2020: 24 Days of Waste Reduction – Day #7

Vegan queso? That looks like real cheese? Yes. It exists, and it is delicious! Hot for Food has perfected this recipe: https://www.hotforfoodblog.com/recipes/2015/01/22/nacho-cheese/

The best part of this recipe is that you can make it so cheaply, and with ingredients you likely already have at home. The recipe post also includes substitutions you can try if you’re missing ingredients. Vegan queso, or any queso that is store bought can be fairly expensive for a small jar. You also end up with all of these small jars you have to either recycle or find ways to repurpose. Not only is this a really cheap option, but you are also using ingredients that are pretty easy to find bulk (i.e. carrots, potatoes, oil, spices, etc) and there is no extra packaging required. We don’t typically use tomato paste in ours, mostly because we don’t want to open a can of it just for this recipe, and the colour and taste is still great. We store ours in an airtight container for up to a week, but honestly it rarely lasts us 2 days.

Our favourite ways to eat this:

  • As a chip dip and for nachos
  • Our ‘cheese’ in macaroni and cheese
  • Cheesy chili fries
  • As a topping or spread in our version of the Buckingham’s Big Crunch wrap
  • A cheesy broccoli topping

Got extra carrots or potatoes you’re not excited to eat? MAKE THEM INTO QUESO. You won’t regret it.

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