The attendees at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley’s Puttin’ On the Leash gala showed a great deal of interest in the 2018 Vegan Dairy Fair.
Nacho Cheese Sauce
This recipe comes together very quickly, once you have your cashews soaked. It will be thin at first, but thickens up after cooking for a few minutes. Make extra and freeze some to pour over veggies, pasta, rice, beans, polenta, potatoes…
3/4 cup raw cashews, soaked in water to cover for a few hours, and drained
11/2 – 2 cups water ( depending on how thick you want it )
1/2 to 1 cup salsa ( you choose the heat ! )
1/4 cup vegetable oil ( optional, but makes it ultra smooth )
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
2 oz, or about 2 Tablespoons roasted red pepper ( raw is fine too )
1 Tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
1 Tablespoon lemon juice ( optional, your salsa may have enough tang )
2 teaspoons onion granules ( or powder )
1/2 teaspoon garlic granules ( or powder )
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 -1 teaspoon salt
Toss everything in a blender and blend on high for 2 minutes or until it is very creamy. Pour into a saucepan or crockpot and slowly bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 to 10 minutes or until the sauces thickens up. Enjoy !
Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip
This rich, creamy dip is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
Makes about 3 cups
1 14 oz can Chopped Artichokes, drained and chopped
1 10 oz pkg defrosted frozen spinach (or 1 cup fresh, cooked), chopped
3/4 cup Vegan Mayo
3/4 cup Vegan Sour Cream
4 oz Vegan Cream Cheese
1/2 cup Vegan Mozzarella, shredded
¼ cup Vegan Parmesan
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Vegetarian Worchester Sauce*
Mix all ingredients in a medium size bowl. Transfer to a shallow baking dish. Bake at 425 degrees or place under a broiler until hot and bubbly, about 15 minutes. Serve with Crusty French Bread, Crostini or baked Pita Chips.
*Any Worcester sauce labeled as “vegetarian” is most likely vegan as the animal ingredient in Worcester is generally anchovies. Of course, as with any food item, it is always a good idea to read the ingredient label to make sure it free of animal ingredients.