Paleo Queso Dip (Dairy Free)

Last night I hosted a movie night with some of my girls.  The only requirement for movie night was yoga pant attire.  I have missed the yoga pants being back at work, they seemed to have consumed my summer wardrobe!  Anyways…moving onto the food.  I wanted to create some ‘junk food’ but be able to eat it.  So I created the Paleo Queso Dip.  The queso was made with cashews.  If you have not experimented with soaking cashews and then blending them, it makes an amazing creamy goodness.  Let’s be honest, what really is in the block of thick yellow cheese we buy at the store to make queso?!?!

I served the Paleo queso dip and told them to be honest with the texture and taste.  They all agreed it was great (they went back for seconds).  This would be served great over chicken or with Mexican food.  I’m going to use pepper slices today to eat the bit of leftovers I have (this is a dish you eat until the last drop).

The ingredients call for nutritional yeast, this is different from yeast you buy in little packets at the store.  I buy my nutritional yeast in bulk at my local Co-Op.  Nutritional yeast is packed with vitamin B and gives a nutty/cheesy taste to meals.  Nutritional yeast is very inexpensive and an easy way to get a cheesy taste without the dairy.

 

Paleo Queso Dip

Paleo Queso Dip

Ingredients:
1 cup raw cashews (soaked 4 hours)
1 can diced tomatoes with chiles
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1/2 lemon juice
3 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon taco seasoning
 
Directions:
1.  Place cashews, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, water, salt, taco seasoning and the juice from the diced tomatoes into the blender.
2.  Allow this to blend until all mixed together and it is smooth and creamy.
3.  Move mixture into a bowl and stir in tomatoes and chiles.
4.  Serve warm
 
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