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If you’re trying out Veganuary for the first time, you're #VeganCurious, or simply looking to eat more plant-based food in 2021 – these handy hacks will help save you time & energy! 


Cheese cravings?

Cheese is the Nation’s sweetheart & giving it up can be really challenging. Thankfully nutritional yeast is on hand to add a cheesy flavour to pretty much anything. It particularly suits being sprinkled on pasta or tomato dishes for a subtle parmesan-y taste. It’s also packed with B-vitamins including B12, which is very hard to come by as a vegan. 

Hello, cheesy lasagne!  Soak cashews for an hour in hot water, then rinse off. They become soft & can be blended to create a super thick & creamy texture. Use this combined with unsweetened almond milk, nutritional yeast, salt, pepper & spices to create a delicious bechamel alternative. 

Fancy making your own cheesy sauce? Just add pasta!

Vegan Cheese Sauce Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1small onion, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp mustard powder or 1 tsp Dijon
  • Pinch cayenne
  • Panko breadcrumbs (optional)

 Method

  1. Heat Tbsp oil in a small saucepan on medium. Add onion 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper and cook covered, stirring occasionally until tender, 8 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in cashews, mustard powder and cayenne. Add 1½ cups water and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until cashews are tender, 10 to 12 minutes. 
  2. Transfer mixture a blender, add nutritional yeast and ½ cup water and puree until smooth. Transfer mixture back to saucepan and cook, stirring occasionally until thickened, 6 to 8 minutes. 
  3. Toss with pasta and serve sprinkled with extra nutritional yeast or panko breadcrumbs.

 

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