The Greatest Wealth is Health ~ Virgil
So one of my favorite foods in the world was Velveeta Cheese Dip with rotel…. I would make it for any gathering that I had, take it to any gathering I went to or even just have it on weekends. I speak for many when I say that shit is delicious, BUT it is oh so disgusting. I have missed it since going plant based, but NOT REALLY since I have learned how disgusting it is and how bad it is for you. Here is a bit about it.
- Invented by Emil Frey, he combined leftover and broken bits of cheese with whey and other ingredients to make a smooth, meltable product and launched Velveeta Cheese Company in 1923… 4 years later it was bought by Kraft Foods.
- Today Velveeta is made with milk, whey protein, milk fat, food starch, and other ingredients, along with annatto and apocarotenal for color.
- Velveeta has a whopping 800 milligrams of sodium, which will raise blood pressure, overwork your heart and contribute to heart failure
- fat in the cheese makes the blood thicker and requires more effort for the heart and blood vessels to move that thicker blood along, resulting in a rise in blood pressure
- hormones from the cow
- Pus, yes Pus here is a good article on how much Somatic Cells(Pus) are allowed in your glass of milk or slice of cheese from Nutritionfacts.org How much pus is there in milk?
So looks like cheese, Velveeta being the worst, spells TROUBLE!!
Unfortunately the dietary guidelines recommend having dairy products as a “Healthy Balanced Diet” causing people to indulge in this HIGHLY PROCESSED food that the main ingredient is what is supposed to be for baby cows(baby calf growth formula). Why you ask, does the USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services say this food is healthy? Short answer, Money and Politics… I might just have to do a whole other post on that but for now lets get to the good stuff…
Good to the taste buds, good for the body and cruelty free… Here is my Nacho Cheese Sauce… You can dip chips in it, use it on tacos, quesadillas, nachos, taco salad and really anything you like cheese sauce on. The flavor and texture are not compromised so here it is!
- 4 potatoes
- 2 carrots
- 1 white onion
- 1 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1-2 teaspoon cumin
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon chilli powder (more if you want it spicier)
- salt/pepper to taste
- salsa 1-2 cups or 2 cans of rotel for the whole batch
*Measurements on the spices are approximate. Taste once finished and add more if needed.
Start by peeling and cutting the potatoes, carrots and onion.
Put the cut up veggies in a pot, fill to top of veggies with water and bring to a boil. Once boiling let simmer for 20 minutes or until veggies are soft.
Put all the ingredients into the blender and blend. I usually put the cashews in first followed by seasonings, and then the veggies. I add the salsa once everything is blended.
Put into a serving bowl and serve with your choice of chips.
The kids will dip their tacos in it, we will drizzle on our tacos, we have made quesadillas, nachos etc. Sooo delicious, and good for you as well. This makes a lot and freezes well. I would just separate it into little batches before you freeze it to make it easier to grab and reheat smaller portions.
While there is more to a healthy diet than cutting out cheese this is a great step to make. An amazing book with a plethora of science based information on how cheese and dairy is bad for you and what ailments are helped by eleminating it is The Cheese Trap by Dr. Neal D. Barnard. Click the link below to purchase your copy.
The health problems cheese causes are extremely common. So much so that most people assume they are just part of life. Educate yourself, and choose health!
Here is another article that I wrote on dairy. Go check it out too!
Share with your family and friends! I hope you enjoy! Let me know if you try it and how you like it!
References: The Cheese Trap by Dr. Neal D. Barnard