Blueberry Cheesecake – A raw vegan treat

It’s blueberry season over here, and they have been so good. I love that blueberries are so tasty and so beneficial for the digestive system. This cake is slightly tart, creamy and purely delicious! The hardest part is really just waiting for it to set overnight. It’s perfect for a family dinner or an end-of-summer picnic.

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Here is what you need:

For the crust:

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Process the almonds in your food processor until they form a loose flour.
  2. Add the dates and the vanilla and process until the mix is smooth and starts to stick together. If you take a small handful of the mixture, it should stay together after it has been pressed.
  3. Spread the mixture at the bottom of a springform pan. Use a glass to even it out. Let sit in the fridge while you prepare the rest of the cake.

For the cheese layer:

  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashew nuts, soaked in water for at least 1 hour
  • 2 tbs coconut oil
  • 2 to 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • the juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • a little almond milk, as needed
  1. Place all of the ingredients in your food processor and processor until you get a smooth cream. You might need to add a little bit of milk to help smooth everything.
  2. Pour over the crust and put the cake back in the fridge. Let sit for 15 minutes.

For the blueberry layer:

  • 2 cups of fresh blueberries
  1. Process 1 1/2 cups of the blueberries in your food processor until completely smooth.
  2. Pour over the cheese layer and sprinkle the rest of the blueberries all of the cake.
  3. Place the cake back in the fridge overnight. Enjoy!

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I really hope you try this recipe because it’s so delicious! I’m always amazed to see how thick the blueberry layer sets to be all naturally.

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The cake is very refreshing and perfect to end a meal. Let me know if you try it out!

Cashew Spread \\ Tartinade aux noix de cajou

So, as I’ve mentioned, yesterday I gave a workshop on veganism. What better way to share veganism than to share food? None, in my opinion! So, I brought some food, and many people asked me if I could post the recipe for the cashew spread. Well, here you go!

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This spread is delicious on freshly toasted bread. It’s cheesy, smooth, salty, and so delicious! I ate some for lunch and added some fried onions on top: perfection!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 cup of raw cashew nuts, soaked for at least 1 hour
  • the zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1-2 pinches of red pepper flakes
  • 1/4-1/2 cup water

Here is what you do:

  1. Drain the cashews and place them with the rest of the ingredients in your food processor except for the water. Start mixing, and add the water little by little until you reach a smooth consistency. Keep in an air-tight container in your fridge and enjoy!

This is seriously so simple! It’s delicious on bread, but also with veggies. It’s so good, and as you can see so easy to prepare! And it will keep your B12 levels happy. Let me know if you try this out!

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Lors de mon atelier sur le véganisme, j’ai apporté un peu de nourriture parce que c’est clairement la meilleure façon de parler de véganisme! Beaucoup de participants m’ont demandé la recette de la tartinade aux noix de cajou, donc la voici!

  • 1 tasse de noix de cajou, trempées dans de l’eau pour au moins 1 heure
  • le zeste et le jus d’un citron
  • 1/2 tasse de levure alimentaire
  • 1 c. à café de poudre d’ail
  • 1 c. à café de poudre d’oignon
  • 1 c. à café de sel
  • 1-2 pincées de flocons de piments
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tasse d’eau
  1. Retirer les noix de cajou de l’eau et les placer avec tous les autres ingrédients dans votre robot culinaire, mais garder l’eau de côté. Commencer à mélanger et ajouter l’eau petit à petit jusqu’à ce que la consistence soit crémeuse et onctueuse. Garder au frigo dans un contenant hermétique et savourer!

Si simple, mais si bon!

Vegan Story Time, Traci Lyn Hobson

It’s time for another vegan story! Thank you again if you have contacted me to be featured here. I really love reading your stories and recipes and sharing them. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you want to share your unique vegan story!

Today, I’m sharing a recipe from the amazing Traci Lyn Hobson. Traci is a freelance writer and vegan lifestyle coach based in Wilmington, NC. Traci’s passion is to educate other women about natural health and wellness, including the health, environmental, and karmic benefits of vegan living, and the importance of living a balanced, compassionate, connected life. When she’s not writing, teaching, or coaching, Traci can be found creating new and delish vegan dishes in her tiny kitchen, hanging out with her amazing fur babies, friends, and family, or communing with nature in the Port City.

She sent  me a deliciously gorgeous recipe for a cashew sour cream! Yum!

