If you recently have turned vegan but are having cheese withdraws, we got an easy recipe that will satisfy your taste buds.
By combining the two main ingredients of nutritional yeast with cashews, and then adding garlic powder, salt, lemon juice and water - this creates a perfect cheese sauce that’s great for dipping, toppings or mixing with pasta.
The great thing about this recipe is that both nutritional yeast and cashews have many health benefits.
Nutritional yeast flakes can be found in many health sections of a store. It also comes in a power form and resembles gold dust. Just the flakes alone (without the cashews) give off a cheesy flavor and provides 8 grams of protein per serving. Nutritional yeast is basically a flavor enhancer and many brands fortify it with a variety of B vitamins, such as B12 and B9. Unlike the yeast to make bread, nutritional yeast doesn't have live cultures since they are destroyed during the pasteurization process.
Cashews are also a great seed to incorporate in your diet - that’s right - cashews are considered seeds because they grow attached to a fruit. Cashews are high in iron and copper which is good for the production of red blood cells. Cashews contain polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats which can help to lower cholesterol.
Cashews also contain several flavonols and one of the flavonols that cashews have is proanthocyanidins which help suppress the replication of cancer cells.
Nutritional yeast, also referred to as “nooch” should be a staple in your pantry. To learn more what you can do with this gold dust, check out these recipes from Fork Over Knives.
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