Thursday, August 4, 2022

Plant Based Everything But the Elote Queso Dip

 Hello friends! Before I start on this recipe today I have to say that I cannot take credit for this one! I really just mashed up two recipes I liked, then tweaked them a bit in order to make my usual plant based queso a little bit tastier. The original queso recipe comes from Earthy Andy, and the Everything But the Elote comes from the Cooking Through Trader Joe's cookbook. Another caveat: while the Earthy Andy's recipe is 100% plant based, apparently the Mexican Style Roasted Corn sauce has a little bit of dairy, and you sprinkle cotija cheese at the end, so this is mostly plant based, but not 100%. Regardless, it's a "queso" that you can feel good about eating because it is loaded with vegetables but you feel like you're eating cheese. Not bad if you ask me!

Here's What You'll Need:

- 2 cups of potatoes, peeled and chopped

- 1 cup of carrots, peeled and chopped

- 1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped

- 4-5 cloves of garlic, chopped

- 1/2 cup salted cashews

- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast

- jarred jalapeños (this is to taste, so add as many as you prefer)

- 1 bag Trader Joe's Mexican Style Roasted Corn

- 2 teaspoons Everything But The Elote Seasoning Blend

1. Add the potatoes, carrots, onion and garlic to a medium size saucepan with a little olive oil or water. Cook over medium-high heat and stir frequently for about 10 minutes. 

2. Add 2 cups hot water, stir and simmer for 20 minutes. 

3. While vegetables cook, begin to prepare Mexican style corn by following the directions on the package. Do not add the cotija cheese at the end. We save it for the very end of this recipe. Once corn is ready, remove from heat and set aside. 

4. Drain vegetables into a colander and let cool slightly, 3-4 minutes. Pour all vegetables into a blender with cashews and nutritional yeast. Add 1/4 cup water and begin to blend. If it needs more water, slowly add more until desired consistency is reached. Add Everything But the Elote seasoning and jalapeños until you reach desired taste. 

5. Pour queso into large bowl and slowly stir in corn, reserving a little corn at the end to put on top. Move desired amount into your serving bowl, sprinkle cotija cheese on top, add extra corn, then a dash of Everything but the Elote. Enjoy with your favorite chip!

If you make this recipe, please let me know! I'd love to know your thoughts!

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