Vegan Cheese Sauce Loaded with Vegetables!
Vegan Cheese Sauce Loaded with Vegetables!

Vegan Cheese Sauce loaded with Vegetables

Do you know what really bugs me?

When I slave over the stove for a good hour or so while my kids run through my legs, throw toys around, and drive me a tad bit bonkers and then they refuse to eat the meal. Are you kidding me? Is this payback for my crazy teen years? haha!

p.s. I’m sorry mom!!

It took me a bit of time but I finally figured it out. Kids like simple.

Kids like what they know, kids like what they can dip and kids like what looks good.

So today, I am honored to present my kid-approved (every single time) Vegan Cheese Sauce Loaded with Vegetables!!!

This sauce has it all. It has three different types of veggies (you can add more if you would like!) and a flavor that is out of this world. No cows, goats or other animals were used and abused for this sauce. I promise it will be a new staple in your home for years to come.

Vegan Cheese Sauce with Vegetables

Every parent’s dream: a nutritionally sound and delicious sauce that kids will beg for!

Benefits of The Vegan Cheese Sauce Loaded with Vegetables!

Potatoes

  • The iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, and zinc in potatoes all help the body to build and maintain bone structure and strength.
  • Keep the peel on! A ton of vitamins and minerals are in the peel 🙂
  • Potatoes contain a great amount of fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Manganese, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Niacin, and Folate.
  • Potatoes are rich in compounds like flavonoids, carotenoids, and phenolic acids. These compounds act as antioxidants in the body by neutralizing potentially harmful molecules known as free radicals.

Carrots

  • Carrots are a particularly good source of beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants.
  • They’re a weight-loss-friendly food and have been linked to lower cholesterol levels.
  • Orange carrots get their bright color from beta carotene, an antioxidant that your body converts into vitamin A.

Zucchini

  • Rich in several vitamins and minerals like Vitamin A, Manganese, Vitamin C, Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamin K, Folate, Copper, Phosphorous, Vitamin B6 and Thiamine!
  • Raw zucchini offers a similar nutrition profile as cooked zucchini, but with less vitamin A and more vitamin C, a nutrient that tends to be reduced by cooking.
  • Zucchini boasts several antioxidants that may provide various health benefits. The highest levels are found in the skin.
  • Zucchini is very rich in water which is beneficial to healthy digestion.

Sunflower Seeds: To read our full article on these amazing seeds, click here!

So now that we have talked about some of our amazing ingredients, let’s get cook’n!

Vegan Cheese Sauce with Vegetables
Vegan Cheese Sauce with Vegetables

Veggie Packed Vegan Cheese Sauce

This will 100% be a new weekly staple for you. If you have kids, this may be a bi-weekly staple! This cheese sauce is so delicious and nutritious....we put it on EVERYTHING!
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, kid approved, vegan, vegetable packed
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 137kcal

Ingredients

  • 1-2 garlic cloves peeled, pressed and minced
  • 1/2 small onion roughly chopped
  • 3 large potatoes We use russet or yukon. Scrub and chop. Peel if you wish.
  • 3 large carrots Peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 large zucchini roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds soaked overnight and rinsed/drained
  • 6 tbsp nutritional yeast Add more as needed
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice Fresh squeezed
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar I am a white wine vinegar fan
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp mustard (brown or yellow) You can also try dijon. I find that each mustard gives this a different (yummy!) taste.
  • Dash Turmeric Powder

Instructions

  • If you forgot to soak the sunflower seeds, no worries. Just pour some boiling water over the seeds and let sit while the veggies cook. Rinse and drain when done.
  • Peel the carrots. Roughly chop the potatoes, carrots and zucchini. Add to a large pot of water and boil until fork tender. This should take about 10 minutes.
  • From here, carefully remove the veggies and place into a high speed blender with the rest of the ingredients. Blend until smooth.
  • Taste test and adjust. Sometimes I will add in some more vinegar, sea salt or even lemon juice. It all depends on what your taste buds are craving! I rarely need more nutritional yeast but again, it's all up to you.
  • Store this sauce in a large mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 6 days. Use on everything! I love to serve this with homemade french frieds, nachos, as a soup with some sourdough bread, over some toast or even with a load of veggies for dipping.

