First of all, if you don’t know what the amazing Yumm Sauce is, you’ll have to check last week’s post for details.  It is a magical liquid that makes young and old alike beg for bowls of brown rice and beans–seriously!

Now I like to support our local Cafe Yumm just because I believe in their business and want to contribute, but some of you live across the country and will never be able to experience the wonder of Yumm Sauce for yourselves.   Hence, the reason for today’s recipe imitation.

This recipe comes from the site Chick Chat, written by a local mom right here in Eugene.  I can take no credit whatsoever for the following recipe or its authenticity, but I hope it’s as delicious as the real thing!

Original Yumm Sauce:
1/2 cup oil (she recommends canola oil)
1/2 cup almonds
1/3 cup nutritional yeast (available in bulk at health food stores)
1/3 cup garbanzo beans – drained (you can use a bit more)
1/4 cup soybeans (or use 1/2 cup silken tofu if needed)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 garlic cloves
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp curry powder

Blend nuts, beans and oil in food processor. Then blend in yeast and liquids one at a time. Puree until smooth. Voila!

Although this sauce does contain nuts which can be an allergen for little ones, it’s otherwise a wonderfully safe and healthy food.  It’s free of eggs, wheat, gluten, and sugar.  Plus, you don’t have to worry about cholesterol since there are no animal based ingredients.  You can take Yumm Sauce beyond the rice bowl to use as a dressing, dip, soup topping, sandwich spread, or a meat marinade.  Enjoy!  (and thanks to Chick again for the recipe!)

Why is this a Thrifty Green Thursday post?  Because eating meatless meals saves you time, saves the planet and saves you money.  Plus, it’s great to get kids hooked on rice and beans since they provide a complete protein and are packed with fiber.  If you make the sauce yourself, you’ll have loads of family meals that cost just a few cents per serving!

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