This past weekend was a Halloween whirlwind…and yet Halloween is still two days away! It’s making me feel topsy-turvy, and I think my son is fast approaching Halloween overload.
Regarding the latter, my fingers are crossed that he will not want to go–and will not want me to go!–to the haunted house “experience” hosted in town.
Nacho Cheese Made with Vegetables
Whether you are still in Halloween mode (honestly, I am–love the trick-or-treaters!) or already gearing up for Thanksgiving, I have a simple dip to share that will thrill and delight. It is delicious, cheese-y, super healthy, and the bright orange color celebrates the season.
It’s a surprise, too. Specifically, it is my Vegetable Nacho Cheese Dip (Don’t tell the children–they may scream)!
The Many Benefits of this Healthy Nacho Cheese
The dip is:
- Vegan (dairy-free, egg-free)
- Quick & easy
- Packed with nutrition
- Low in calories
Ingredients for the Vegan Nacho Cheese
Step by Step Directions
Step One: Steam the Carrots & Cauliflower
Begin by steaming the carrots and cauliflower in a steam basket until both are very tender.
If you don’t want to fuss with prepping and steaming the vegetables, or are in a last-minute crunch, I have a solution: use frozen vegetables.
Simply defrost, drain, and then measure the amount you need. Flash-frozen vegetables maintain their nutrition (often more so than what is “fresh” in the produce aisle) so do not feel guilty about taking a shortcut.
Step Two: Cook Onions & Seasonings
Next, cook the onion, spices, jalapeno and garlic in the oil until softened and fragrant.
Step Three: Blend
Next, add the cauliflower & carrots, onion mixture, diced tomatoes, nutritional yeast and salt to a blender.
If you are new to creating “cheesey” foods without cheese, nutritional yeast is the key ingredient for delivering a distinctive cheese-y, umami flavor to nondairy foods.
Blend on high speed, stopping occasionally to scrape down the blender, until the mixture is completley smooth and velvety. Like this:
Step Four: Adjust Seasonings
Taste the dip and add more salt or spices, to your taste. If the dip is too thick, add a little bit of water or nondairy milk until it reaches your desired consistency.
If the dip is too loose, use one of my favorite tricks: stir in about a tablespoon of coconut flour. Coconut flour is tremendously absorbent, so a little bit thickens the dip instantly. Add more or less, as needed; you will not taste it!
How to Serve the Nacho Cheese
Serve the dip warm, cold or at room temperature with any and all of your favorite dippers. It also makes a great sauce (think baked potatoes, pasta, broccoli, or as the sauce on a pizza) and spread for breads and crackers.
More Delicious & Easy Vegan Cheese Recipes to Try:
- Cashew Cheddar Cheese
- Chickpea Flour Feta Cheese
- Chickpea Flour Cheddar Cheese
- Vegan Parmesan Cheese
- Vegan Cashew Boursin Cheese
- Easy Cashew Cream Cheese
- Chickpea Flour Queso
- Chipotle Cheese Bread Bites