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  • CASHEW CHEESE RECIPE

     

    Vegan Cashew “Cheese” Recipe … Tastes Just Like Boursin

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    Prep Time: 10 minutes

    Ingredients (1.5 cups)

    • 1 and 1/2 cups raw cashew nuts (not roasted or salted), soaked overnight in filtered water with sea salt, then rinsed and drained before use
    • 1/4 cup filtered water
    • 2 tablespoons dry white wine (optional; substitute water or vinegar if preferred)
    • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
    • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons organic nutritional yeast
    • 2 cloves fresh garlic, finely minced
    • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt or other unrefined mineral salt
    • freshly ground black pepper

    Instructions

    (1) Soak the raw cashews. Rinse the cashews and soak in warm filtered water (just enough to cover them) overnight with a dash of sea salt. Discard the retained water and rinse the cashews.

    (2) Add the cashews and other ingredients to a blender. Add vinegar, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, garlic, white wine (optional), salt, and pepper.

    (3) Blend. As usual, I used my bullet blender, which worked well … but you can use something more powerful if you’d like.

    (4) Cover and refrigerate overnight. Add to a glass container, cover, and keep in the fridge overnight for all the flavors to mingle. It should stay good for 5-6 days after that if refrigerated.

    (5) Eat. Enjoy with homemade crackers and wine, as a dip accompanied by some raw veggies or right off the spoon. Your imagination’s the limit!

    What is nutritional yeast?

    If you’ve never heard of nutritional yeast before , it’s basically a fungus … Yes, it sounds gross but it’s not! It’s deactivated yeast that is produced by culturing the yeast with a mixture of sugarcane and beet molasses for a period of 7 days, then harvesting, washing and drying it.

    What is it good for?

    It’s nutritionally healthy:

    It is a source of protein and vitamins, especially the B-complex vitamins and is a complete protein. It is also naturally low in fat and sodium and it is free of sugar, dairy, and gluten. Some brands of nutritional yeast, though not all, are fortified with vitamin B12. The vitamin B12 is produced separately from bacteria and then added to the yeast (Wikipedia).

    How does it taste?

    Nutty, cheesy, creamy … hard to describe, but a great complement to many meals (especially this one). It’s definitely a major ingredient in this recipe, because it supplies a lot of the “cheesy” taste.

    Where can I buy it?

    Health food stores. I got some from the bulk section at Whole Foods.

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