Spiralized Zucchini Mac and Cheese

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Mac and cheese just got a healthy makeover with this spiralized zucchini mac and cheese recipe! Seasonal zoodles are coated with a vegan cheeze sauce and topped with a delicious oat crumble for your next weekday dinner!


  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked (I soaked mine for 2 hours)
  • 1/2 cup raw Brazil nuts, soaked (feel free to substitute with more cashews, which I did)
  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 1/2 to 1 cup filtered water, divided
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Oat Crumb Crust:

  • ½ cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon virgin olive oil
  • Pinch of sea salt, for garnish
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper, for garnish
  • Fresh parsley or basil, for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Cut the ends off your zucchini. We like to leave them unpeeled, but you can peel them if you’d prefer. Using a spiralizer, create zucchini “noodles.” Place them in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. To make the cheesy sauce, combine the cashews, Brazil nuts,½ cup water, mustard, garlic, nutritional yeast, olive oil, lemon juice, turmeric, apple cider vinegar and salt in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. If the sauce is too thick, slowly add the remaining ½ cup water until you have reached a smooth, sauce-like consistency. Taste and adjust seasoning if desired. Pour the sauce into the noodle bowl and mix until well coated.
  4. To make the oat crumb crust, combine the oats and the olive oil in a food processor and pulse until well crumbled.
  5. Arrange saucy noodles in a shallow baking dish and cover with a layer of the oat crumb crust. Bake until golden and warm all the way through, about 10 minutes.
  6. Garnish with salt, black pepper and a few leaves of parsley or basil.


Excerpted from The Greenhouse Cookbook: Plant Based Eating and DIY Juicing by Emma Knight with Hana James, Deeva Green and Lee Reitelman. Photography by Elena Mari and Nathan Legiehn. Copyright © 2017 by Greenhouse Juice Company. Published by Penguin, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.