i can’t believe its not queso
Cauliflower is the unsung hero of the vegetable world. It’s yummy on its own, but it can also make non-dairy sauces and soups creamy and is a healthier stand-in for the less glucose-index-friendly potato, and even (gasp!) replaces meat, on occasion.
In our 1/4 vegan household (one out of four of us is vegan), we use cauliflower a lot to stand in for cream. We also lean on cashews to create a luxurious creaminess when we don’t want to use dairy. But since we’re only ONE quarter vegan, any recipe we veganize needs to pass muster with the meat-eating dairy-lovers in our family. This recipe fits the bill, having been dubbed, “I can’t believe it’s not queso” by my carnivorous, cheese-adoring teenage son. He likes this queso a lot. Which is a minor miracle that I attribute to using BOTH cauliflower and cashews for the combined one-two-punch of non-dairy creaminess.
If you’re getting ready to entertain a crowd for game day and find yourself wondering how to side-step an exclusively meat and cheese laden menu, may I offer up this creamy, delicious & oh-so-dippable, you-won’t-believe-it’s-not-cheese, queso.