Notes

**Add any veggies you like. Broccoli does beautifully in this recipe!!
***Can substitute sunflower seeds for silken tofu, cashew nuts or omit. 
***Add more turmeric for more yellow color. 

Nutrition

Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 262mg | Potassium: 749mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3673IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 4mg
Vegan Cheese Sauce Loaded with Vegetables!

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How to Juice Ginger for the Month!
How to Juice Ginger for the Entire Month!

How to Juice Ginger for the Month!

My secret weapon. My liquid gold to survive the chaos that is two toddlers who love to keep me on my toes every second of every day.

Ginger. Pure ginger baby.

You can probably already tell by our feed that I’m not the biggest fan of juicing. While I love to drink a fresh juice, I absolutely dread the dishes of my juicer. But…alas…I discovered a magical short cut to fresh juice each day without the bells and whistles. Ginger infused water 😍

How to Juice Ginger for the Month!

Pick up an extra-large chunk of organic ginger, toss in the juicer and juice! Be sure to juice the entire chunk of ginger (I like to juice about 8 inches).

Grab a huge pitcher or 2 extra-large mason jars and fill them 90% with water. Squeeze in a lemon and lime and then 1 tsp – 3 tsp of ginger juice (depending on your taste). *I go with 1 tsp. You will have lots of ginger juice leftover from the bulk juice, so just pour that into tiny ice cube trays and save.

You will be set with your ginger for the entire month!!!

I drink a ginger juice a day (or even two depending) and it has helped me so much with my water intake in the heat and keeping my energy levels up without any crash. You can also add brown sugar, maple syrup or whatever else you like into the water mix. Have fun with it!

How to Juice Ginger for the Month!

Ginger Juicing in Bulk

My little trick for enjoying fresh ginger juice every single day without all the work!
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Course: Drinks, how to
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bulk, easy, juicing, quick
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 1kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Large Chunk of Ginger Juice as much as you wish!
  • Cucumber slices
  • Lemons
  • Water
  • Maple Syrup

Instructions

  • Set up your juicer and dice the ginger into small pieces to fit into the juicer without issue.
  • Juice as much ginger as you wish (this all depends on how much room you have in the freezer!).
  • Pour the ginger juice into ice cube trays and freeze.
  • When ready, add the ginger cube into a large pitcher of water and mix with a bit of maple syrup, a squeeze of lemon, a few cucumber slices and whatever else you wish!

Notes

**I highly recommend using small silicone ice cube trays like this one!
**This is our recommended juicer for the best juice 🙂 
Yes, you can absolutely juice ANYthing that you want and store in the ice trays for the future. 

Nutrition

Calories: 1kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 1g

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Homemade Vegetable Packed Pasta Sauce
Homemade Vegetable-Packed Pasta Sauce: Two Ways!

My Favorite Homemade Vegetable-Packed Pasta Sauce that I make…

Every Single Week (x2)!

This is it: this is the recipe that will save your butt in a jiffy. I think the best thing about this recipe is that you can substitute AS MUCH as you wish. You can use absolutely any variety of vegetables, fresh or frozen, in this recipe. As long as it blends, you can add it.

Each and every week our family tries out a brand new recipe version of this basic recipe. Some of our favorite vegetable swaps include:

  • Zucchini
  • Eggplant
  • Mushrooms
  • Broccoli
  • Bell Peppers
  • Sun-dried tomatoes

And, while we are on the subject of substituting, I also love to add in the following on any given day:

  • Hemp seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Pecans
  • Cashews
  • Pepita seeds

While I urge you to have as much fun with this as possible, I also encourage you to try to stick to the ingredient amounts for best taste. If you substitute the cauliflower for broccoli or zucchini, I advise you to stick with the 1 cup amount. The same goes for the seeds and nuts.

