Why did I buy nutritional yeast? Because it is a widely-used cheese (flavor) substitute. And because I wanted to try a cheese sauce from Kids Can Cook: Vegetarian Recipes by Dorothy R. Bates. This is a vegetarian/vegan cookbook with lots of old favorites in it: Cocoa Pudding Cake, Magic Coconut Pie, Blueberry Muffins, Monkey Pull Apart Bread, Vegetable Soup, etc. There are also some easy vegan recipes like Tofu Pot Pie and Melty Cheeze Sauce. Almost all of the ingredients in the easy-to-follow recipes can be found at any grocery store, and the recipes are kid friendly. We’re very happy with this cookbook and have been using it frequently since it arrived last week.
My only complaint is that the recipes calling for tofu (“Toofuuu!”) don’t indicate what variety (soft, firm, extra firm) is best. Also, the black and white photos of kids cooking are quite dark and hard to see, if you care about that sort of thing.
Melty “Cheeze” Sauce from Kids Can Cook
Mix in a 1-quart saucepan:
1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes
1/2 c. cornstarch
2 T. flour
1 t. salt
2 c. water
1/2 c. canola oil
1 t. wet mustard
Cook and stir until the sauce thickens and bubbles. It will get thicker as it cooks and can be thinned down with a little more water.”
We served this sauce with a dinner of ham, broccoli, and baked potatoes. The kids liked it; Scott thought it needed more flavor. I might add a little cayenne or something next time.