Repeat after me. I will never buy processed cheese product ever again. Say it again.
Kraft actually had to create a new category of food in which to put Velveeta because it didn’t fit any of the FDA’s categories. It’s is labeled and sold as pasteurized prepared cheese product. There are other brands and recipe variations out there, but it comes down to this: it’s not natural and it’s not healthy.
So what do you do to make your own macaroni and cheese? How about queso dip?
Thankfully, there is a way to make delicious, melty cheese that will nourish your family with healthy fats and protein and will taste delicious.
HOMEMADE CHEESE SAUCE
- 2 T olive oil
- 2 T butter
- 4 T brown rice flour
- 2 1/2 cups whole milk
- 1-3 cups shredded cheeses
- sea salt to taste
Warm your butter and olive oil together in a saucepan until butter is melted. Add your flour and whisk to make a paste. Let cook for a couple minutes to cook out the flour taste, stirring constantly. SLOWLY add you milk about a 1/2 cup at a time. Whisk each addition thoroughly and wait for it to be heated through before adding more milk. When all your milk has been added and is heated, add in your cheese. This is best with a combination of at least 2-3 cheeses. If you want a thin sauce, only add a cup of cheese. If you want a nice thick dipping sauce, add a total of around 3 cups. Always start with less than you think you may need though, because it’s easier to add more to thicken it, than to try to thin it. If you do need to thin your sauce, add a couple tablespoons of milk and whisk to combine. My favorite combo of cheese is Dubliner, parmesean, and white cheddar.
MAC AND CHEESE
Try dressing up your mac and cheese by pouring your cheese sauce over pasta in a baking dish. Stir in some sauteed veggies and fresh diced tomatoes. Top with bread crumbs and bake until the top browns.
Add some fresh chopped tomatoes and chilies to your sauce or just pour in some of your favorite salsa to make a delicious and healthy queso dip.
CHEESEBURGER PARTY DIP
Add some sauteed ground beef, cooked and crumbled bacon, tomato, and sauteed onion to make a delicious party dip to eat with chips.