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Here is her recipe:

I confess: I’m one of those vegans who used to say things like “I love cheese,” and “I don’t know how to live without dairy.” (Mexican food and baked potatoes without sour cream? No thanks.) Now? I am coming up on my five-year veganversary and can’t imagine ever contributing to the ugliness and exploitation of the dairy industry again – and I don’t have to! Sour cream is and always has been one of my favorite condiments. This vegan version made from cashews is absolutely divine. I always have some of it on hand – for nachos, tacos, and enchiladas, or to top chili, baked potatoes, or lentils…the possibilities are endless! Add this gem to your recipe arsenal and never yearn for dairy again.

Ingredients:

  • 1 C soaked cashews

  • 1/2 C organic rice milk (or other non-dairy milk)

  • 2 T fresh organic lemon juice

  • 1/2 t raw apple cider vinegar

  • 1/2 t garlic powder

  • 1/2 t onion powder

  • 1/4 t salt

  • 1/4 t ground white pepper

Preparation:

  1. Put all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until completely smooth and creamy.

  2. Enjoy!


Here’s a bonus tip: lessen the amount of liquid for a thicker version to use as cream cheese – just add fresh herbs (I like chives and cilantro) once it is blended, and voila! Vegan cashew cream cheese. Or, add more liquid and omit the spices and lemon juice and add a touch of vanilla to make cashew creamer or milk. The possibilities are endless!

If you want more delicious recipes, tips, and tricks, follow her! She can be reached through her website, tracilynhobson.com, or found on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/tlhobson), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/tracihobson), and Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/tracihobson).
Come back next week for another vegan story! And if you missed last week’s, here it is! Until then, keep being so inspiring!

Pulled Jackfruit and Turmeric Tostadas

I was really craving pancakes yesterday, but I didn’t feel like making a sweet recipe. This is what I came up with! The pancakes are crispy on the rims and tender in their centers. The paprika flavour of the pulled jackfruits is sweet and slightly spicy. Of course, the texture of this is quite incredible.

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I added some mango salsa and cashew sour cream to make everything more festive! This dish is so tasty: all the flavours are there and all the textures too. They made me think of tostadas with a twist.

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Here is what you need:

For the pulled jackfruit

  • 1 can of young jackfruit in water, drained
  • 4 tsp paprika powder
  • 3 tsp maple syrup
  • 3 tsp tamari sauce
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sriracha sauce
  • 4 tbs water
  • 1/2 tsp corn starch
  • 1/3 cup water

For the pancakes:

  • 2 cups brown rice flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seeds
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp rising powder
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 3 1/2 cups almond milk

For the mango salsa

  • 2 ripe mangoes
  • 1/2 cup raspberry
  • 2 pinches of hot pepper flakes
  • juice of 1/2 lime

For the cashew sour cream:

  • 1/2 cup cashew, soaked for 1 hour and drained
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • zest of 1/2 lime
  • 2 tbs water
  • salt and pepper to saste

To serve:

  • avocado slices
  • cilantro or mint leaves

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Here is what you do:

  1. Mix the paprika, maple syrup, tamari sauce, Worcestershire sauce, sriracha and water together in an air-tight container. Add the drained jackfruit and give a quick stir. Close the container, shake it to make sure every piece of jackfruit is well coated. Let sit in the fridge while you prepare the rest.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix all the dry ingredients for the pancakes. Add the milk one cup at a time until you get a smooth and thick batter.
  3. Place a non-stick pan on medium-high heat. Spread a small amount of coconut oil on the pan. Add 2 tbs of batter for each pancake. Let cook for a few minutes until the batter is set. Flip over and let cook for a few minutes more until golden on both sides.
  4. Once you are done with the pancakes, pour the jackfruit and its sauce in the pan. Let cook for a few minutes. Mix the cornstarch in the 1/4 cup of water. Once the jackfruit is tender, add the cornstarch water and mix well. Using a fork, mash the jackfruit until it is stringy. Give a quick mix and remove from the heat once the sauce has thickened up. Set aside
  5. Prepare the mango salsa by dicing the peeled mangoes. Add the raspberries, lime juice and red pepper flakes. Mix well and set aside.
  6. For the cashew sour cream, blend all the ingredients together until smooth.
  7. To serve, place a little bit of jackfruit on each pancake. Garnish with the salsa, avocado slices, cilantro and some cashew sour cream. Enjoy!

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This is a really fin dish to eat with friends! It was really delicious, so you should give it a try! And they’re so cute! Let me know if you like it!

 

Zucchini lasagna with cashew cream

Yesterday at the market, I found some beautiful zucchinis that I really wanted to cook today. I decided to try out making zucchini lasagna: you use thin zucchini slices instead of pasta. Sounds good, right?

