Hello my lovelies, so last week I shared a photo of our vegan cauliflower cheese on my social media channels and a lot of you were interested in how we made our vegan cauliflower cheese so I thought I would pop it here on the blog for you. I know that not a lot of my readers are vegan, but I also know that there are quite a few people who need to have a dairy free diet, or have little ones that need a dairy free diet, so it’s always good to share these little tricks and make it easier for people to find recipes the whole family can enjoy.
I have to say when I first saw how this was made I didn’t expect it to taste particularly cheesy. Obviously it does have a different taste to it, but when you’re dairy free it is a fantastic dupe and the children were happily fooled and really enjoyed every mouthful. I have been watching a lot of vegan recipe YouTube channels and I’m going to write a post about my favourite ones to watch soon. There are so many ideas. This recipe is over on Pinterest for a vegan nacho cheese sauce but it works fantastically over cauliflower cheese. This would also be amazing with enchiladas, chilli with nachos, packed with vegetables you like for a cheesy pasta sauce. I’m so excited that we found it and want to say thank you to Jess Beautician for her Vegan June videos as they are giving us so many ideas. Jess is such a lovely person, she always chats to me on snapchat and answers any questions that I have. She also is really thoughtful and provides me with nut free alternatives to her recipes as she knows that I have an allergy. It’s quite difficult being a vegan that can’t eat nuts. So, back to the vegan cauliflower cheese.
3 medium potatoes
1 large carrot
6 tbsp of nutritional yeast (Jess advised me on this to make it extra cheesy)
1 tbsp of lemon juice
1 tbsp of garlic powder
a pinch of paprika
salt and pepper to season
I started by peeling and chopping up the potatoes into approximately eigths, just basically to a good size that they can soften thoroughly when added to boiling water. Also the carrots were peeled and chopped. This was added to pan of boiling water to cook until soft. While I was waiting for those to soften I also prepared the cauliflowers, getting rid of all the leeves and chopping up the heads ready to go into another pan of boiling water so that it could soften up too ready to go into the baking dish when the sauce was ready.
Once the potatoes and carrots were soft, ours took quite a while, maybe 15 minutes, we then kept a cup of the water it had been boiled in and added that with the carrots and potatoes into our food processor and blended it up until smooth. The children took turns in turning the dial on as they wanted to be involved. I should also add they were munching raw carrots the whole time too. I can’t cook anything without them wanting some of it to snack on while they wait. Once this was nice and smooth I added in the rest of the ingredients and seasoning and blended that back up for another minute.
The children all had a taste at this point and I knew straight away that the sauce was approved. I laid out the cauliflower in my baking dish and covered it in the “cheese” sauce and cooked for around half an hour. It was so tasty, they all enjoyed it, and I thought about what a good side dish it would be to spice up a roast dinner (without meat for us obviously). If anyone has good ideas for a vegan roast that doesn’t involve nut I’d be really interested, please comment and leave me links to any alternatives you can suggest.
Well, there you have it vegan cauliflower cheese, it was so delicious. The only issue for us is when you’re cooking for 6 it just didn’t seem enough. Might have to make more next time if we had it as a main and not as a side. Our little clan were not bothered though as they scoffed down some more fruit afterwards instead.
If you’d like to see other places I get ideas from please check out my Pinterest : Vegan Comfort Food board.