Plant-Powered Queso

Inspired by: Clean Food Dirty Girl’s 5- Minute Instant Pot Cheesy Sauce

Spicy, creamy and totally cheesy, you won’t believe this queso is vegan and veggie based! You will never need another Queso recipe. This is the one.


2 cups peeled and chopped potatoes (or about 3 medium-sized potatoes)
1 cup chopped carrots (1 large carrot) 1 small onion, chopped

3-4 cloves fresh garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
1 tsp ground turmeric, or 1 Tbsp chopped turmeric root if available
2 cups vegetable stock or water
1⁄2 cup soaked and drained raw cashews (or substitute 1⁄4 cup sunflower seeds or 1⁄4 cup ground flax seed)
1⁄2 cup nutritional yeast
1-2 tsp hot sauce or 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne powder
1 tsp salt

Serves 10. Nutritional information per serving: Calories 64; Fat 1.5g; Carbohydrates 9.5g; Protein 4.6g


Soak cashews in hot water for 15-20 minutes, drain, rinse and set aside.

Cook the veggies, garlic and turmeric in stock or water in a medium saucepan at a medium simmer until carrots are no longer crunchy, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool slightly and carefully add stock and cooked veggies to a blender (or leave in the pot if using a hand immersion blender).

Add soaked cashews, nutritional yeast, hot sauce and salt, blend until smooth, 1-2 minutes. Carefully remove the blender lid if the sauce is still hot. Adjust seasoning to taste and enjoy this veggie sauce that tastes great on pasta, broccoli or on top of your Mexican bowl.

Store this sauce in a tightly sealed jar in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for a quick anytime meal or snack.

It can also be made in an Instant Pot, by adding all ingredients in the pot, set to manual for 5 minutes, with a quick steam release. Cool slightly then blend until smooth.


  • Max Brennan

    Max Brennan is a passionate wellness seeker on a journey to learn and share the secrets of living well. He is also the CEO at Hum@n Media, the publisher of SILVER Magazine.

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