Cauliflower and Cashew Cheeze Sauce

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I have to be honest.  Cauliflower was never one of my favorite vegetables.  However, when I stopped eating meat and dairy and started exploring different vegetables and fruits and ways to make different dips and sauces, I really started to develop a taste for this cruciferous vegetable.  I actually prefer it raw now and love the taste (especially when dipped in sun-dried tomato hummus).

Cruciferous veggies, like cauliflower, along with broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, collard greens and bok choy, have great medicinal benefits.  Of course the number one reason why I started to eat them is that they have been linked to a significant reduction in breast, prostate, colon, ovarian, and bladder cancer.

They also are a great source of dietary fiber.  They are high in antioxidants, which help to prevent heart disease, cancer, and stroke.  They are loaded with B vitamins.  They can also aid in weight loss.

Cauliflower also has omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin K which helps to prevent chronic inflammation which can lead to arthritis, chronic pain, and bowel conditions.

So, here is a great recipe to try out using this super vegetable.

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Ingredients

1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or use soy or rice milk)
2 cups steamed cauliflower
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 cup raw cashews
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon paprika
dash of sea salt and pepper

Directions

Place all of the above ingredients into high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy.  A Vitamix with actually make the sauce hot and ready to pour on your favorite pasta, baked potatoes, raw or lightly steamed vegetables, or dunk some whole grain or sprouted bread into it for a fondue.  If you don’t have a Vitamix just pour the sauce into a pan after blending and heat it up.

This sauce is thick and rich and reminds me of the old Tetrazzini sauce that is full of butter, heavy cream and white flour.  But this sauce you can actually eat without feeling bloated and guilty with a belly full of rich, high fat and calorie sauce, because your actually eating a vegetable!

Enjoy!

-Kristen
Choosing healthy living over dying 🙂

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