Recently I became a vegan. Sort of by accident. I’ve been dairy-free for years, ever since realizing that ice cream and I were not friends. Then recently I decided to take a break from meat as well. Already about 80% vegetarian I took the rest of the chicken and beef out of my diet. I haven’t lost weight (because that never happens) but I’ve never felt better and my digestion has definitely improved.
So the #MeatlessMondayNight challenge came at a perfect time. How to make a delicious meat- and dairy-free version of my favorite tailgate recipe? (Hint: it’s nachos.)
I’m not much of a tailgater but social occasions that revolve around food are definitely my thing. And not one person could tell that my faux Rotel was dairy free. So what if I’m the last person to discover the cashew cream awesomeness?
5-Ingredient Vegan Cheese Sauce
My ‘cheese sauce’ has just 3 ingredients: cashews, cashew milk and roasted red peppers. The roasted red peppers add cheese color without impacting the taste very much.
After soaking the cashews for at least an hour blend them with the milk and roasted peppers. My blender wasn’t quite up to making a super smooth puree but it still tasted cheese-worthy. Mix the sauce with a can of rinsed and drained black beans and some salsa and the dip is good to go.
Even if my favorite football team (the Tennessee Titans) never wins a game this year I’ll do an end zone-worthy happy dance over my cheese sauce. Yep, it’s time to throw down a bag of chips!
Cashew Cheese Sauce
- 1/2 cup cashews soaked for at least an hour
- 1 cup Cashew milk
- Roughly 1/4 cup roasted red peppers
- 1 can black beans rinsed and drains
- 1 can medium salsa
- Combine cashews, milk and roasted red peppers in the blender. Puree until smooth, at least 3 minutes.
- Combine beans and salsa in a saucepan and warm on low heat.
- Add cheese sauce and stir together.
Photos by Ana Stanciu0