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Buffalo Quinoa Mac + Cheese -- made with a vegan cauliflower sauce that's super creamy and SO HEALTHY!

Buffalo Cauliflower Quinoa Mac + Cheese

Basically it's lightened up mac that tastes pretty dang delicious. And bonus: it's quick to make annnnd it's healthy!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cauliflower, healthy mac and cheese, quinoa
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 223kcal
Author Alyssa Rimmer



  • Cook quinoa in a small sauce pan for 10 - 15 minutes until water is absorbed. (follow this method for cooking quinoa)
  • In a separate pot, steam the cauliflower and carrots for 10 - 15 minutes, until tender.
  • Transfer the veggies to a blender along with the remaining ingredients. Blend on high until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour sauce (you'll probably only need 1/2 - 3/4 of the batch) over the quinoa and stir to combine. Taste and season with a bit more nutritional yeast or buffalo sauce to amp up the flavor.
  • Serve immediately or stir in your additions if using.


You will probably have a little bit of leftover sauce. Keep it and serve it over spiralized zucchini for lunch the next day!


Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 396mg | Potassium: 573mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 5365IU | Vitamin C: 26.5mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 3mg