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.
Every parent’s dream: a nutritionally sound and delicious sauce that kids will beg for!
Benefits of The Vegan Cheese Sauce Loaded with Vegetables!
- 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 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.
- 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!
Veggie Packed Vegan Cheese Sauce
- 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
- 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.