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This is a fun recipe because you can really decide on what you want to add as your layers. I went for a more traditional tomato sauce with a lot of fresh thyme and some cashew cream to give it a ricotta cheese feel. It was really good! The only thing I would say it to keep in mind that your zucchinis will give out a lot of water as they cook: make sure the different dressings you are adding are not too liquid or you will end up with a lot of extra sauce!

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Here is what you need:

For the tomato sauce:

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 5 tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbs miso paste
  • 1 tbs tamari sauce
  • 1 tbs fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 pinch of red pepper flakes

For the cashew cream:

  • 2 cups raw cashew nuts
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbs hemp seeds
  • salt and pepper to taste

Additional ingredients:

  • 3 medium-size zucchini squashes
  • 4 cups of shredded kale
  • 2 tbs fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 cup walnuts

Here is what you do:

For the tomato sauce:

  1. Thinly mince the garlic cloves and dice the tomatoes. Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil on medium heat, and add the garlic. Let cook until golden.
  3. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, miso paste, thyme leaves and tamari sauce. Mix until everything is dissolved and well combined.
  4. Let simmer until the tomatoes are completely mushed and the sauce thickens up.
  5. Season to your taste.
  6. Set aside.

For the cashew cream:

  1. Place all the ingredients in your food processor or blender and mix until smooth.
  2. Set aside.

For the noodles:

  1. Using your potato peeler, peel long strips of zucchini and set aside. I find it helps to keep the stem of the zucchini and use it as a handle. When you get to the middle of your squash, just flip and start over on the other side.

To assemble:

  1. Place some zucchini noodles on the bottom of your lasagna dish (or pie plate if you don’t have one like me…) in an even layer.
  2. Place an even layer of kale on top.
  3. Place a layer of cashew cream.
  4. Place a layer of tomato sauce.
  5. Sprinkle some walnuts and some thyme leaves.
  6. Repeat until you reach the top of your dish and end with a layer of cashew cream. Sprinkle some thyme leaves and red pepper flakes.
  7. Place the lasagna dish on a cookie sheet, and put in the oven set at 350F for 20 minutes. Turn off the oven and let the lasagna cool in it until you are ready to serve. Enjoy!

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This was amazing! I served each lasagna piece on a bed of fresh lettuce to add some green to the mix and it was great! The zucchini is tender but not mushy, while the cashew cream is a dream: rich and, well, creamy, it really feels like ricotta cheese. The thyme adds a touch of freshness to the mix, while the walnuts add a nice bite to the dish. This is a great alternative if you want a gluten-free lasagna. It can also be customized to your own liking in a breeze! Let me know if you try it out!

Purple Cabbage Salad, Jenny Mustard inspired

For the last few days, I have been binge-watching Jenny Mustard’s incredible videos. If you haven’t stumble upon her, you need to do this right after you’re done with my recipe! Her recipes are amazing, she has great minimalism tips, and I just love her pictures and esthetics!

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This morning, I stumbled upon an amazing picture for a purple cabbage and noodles dish that I thought looked incredible. It was even more incredible because I had a head of cabbage sitting and waiting in my fridge. I based myself on her picture, and came up with my own version. Not only did this taste incredible, it was also delicious!

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Here is what you need:

Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup cashew nuts, raw
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp ground Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp soy or tamari sauce
  • 2 tbsp water

Salad:

  • 1/2 head of purple cabbage, finely chopped
  • 1/2 jicama, peeled and shredded
  • 2 purple sweet potatoes, cooked and chopped into small bites

Noodles:

  • 1 zucchini per person, peeled and spiralized
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • sprinkle of salt
  • 1 block firm tofu, drained

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Here is what you do:

  1. In your blender, mix all the sauce ingredients until smooth. Set aside.
  2. In a large salad bowl, place the cabbage and the jicama. Pour half the sauce and mix well until everything is well coated. Set aside. The lemon juice will help the cabbage get tender and even more delicious!
  3. Place the spiralized zucchini, and add the sesame oil and salt. Give a good mix and set aside.
  4. Cut the tofu in small pieces. In a large pan, place a little bit of oil and set on medium heat. Cook the tofu until it gets slightly golden and crispy.
  5. To serve, place the cabbage salad in a large plate. Add some purple potato. With a fork, make small bundles of spiralized zucchini, and place a piece of tofu on top of each ‘nest’. Add some sauce on everything and enjoy!

