I’m vegan for health reasons, and mostly I have no cravings from my former way of eating. But sometimes, sometimes I want cheese on something. I want that melty smoothness that can bring the other flavors in a dish all together. Take for instance, one of my fall and winter favs: Stuffed Squash. To make it low fat, I sprayed the cut edges of the squash with cooking spray rather than using butter. I think it’d be OK without cheese, but I found this cool recipe in my current go-to cookbook, The Happy Herbivore. A melty smooth cheesy sauce with no dairy at all. How yummy and cheesy-licious does this sauce look on my stuffed squash? What about flavor? Not cheese exactly, but yummy and satisfying in a cheesy sort of way.
I had all the ingredients on hand (Hurray!)
- 1 1/4 cup non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened almond milk.)
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast (Find in the bulk food area of a health food market.)
- 2 TBSP yellow miso (I had white miso. Find this near the dairy section.)
- 2 TBSP cornstarch
- 1 tsp granulated onion powder
- 1 tsp granulated garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp paprika (Smoked paprika would give you a smoky cheese sauce–mmmm!)
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
This is so quick and easy you’ll have cheese sauce in no time! Place all ingredients in a small pan over medium heat.
Whisk and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and stir frequently until it thickens.
Spoon over whatever you want; this yummy stuffed squash, perhaps. This is the place in the recipe where the squash get stuffed, cheesed, and then baked for an additional 15 minutes.
The sauce browns and I added a bit more before topping with a bit of cilantro–excellent flavor addition!
One of the most fun things about being vegan after being not vegan for over 50 years, is experimenting with new ingredients and recipes. I don’t feel like I’m on a “diet” because the food is sooo satisfying.
Usually diets make me feel like I’m being punished. Being vegan makes me feel pampered, happy and healthy. I highly recommend vegan food, even for just a couple of days a week. Really! Yummy!!!