First: my cheesy lentil toss recipe. This recipe doesn’t have exact measurements, except for the sauce. I figured everyone could make the amount they wanted based on preference and family size. I made mine 50/50 lentils/rice ratio and just added veggies I liked for flavor and nutrition.
Cheesy Lentil Toss
Rice and/or quinoa
Sweet bell Peppers
Yield: 1 1/3 cups sauce
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened, unflavored almond milk*
- 3/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/8 cup coconut oil or margarine
- 1/8 cup flour
- 2-4 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced (chopped very small) or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- Salt and pepper, to taste (to your own liking)
- Melt oil in a pan on stove top
- In a separate bowl, mix flour and milk until all clumps are gone
- Mix nutritional yeast into bowl with milk and flour
- Add contents of bowl to pan with oil
- Add dijon mustard and seasoning to sauce in pan
- Whisk until sauce thickens, about 5 mins**
*(or cashew, hemp, rice, coconut, soy milk)
**If sauce is too thick add more milk,
if the sauce is too thin add more flour
Mix cheese sauce with ingredients in cheesy lentil toss. Can be eaten as a bowl or wrap.
I like to keep nutritional yeast at home at all times. Mostly because I make this cheese sauce all the time. I also use nutritional yeast for macaroni and cheese, almond parmesan, cashew ricotta and basically all things vegan and cheesy. It is not a perfect flavor match to cheese but it tastes good and is yellow. It also is full of many vitamins, especially B12 which is a supplement required to be healthy. No plant food contains significant amounts of B12, and a lot of people receive their daily B12 requirement through consumption of animal products. B12 is responsible for creating DNA, nerve and blood cells, and is crucial for a healthy brain and immune system. It helps the metabolism run smoothly. Not getting enough B12 daily can lead to exhaustion, rapid heartbeat, disorientation and brain fog. Adults over 50, people with regular digestive issues and strict vegetarians or vegans are at risk of a deficiency due an inability to absorb it. It can be supplemented in through a daily vitamin pill or with 2 teaspoons or more of nutritional yeast. Learn more about nutritional yeast in this post.
Let us make healthy yummy choices, that we enjoy!
Namaste, from my heart to yours,