Friday, July 23, 2010

Vegan Cheese Sauce- Delicious!

While we are a family of omnivores, we do eat many vegetarian and vegan meals as they tend to be much cheaper than meat based meals, or as Premeditated Leftovers would say- "economic vegetarians". 

Gluten free vegan eggplant parmesan with vegan cheese sauce
I found this delicious fake cheese sauce that uses zero chemicals and can be used whenever you need a dairy free meal, whether for people sensitive to dairy, vegans, or simply when you've run out of milk in the house. Depending on the prices in your area, it may also end up being cheaper than real cheese sauce. 

This is such a tasty recipe that I can never get enough of it. I especially love it on chicken, breaded eggplant, and noodles and I've even heard of it being used in place of cheese on pizza.
Best of all, its both chemical free and easy as pie to make it.
(Recipe is adapted from this original one.)

Vegan "Cheese" Sauce

1/4 cup nutritional yeast (if you live where I do, nutritional yeast is almost always mislabeled and sold under the name brewers' yeast)
1 teaspoon salt
Scant 1/4 cup unbleached flour or 2 tablespoons corn starch, potato starch, arrowroot powder, tapioca starch, etc...
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dried yellow mustard powder
1 cup water
2 tablespoons healthy oil (I usually go with coconut, but use whatever floats your boat)
1 teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoons oregano (optional)

1. Mix all together and whisk to make sure there are no clumps.
2. Bring to a boil over medium heat and mix while it thickens.
3. Serve!

This recipe makes a very small amount. You'll probably want to double it. Enjoy!

Ever make any recipes with nutritional yeast? What do you make?

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