian restaurants in DC, and whenever a new one opens we check it out. Balance for me is eating what I enjoy, which is usually a ton of fruits and vegetables, excessive amounts of coffee and dark chocolate, and running after my kids/working out when I can, and I’m okay with that. What does balance mean to you?