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Not bad, actually...

So Steve (rootbeer1) and I stopped by Rainbow Grocery the other day on the way to driving me to work. Our main goal was to get some nutritional yeast flakes so I could experiment with vegan mac and cheese recipes (see previous post). Today for lunch I tried one of the recipes for cheese sauce that I found online, cooked up a pound of penne, added the sauce, turned it into a baking dish, sprinkled with bread crumbs and a drizzle of olive oil, and baked for half an hour. It really isn't bad---cheesy-enough tasting to fool some people at first bite. Definitely a nice dish in its own right, especially for the lactose-intolerant. The cheese sauce itself was a good consistancy and pretty darn good for having no actual dairy in it. I went ahead and ordered the source cookbook from Amazon because I'm curious about what other things can be made from yeast.

Here's the recipe:

Melty Nutritional Yeast 'Cheese' Sauce
from The Nutritional Yeast Cookbook by Joanne Stepaniak

* 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
* 1/4 cup cornstarch
* 2 Tablespoons flour
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
* 2 cups water
* 1 teaspoon mustard
* 1/2 cup vegetable oil (to reduce fat, I have successfully reduced the oil by
1/3 to 1/2, but don't tell on me)

Mix the dry ingredients in a saucepan.
Whisk in 1 cup of water and cook over medium heat, whisking constantly until it thickens and bubbles.

Remove from heat and whip in 1/2 cup oil and mustard.
Put back on the heat and slowly add the remaining water.

Cook until thickened and bubbly (it will have the consistency of a nacho cheese sauce).
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