I’m essentially pretty lazy, although sometimes I put a positive spin on that and call myself “efficient.” I’m always looking at processes — cooking-related or otherwise, and thinking: “There has to be a faster/easier/better/less painful way…” If I weren’t so lazy, I could probably be some kind of a efficiency expert…

That’s the mentality that got me to invent the 4 minute cheeze sauce that’s the base of this spinach dip recipe. Yes, 4 minutes from start to finish.

It’s revolutionary.

I’m not just using that word cause I am too lazy to click on over to the thesaurus. All of the nut-based cheeze sauces that I’ve seen use whole nuts and require a few hours of soaking time. This one starts with almond flour (aka almond meal), nullifying the need for any soaking or prep time whatsoever.

Turning the cheeze sauce into the dip takes just a few more minutes: sauté some spinach, julienne fresh basil, mince roasted garlic, add a squeeze of lemon juice and you are done!

If you’re serving it in a bread bowl, as pictured above, the clock’s going to tick for a few more minutes while you carve out the bowl, but still, we’re talking a fast appie here. You can also make the whole thing ahead of time and store in the fridge for a few hours with the cheeze right in the bread — and then heat and serve. This is a great party option for a mixed crowd of  vegans, vegetarians, reducetarians, and carnivores. ⠀

Also, if you’re gluten-free or low carb or just don’t want the bread bowl, it’s tasty served on its own, with some dippers. Here it is with some store bought veggie chips. Yum, right?

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And really, you don’t have to reserve this just for parties. Do like I did 3 days ago and have it with some green beans for a snack-y kind of lunch. Because, yes, it was in the fridge and I was too lazy to make something else.

Exhibit A:

Spinach Dip [Dairy-free, vegan, plant-based]
Spinach Dip [Dairy-free, vegan, plant-based]

Ingredients

  • 4 minute Cheeze Sauce recipe x 3 {except the salt. Start with 1/4 teaspoon and add more to taste}
  • 6 cups of fresh spinach
  • oil to sauté the spinach
  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil, julienned
  • 1.5 tablespoons roasted garlic, minced {or substitute 1 teaspoon garlic powder}
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • optional, for serving: 1 loaf of round bread, your choice. {Sourdough, white, and whole wheat would all be good.}
  • optional: 1 or 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Make the cheeze sauce, using only 1/4 teaspoon of salt to start with. You can just leave the cheeze sauce turned off in the pan, while you cook the spinach.
  2. In a large frying pan, add a small amount of oil and heat and then sauté the spinach until wilted. Remove from pan, put in a strainer, and press out extra water and then chop the spinach into small pieces.
  3. Add the spinach, basil, garlic, and lemon juice into the cheeze sauce and stir well. Taste and add salt and pepper if you like.
  4. Serve as is, with some dippers, or make a bread bowl:
    • Using a serrated knife, carve out a big circle of the bread.
    • Sliced the carved out bread into cubes for dipping.
    • Pour the cheeze sauce into the bread bowl. You can serve like this, or even better, put it on a baking sheet and heat the bread bowl and the bread cubes for 10 minutes or so in a 275 degree oven. This way you get a warm dip and slightly crispy cubes to dip into the gooey cheeze sauce. If you are making it ahead, refrigerate until you want to eat, and then heat it up.
  5. Enjoy!!

Share with Your Lazy/Efficient Friends!!

I’d love it if you’d share this with all the lazy/efficient people you know!!

PS – I’ve got one or two more cheezy recipes coming up and then I’ll be getting back to my Make it a Meal series, where I make plant-based meals with vegetarian and omni-friendly options. Read more about my mission here.

PSS – Don’t forgot to follow not not via WordPress, Facebook and/or on Instagram @notnotnutritious

Sylvia

 

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