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

If I wereย on Iron Chef America, and the secret ingredients were spaghetti squash and jalapenos, I’d be making some impressive dish of mac ‘n cheese. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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.

14 thoughts on “Blogger Iron Chef: Wild Mushroom Jalapeno Vegan Mac ‘n Cheese

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. Jalapeno mac n cheese?! That sounds so bomb!
    Been thinking of you a lot lately Lori, and your family. I hope all is well ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a wonderful weekend and hopefully I can see you in the nearish future!

  7. 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 ๐Ÿ˜€

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