Nut-free Vegan Cheese Sauce

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My #1 tip for staying healthy while traveling…

Hostel it.

It has to be said before you start thinking I’m crazy for making the suggestion – there are actually some really great hostels out there. Clean kitchens, great beds, awesome people, and many of them are family friendly, too. You’ll have access to a kitchen that’s fully stocked with everything you need to make a healthy meal – pots, pans, ample fridge space. What’s not to love?

AND! If that’s not enough, hostelling will save you a ton of money. Think $20 per day for a room as opposed to $150 in a hotel. Imagine spending just $15 per day on food (and feeling great afterward) instead of bopping from restaurant, to room service to restaurant again. The pennies add up really quickly.

Hostelling. Mega in love. Love, love, long time.

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When you’re hostelling, the key to keeping food prep costs to a minimum and healthy choices at an all-time high is bringing a little food kit along with you. In my kit I have:

  • Coconut oil
  • Italian seasoning
  • Onions, sweet potato and garlic
  • Dried fruits, nuts and seeds (including chia for quick chia pudding breakfasts)
  • Super food powders like maca, chlorella and spirulina to help support my immune system
  • Protein powders that mix well with water for a quick protein boost…
  • and; most recently, my homemade Cheez Whiz.

Yes, I brought my bright orange, heavily awesome Cheez Whiz along with me to Toronto and I don’t regret it one little bit. I’ve been slathering it on just about everything. Vegetables, wraps, cooked sweet potato, sautéed onions… everything.

Which gets me to this recipe I’m sharing with you today. The Cheez Whiz I made last week is great, but quite absolutely torturous for all you nut-free lovers out there…

So here goes – a nut-free, vegan cheese sauce for you!

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I had the magnificent honor of sharing this recipe over on Shelly’s blog, Vegetarian Ventures. You’re going to hear from Shelly later this week when she shares an ultra delicious chocolate recipe with us all as part of my Power Posse series. It’s going to be ultra fabulous.

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Nut-free Vegan Cheese Sauce
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Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free, Egg-free
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Serves: 6
 
Ultra cheesy vegan sauce that's free of nuts!
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. Add water, sesame seeds and lemon juice to the jug of your high powered blender. Blend on high for 2 minutes, until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Add oil to a medium saucepan or frying pan and melt on medium-low.
  3. Add nutritional yeast and stir with a fork until all yeast is covered in oil.
  4. Pour in sesame seed mixture and stir until it comes to a boil.
  5. Add in remaining ingredients: mustard, onion powder, garlic powder and salt.
  6. Cook for 1-2 minutes until thickened.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in your favorite cooked pasta or serve warm with veggies.
Notes
Feel free to replace the coconut oil with whatever oil you have on hand. The great thing about using coconut oil is that, when heated, the sauce is runny and perfect "cheese sauce" consistency. But when chilled, it is similar to a cheese spread. If another type of oil is used, this may not be the case.

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