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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Vegan Cheese Sauce

 

  In my quest to live a healthy lifestyle, I am trying to eat less dairy. I am fine without drinking milk as I love the taste of cashew milk in my coffee, but my weakness is cheese. I just love the taste of cheese. I could eat cheese all day. My favorite way to eat cheese is melted over beans and rice or melted in a tortilla. I want to eliminate cheese from my diet as it is high in fat, cholesterol, and fat. In order for me to eliminate cheese from my diet, I need to find a substitute that tastes good and looks like cheese.



  I think I have finally discovered a meatless, dairy-free, vegan cheese sauce. I actually discover two different recipes for vegan cheese sauce and they both looked so delicious. I had a hard time deciding which one to make, so I decided to make both just to see which one tasted the best. Both recipes used potatoes and carrots, along with spices. The only difference one recipe used nutritional yeast flakes. I have used nutritional yeast flakes in other recipes like my cashew pate and it gives great flavor so I wanted to see if the yeast flakes made a difference in taste. I made both recipes and will include both at the bottom of this post with notes about the taste of each. I love that these creamy vegan cheese sauces can be used just like regular cheese sauce. I can see myself using these cheese sauces over baked potatoes, veggies, tortilla chips, and in Mexican dishes like beans and rice. They might even be good in a pizza like a breakfast pizza that is made with scrambled eggs. My kids would love for me to make mac and cheese with these. So here are the two recipes that I discovered and I love that they use carrots for the orange color. Both of these cheese sauces can be stored in the fridge for a week.



                                   Vegan Cheese Sauce #One

                          Ingredients
                              2 cups peeled and cubed potatoes
                              1 large carrot, chopped
                              4 tablespoons olive oil
                              ½ cup unsweetened cashew or almond milk
                              1 tablespoon lemon juice
                              ½ teaspoon garlic powder
                              ½ teaspoon onion powder
                              ½ teaspoon salt
                              ½ teaspoon paprika
                               4 teaspoons mustard
                               1 teaspoon soy sauce
Instructions
Combine the potato and carrot in a medium saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until fork-tender. Drain and transfer to a food processor.
Add all the other ingredients to the food processor and process for about 2 minutes, or until totally smooth. Makes about 3 cups.

Notes: I liked that this one uses ingredients that most have around the house. This sauce had a mild flavor but had too much of a mustard taste so next time I would reduce the mustard to 2 teaspoons.



                           Vegan Cheese Sauce #Two

                                  Ingredients
                                      2 cups peeled and cubed potatoes
                                      1 cup carrots, chopped
                                      1/2 cup water
                                      1/3 cup olive oil
                                      2 teaspoon salt
                                      1 tablespoon lemon juice
                                      1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes
                                      1/4 teaspoon. onion powder
                                      1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

            Instructions
        Boil the potatoes and carrots until soft. Then place the cooked carrots and potatoes along with the other ingredients in a food processor and blend until very smooth. Makes about 3 cups.
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Notes: The nutritional yeast flakes add some extra nutrition like protein, iron, and b-vitamins. This sauce had a sharper taste like sharp cheddar flavor. The nutritional yeast gave this sauce more of a brown color.


I really had high hopes for these cheese sauces but they fell short of my expectations. While they tasted good, they did not have a cheese flavor or texture to them. They would make great dips but I could not pass them off as a cheese sauce. These sauces would be great with veggies, crackers, potatoes, and over beans and rice, but not on a pizza. I have seen vegan cheese sauces recipes that use cashews instead of potatoes so I will try making that one next to see how that one tastes.

25 comments:

  1. That sounds delicious. I can't wait to try this.

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  2. My daughter would be able to eat this. I love that it's vegan, it's hard for me to find good vegan recipes.

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  3. Oh my goodness! This look so yummy my stomach started growling. Lol!

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  4. This looks like a great cheese sauce, and the recipe is easy to follow.

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  5. I’ve never tried a vegan cheese sauce, the photo looks delicious! Pinned it :-)

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  6. Omg this looks like real cheese I can't wait to try it!

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  7. I like a good cheese sauce. Yours look so delish.

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  8. Wow! what a creative way to make vegan cheese. Must try it out

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  9. It still looks great despite it not tasting like an actual cheese sauce! You're right it's still going to be great as a dip! Thanks for the recipe, hope the cashew one is closer to the original!

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  10. Never tried this and know for sure that I have never made it. I would try it though if someone gave it to me and I didn't know there is no cheese in it.

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  11. Wow, that sounds really good!! I have some friends who can't have dairy products, so this would be perfect for them! :)

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  12. Interesting! Didn't know you could make a vegan cheese sauce.

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  13. So interesting I never thought this would be possible! I'd love to try this since dairy bothers my stomach!

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  14. I'll definitely try this at home. I'm not vegan myself but it makes me really curious to check it out

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  15. This looks like an amazing dip. Plus it's Vegan. Great post!

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  16. That looks yummy and healthy! Will definitely try this recipe at home.

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  17. These all look great. I can't wait to try them for meatless monday.

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  18. Oh my goodness! This is so tempting I want to grab it from my screen lol. Can't wait to taste it.

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  19. Oh yum! Thanks for sharing the recipe and I can't wait to show this to my Aunt and make it on weekend yay!

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  20. Wow, Its looks like a real cheese yum, I need to try this

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  21. Sounds like a good cheese. Looks like I want to try this at home.

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  22. I want to try these. We think our daughter is lactose intolerant and this would be a good vegan alternative.

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  23. Oooo this cheese sauce sounds amazing!!!! Must give it a try!!!!

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  24. Pinned this so I can try out both recipes when I get a chance. Still gaining knowledge about creative ways to enhance the flavor of wholesome plant-based food. Love the idea of potatoes and carrots as a sauce. Nancy A @ obloggernewbie.blogspot.com

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  25. My friends and family will love this comforting Vegan Cheese Sauce recipe-and so will I. I have to make this delectable recipe soon! Thanks for sharing it at the Plant-Based Potluck Party. I'm pinning and sharing!

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