Life-Changing Nacho Cheese

One of the challenges of going vegan is finding delicious new recipes to fill the holes left by eliminating animal products from your diet.  We are big on movie-night snacks here at the Viking house, and finding this Nacho Cheese recipe from Hot For Food literally changed our lives.

ingredients (makes 1 1/2 cups):

1 C peeled, cubed, cooked white potato

1/2 C peeled, cubed, cooked carrot

1/4 C sunflower oil

1/4 C non-dairy milk (can sub water)

2 tsp lemon juice

6 pickled jalapeño slices

3 tbsp jalapeño pickling liquid

1 tbsp tomato paste

1 1/2 tsp arrowroot flour/starch

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1 tbsp nutritional yeast

1/2 tsp sea salt

Peel, cube and boil the potatoes and carrots in pot of water for approx. 10 mins. Drain them from the boiling water and add to a high-speed blender (like a vitamix or blendtec) immediately. If you cook the potatoes for too long they will become starchy and your sauce will not be smooth.

Add the remaining ingredients to the blender and combine until smooth. Your sauce may be hot enough to serve immediately, if you’re in a rush, or heat it up in a small pot to thicken it slightly before pouring over whatever food you want to make cheesier! How about chips, chili, broccoli, or cauliflower for starters. Go wild!

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