Post by Pearl on Dec 15, 2012 10:42:05 GMT -5
It’s a sauce… it’s a dip… no, it’s a soup. This recipe can transform into all three and help transform your waistline in the process.
I grew up with cheese sauce poured heavily over veggies and potatoes and it was my absolute favorite comfort food. In fact my Mom called me "Cheese sauce and Custard" as a nickname because these were my top two favorite foods.
That sauce was a loaded Crossover to say the least. It was made from a roux of flour and butter, then copious amounts of carby milk plus a large packet of grated cheese. I was on a growth track all the way to just shy of six feet (yes I’m tall) so I could handle it. Now though, it would pad my thighs and behind very efficiently.
After finally being able to indulge in custard once again, a light bulb went off in my head recently on how to bring back cheese sauce into my life Trim Healthy Mama style. I know we have a recipe in the book “Creamless Creamy Veggies,” that uses a great cheese sauce but you guys know I am a psycho purist and I don’t use Laughing Cow cheese wedges thank you very much Pearl!
I love this new recipe because it is so quick, it truly is a meal in a minute. So even you Drive Thru Sues will love it. There, we have something in common! Also it is a Fuel Pull so it can go with any meal style.
It is another cousin of the very simple, very low calorie Hot Custard recipe (found here as a stickie) but on the savory side of the family.
Transformer Cheese Sauce.
1. Bring a kettle of water to a rolling boil (or boil some water in a saucepan).
2. In a blender put 1/3 – ½ oz. of the sharpest cheese you can buy. If you’re a purist like me, you might want to treat yourself and buy the raw Romano sheep’s cheese from Costco. It is called Kirkland Pecorino Romano. It doesn’t say raw, but this brand is. It is also lower in fat and calories than most cheese, so feel free to use a full ½ oz in this sauce. This brand is great for other Fuel Pull meals like egg whites as it gives a lot of flavor with just a little bit. If you hate sharp cheese, just trust me, the sharpness is needed to give the flavor since we’re only using a small amount.
3. Add 1 Tbs. Parmesan cheese ( the green can kind is fine) plus 3 very good pinches sea salt (we use Celtic salt), ½ clove fresh garlic, 1 chunk of raw onion (about 1 oz) and to add more flavor without harshness - a sprinkle of each garlic and onion powder. Add a few shakes of black pepper and some cayenne pepper if you like spice. Add an optional Tbs. of nutritional yeast. This kicks the sauce flavor up a notch but if you don’t have it, don’t worry.
4. Pour boiling water into the blender up to the one cup mark. Turn on to low.
5. Add 3/4 tsp. Glucomannan powder while blender is running then turn to high and blend for a minute and a bit.
6. Turn off blender. Taste and tweak then blend a bit more until desired thickness is reached. You can always add more boiling water if it gets too thick.
This can be poured over freshly steamed broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, konjac noodles cut smaller for mac n cheese, or eat right out of the cup for yummy, cheese flavored indulgence. My children love to use this like a Mexican cheese dip and dunk in blue corn chips or hot buttered whole wheat pitas. You don’t do that of course. But you can dunk with any of our cracker recipes in the book.
Recently, one of our family favorite meals is this sauce made into a quick soup. I triple the recipe ingredients, make as directed then pour into a sauce pan. Thin further down with chicken broth or stock, either from your own butchered chickens or from your supermarket, depending on which woman in our book you relate to most. Whisk it all together until a creamy soup consistency. Remember if it gets too thin, you can always sprinkle in some gluccie from a shaker and whisk like crazy to thicken up more.
You can add meat, veggies, sausage, ham (turkey ham or bacon bits)… whatever. It’s another good option for a Fuel Pull dinner if you only use lean protein and non starchy veggies. Children can eat toasted pita and butter with it and you can just sit there indulging spoonful by spoonful while getting skinny.
My eldest son still at home, Arden, who is 15, loves the idea of junk food. You can see him here enjoying this sauce. He calls it ‘bad for you stuff’ because it tastes so good. You’d swear it is choc full of cream, butter, milk, a pound of cheese and maybe some potatoes. If it’s not quite cheesy enough for you, you can add a little more cheese and it will be a light S. Nothing wrong with that.