A Healthier Cheesy Dip

Vegan Cheese Dip  happyfitmama.com

What do you call a dip that could also be a sauce?

What do you call a recipe that is cheeseless, but tastes like cheese?

Serious first world problems here. I briefly thought about calling this recipe Awesomesauce but changed my mind at the last minute. Healthier Cheesy Dip will have to do.

You’ve heard about Meatless Monday, right? This football season, try kicking meat to the curb in connection with Monday Night Football this fall.

When I think of football, I think of appetizers. Give me a good dip with veggies and chips and I’m good to go.

Vegan Cheese Dip for #meatlessmondaynight  happyfitmama.com

I love cheese. Everything is better with cheese on it, right? What I don’t love is the way most cheese dips are made – with nothing but fake cheese. This recipe, doesn’t have dairy or cheese in it. But it does have cheesy flavor. The special ingredient is Nutritional Yeast aka Nooch. Nooch provides a wealth of vitamins, minerals and protein that almost anyone — from paleo enthusiasts to vegans — can enjoy. It’s definitely a crowd pleaser.

Sideline meat for #MeatlessMondayNight with Healthier Cheesy Dip   happyfitmama.comThis dip is so versatile. It can also be used as a sauce in Mac n’ Cheese, Cheesy Quinoa or by the spoonful. Yes, I’ve done that. And it is awesomesauce.

Dairy-Free Cheesy Dip
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp non dairy butter
  • 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • ¾ Cup Silk Unsweetened Cashew Milk
  • 6 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in small pot over medium heat on the stove.
  2. In small bowl, whisk flour and milk till smooth and free of lumps.
  3. Add combination to melted butter on the stove.
  4. Add nutritional yeast.
  5. Whisk over medium heat.
  6. Add remainder of ingredients till sauce thickens - approximately 5 minutes.

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BTW – for more Meatless Monday ideas, be sure to check out Tina and Deborah’s weekly link up.

I don’t eat a ton of meat, but I’m taking the Meatless Monday Challenge myself. Studies have shown that eating a plant based diet may bring about many health benefits which includes helping you live longer. It also sets the tone for the rest of the week on a nutritious high note. It’s also a good idea for your heart. Cutting back on meat can lower cholesterol, decrease blood pressure and overall reduce risk of heart disease. Did you know vegetarians have a 32% lower risk of dying from heart disease than meat eaters? Meatless Monday has many other environmental and animal benefits you can read about here.

Won’t you join me?

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

21 comments on “A Healthier Cheesy Dip

    1. You can find Nutritional Yeast at Whole Foods or a natural food store. It’s sometimes in bulk bins or I think Bragg’s sells a shaker/canister.

    1. With my kids’, my son was open to trying it. Didn’t love it but didn’t hate it either. My daughter wouldn’t touch it. BUT that is pretty typical for anything new for her! πŸ™‚

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