Non-Dairy Cashew Sauce, Spicy Queso, by Beyond Better
Bust out the organic corn chips and the steamed broccoli: the best queso sauce ever to hit your dairy-free plate is here. Beyond Better's sauce starts with the two secret weapons of veganism: cashews and nutritional yeast. When those come together with spices and spicy peppers into this mix, the result is, well, NACHOS. You can't get easier than this: add hot water, stir, thicken, and then nosh away to your heart's content. ~
For the true, true stories behind this incredible foodstuff, read on.
Vegan cheesy queso sauce that tastes amazing and is made from real, all organic ingredients is here. Time to celebrate: Beyond Better's Spicy Queso Cashew Sauce will have you craving some steamed broccoli. Sounds crazy, but I don't kid.
Sometimes it's easy to look a little askance at foods that try to make up for a missing flavor or texture. Gluten free pizza, anyone? But honestly, whomever figured out how amazingly smooth the texture of cashews can be was a saint. And THEN, add on the knowledge that good quality nutritional yeast tastes really cheesy and you're on the way to making vegan cheese. And here we are: convenient, whole food based vegan cheese sauce mix.
What makes it special? The most important thing is taste, of course. Healthy food that tastes weird isn't going to make it on our plates. Mix up this sauce and stick a spoon in to try a sultry nibble. I bet you'll look at the ingredients once again just to make sure they didn't sneak some dairy in. They didn't.
Why Beyond Better Cashew Sauce is so amazing:
It starts with both cashews and fresh almonds. The delicious ingredient pile-up continues: Organic Tapioca, Sea Salt, Organic Herbs and Spices, Organic Chili Powder, Organic Onion, Organic Garlic, Organic Acacia Fiber (Prebiotic), Organic Red Bell Pepper, Organic Turmeric, Organic Yellow Mustard, Organic Cayenne, and just a few natural emulsifiers. It's all here. This recipe does not skimp on the complexity of a well-built flavor profile. This is greater than the sum of its many parts, leading you to wonder how on earth this delectable sauce is vegan.
Not only that but each ingredient is sourced well, organic when possible, completely non-GMO and paleo friendly. Some folks even use this on their reset diets, finding the simple ingredients a-ok for a paleo plan.
Here are some of the amazing ingredients in Beyond Better Cashew Sauce:
Like most nuts and seeds, cashews are a great source of dietary protein, healthy fats, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Here are some of the wonders of cashews
Protein: Cashews have almost 6 times the protein of whole milk.
Healthy fats: Cashews have a rich supply of oleic acid, a classically beautifying oil, great for skin and hair. It also reduces your blood triglyceride and low-density lipoproteins (LDL), and elevates your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) concentration. Cashews are also rich in linolenic acid, which can effectively lower your blood pressure, and also has antioxidant properties which defend your blood vessels from free radicals.
Antioxidants: Cashews contain a small amount of zea-xanthin, an important pigment flavonoid antioxidant, which is selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea in the eyes, providing protective UV ray filtering functions and helping to prevent age-related macular degeneration.
Vitamins: Cashews are an excellent source of vitamin K, which is indispensable to maintaining healthy bones, and has tumor suppression abilities. Studies have shown that increased intake of vitamin K lowers the occurrence of prostate cancer in men, and is effective in both prevention and treatment of cirrhosis and liver cancer.
How to enjoy your Beyond Better Cashew Sauce:
Easy! Add ½ cup mix to 1 cup water in sauce pan and stir. Bring to boil over med-high heat while stirring. Boil and stir 30 seconds until thick. Add water as needed & enjoy! Sauce will thicken as it cools.
- Toss with veggie (or rice) noodles
- Drizzle over any fish
- Create your own salad and toss this over as dressing
- Better than mayo on a grass-fed burger!
- How about baked sweet potatoes with this sauce poured over?
About Beyond Better, in their own words:
"Accommodating the dietary twists associated with food allergies, including soy, gluten and casein (dairy) proteins, meant relearning how to bake and create meals. Rich creamy cheese is a hard thing to avoid, so Kerry set out to make herself a cheese alternative that was delicious, quick to make, and didn’t go bad after opening. She honed her recipe for Beyond Better® cheese sauce mixes as a convenient way to satisfy her cravings for creamy dishes, maintain an allergen-free diet, and even a vegan diet.
While living in Colorado, Kerry met Greg and they started Boulder Vegans, LLC to bring Kerry’s flavorful, nutritious organic sauce and dip mixes to you. Beyond Better products are great for many special diets, including auto-immune, anti-inflammatory, IBS, vegan, paleo, dairy-free, soy-free, grain-free and gluten-free. Beyond better can help reduce the stress that humans have on the planetary ecosystem, and on animals used for food. Beyond Better offers a convenient way for people to take care of their own health, while fulfilling a dream that creates joy in our lives."