It’s just a simple sauce, but this might be my favorite of all the Clean Eating Adventure recipes so far!
I last posted about an unforgettably amazing meal my husband and I shared at a restaurant serving all raw food. In that post, I mentioned that we downed a nacho plate and then I hinted at an upcoming recipe. The wait is over! Today I present to you a life-changing recipe for Cashew Nacho Cheese.
You’re not going to believe this, but thereis absolutely zero cheese in this nacho cheese. How does that work? Well, we’ve got our trusty cashews that we’ve used before to make a cream sauce for this delectable salmon. To those cashews, we add some diced green chiles, chili powder, a squirt of lime juice, and a curious little ingredient called nutritional yeast. This is one of those ingredients that I bought just so I could create this recipe. But now that I’ve got the stuff, I’ve also used it to make some killer vegan butternut squash mac n cheese. Not only is nutritional yeast a source of protein and vitamins, but when added to dishes, it produces a nutty flavor and creamy texture just like cheese.
You should be able to find it in the natural or organic food section of your grocery store. But if you can’t, no worries! Just leave it out. The nacho cheese flavor will still shine through.
This Cashew Nacho Cheese is amazing on virtually any savory dish. Besides the obvious chip and dip setup, it’s also a veggie dip, pretzel dip, sandwich spread, use it to spice up your meat or fish, top your scrambled eggs with it! Or just dip your finger in it and have a lick. And then shake your head in disbelief that you’re eating nacho cheese that’s made out of cashews. Our Clean Eating Adventure will soon come to an end so for the next post, we’re going to bid it a proper farewell with an epic recipe (using this Cashew Nacho Cheese)!
- ¾ cup roasted cashews, soaked in a small bowl of water for at least 20 minutes
- 7 oz can of green chiles, not drained
- 1 tbs chili powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ cup water
- Juice of ½ lime
- 1 ½ tbs nutritional yeast (optional)
- Place all ingredients in a food processor. Process until smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes. Give the cheese a taste and add salt and pepper if needed.
Stats include nutritional yeast.
Nutrition Information (per serving) from Caloriecount.about.com
Calories: 142 Fat: 9.9g Carb: 10.9g Fiber: 2.7g Protein: 4.8g Sugar 1.3g Sodium: 236mg
Weight Watchers Points (calculated on member website)
WW: 4 Points Plus
Interested in more Clean Eating Adventure recipes? Check these out:
- Tuscan White Bean Spinach and Quinoa Stuffed Red Peppers
- Chocolate Raspberry Overnight Oats
- Roasted 8 Vegetable Soup
- Zucchini Noodles with Kale Almond Pesto
- Tropical Island Green Smoothie
- Brussels Sprout, Sweet Potato, and Lentil Sauté
- Banana Hazelnut Breakfast Quinoa
- Lemon Rosemary Shortbread
- Loaded Kale Nachos