If you are a big spice lover like me, get crazy and add in 2 jalapeno peppers if you wish!

Homemade Vegetable Packed Pasta Sauce

If it blends, you can toss it into this homemade vegetable-packed pasta sauce recipe!

P.s. I highly recommend this Food Processor as I am a bit in love with it at the moment (and for the next 15 years).

Benefits of This Sauce

  • Easily allows you and your children to reach the recommended daily amounts of vegetables by blending! It’s like a smoothie in a pasta dish (in all the good ways – I promise).
  • Picky Eater Approved! I have yet to meet a child who does not love a blended pasta sauce. Even better if you let the child participate in the creating of this magical sauce. Let them toss in the veggies and the ingredients! (FYI: You can also turn this into a soup with just 2 cups of vegetable broth).
  • Turns a simple Pasta dinner into the most nutritionally packed dinner of the week: There is almost no way that any other meal can beat this one once you have added all of the amazing ingredients. Feel free to add any extras like…
    • Turmeric
    • Moringa
    • Rosemary
    • Kale
  • Allows even the most hectic and stressful day to become a nutritionally conscious one. Parenting is HARD. Heck…just living is hard sometimes. I promise that this meal will check off all of your boxes and allow dinner to come together in under 10 minutes.
  • Budget-friendly: This is about as budget-friendly as you want it to be. Some pasta sauce, a can of beans, random veggies (on sale perhaps?) and some spaghetti? It’s a winner!

Homemade Vegetable Packed Pasta Sauce

Kid-Approved Veggie Packed Pasta Sauce

This is one of my sons absolute favorite versions of this homemade sauce!
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Course: how to, Main Course, Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: easy, Easy Pasta, homemade nut butter, quick
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 49kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 30 oz Jar Pasta Sauce
  • 1 can cannelini beans
  • 1 cup cauliflower
  • 1 cup spinach loosely packed
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 small bunch fresh basil
  • Any additonal seasoning that you wish to add

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to food processor and process until well blended.
  • Cook pasta according to package direction.
  • Once pasta has finished cooking, drain well and then mix with homemade pasta sauce. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 125mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 404IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg
Homemade Vegetable Packed Pasta Sauce

Spicy Veggie Packed Pasta Sauce

While my children love the mild version of this sauce, I am all about the spice!
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Course: how to, Main Course, Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: easy, Easy Pasta, quick, spicy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 119kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 30 oz Jar Pasta Sauce
  • 1 can cannelini beans
  • 1 cup spinach packed
  • 3/4 cups walnuts (any nut/seed will do)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed If sensitive to spicy foods, use a small amount of jalapeno at a time
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 pinch sea salt and black pepper

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to food processor and process until well blended.
  • Cook pasta according to package direction.
  • Once pasta has finished cooking, drain well and then mix with homemade pasta sauce. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 122mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 404IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 2mg

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Nut Butter Recipes
How To Make Your Own Homemade Nut and Seed Butter!

Quick Tips & Tricks

How To Make Your Own Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter

Easy, Quick and Delicious!
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Course: Breakfast, how to, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy vegan pasta, homemade nut butter, quick
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 15
Calories: 118kcal

Equipment

  • Food Processor

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsalted shelled peanuts OR dry roasted peanuts your choice!
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • Pinch of Salt

Instructions

  • Add peanuts to a food processor/high-speed blender and let it run for about 1 minute.
  • Stop and scrape down the sides.
  • Food process/blend again for another 5 minutes, until creamy.
  • If you would like to add a little bit of maple syrup or a pinch of salt, add now and food process/blend again for 30 more seconds.

Notes

Store in a mason jar in the refrigerator and consume within 1 month.

