Gluten Free, Dairy Free Cashew Queso with Sautéed Spinach


Cashew Queso with Sautéed Spinach

Gluten Free

Dairy Free

Makes 2-4 servings

Keeps up to 5 days in the fridge

When I make my almost daily trip to Central Market in Dallas, one of my very favorite departments to meander through is the cheese department. I have a love affair with all things cheese! And, there are so many different varieties to learn about and try.

But, that doesn’t mean that I can eat as much cheese as I’d love to. It just doesn’t always sit well with me. So, I look for alternatives when I can. That’s why I decided to play around with this Cashew Queso dip. And, I have to say, it’s quite a stellar substitute! It doesn’t really taste a whole lot like cheese, but, with the consistency and the spinach, it’s such a great and addictive dip.


I hope you'll give it a try!


What You'll Need

For blender

1 cup of raw cashews

3/4 cup hot water (you may need to add a little more, a Tbsp at a time, if consistency is off)

2 garlic cloves, chopped

2 Tbsp nutritional yeast

Cayenne Pepper

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste


For sautee

Handful of baby spinach

Half of a shallot, diced

1 Tbsp olive oil

Tbsp chopped green onions, diced


Preparation

Blender

* Place all blender ingredients into a blender and process until smooth. You may need to add a but more water or a few more cashews, just until it is the consistency you want it to be.

* Pour into medium sized mixing bowl. Set aside.

Sautee

* Place olive oil into a small skillet.

* Dice shallot and clean spinach so it's ready.

* Turn heat to medium and start to heat oil. Add shallot immediately and stir heating until shallot is just turning translucent.

* Add spinach and heat just until the spinach is wilted and covered in the olive oil. This happens very quickly with spinach, about 3-4 minutes should be enough.

* Remove from heat.

* Fold the spinach mixture into the cashew mixture just before you want to serve. Fold gently.

* Place dip into a serving bowl, top with diced green onions, and serve warm!



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