Nacho average "Cheeze" Sauce
OK, so I get that this whole "cheese" thing is quite a play on words. Seems like vegans and vegetarians love still naming foods the very things they have stopped eating, but who am I to judge? I enjoy it! :)
I am going to leave a recipe here that makes the most delicious CHEESE-LIKE sauce. Sure I could tell you to buy a bag of vegan
cheese and melt it in a pot with some other things, but is that really a healthy meal? It might seem crazy to anyone who doesn't eat plant based, but even processed plant based products aren't necessarily the healthiest things to eat, everyday!
And if we are being honest here, which I always am :) Everyone deserves a cheat meal.. or two.. or three... but this sauce will keep you on track, and still give you that delicious cheese sauce you've been craving.
3 medium sized Yukon Gold Potatoes
3 large Carrots
1/2-1 cup Water (from boiled vegetables)
1/4 cup + 2 Tbs. Nutritional Yeast
1 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
Juice of 1 Lemon
2 tsp. Pink Salt
1 tsp. Pepper
1 tsp. Onion Powder
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
1 tsp. Brown Mustard
1/2 tsp. Turmeric (for color)
1/2 tsp. Smoked Paprika (optional)
Peel and wash carrots and potatoes, cut into same size pieces and boil in a pot of water for about ten minutes. Shut pot off and allow potatoes and carrots to sit in water for five minutes.
Place potatoes, carrots and all other ingredients listed above into a blender. Add in 1/2 cup of water from pot you used to boil your potatoes and carrots. Blend until smooth. At this point you may add more water if you want your sauce to be thinner, I added about 1 cup.
Depending on the dish you are making, you can turn this sauce into whatever type of "cheese" sauce you desire. Add salsa and you have a delicious queso, add chili powder or chipotle for a nacho sauce.
The starch in your water and potatoes is what gives this sauce a cheese like consistency! You can store this sauce in a jar for up to one week. To use again once the sauce has been refrigerated, heat on the stove top in a pot, and add a few tsp. of water to thin out.