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Nachos with Low-fat Vegan Chipotle Cheese Sauce
Recipe reprinted with permission from Artisan Vegan Cheese ©2012 Miyoko Schinner, Book Publishing Co., Summertown, Tennessee.

You won't have to feel guilty about eating nachos when you use this sauce, which is delectably creamy and gooey but nutritious and low in fat too. Pour the sauce right over your favorite chips, and add beans and salsa if you wish. No need to bake the nachos.

1 cup cooked and mashed butternut squash
3/4 cup plain, unsweetened non-dairy yogurt (such as Wildwood, WholeSoy or a home-made version)
3/4 cup water
1/2 onion, quartered
5 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
1/4 cup raw cashews
3 tablespoons tapioca flour
1/2 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, more as desired
1 teaspoon of salt

Put all the ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth and creamy, occasionally stopping to scrape down the blender jar and move the mixture toward the blades. Transfer to a heavy medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon until thick and gooey (2 to 5 minutes).

The chipotle in adobo sauce in this recipe adds a wonderful smokiness that's balanced nicely by the sweetness of the butternut squash.

Makes about 3 cups or 12 servings. Per serving of sauce: 59 calories, 3g protein, 2g fat, 8g carbs. STORAGE: Keeps fresh for about 4 days in the refrigerator.

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