WIAW: Vegan Broccoli ‘n Cheese Sauce

Helllllllllllloooooooooo everybody! I can’t believe how fast this week is flying by…it’s already Wednesday? Wha?! I hope you have all had a wonderful Hump Day filled with delicious foods and things that made you smile! 😀 <- Like that! Haha!

So here we are for another round of What I Ate Wednesday, hosted by the lovely Jen of Peas & Crayons! It’s her birthday today so why don’t you stop by and leave her some comment love?

I seriously had NO clue what to make for breakfast this morning! I kinda wanted oats…I kinda wanted eggs…I really wanted a green smoothie, but guess what…no spinach! 🙁 Challenge or no challenge, Heather is going to the store first thing on Friday for some greens!

The best way to use up veggies: Salad

The best way to use up veggies for breakfast: Omelet!

Breakfast (7:15am)
1 egg + 2 egg whites omelet, bagel thin topped with light cream cheese, mini peps, and garlic gold, and a cup of 1/2 caff qua-fee! 😉

Omelet stuffings: steamed broccoli, nooch, and TJ’s roasted red pepper & eggplant spread and topped with scallions and cilantro

And of course I had my candy vitamins for dessert!

Lunch (12:oopm)
Salad Trough…this bad boy polished off almost ALL of the produce left in the fridge!
16 ounces water

What’s in the bowl:

  • green leaf lettuce
  • corn
  • mini peppers
  • shredded chicken breast
  • a “hidden” mound of refried beans
  • salsa
  • avocado
  • nooch
  • black olives
  • Mrs. Dash Chipotle
  • and some of Garden of Eatin’s Red Hot Blues (because I can!)

Snack (4:30pm)
So I found these triscuits in the cupboard…I have no idea how long they’ve been up there, but surprisingly they’re not stale…alright! Snacktime! 😉

I enjoyed my little snack with some hot lemon ginger tea…the others were also consumed at various points in the day…the ONLY thing that keeps me warm in fahreezing hospital temps!

And now for dinner…

For the past few days, I’ve been thinking about what to do with the 3 pound bag of broccoli I picked up on my last trip to Sam’s. I’ve done well polishing off about half the bag, but being a week and a half out from moving means it’s time to get serious!

Dinner (8:00pm)
Whole wheat mac topped with vegan broccoli ‘n cheese sauce


…a side of broccoli to kiss on!

Do you ever dream about future recipes? Because I totally had a dream about this last night and it came out EXACTLY how I imagined!

Vegan Broccoli ‘n Cheese Sauce

  • 1 cup soaked cashews, drained
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups steamed broccoli
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
  • salt to taste (I used Mrs. Dash Table Blend instead)

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Adjust seasonings as needed to taste.

I LOVE making cashew cream sauces! This tastes just like a bowl of cream of broccoli soup!

If you’re curious about more cashew sauces, check out these two recipes of Spabettie’s!

Wow, looks like I had a nooch filled day! Haha! What’s not to love? If you are unsure of what nutritional yeast is exactly, it is a deactivated yeast that is frequently used as a cheese substitute due to the cheezy, nutty flavor that it has. It is packed FULL of wonderful B-vitamins, protein, and fiber! It can be purchased at most health food stores or you can buy it online here.

Haha! I just realized this recipe made it just in time for St. Paddy’s Day!

Don’t forget to wear your green tomorrow! You don’t wanna get peenched!

Nutritional yeast: yay or nay?

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38 Responses to WIAW: Vegan Broccoli ‘n Cheese Sauce

  1. YAY for Nutritional Yeast!!! 😀

    Your Salad looks divine!!!


  2. your broccoli sauce just gave pesto a run for its money. yes i’m trying this. and yes I may dream about it too! =)

  3. maybe I DO wanna get pinched! 😉

    thanks for the saucy cashew love – cashews are my Very Favorite!! this looks GOOD – I’ll have to try it when Jason’s out of town – I am slowly getting him to like broccoli more, but I think this may take a bit! 😀

    I love gummi vitamins too… <3

  4. You know I give eight thumbs up to nutritional yeast… yes, I borrowed some thumbs. 😉

  5. I love nutritional yeast! I’ve never made a cashew-based sauce before. I used to have a serious nut aversion, so I’m still warming up to the idea of them!

  6. Carlee says:

    Your salad bowl looks yummy!!!

  7. paijery says:

    Omgsh yum yum yum!! All your eats look fantastic!! I’m sooo drooling over that mac n cheese!

  8. Mrs. Fish says:

    Great looking mac and trees! 🙂

  9. lindsay says:

    brilliant! I love it Heather. And cashew cream sauce is better than real cheese to me!

