"This is a cashew-free, nutritional yeast-free, vegan mac and cheese. It's a rich and creamy recipe that feels and tastes just like the real deal. A little better in my opinion. You could use the soup (before adding barley and lentils) as a sauce over rice and beans or tofu. But if you want that creamy, cheesy deliciousness you crave, you'll have to go a few steps further."
Mix coconut milk, 2 cups water, vodka, onion, poblano peppers, jalapeno pepper, habanero pepper, vinegar, garlic, turmeric, salt, paprika, cumin, black pepper, coriander, ginger, basil, and cinnamon together in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer soup for 15 minutes.
Stir lentils and barley into the soup; add 1 cup water. Simmer over medium heat, covered, until most of the liquid is absorbed, 5 to 10 minutes. Add additional water 1 cup at a time, as needed, until lentils and barley are nearly tender, about 15 minutes.
Remove from heat; stir in cayenne, lime juice, and lime zest. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.