Junk Rethunk: Knockout Nacho Cheese Made from Nuts

In my 10+ years of living in Pittsburgh I have only been to one Steelers game. When I think of it, I think of nachos.

It was late December, the temperatures were nearing negative, and I was desperate to warm up. I made the journey to the concession stand and got myself a plastic container of nachos. By the time I returned to my nosebleed seats, the neon yellow cheese was nearly frozen.

Of course I still ate them, adding to my already prominent discomfort from the weather.

I’m a sucker for sports game favorites, bar food, and just general junk. Since I went plant-based I have continued to get my kicks from many a French fry, tater tot, fried pickle, and the like, which is… not the greatest decision. Old habits die hard.

Lately I’ve been brainstorming ways to rethink those junky gems.

Enter: Nacho cheese made from nuts.

Creamy Cashew + Coconut Nacho Cheese

1 cup Raw, Unsalted Cashews
1/4 cup Coconut Milk
1 – 2 T Nutritional Yeast
1 t Turmeric
1 t Smoked Paprika
Salt to taste
Water to thin
1 T Cholula (or hot sauce of your choice)
Squirt of mustard

  1. Pour boiling water over cashews and let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Drain cashews, add to blender with remaining ingredients.
  3. Blend on high speed until smooth, adding as much water as you’d like to get desired consistency.

I have to admit I was pretty annoyed that I didn’t have any fresh cilantro or jalapeños on hand to garnish this plate with.

The tomato slices were merely added for some needed color, and I made peace with the muted green, canned jalapeños.

I think I need to get over myself. This is, after all, junk at heart.

And I am, after all, still the girl who ate nearly frozen nachos at a Steelers game in December about 8 years ago. I’m just happy that this new iteration that doesn’t leave me with a stomachache, and it tastes damn good.

What junk would you like to see rethunk?



Betsy Brockett was diagnosed with Mesothelioma at the age of 28, and continues to thrive despite the challenges that cancer has created in her life. Holding a degree in Art & Visual Technology from George Mason University, Betsy expresses herself through writing, photography, painting, pottery, and more. She is most often found cultivating, creating, practicing/teaching yoga, or simply enjoying the beauty of life.

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