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Written by Rachelle Fordyce on August 7, 2012 – -
by Guest Blogger
Raw mac and cheese … cheesy broccoli … cheese dip??? Is it possible to get that cheesy taste without all the health issues and concerns that come along with dairy?
Well, maybe so if you are interested in a little kitchen experiment with nutritional yeast, a somewhat cheesy tasting alternative that provides all nine of the essential amino acids for a complete source of protein.
Nutritional yeast is also a good source of B vitamins, including thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, biotin, folic acid and B12. It is aids in detox via glutathione and supports the immune system via beta-glucan. Quite a few health benefits and the added plus of creating those cheesy dishes our children sometimes crave.
I have to admit that at first my own taste buds, which grew up under the influence of Kraft macaroni and cheese in that blue box, have had a little adjustment period in adapting to nutritional yeast. But, now that my body has come to crave raw foods and healthier options, nutritional yeast is tops in satisfying an occasional cheese craving!
The 3 cheesy recipes listed below all use the same cheese sauce recipe…
Here’s how to make it!
½ cup cashews
¼ cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons tamari
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 /4 cup nutritional yeast
water, if needed
Mix of ingredients except water in your Vitamix, Blendtec, or other high-speed blender. If needed, add a little water to facilitate blending.
Et voila! Cheesy sauce without the cheese!
1 bunch kale (washed and dried thoroughly)
raw cheese sauce (recipe above)
Prepare the raw cheese sauce. Tear kale into bite sized pieces. Massage the raw cheese sauce mixture into the kale pieces and dehydrate overnight!
raw cheese sauce
with about ¼ cup water added (recipe above)
finely chopped broccoli
Mix and enjoy!!!
veggies of choice,
such as carrots, cucumbers, celery (cut and sliced)
raw cheese sauce (recipe above)
Dip your choice of prepared veggies in the raw cheese sauce, or spread it on dehydrated crackers.
Add a little red pepper and some cumin and/or cayenne to taste and spice it up a bit!
For loads of other raw food recipes and fresh ideas for healthy desserts the whole family will love, check out the book, Decadent Desserts by Angelina Elliott!
This master raw food wizard whips up some of her very best sweet treats in this hugely popular raw food dessert book. Grab your copy today as part of our Raw Food Starter Series of e-books and knock your friends’ and family’s socks off!