Vegan White Bean "Fondue" Dip with Veggies
I usually do my best to stay away from what I call "cheater" recipes during Lent. By that I mean trying to replicate an everyday recipe in a vegan fashion. I don't really have a problem with it, it's just not how I cook in general.
This recipe is one of my few exceptions. I don't really consider it a "cheating" recipe because we never have fondue in our house, so to us this is just a neat way to eat bean dip- ha! However, I think the nutritional yeast in the recipe kind of screams [PRETEND CHEESE] haha. Sounds like I'm in denial, right?
I love how the dip all comes together so quickly! You can assemble the whole thing in 10 minutes. Again, this allows for more family or prayer time, and less time that your toddler can spend clinging to your leg asking to be picked up. ha!
This is another recipe from my girl over at My New Roots. I love everything she makes because it's always simple, mostly vegan and cheap! One amazing thing I've learned from reading her recipes is that white beans are a fantastic way to make your recipes creamier, denser, and richer in protein all in one go! That handy-dandy trick is showcased beautifully in this recipe!
Some ingredients you may or may not have seen before:
Nutritional Yeast: This is a flaky, deactivated yeast that is frequently used as a natural cheese substitute because of it's cheesy flavor. You'll see shortly! You can find in almost any grocery store nowadays - it's usually in the health-food isle.
White Miso: This is a fermented soybean paste that is actually great for your digestive system and can be used to make miso soup! I like to keep a little jar on hand and drop a tablespoon or two into some warm stock when my family starts to get sick - it's very versatile! You can find this in the refrigerated section of your health food store.
If you don't already have these in your home, I highly recommend purchasing them for this recipe and playing around with them! They really make this dip special!
I usually serve this dip family-style on the table along with a big bowl of dipping items. These include things like:
- Slices of baguette
Honestly, just chop up whatever is easy and you know your kiddos will eat! Have fun!