Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Nacho "Cheese" Please!

I've seen it in several videos.
I've read about it in several cookbooks.
It was time to try it myself.
What AM I talking about??
Homemade vegan "cheese" sauce!
I'm not talking about a processed product that looks like cheese slices.
I'm talking about a creamy sauce made from nutritious plant foods :)
 
 
Well, I knew right where to go for the perfect recipe.
I follow Ellen Fisher on you tube.
She has the hard job of living on Maui with her husband and three children :)
Ellen is passionate about the many benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet!
She and her husband have written an e-cookbook called Epic Vegan Food.
In that book, she lays out a colorful and easy recipe for
"Loaded Nachos with Baked Chips and Quinoa Meat".
Soon I will create that whole meal...which is complete with chili-spiced beans and guacamole.
But a few days ago, I decided to just tackle the nacho "cheese".
The recipe did not disappoint!
The sauce was creamy, "cheesy"...and oh, so fresh.
 
Here are the ingredients you will need... Use organic whenever possible :)
 
 
 
 
*2 cups of sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
*2 cups of russet potatoes, peeled and diced
*2 medium carrots, diced
*1/2 of a sweet bell pepper (orange, red or yellow)
*1/2 cup of raw whole cashews
*1/4 cup of nutritional yeast (see note below)
*1/2 - 3/4 cup of water
*1 teaspoon of garlic powder
*2-3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
*1/8 teaspoon of sea salt
*1 medium jalapeno pepper, minced (optional)
 
**Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast made from sugar cane and beet molasses.
It is a yellow powder packed with B vitamins, selenium, zinc...and other nutrients. 
It has no added sugar or preservatives. 
When added to recipes...it provides a nutty, "cheesy" and creamy quality.
 
Here are the super-simple directions :)
 
1.  Boil the potatoes and carrots until they are fork tender...and drain.
2.  Place the cooked veggies into a high-speed blender.  
I LOVE my VitaMix blender!
3.  Add in all of the other ingredients.
I told you it was simple :)
4.  Blend until smooth and creamy.
Adjust your water to achieve the consistency you desire.
5.  Happy eating!
 
 
 
I enjoyed my nacho "cheese" over baked Ezekiel bread chips with black beans and tomatoes!!
You could go full-out with Ellen's complete nacho feast...
or enjoy the "cheese" sauce over pasta :)
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Ellen gives credit to Angela at www.ohsheglows.com for the "cheese" recipe.
I give credit to Ellen at www.ellenfisher.com
Check out both of them on you tube, as well!
 

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