Monthly Archives: February 2012

Vegan Cheese Sauce

I have really been craving some good old-fashioned mac and cheese lately, maybe because I haven’t had a lick of dairy in 7 months. I found a great recipe for cauliflower mac and cheese and decided to see what I could do.  I was recently introduced to nutritional yeast as a great alternative to cheese, giving things that nutty cheese sauce.  I found this recipe and did my own version.

Vegan Cheese Sauce

2 TBS whole wheat flour
2 TBS coconut oil
1.5-2 cups coconut milk (you can use almond, rice or soy)
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 cup pine nuts

1. Make a roux with the flour and coconut oil. Melt oil in the pan and sprinkle in the flour, this happens very fast so make sure you are stirring quickly and have the milk on hand. It should make a nice paste.

2. Slowly add milk while whisking to remove lumps. Don’t pour all the milk in at once, our slowly until you have reached the desired consistency, should be liquid but not thick because you still have to add the yeast and pine nuts.

3. Simmer on low and add the nutritional yeast while whisking.

4. While it is simmering, make a paste of the pine nuts in either a blender or mini-food processor. Add a bit of water to the pine nuts. (**if you don’t like pine nuts, I suggest cashews or even macadamia nuts. I’m not a huge fan of pine nuts but they were on hand and they add a great flavor to the sauce).

5. Add the paste into the sauce and add a dash of salt. This is where you can add more milk to gain your desired consistency.

**I roasted some cauliflower and put this sauce on it for the last few minutes. Had I had them on hand, I would have added some bread crumbs to the top.

Here are a few add in’s that I suggest to the sauce:

Smoked Paprika
Cumin or Coriander
Garlic Powder
Dried Basil

 

What would you do differently? What would you suggest as an add-in?

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We have a scooter!

I am so excited that my little man is growing up. While I love my cuddles and my baby I am so happy he is growing up and hitting those developmental milestones.

I just love this video of my boys. ENJOY!

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Chocolate Avocado Mousse

I am back on my vegetarian diet and have been dairy free for almost 7 months now because of my little one. I’m always craving sweets and the dairy free cookies I love are just too fattening so I’ve been on the quest for a great dessert. I have been diligantly exploring the raw food diet and while I could never suffice on strictly raw and breastfeed, work, go to school and deal with a toddler, I do love the feeling I get from eating clean raw foods. Here is a great recipe for a raw dairy free treat!

Chocolate Avocado Mousse
Adapted from My Edible Advice

1 large avocado
6 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
¼ cup raw cacao powder
½ cup almond milk
1/3 cup water
½ tsp vanilla
1 tsp lucuma powder (optional, adds some caramel-ish undertones)

Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. Add more liquid as needed. Devour.

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