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Vegan Mac and Cheese

This Spicy Butternut Squash Pasta Recipe is Also Gluten and Nut-Free

— September 29, 2015 — Lifestyle
This butternut squash pasta recipe makes a hearty meal perfect for people who have food allergies or dietary restrictions. Created by Beth at the blog Tasty Yummies, the Spicy Butternut Squash and Kale Cheesy Macaroni is gluten-free, nut-free and vegan.

Ideal for a weeknight meal -- especially to enjoy during Monday night football -- the dish is an easy way to incorporate plant-based foods, even during a season typically full of meat. This vegan version of mac and cheese is a lighter take and full of healthy ingredients.

The spicy, creamy and crunchy butternut squash pasta is full of vitamins and antioxidants. Hot sauce and gluten-free breadcrumbs give the topping a spicy crisp texture. Organic brown rice pasta and unsweetened coconut milk address some of the more problematic items you might find. This recipe doesn't technically include cheese.
Trend Themes
1. Plant-based Foods - Opportunity to innovate and create more plant-based alternatives for traditional dishes.
2. Gluten-free - Disruption in the market by offering gluten-free alternatives for popular comfort foods like mac and cheese.
3. Allergen-free - Creating allergen-free options for those with dietary restrictions to enjoy popular dishes without worry.
Industry Implications
1. Food and Beverage - Opportunity for new product development in the food and beverage industry to cater to the growing demand for plant-based and allergen-free options.
2. Health and Wellness - Opportunity to offer healthier alternatives to traditional comfort foods, focusing on ingredients that are nutrient-rich and cater to specific dietary needs.
3. E-commerce - Disrupting the online food delivery space by offering a wide range of plant-based, gluten-free, and allergen-free options for consumers to order conveniently.
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