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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Try some healthy "liquid gold"


     I can only image the marketing meeting for Velveeta cheese and they were trying to find some way to market probably one of the worst products you can put in your body.  Gold color, liquid product----let's put the two together.  I have also noticed that this marketing campaign seems to be directed to young men.  Probably mothers are too smart to be taken in with this campaign.  Here are the ingredients for Velveeta:
milk
water
milkfat
whey
whey protein concentrate
sodium phosphate
milk protein concentrate
alginate
sodium citrate
apocarotenal (color)
annatto (color)
enzymes
benzoate
cheese culture

    I once had someone tell me the two products you will not want to eat after watching it made are hot dogs and Velveeta. But I have some good news for you if you want to make a healthy product that I guarantee you no one will know it is not Velveeta cheese.  The recipe is below.  I takes a little time to make but it keeps in the refrigerator for a long time.  Combine it with some chopped broccoli and add to a bakes potato or macaroni and indulge to your heart's content.

Real-Deal Nacho Cheeze

1/4 cup raw cashews
1 1/2 cups cold water
2 ounces pimientos (half of a 4 oz. jar)
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
1 (4 ounce) can diced green chilies (optional but SO GOOD!)

INSTRUCTIONS
1. SOAK CASHEWS IN HOT WATER WHILE COMBINING THE REMAINING INGREDIENTS (EXCEPT CHILES) IN A BLENDER. IF YOU DON’T HAVE A HIGH POWERED BLENDER, SOAK CASHEWS FOR AN HOUR OR TWO IN HOT WATER FIRST. OVERNIGHT IS EVEN BETTER.
2. ADD CASHEWS TO BLENDER AND PROCESS ON HIGH FOR 1-2 MINUTES.
3. COOK IN A SAUCE PAN OVER MEDIUM HEAT, STIRRING CONSTANTLY, UNTIL THICK. ADD CHILES AND SERVE OR USE IN OTHER RECIPES THAT CALL FOR CHEESE SAUCE.

Blend ingredients except for cashews

 Add cashews and blend for 1-2 minutes

 Done blending

 Heat and stir until thickened

 Add green chiles (if using)
Ready to serve! Tell me that doesn’t look like the real thing!?!



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