Mac & Cheese for Every Season

This post was sponsored by Annie’s Homegrown.

Today we’re talking…

      Mac & Cheese for every season \\

We’ve got Annie’s vegan mac (more specifically, shells & elbows) that we’re adding seasonal toppings to.  You know, so now every season can be mac & cheese season.

First up is the season of flowers, rainstorms and allergy commercials…SPRING!

 Springtime Mac & Cheese \\

Roast some asparagus and canned chickpeas at 400ºF for 15 minutes.  Make mac & cheese and add in roasted asparagus + chickpeas, peas, cilantro and pita chip crumbles.  Then you’ve got spring in a bowl!

Spring Mac & Cheese - roasted asparagus & chickpeas, green peas, cilantro, pita chips \\

Jumping to the season of HOT HOT weather, ice cold watermelon, beach vacations, ice cream cones with sprinkles and swimming…SUMMER!

Summertime Mac & Cheese \\

Sauté corn, chopped yellow squash and tomatoes in olive oil.  Make mac & cheese and top with veggies, sliced peaches, basil and pistachios. 

Summer Mac & Cheese - corn, cherry tomatoes, squash, basil, pistachios, peaches \\

Moving on to the season of halloween, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin anything, pumpkin carving, thanksgiving, and leaves changing colors…FALL!

Fall Mac & Cheese \\

Sauté mushrooms and chard in olive oil.  In a separate sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil and cook sage leaves until crispy.  Make mac & cheese and mix in 2 tablespoons pumpkin purée.  Top with sauteed veggies, toasted walnuts and crispy fried sage.

Fall Mac & Cheese - shiitake mushrooms, chard, pumpkin, walnuts, crispy fried sage \\

And now the season of snow, Santa Claus, hot chocolate, real Christmas trees, and warm fireplaces…WINTER!

Winter Mac & Cheese - roasted beets & carrots, hemp seed, apple, onion \\

Roast chopped beets & carrots at 400ºF for 35 minutes.  Sauté thinly sliced onions & apples in olive oil.  Make mac & cheese and top with roasted + sauteed fruits and veggies, and hemp seeds.

Winter mac & cheese - roasted beets & carrots, sauteed onions & apples, and hemp seeds \\

And that is how to win at mac & cheese in every season.  Any other ideas for mac & cheese mix-ins? Let me know below!


  1. Love this!! They are all creative & look super tasty!

  2. These are so creative! I have never had fancy mac and cheese. The most effort I put in is maybe throwing in some broccoli :)

  3. Is their vegan mac & cheese good? I noticed that’s what you used in all of them. I loooove their regular mac but have been curious how this is!

  4. I love this! Also, love that you are just throwing hemp seeds in everything now. :) hahaha

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