Nacho Cauliflower Cheese
One of the most difficult things for many people when transitioning to a plant-based diet is cutting back on cheese. Cheese is one of those comfort foods that is not only addictive, but is found on almost everything we eat in a traditional American diet. Unfortunately cheese is loaded with saturated fat. In fact, cheese and pizza are the two top contributors of saturated fat in the United States!
I have not tried many store-bought vegan cheeses that I’ve loved, although some do seem to be getting better. Many of the pizza shops in our area now use soy cheese or brands such as Daiya or Follow Your Heart as alternatives to mozzarella. Most of these processed foods still aren’t healthy as they contain various oils and additives.
Great vegan cheese does exist, however. My wife and I attended the Miami Seed vegan food festival last year where we found some vendors who created amazing artisan vegan cheeses that were indistinguishable from the real thing!
I’ve tried making spreadable, semi-firm cheese at home with variable success. However, I’ve found a few recipes for cheese sauces that have hit the spot. These can be modified to make anything from mac-n-cheese to a warm queso dip. Most of the recipes contain cashews to add creaminess, and nutritional yeast (a deactivated yeast which can be found in the bulk section of most health food markets or ordered online) and spices to create a cheese-like flavor. This recipe also uses cauliflower which provides an even creamier texture and additional nutrition!
Find original recipe from Connoisseurus Veg here