Nutrition

Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 151mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

How to make your own cashew butter

How To Make Your Own Cashew Butter

Quick, Easy and Delicious!
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Course: how to, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, how to make your own cashew butter, quick
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 15
Calories: 143kcal

Equipment

  • Food Processor

Ingredients

  • 3 cups unsalted cashews

Instructions

  • Add cashews to food processor and process for 1-2 minutes. Scrape down the sides and process again. Continue to scrape down sides every few minutes until about 12 minutes have passed. Let the food processor run until the cashew butter is very creamy. If this is your first time, add one more minute to when you THINK it is down. I promise it can get creamier!

Notes

Store in a mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.

Nutrition

Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 170mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 2mg

How To Make Your Own Almond Butter

How To Make Your Own Almond Butter

Easy, Delicious and Nutritious!
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, easy vegan pasta, how to make your own almond butter, quick
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 20
Calories: 129kcal

Equipment

  • Food Processor

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Now, you can simply add the almonds to the food processor/high-speed blender and process until smooth and have nut butter, but roasting them is just so yummy!!
  • Preheat oven to 350F/175Spread almonds out over the baking sheet and toast for 10 minutes (stir halfway through).
  • Let almonds cool down until warm and add to food processor/blender. Process/blend until creamy while scraping down the sides every few minutes or so. This takes me around 10 minutes but it can take up to 15 so be patient. Grab a book!
  • If using the optional flavors, add in after the butter is creamy and process again for another minute.
  • Let the butter cool down and then transfer to a mason jar.

Notes

Store in refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.

Nutrition

Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 1mg

How To Make Your Own Sunflower Butter

How To Make Your Own Sunflower Butter

Easy, Simple and Delicious!
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, how to make your own sunflower butter, quick
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 20
Calories: 124kcal

Equipment

  • Food Processor

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F/175Spread sunflower seeds out over the baking sheet and toast for 20-25 minutes (stir halfway through).
  • Let seeds cool down until warm and add to food processor or high-speed blender. Process/blend until creamy while scraping down the sides every few minutes or so. This takes me around 10 minutes but it can take up to 15 so be patient. Grab a book!
  • Do not add the coconut sugar and salt until the seed butter is creamy (minimum 10 minutes).
  • Let the butter cool down and then transfer to a mason jar.

Notes

Store in refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.

Nutrition

Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg

how to make your own tahini

How To Make Your Own Tahini

Easy, Quick and Delicious!
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: easy, easy vegan pasta, quick, sesame seed butter, tahini
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 15
Calories: 115kcal

Equipment

  • Food Processor

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sesame seeds
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil *Optional* I typically would not recommend oil added into any butter, but this is a huge preference to many tahini paste lovers!

Instructions

  • You can simply process/blend the sesame seeds all natural, but roasting them in a skillet does WONDERS for flavor.
  • You will need a dry cast iron skillet or a heavy non-stick skillet. Heat over medium and add the seeds. Stir frequently until they begin to brown and then remove immediately and pour into blender/food processor with extra virgin olive oil (if using). Process/blend until nice and creamy

Notes

Store in a glass jar for up to 4 weeks in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 195mg | Iron: 3mg

how to make your own pistachio butter

How To Make Your Own Pistachio Butter

Quick, Easy and Delicious!
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, how to make your own cashew butter, pistachio butter, quick
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 15
Calories: 142kcal

Equipment

  • Food Processor

Ingredients

  • 3 cups shelled pistachio nuts
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F/175Spread pistachios out over the baking sheet and toast for 6-8 minutes until fragrant. I like to keep an eye on them to make sure they do not burn and stir around 4 minutes.
  • Let nuts cool down until warm and add to food processor or high-speed blender. Process/blend until creamy while scraping down the sides every few minutes or so. This takes me around 10 minutes but it can take up to 15.
  • Do not add the optional flavors until creamy.
  • Let the butter cool down and then transfer to a mason jar.

Notes

Store in refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.

Nutrition

Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 255mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 102IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg

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