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This is so good! The cabbage is tender, the jicama adds freshness, and the sauce is slightly spicy and so creamy. The sesame oil adds a great flavour that goes great with everything. Finally, the tofu, crispy on the outside and tender in the inside, is just amazing. I’ll stop raving about it, but it’s really great!

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Let me know if you give this a try, and go check Jenny Mustard out!

Okonomiyaki Night!

I love okonomiyaki! Well, actually, I love the idea of them. I never ate any in restaurants because they are usually garnished with bonito flakes. Tonight however, I really wanted to cook something special and this came to my mind! An okonomiyaki is a Japanese cabbage pancake that is traditionally garnished with ponzu sauce, mayo, bonito flakes and lavish leaves.

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For tonight, I made an easy version of ponzu sauce and a cashew mayo to top off my red cabbage pancake. Delicious! Simple, yet very impressive!

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Here is what you need for 10-12 pancakes:

For the pancakes:

  • 1 potato
  • 3 carrots
  • 1/2 cabbage (red or green)
  • 1 inch piece of ginger
  • 1/4 cup seaweed flakes
  • 3/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 3/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 2 pinch red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • oil for pan-frying.

For the ponzu sauce:

  • 2 tbs ketchup
  • 2 tbs tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tsp maple syrup

For the mayo:

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup of water
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 pinch of salt

Here is what you do:

For the ponzu sauce: Mix all the ingredients with a spoon.

For the mayo: Process all the ingredients in your food processor or blender until smooth.

For the pancakes:

  1. Wash and peel the potato. Pass it under water to remove some of the starch and then grate it. Place in a bowl and sprinkle with some salt. Mix well and let sit.
  2. Wash and peel the carrots. Grate and add to the potato.
  3. Wash the cabbage and cut finely or grate. Mix in with the carrots and potato.
  4. Grate the ginger piece and add it to the mix along with the seaweed flakes.
  5. In a bowl, mix the rice flour, chia seeds, and corn starch with the water. Add to the vegetables and mix until well combined. Season and add the red chilli flakes.
  6. In a skillet on medium heat, place some oil. Add 1/2 cup of the mix at a time and press it down with a spatula. Cover with a lid and let cook for 3 minutes. Uncover, flip over and let cook again for 3 minutes with the lid on.
  7. Place on a cookie sheet in the oven until you are done cooking the other pancakes.
  8. To serve: garnish each pancake with some ponzu sauce and mayo. Serve hot! Itadakimasu!

These are so delicious! Crispy on the outside, tender in the inside, slightly sour because of the ponzu and creamy with the mayo: it’s like a party in your mouth!

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I will definitively make these again. Let me know if you try them out!

 

 

 

Jackfruit Tuna Sandwich

When I was a kid, most of my lunches were cheese sandwiches. Very simple and easy to make, they were a staple in my lunch box. However, from time to time, my mom would whip-up the most delicious tuna salad sandwich: tuna, mayo, mustard and cilantro leaves. On those days, I couldn’t wait for lunch to come! Now that I am vegan, I have been looking for the perfect dupe-recipe. I think this is it.

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Here is what you need:

For the mayonnaise:

  • 1/2 cup raw cashew nuts
  • 2 tbs fresh and chopped dill
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/8 cup almond milk
  • 1 pinch hot chili pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp hot Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the ‘tuna’:

  • 1 can young jackfruit in brine (a little bit more than 2 cups)
  • 1 can chickpeas (2-3 cups)
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 tsp dried kelp: I used wakame flakes that I crushed in my mortar
  • 1/3 cup fresh chopped dill
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp oil, or some water

To serve:

  • Hamburger buns
  • Lettuce leaves
  • tomato slices
  • pickles
  • cilantro leaves

Here is what you do:

  1. Finely chop the onion and garlic and set aside.
  2. Drain the jackfruit and smash each piece with a fork to separate the fibers. I kept the young seeds because they add a nice bite, but feel free to remove them if you like.
  3. In a large sauce pan set on medium heat, heat up the oil. Add the onion and garlic and give a quick stir. Let cook until the onion is translucent. Add the pulled jackfruit and stir. Finally, add the kelp and dill, and mix until well combined. Let cook for 5 to 7 minutes and turn off the heat.
  4. In your blender, add the cashews, dill, hemp seeds, lemon juice, almond milk, chili flakes, mustard, and soy sauce. Blend until smooth. Taste and season to your liking.
  5. In a large bowl, place the drained chickpeas and mash them with a potato masher. It’s okay if some chickpeas are still whole, but the vast majority of them should be mashed up.
  6. Add the mayonnaise to the chickpeas and mix well. Add the jackfruit mix and stir until everything is well combined.
  7. Serve a few spoonfuls of ‘tuna salad’ in your toasted bun and add lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and cilantro. Enjoy!

