Spice up your next friendly gathering, or solo snack session with this delightfully-dippable Vegan Smokey Cashew Queso Dip!
It’s no secret at this point that we here at NS are big-time fans of snacking. We also believe that the best healthy snacks include recipes that not only taste delicious but also check some of the nutritional boxes. Using lightly toasted raw cashews and almond milk gives this Smokey Cashew Queso dip a boost of protein.
Finding substitutes for dairy isn’t always easy. Especially when it comes to mimicking the texture of a perfectly creamy cheese sauce. In our home, we’ve personally tried numerous store-bought options, most of which were packed with extra oil and preservatives.
By adding a few tablespoons of nutritional yeast, you get a big boost of B vitamins, while adding the perfect “cheesy” flavor. The real game-changer came from a recipe created by chef and author Kenji López-Alt where he uses a potato to improve texture. Once cooked, the natural starches from the potato give this dip a smooth “cheesy” texture, without the use of dairy.
At Nutrition Stripped, our philosophy is practicing mindful eating and eating an abundance of plants and whole foods. This can look different for everyone and doesn’t have to mean you label yourself as vegetarian, pescatarian, or vegan unless you’d like to. The important part is that we’re all working towards being mindful of where our food comes from and consuming more of these nutrient-dense foods.
Drag it through the garden
Looking to jazz up your Smokey Cashew Queso Dip with all the bells and whistles? Here are some of our favorite ingredients that take this dip to the next level.
- Chopped peppers and red onion
- Diced avocado and tomatoes
- Black beans
- Crumbled tempeh
- Fresh cilantro
Did someone say batch-cooking? Whether you’re a seasoned batch-cooking vet, or just learning the ropes, this plant-based Smokey Cashew Queso Dip is the perfect recipe to incorporate into your repetoiré. It’s quick and easy to make, packed with healthy vitamins and nutrients, and stores perfectly in our favorite glass containers.