With all the nacho recipes floating around lately (Superbowl season!), I wanted to look into some variations on cheese sauce that fits with a paleo or primal diet. Here are a couple paleo cheese sauce recipes you can try next time you are making nachos or want to jazz up a soup, vegetables or pasta recipe.
Cheese Sauce with Cashews
As far as I know, this recipe would suit raw or vegan diets too.
- 1 cup soaked cashews
- 6 tbs coconut water (not coconut milk)
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 jalapeno, diced (optional if you like the heat)
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- Dash of garlic powder
- Dash of salt
- Dash of onion powder
Let your whole cashews soak for at least 4 hours (overnight is better, if you think enough ahead). Then combine everything here in a powerful blender. About 10 minutes should do it. If it’s too thick for you, add a little coconut water to thin. Heat up in a microwave right before serving.
Nutritional Yeast Cheese Sauce
1 1/4 cup chicken or vegetable stock
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 tbs tapioca flour
1/4 nutritional yeast flakes
2 tbs lemon juice
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup almond meal
Combine the stock, olive oil and tapioca flour in a cooking pot. Get everything whisked together and start it simmering. As it begins to heat, turn it up to a real boil. Keep whisking and take it off the heat.
Now whisk in everything else until it’s all combined and smooth. Put the pot back on the stove. Keep heating and whisking for another two minutes. It can stick to the bottom, so keep your whisk moving. Serve while it’s hot, over your favorite paleo chips or crackers.