Grilled Quesadillas with Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce

Quesadillas were a staple of my diet in my early 20’s. Sometimes I would run out of cheese so then I would just use butter instead. Yes, butter on a tortilla for dinner…ah to be 24!

Here is a much healthier version of a quesadilla with a really delicious nacho “cheese” sauce. I have made several vegan cheese sauce’s, and over time I have developed a love for them. The thing you have to get over though, is that they taste ABSOLUTELY NOTHING like real cheese. I actually think the only similarities are the yellow color and the nature in which they are used.
Important note: At first this sauce looks runny and not too appealing. But after heating it up for a few seconds in the microwave or stove top it gets really nice and thick, just like a proper nacho cheese sauce. It’s really good for veggie dipping too!

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I ate a version of this quesadilla all week and it was delish. Sometimes I would add tofu in to the mix and eat it like a burrito. It’s all good!

I don’t think I really need to explain the concept of a quesadilla or burrito. Obviously you take a tortilla and fill it with whatever goodness you want to eat. For these I used:
Ezekiel tortilla
black beans
sometimes tofu
cilantro
avocado
vegan chili cheese sauce (see below)

Place the tortilla in a pan over low heat. Add ingredients including sauce. Heat through and eat!

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Lilly is doing well and continues to be her usual sleepy, cute self.

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Her fingernails have gotten so long! Since she never walks she doesn’t wear them down. I have cut her nails myself since I got her and I don’t know how she does it-but she is SO STRONG! I swear, she could fight off 10 men at once if they tried to clip her nails. Ok that’s a slight exaggeration. Over the weekend my husband held her and I clipped her nails. Now we just need to do that every week for the next 6 weeks to get them to an appropriate length.

Ok, cheese sauce!

Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce
1 cup water
1 cup cashews
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1.5 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Place all ingredients in a blender or magic bullet and blend until smooth. Heat the sauce to make it thick. Store in the refrigerator.

I’m so excited the Winter Olympics start today! Have a great rest of the week and weekend!
Laura

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One thought on “Grilled Quesadillas with Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce

  1. Hola

    So excited about the Olympics too!! Glad someone else is also. I always watch. Thanks for the brussels sprout idea. I like them anyway but this will be a nice twist.

    patricia

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