You’re going to miss it when you adopt Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat to Live program.
Maybe you haven’t been able to go fully nutritarian because you think you can’t give it up.
It’s not your fault! Because cheese is scientifically proven to be addictive. It has large concentrations of an opiate called casein–it’s literally like a hit of morphine, giving a calming effect (meant for nursing infants).
So, next time you find yourself hovering around the cheese tray, just think of yourself fastened to a morphine drip. Except, it’s also making you fatter.
Cheese is one of the absolute worse foods for our health. It has ten times the saturated fat as meat.
It’s critical to stay away, folks.
So, what’s a cheese-avoiding- (but-missing-desperately-) nutritarian to do?
How about make an absolutely delicious plant-based cheese sauce instead? Sound good?
Let’s do this!
The simple ingredients above don’t look like they’re going to make anything even resembling cheese.
Have faith! I promise when you taste this sauce you’re going to be a plant-based cheese believer!
I have a Vitamix 6300 and modified this recipe from the cook book that came in the box. It’s from the 2013 edition of Vitamix Savor Recipes (page 153), called “Not-So Cheese Sauce.”
It takes 4 minutes of blending time, till the sauce is slightly heated and you can see light steam coming out of the top.
I happen to love the flavor from the roasted red peppers (I use these from Trader Joes), but if you’re not a fan, stick to the lower recommendation of 1/4th cup.
You can check it out in these recipes:
- 1 cup water
- 2 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup roasted red peppers
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
- Decide on your level of red peppers. Minimum recommendation is 1/4 cup. I personally like my sauce brighter with more red pepper flavor so I use 1/2 cup.
- Place all the ingredients in your high-speed blender and secure lid.
- Slowly increase your blender speed to high.
- Blend for 4 minutes or until you see steam.
- I don not add any salt to this sauce. There is salt in Trader Joe's roasted red peppers, so rinse the peppers well before adding. The goal is to keep it minimal salt or none at all. If you can roast and skin your own peppers--all the better!
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