At the end of my pregnancy, I was getting really lazy with my cooking and when I get lazy, I turn to cheese meals. It's quick, easy and my pregnant self love it! However, Paul being slightly lactose intolerant (he can have cheese but the milk and cream make his tummy turn), could not handle all the cheese. For about three weeks, we couldn't figure it out. We thought he gained a gluten intolerance, we thought he had eczema, our heads were spinning! We were trying tons of different things. Then it dawned on me, we had been eating an extreme amount of cheese and I hadn't been making him salads for his lunch. This meant he was eating leftover cheese dinners for lunch. I was poisoning him!
So, we went dairy free and after three days he was back to normal. Phew! After about two weeks, I slowly added a little cheese back in and he was back to normal. This little ordeal got me back in love with my vegan cooking ... especially on Mexican nights!
I have been making vegan nacho cheese dip for over a year. Sometimes I would add cashews and sometimes tofu. Hands-down, this is the best and easiest way to make it. It's so easy! I (almost) always have all the ingredients on hand and it only takes about 15 minutes to put together. What else can a girl as for. Instant, healthy, easy nacho cheese dip ... and without poisoning anyone! Now, I have been making double batches because I have been putting it on just about anything I can. It's a great bonus too because as I'm trying to get back in shape, post-baby, it's a quick and filling snack that I love munching on.
Vegan Nacho Cheese Dip (Nut-Free and Soy-Free)Makes 1 1/2 cups
1 c diced potatoes (unpeeled)
1/2 c diced carrots
2 t jarred jalapeños, diced
2 t juice from jalapeños
1/4 c nutritional yeast
1/4 c olive oil
1/2 t salt
1/2 t garlic
1/2 t onion powder
Bring a pot of water to boil. Cook potatoes and carrots until they are tender. Drain when done.
In a bowl, put all the ingredients. With your immersion blender, mix until smooth.
Serve right away or refrigerate. When you are ready to warm it up, keep it covered while you warm in the oven. Enjoy!