Flavorful and Healthy Vegan Cheese Sauce

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Yield: ~4 cups of cheese sauce

Ingredients:

-2 cups peeled and diced potatoes

-2 cups diced carrots

-1/2 cup-3/4 cup nutritional yeast, based on your preference

-3 cloves garlic

-1 tsp salt

-1 tsp paprika

-1 tsp onion powder

This recipe is so super simple and the cheese sauce can be used in a variety of meals. Since the yield is so big, I used this cheese sauce on top of nachos & then on whole wheat pasta (as pictured). Simply boil the potatoes and carrots in a pot of water until fall-apart tender, and add the ingredients into a blender or food processor. Reserve some of the starchy water to add to the mixture to get it to a cheese-sauce consistency (about 1/2 cup). Taste for salt and seasonings, and serve however you’d like! It can also be used as a cheese dip with veggies or chips, a cheese sauce for quesadillas, or any other thing you can think of. Enjoy!

Spicy Walnut Pesto

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Yield: 2 cups

Ingredients:

-4 cups basil leaves

-1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

-1/2-2/3rds cup grated parmesan cheese

-3 cloves garlic

-1/2 cup olive oil

-2 teaspoons red pepper flakes

In a food processor, add half the basil, walnuts, and olive oil. Once it is processed well, there will be enough room to add the remaining ingredients. Depending on how thick you like your pesto (I like to make mine thick and add more olive oil if needed), adjust the oil amount. Taste for salt and heat level and adjust if needed. I like to store mine in the freezer, and use it as needed.

 

Thai Peanut Sauce–Perfect for Spring Rolls or Rice Noodles

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This peanut sauce is a perfect combination of sweet, salty, creamy, & spicy. You can adjust the heat depending on what your preference is, but it is simply divine! I love making this sauce for a thai rice noodle & veggie dish, or for a dipping sauce for vegetarian spring rolls with lots of veggies, tofu, and cilantro. Yum! No matter how you serve it up, you and your guests will love it!

Yield: 1.5 cups of peanut sauce

-1 and 1/3 cups creamy peanut butter

-1/3 cup rice wine vinegar

-1/4 cup chili garlic sauce like this one (or 1/4 cup sriracha sauce mixed with 1 clove minced garlic)

-1/2 cup sugar

-1/3 cup gluten free soy sauce

-1/3 cup water

-1/3 cup honey roasted peanuts, chopped roughly

It’s simple–just take these ingredients and whisk them all together in a large bowl. It will take about 1 minute to combine these ingredients. I like to serve it with the chopped peanuts on top for some texture. Enjoy! xx