Blogger Iron Chef: Wild Mushroom Jalapeno Vegan Mac ‘n Cheese

September 17, 2011

If I were on Iron Chef America, and the secret ingredients were spaghetti squash and jalapenos, I’d be making some impressive dish of mac ‘n cheese. 😉

Not only would it be mac ‘n cheese, it would be vegan (because that way it’s lower in fat and cholesterol, for a healthy family dish), it would be dairy free because it’s vegan, and it would be odd and delicious and completely healthy in every way.

Oh… oh wait! I was on Iron Chef… Blogger Iron Chef.


Tianna had a great idea for a Blogger Iron Chef challenge. She rounded up the bloggers of those summoned and accepted the challenge and chose the ingredients up for battle…

The secret ingredients: Spaghetti Squash and Jalapeno.

Spaghetti Squash ready for toppings

Spicy, zesty, delicious Jalapenos

I love me a good challenge so I accepted and got to cooking. And because I’m just so wild and crazy [in the life I call the kitchen], I threw in one more secret ingredient of my own…

Wild Mushrooms

I just can't get enough of these.

The contenders?

(all posting this weekend at various times)


To work I got… The results?

You be the judge. 😉

An all-natural variation to the kid-friendly classic, Mac ‘n Cheese. Kids will love it, adult will savor and enjoy it. Made with no animal products, no dairy, and no gluten, this high nutrient powered meal will be a favorite in your house, too.


Finish off the meal with a healthy dessert of vegan cupcakes with honey lemon (healthy!) frosting. After you see this recipe on Monday, you’ll never go back to another cupcake recipe again. I PROMISE you that.

So, what do you think? A dish worthy to compete for Blogger Iron Chef? Or would it be Blogger Cyber Chef? Either way, it was a fun challenge!

What would be your entry to Blogger Iron Chef with the secret ingredients being spaghetti squash and jalapenos?

*Ahem* I didn’t even need to be on Iron Chef to meet one of the famous chefs! Remember the Food & Wine Festival…? I love awesome times.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Caitlin @ Feed Between the Lines September 18, 2011 at 5:26 PM

MMMM, this looks delicious! I’m going blog to blog checking out all the recipes and it is so fun to see the different ways the ingredients are being used. Plus the cupcakes look pretty awesome too 🙂


Alisa Fleming September 18, 2011 at 11:19 AM

Love it Lori! That sounds just amazing – and do I see a little spelt flour snuch in there?


Chuck September 17, 2011 at 10:41 PM

While this does sound delicious, I think on Iron Chef the ingredients should always somehow find their way into ice cream! Although, this challenge was more like “Chopped” than Iron Chef


Ela September 17, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Sounds like a great challenge and I love what you did with it. Sounds just so delicious, and the gluten free part is a huge bonus.


Kristina @ spabettie September 17, 2011 at 3:35 PM

dang this looks amazing – I am going to have to try!

a group of our friends used to get together once every couple months for Iron Potluck – we’d have a secret ingredient, and the winner would host the next dinner at their house, and pick the next ingredient. it was so fun!


Megan@eatmybeets September 17, 2011 at 1:09 PM

mm that looks delicious! I really want some nutritional yeast now haha


tea-bagginit September 17, 2011 at 11:55 AM

i love the idea of adding tomato paste to a vegan cheese – i bet it adds a TON of umami & flavor! genius!
those mushrooms are calling my name – i might try your recipe & leave out the nutritional yeast (never have liked it) to make a mushroom-y s’ghetti squash dish!


Sable@SquatLikeALady September 17, 2011 at 9:48 AM

You are SO CREATIVE. I wish I’d seen this post BEFORE I went to the farmer’s market : ( Totally would’ve stocked up! Gosh Lori. You are a genius.


ilovefetacheese September 17, 2011 at 9:37 AM



lindsay September 17, 2011 at 9:27 AM

love it!!! youre so brilliant, you know that!


Pure2raw Twins September 17, 2011 at 7:47 AM

yum yum I take a plate!
and love the iron chef blogger idea too cute!
and cupcakes those better be in the mail for us haha


Lauren @ WWoB September 17, 2011 at 6:49 AM

Jalapeno mac n cheese?! That sounds so bomb!
Been thinking of you a lot lately Lori, and your family. I hope all is well 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend and hopefully I can see you in the nearish future!


Sam September 17, 2011 at 6:47 AM

What a fun challenge! I love the idea of blogger iron chef. I think you did an amazing job, I want to eat this! In fact I’ll add it to my recipes to make list 😀


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