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This is so delicious! Seriously, I was completely mesmerized while eating it, and completely satisfied after eating it. It is so flavourful and really brings me back to my childhood’s tuna sandwiches. The flavours are amazing, but the texture is just incredible! You really have to try this out!

 

 

Quick, Versatile Pasta with Parmesan Cheese

For the last couple weeks, Sunday night has been roasting night where I cut a bunch of vegetables, stick them in my oven and then box them for the week.

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This has really helped me during the week because it makes cooking way easier and faster, which is great! I can also experiment with different flavours, or just repeat things that are comfortable and yummy! Special mention to rice and sriracha as vegetables best friends… no, we didn’t eat this for a week (but really, it was awesome!).

So for tonight, I wanted to spice things up and find a new used to my recent new love: sriracha! I feel like I have kept this at arms-length for a long time, but now that I have tried it, I really understand the hype around this product.

Two versions: pasta and quinoa. Both delicious!

Two versions: pasta and quinoa. Both delicious!

I also wanted to try to make something similar to Parmesan cheese because it is one of my boyfriend’s favourite cheeses, and he grew up always putting Parmesan cheese on his pastas. So, I wanted to make him something reminiscent of this. Keeping in mind that I don’t really like Parmesan and never had some at home (there might be a link here), I tried my best! All I can say is that it certainly looks like Parmesan a lot (and is really good too; way better than the real stuff if you ask me!).

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Anyways, here is what you’ll need:

Pasta sauce:

  • One can of mixed beans (or your own mix, but a can is a lot faster)
  • 4 cups of roasted pumpkin chunks (I roasted mine with a little of salt and olive oil)
  • 1 small bottle of tomato sauce (I used a 400ml one, so a little less than 2 cups)
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbs sriracha hot sauce
  • salt to taste

Parmesan cheese:

  • 1/2 cup cashew nuts (I used raw and unsalted)
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp salt (or to your taste)

What you need to do:

  1. Cook your (gluten-free) pasta or quinoa according to your taste.
  2. In a non-stick pan set on medium heat, toss your beans and pumpkin. Let them mingle a little, until they are warmed up.
  3. Add the tomato sauce and spices.
  4. Mix well.
  5. That’s it!

For the Parmesan cheese:

  1. Put all the ingredients in your blender or food processor (I used my magic bullet) and blend until you have a yummy slightly yellow powder.

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I served this with some chopped arugula, but this is completely optional. If you serve it with quinoa, it might remind you of couscous. The Parmesan cheese adds a savory kick to this dish and makes this dish fun to prepare. My boyfriend enjoyed this and was really surprised to see that the texture was quite similar to the real thing. Yay! 🙂

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Let me know if you try this out!

 

Delicata Squash Spaguetti sauce

Hello everyone!

Delicata Squash Sauce

 

Another week, another delicata squash recipe! This is one of my very own completely invented recipes. This all happened last February when I realized that I still had two perfectly good delicata squashes that I had bought in September. Isn’t that amazing! They stayed perfect and cute looking for 6 months! I didn’t to push my luck though so here what I came up with.

Here is what you will need:

  • 2 delicata squashes
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup raw cashew nuts (soaked or not)
  • Plant based milk (about a cup, but the amount might vary according to your standards of creaminess)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cayenne pepper to taste

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F or 180C.
  2. Peel and empty the squashes and cut them in chunks.
  3. Peel and remove the foot from the cloves of garlic.
  4. Put the squash and garlic in a line baking dish with a little bit of olive oil (or water), salt and pepper and let cook in the oven for 20 minutes or until the squash is tender.
  5. In your food processor or blender, put the cooked squash and garlic and keep the baking dish on hand.
  6. Process the squash and add the rest of the ingredients.
  7. Leave the machine do its thing until everything is creamy and smooth and perfect.
  8. In your oven dish, place your noodles or zoodles or courgetti and pour half of the sauce on top. Add a little bit of cayenne pepper.
  9. Put this back in the oven for 10 minutes to let the zoodles get tender and for the sauce to really mix and flavour the noodles.
  10. Before you serve, add the rest of the sauce and mix until well coated. Sprinkle a little bit of cayenne pepper to make it pretty and exciting. Enjoy!

I really hope you try this recipe out and tell me what you think! This is so yummy, comforting and perfect for the cold weather. Let me know what is your favourite thing to cook with delicata squashes or any squash. Remember to have fun!