Do you think “healthy + cheese sauce” is an oxymoron?
Well, I would agree if you’re referring to the nacho cheese sauce you get at baseball games. But I think this cheese sauce recipe is healthy. And here are a few reasons why…
First, I use arrowroot powder rather than refined white flour for the thickener. Refined white flour causes your blood sugar to spike and has no nutrients, but arrowroot powder doesn’t have these negative properties and is easily digestible and believed to have some medicinal value (Mountain Rose Herbs). I like Bob’s Red Mill Arrowroot Powder and I use it to thicken sauces and gravy.
Second, I use pastured butter like Kalona SuperNatural butter. It’s butter from grass-fed cows and contains no added hormones. Read about the health benefits of eating grass-fed butter here.
Third, I use whole raw milk in this recipe. I don’t heat the sauce very much, just enough to melt the cheese and let it thicken, so the probiotics found in the raw milk will remain. I love the raw milk that I buy at Real Foods. Raw milk is non-homogenized and non-pasteurized–really just straight from the cow. Read about the benefits of drinking raw milk here.
And lastly, I use high quality cheddar cheese like this Organic Valley Grassmilk Raw Cheddar Cheese or this Kingdom Sharp Cheddar cheese that can be found at Costco. I also like the raw cheddar that Redmond Farms produces and sells at Real Foods Market. Using high-quality cheese will make all the difference in differentiating your sauce from the plastic nacho cheese stuff.
I like to pour this cheese sauce over cauliflower, boiled potatoes, broccoli, and baked potatoes. It adds some flavor and zing to a veggie + meatless meal. Enjoy!
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1 Tbsp arrowroot powder
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
- ¼ tsp unrefined sea salt
- ⅛ tsp pepper
- Add butter to a saucepan and melt over medium-low heat.
- Put the arrowroot powder in a cup and add about 1 Tbsp cold water to it, whisking until smooth.
- Add the arrowroot slurry to the butter and mix briefly.
- Pour milk into mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until combined.
- Cook and stir over medium-low heat until mixture thickens, about 3 minutes.
- Stir in the cheese until it's melted and smooth.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Serve hot over vegetables or potatoes.
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