Comfort Food: Plant-Based Macaroni and Cheese with Shiitake “Bacon”

Comfort foods evoke memories of childhood and feelings of well-being and consolation. Macaroni and cheese tops the list of the most popular comfort food dishes but usually comes with lots of baggage in the form of cholesterol and saturated fat. What if you could create this dish in a way that nourishes you with healthy, plant-based ingredients? That would really be comforting! Join Chef Linda from Catskill Animal Sanctuary and cook along or watch and learn how to turn economical, everyday ingredients into this luscious, creamy, family-favorite anytime you want. And the cheese sauce is so versatile, you’ll use it on baked potatoes, steamed vegetables, and even nachos. You’ll also learn how to make the easiest crispy, plant-based bacon topping.

As a vegan chef, culinary instructor, and certified health coach, Linda brings enthusiasm, experience, and relatable style to her cooking classes, coaching, and catering. She knows food –and people – and is a valuable resource for audiences large and small. A graduate of New York’s Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, lead author of Compassionate Cuisine: 125 Plant-Based Recipes from our Vegan Kitchen, and director of the culinary program by the same name at Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Linda speaks with passion and expertise about:

  • The joy of cooking and eating compassionately
  • Nutritional benefits of a plant-based diet
  • Overcoming challenges in the kitchen
  • Life after cheese

This program is virtual, delivered via Zoom. Registration is required so that you can be sent the Zoom link. Registration opens on Wednesday, February 2. Participants will receive an ingredient list and will provide their own items.

Special Equipment: Blender

Photo courtesy of Alexandra Shytsman.