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This morning, we received our weekly Hometown Harvest delivery. I decided to whip up something quick and easy. What’s easier than comfort food? Mac ‘N Cheese! Sticking with a plant-based focus, I decided to use the raw bag of cashews I bought (by mistake) the other day from the food co-op…I thought I grabbed roasted peanuts, but I didn’t look close enough. What I am gonna do with a whole bag of cashews? I don’t like cashews—just ask Momma Ford! …Make cashew cheese sauce? It’s a healthy alternative to the store-bought cheesy powder macaroni most of us have eaten at least once.
After a semi-successful trip to the park with the oldest son, we made it back home and decided to try making cashew macaroni and cheese as dinner for Momma and me. After a brief search, I found a quick and simple recipe from The Rawtarian:
Cashew Cheese Sauce
- 2 cups cashews
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon sea salt (or slightly less)
- 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
Load all the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth. Add small amounts of water if you want a looser consistency. Boil macaroni or any other short noodles.
I honestly wasn’t sure how it would turn out. I mixed about two heaping tablespoons of the the sauce into the cooked noodle pot and gave it a taste. After the first tasting, I went for about four or five more spoonfuls. The ultimate taste test came from Momma Ford. We had a winner! You won’t be disappointed with this sauce.
Cashew Cheese Sauce lives on!
For future cashew macaroni and cheese dinners, you could probably add breadcrumbs on top and bake it for a more traditional texture. Now that I know that this recipe actually tastes pretty good, I could probably make this for the holidays and people wouldn’t really know the difference. The possibilities are endless for expanding on this recipe.
Until the next post!