My children often refer to it as “nacho cheese,” but this vegan cashew cheese sauce can be so much more! We have used it to top baked potatoes, chili, and tacos. It is great as a sandwich spread, and we try to have it on hand when grilling burgers and hot dogs. We enjoy using it as a dip for fresh vegetables.
Oh, I forgot to mention. If you mix this cashew cheese sauce into warm pasta (make sure to choose a small, sturdy pasta), it makes a perfect vegan mac and cheese!
Reserving the water, place all other items in a food processor or high speed blender.
Pulse or run on low setting to break down cashews and combine ingredients.
If using a Vitamix with a hot soup setting you may add in water and use your preset.
If using a food processor or high speed blender without a heat setting, you will want to heat your water before adding it in. (This will help activate the cornstarch.) Blend on high until sauce is a creamy consistency.
When I moved into my first apartment, my mom gave me a recipe box filled with blank cards. At that point in my life, “winging it” and “semi-homemade” were my mottos in cooking. I asked her to write down her recipe for potato chip cookies in case I wanted to venture into the world of baking from scratch. I have been a vegetarian for almost nine years now and a vegan for over six of those years, so almost all of my baking is now done from scratch. When I heard that my mom was making these cookies for Christmas, I decided to make vegan potato chip cookies. A quick peek at the recipe for a refresher, I realized that it would be easy to make a vegan version as it didn’t require eggs. Continue reading →
Back in September when we traveled to Boston, we made sure to stop by FōMū in the Allston neighborhood. One of my biggest initial holdouts in becoming vegan was my love of ice cream. Ten years ago, the vegan options were on the lackluster side. In the past few years, though, flavor and base offerings have expanded past the traditional. We were excited to visit an all vegan ice cream shop where nothing on the menu was off limits. The biggest dilemma we faced was narrowing down from the many options that were offered.
Micah chose avocado, Maeby picked chocolate brownie, and Abram went with cookies and cream. I shared some of my hot fudge brownie sundae (with salted caramel and s’mores ice cream) with Stephen. Continue reading →
Today is a sleepover day for my little ones. It is actually Abram’s first sleepover, which reminded me that I hadn’t shared what we did the last time Micah and Maeby spent the night at my parents’ house.
Abram has recently become interested in trains, so we knew that we wanted to take the train into Philly. (Bonus: taking the train beats the hassle of having to find parking in the city.) We made our way into Midtown and headed to Green Eggs Café. Stephen had been daydreaming about their chicken & waffles benedict since the last time we went, and I was craving their vegan french toast. Abram and I split a vegan french toast and an order of rosemary home fries. Continue reading →
It is no secret that I love Ikea. When we were living in Philadelphia, we would find ourselves there a few times a month. We would grab our complimentary Ikea Family coffee, and make our way through the showrooms for inspiration. As much as my little Ikea experts love testing out all of the rooms, there is something they love to do even more while we are there: eat!
Ikea might seem like a strange place to go to for the food, especially for vegans. I wondered what I would be able to eat there once I became a vegan since my go-tos were hot dogs or cinnamon buns. I quickly discovered their salad bar and soup offerings (it isn’t always available, but their lentil soup is loaded with vegetables and very filling). Then there came an announcement earlier this year: Ikea was going to start serving a vegan take on their Swedish meatballs.
With all of this nesting, comes redecorating and shuffling rooms around. We needed to make a trip to Ikea to pick up Abram’s big kid mattress, so we could transition him into his shared room with Micah. When the kids found out we were going to Ikea, they immediately asked if we could eat there. I didn’t tell them about the vegan Swedish meatballs, so they were surprised when Stephen brought them three kid’s meals featuring this new-to-them food. It didn’t take long for them to clear their plates. In fact, it took me longer to finish my meal because I was trying to savor the sweet potato sauce (which was rich and creamy).
Micah and Maeby have been playing “Ikea” with their play kitchens, and keep raving about the vegan meatballs. I am sure we will need to make another visit to Ikea soon for whatever reason, and we will definitely be ordering their vegan Swedish meatballs again.