One of the best feelings is finding a recipe that is truly a healthy hack on a comfort food favorite. This baked cream spinach is just that. It's composed of sautéed spinach and onions, with a deliciously creamy cashew cheese sauce, and sprinkled with crushed cashews and nutritional yeast for optimal cheesiness. Enjoy by the spoonful or on a piece of crunchy bread.

Baked Creamed Spinach [Vegan]

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Serves

6

Cooking Time

15

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 red onion

For the Cheese Sauce:

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked in hot water for 15 minutes
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon tahini sesame paste

For the Topping:

  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 garlic clove (optional)
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Preparation

To Make the Cheese Sauce:

  1. After soaking the cashews in hot water for 15 minutes, drain them and transfer to a blender.
  2. Add vegetable broth and tahini. Process until smooth.

To Make the Spinach:

  1. Preheat oven to 390°F.
  2. Wash the spinach and chop the onion. Put a teaspoon of your favorite oil in a pan, fry the onions and the spinach briefly.
  3. While the spinach and onions are cooking, make the topping by simply putting the cashews and nutritional yeast, plus spices, in the bowl of a blender or food processor. Pulse until crumbled.
  4. Put the spinach-onion mixture in a baking dish and distribute the cheese sauce. Garnish with the topping and bake for around 10 minutes.
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