I am crazy about vegan nachos 🙂 I can honestly say that vegan cheese is not bad. There are some good brands, some bad ones and some down right sneaky ones that still have casein in the ingredient list so beware that even though it says “soy cheese” READ YOUR LABELS!
Cheese seems to be something people have a hard time giving up. It’s addicting and oh so tasty BUT it’s still pure fat, acidic, and cancer promoting among many other things. So to help others satisfy cheese addictions, I am posting a great dairy free cheese sauce recipe I got from a friend of mine but I have changed it up just a bit and added salsa (homemade or store bought) to turn in to nacho cheese sauce. You can also use this recipe for cheese sauce for mac-n-cheese, scalloped potatoes, in a casserole, for chili cheese dogs, as a dip, or on a baked potato. The possibilities are endless and trust me…I have used it for all of the above mentioned meals. My meat and dairy eating family and friends loved this sauce so that should be enough to make you want to try it!
The most important ingredient is nutritional yeast which is an inactive yeast that contains b-vitamins and amino acids and gives a cheesy flavor to vegan dishes. It’s basically used as a seasoning and can also be sprinkled on homemade popcorn for a tasty treat. You can buy nutritional yeast from any health food store. In Las Vegas I buy mine from Sunflower Market and its found in the bulk bins. If you are not near a health food store you can also buy it online. Be sure not to confuse nutritional yeast with brewers yeast. I must also mention that it takes me 5 minutes to make this sauce which has been great for those days when you need a super quick meal with little to no effort and it’s healthy! So here it is folks:
2 cups unsweetened plant milk (I use organic soy) set aside 1/4 cup to be mixed with corn starch
2 tbs of corn starch
1/3 to 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1 tsp sea salt (or to taste)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
A dash of pepper (optional)
Heat 1 3/4 cup plant milk in a small pot. Add seasonings and nutritional yeast and mix well. Meanwhile it heats through, mix in corn starch with remaining plant milk. When the sauce comes to a light simmer, whisk in corn starch mixture and keep mixing while it thickens to prevent clumping.
To make nacho cheese sauce just add 1/2 cup of your favorite salsa. In my family we like to saute fresh onions, tomato, garlic, cilantro, jalapenos or roasted green chile and add that to our cheese sauce. You can also leave the sauce as is and mix it in with whole grain pasta for mac-n-cheese. Add sauce to thinly sliced potatoes and bake to make scalloped potatoes. I have an idea for creating a pizza with this cheese sauce that I want to try. Get creative and use it on whatever your heart desires! If you try it let me know what you think and post a comment!