Tuesday, February 16, 2016

When you want cheese, but you gave it up for Lent

I really love cheese.  There I said it.  I know it isn’t the healthiest of foods, and I know that it gives me headaches, but for some reason I have a hard time giving it up.

I decided that I would do just that for Lent this year.

Vegan Nacho "Cheese" Sauce

I have wanted to participate in Lent for a few years now, it isn’t something that we have ever really talked about in my home church, but it is something that I am trying to learn more about.  I know that giving something up for a time is a good practice, and so I decided to try it this year.


If there is cheese in the house, I usually eat it.  We are pretty big on the Mexican food here, so our meals during the week often consist of bean burritos, chili, and tacos.  All of those seem so much better with cheese, don’t they?

What is the alternative when cheese is no longer an option?

Several years ago I took a 30 Day Vegan course, which introduced me to this wonderful food called Nutritional Yeast.


Nutritional yeast is deactivated yeast that is washed and dried and sold as flakes or a powder.  It is popular among vegans and vegetarians because of its nutty and somewhat cheesy flavor.  I had no idea what it was, bought it, and fell in love with it.  Now I put it in my salads, on soup, on pasta, pretty much anything that I would normally top with cheese, I use nutritional yeast.

But, you can’t just sprinkle a powder on nachos, no you need a cheesy dip for nachos.

Vegan Nacho “Cheese” Sauce

3 roasted red pepper pieces
1 small or ½ a medium sweet onion, chopped
½ cup nutritional yeast flakes
2 garlic gloves or ½ tsp. garlic powder
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
¼ tsp. salt
1-2 Tbsp. veggie stock or water
pickled jalapeño slices

  • Sauté onion in coconut oil until browned and soft – 4-5 minutes.
  • Once onion is cooked, put all ingredients except veggie stock in a food processor or blender and pulse until blended.
  • Add veggie stock if needed to help blend.
  • Top with pickled jalapeños and nacho chips.





This is definitely addictive, and I can sit down and eat an entire bowl if I am not careful (I am rarely careful).  Nutritional yeast is a great cheese alternative, however it can be an acquired taste.  My husband wasn’t a fan of it several years ago, but now he really enjoys it.

Are you as addicted to cheese as I am?  Do you have any alternatives to your favorite foods to help you stay a little healthier without sacrificing taste?

21 comments:

  1. Cheese addict, present and accounted for xD The Mister is the same as well. I just bought two 16oz bars today (2/5$ on sale, that's a stock up price - but let's not discuss how much I actually have in the fridge...to a normal person, it's a lot ;) ).
    But it is one of those things that, well, it's not the healthiest, and it's not cheap (for as much as we eat it, anyway). I would be interested to try this yeast, but I'm not sure I could get the Mister on board. While not necessarily picky, he is very particular about certain things (ranch, for example - store bought is gross, Hidden Valley is decent, but he would much rather have the Lighthouse (or is it Litehouse?) brand...which is far too costly). Nachos, though, I could probably trick him into trying ;)
    I hope your Lent goes well - and quickly so you can enjoy cheese again!

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  2. I love cheese, but always looking for dairy free alternatives. Thanks for the recipe!

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  3. Nachos are one of my favourite, I usually have sour cream as I don't have nacho cheese. But now I can make my own :) thanks!

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  4. Wow, something I've never heard of before! I'm a die hard meat eater so the word vegan would never enter my vocab! But. this looked yummy!

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  5. Great info.... I love cheese, but it hates me... Ill spare you the visual, but I am definitely going to try this nutritional yeast.... thanks! m

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  6. I am SUCH a cheese addict - it goes on my salads, on veggies (yeah), most starches, I just love it! It definitely doesn't agree as well with my stomach as I'd like... so I'll have to check out the nutritional yeast! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Nutritional yeast is the best. It gives you the needed cheese taste. I still love my cheese, though. I try to eat more vegetarian based ones which use almonds or veggie casein.

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  8. Gurl I love cheese it is one of my guilty pleasures! I want to try this vegan alternative as too much dairy hurts my stomach so I would love to try it!

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  9. I am obsessed with cheese. I think I definitely need to try the vegan alternative because I need a break haha

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  10. I have all the ingredients needed!!! Will cook today! Thank you

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  11. I'm not sure if I can eat that. My daughter on the other hand would. She's vegetarian and likes trying new stuff. I can never go without my cheese.

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  12. I love cheese, too. Your cheese sauce looks so yummy. I can't wait to try this.

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  13. I have been hearing a lot about nutritional yeast! I really need to try it out, it sounds delicious!

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  14. What a fun and different new way of eating nachos, I wouldn't change the cheese but sound like a great choice for a vegan guest

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  15. That looks so yummy but less decadent. Easy on my tummy too! Pinning!

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  16. This is interesting! I have been trying to cut back on dairy, so anything that I can subsitute is always welcome!

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  17. I had a friend who participated in lent and gave up soda. She regretted it the next day and moped around for a while about it haha Good for you on finding a way to keep yourself motivated!

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  18. Ohhh I don't know if I could live without cheese!! Love this way of eating nachos!

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  19. Cheese is definitely my most favorite thing to eat. I can't give it up. This recipe looks good though.

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  20. Cheese is such a big staple in our house, but we have friends that don't eat it. This would be great for us to serve when they're over.

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  21. This looks delicious! Thanks for linking up with #BloggersGetSocial at the Get It Together link up! <3

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