Sunday, May 3, 2015

Quick Cashew Queso

2/12/16 NOTE: I have GREAT news!!! I decided to test making the queso with 1/2 of the cashews to see if I could still get the great consistency and flavor. YES! It works!!! Try 1/4 cup raw cashews instead of a 1/2 if you want to reduce the fat.

1/2 cup raw cashews
¼ cup nutritional yeast flakes*
1 t onion powder
1 t salt
1 t cumin
1/8 t black pepper (optional)
a dash of cayenne pepper (I added more to make it spicier)
1 1/3 cup unsweetened soy or almond milk
1/2 T white or yellow miso paste**
1/2 cup roasted red bell pepper (you can roast your own or use jarred--not soaked in oil!)
1 t lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a HIGH-SPEED BLENDER and process until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, allowing the cheese to thicken. Serve with baked chips.

*Nutritional Yeast Flakes can be found at Sprouts in the vitamins section, at Whole Foods in the bulk bin area, or  online. They are FABULOUS on air-popped, salted popcorn!

** Miso paste is found in the refrigerated section at Whole Foods or Sprouts usually near the plant-based meat alternatives. You can also go to an Asian store and purchase it there.

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