  10. Jen says:

    I’m in love with your salad and I think I need that bad boy in my life…like today! Love your breakfast too!! Dang, totally forgot it was St. Patrick’s Day!

  11. Katherine says:

    Nutritional yeast = YAY 🙂 !!!

    I love making mac and cheese with it, and I really like your idea of doing a broccoli cheese sauce!

  12. I LOVE me some nooch. I don’t use it enough!

  13. I LOVE THIS SAUCE!!! i have yet to try a cashew based cheeze sauce.. im always too skeptical!! UM LOVE YOUR MONSTER SALAD!! that is beastly!

    • Girl, you have GOT to get on the cashew cheese band wagon…especially with your new vegan diet! It’s AHHHHHMAZING! I swear it tastes just like it has cream in it…so rich and smooth!

  14. Definitely YAY! I had it years ago and I think what I had was bad because I tried it again a few months ago and I LOVE it on EVERYTHING! Your eats look so good yesterday. I hope you have a great day!

  15. Your mac and cheese looks yummy! And I love that it’s green for St Patty’s! 🙂

  16. Nutritional yeast scares me a little bit. I would want to try a little first before I buy a whole thing, but I definitely would give it a shot, though I don’t know if I would like it or not.

  17. caitlinoco says:

    I am such a fan of how much tea you drink! And a BIG YAY for nooch, best topping ever!!

  18. LauraJayne says:

    Love your eats! Your tea selection looks like mine – I drink so much tea at work because they keep the temperature so low!

  19. Ma Ma Megan says:

    YAY! I love nooch. Your cheesy sauce looks yummmay 🙂

  20. Yay on nutritional yeast. Your broccoli cheese sauce look so freakin’ good. YUM!

    And I know this is not new, but I just have to say I love how your header photo changes with each post. Too cute!

  21. cbrady3 says:

    OOh another yummy cashew cheeze sauce! And I LOVE nooch!

  22. Catherine says:

    Hey! From the sound of it, you’re moving on the 26th? We are actually out of town on the 25th and 26th with a church thingy. But, if you want help setting stuff up the 27th, or the next week getting things together/unpacking, we will be more than happy to help. Call me! 😀 Love you!

  23. Hi Heather, just checking in to see how the packing/moving is going. Looks like you’re still eating a beautiful array of foods. By now, I’d probably be down to a box of oat bran and 2 sticks of Kerrygold butter. 😉

    Love topping my salad with crumbled chips, and I am LOVING the sound of that broccoli cheese sauce. However, I think I told you steamed broccoli has been banned from our house. CD got tired of our house smelling like poop every night. So, how about you have a house warming party once you get all settled in your new place and make me some. I’ll bring the Red Hot Blues for dippin’. Why is it I’m always inviting myself over and demanding you make me food? Hehe. 😉

    • Haha! I don’t mind one bit! I’d love to share my new big and beautiful kitchen with you! Come on over!

      The packing was slightly halted since last weekend. Hard to get anything done when you’re working 10 hour shifts, but tomorrow, I’ll be back and going strong. This weekend is pack up the kitchen weekend…and yes, it will probably take ALL weekend!

      Oh and thanks for willing some of that Arizona sun my way! It looks like it’s going to get up to 75 degrees tomorrow! Can you believe it?!

  24. Namaste Gurl says:

    Ok, you are AMAZING. Everything you created is so right up my alley, and I smile with excitement at them all.
    I loved HEAB’s dessert- bean hummus, so I’ll have to give yours a try! Although, I don’t own any green food coloring, so maybe i’ll just use a pinch of spirulina ;-)?
    And we do indeed eat the biggest salad beasts in the blogworld! Sometimes I can’t even finish mine, their so big, but delicious, to say the least!
    Have a good day!

  25. Namaste Gurl says:

    By the way, it’s seriously SCARY how alike we are in food and health preferences. Maybe about other things, too, not sure 😉
    Love all your meals, and truly, no lie, almost identical in size and ingredients to mine!
    You should make Emily’s (Daily Garnish) vegan broccoli- cheddar soup. It’s aamazing. Uses a lot of broccoli, and better yet, one of your favorite ingredients: nooch!

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  30. alison says:

    I purchased nutritional yeast today! I seriously had a “what would Heather buy” list at the little natural market I went to lol. I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks 🙂

    • Haha! Love it! Let me know how you like it! I think it’s best when mixed in really well to whatever you’re planning on eating, like this recipe or with warm roasted or steamed veggies, baked potatoes, or you can even try mixing it in hummus!

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