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!

Creamiest Curry Pasta Sauce

Cauliflowers are in season! This means they are super cheap right now and so delicious! I really wanted to make a creamy curry sauce for a while now, but I have been waiting for cauliflower to get super fresh. Now is the time. This sauce is the creamiest I have made so far, while still being light and guilt-free. I really enjoyed adding some Indian spices: it made the dish stand out and more exciting!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 cauliflower head, chopped
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 pinch hot pepper flakes
  • 1 can (about 2 cups) coconut milk
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

To serve: pasta of your choice (I used gluten-free fusillis)

Here is what you do:

  1. In a medium-sized pot, heat the coconut oil on medium heat. Add the spices and give a quick stir. Add the onion and stir until it is transluscent.
  2. Add the coconut milk and almond milk. Stir.
  3. Add the cauliflower and bring to a boil. Let simmer until the cauliflower is very tender. Remove from the heat.
  4. With a wand mixer, process until smooth. Taste and season to your liking.
  5. Pour on your pasta and mix well. Enjoy!

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What I love about this pasta sauce is that it is extremely creamy and rich without being super heavy and full of fat. It has the most satisfying texture: smooth, thick and yummy! The coconut milk and the spices add a touch of happiness to the whole thing and really bring this to the next level. This is clearly the ultimate comfort food recipe, guilt-free! Let me know if you try it out!

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!

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!

Vegan Cream Cheese or Mayo?

When I made my carrot smoked salmon, I wanted to have some cream cheese to go with it, but my boyfriend had eaten all the cashew nuts. So, I jumped on a box of silken tofu.

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 cup of silken tofu
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 3 tbs nutritional yeast
  • salt and pepper to taste

Here is what you do:

  1. Blend everything together.
  2. Keep in the fridge.

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This sauce is a little bit too liquidy to pass as cream cheese, but is a little too thick for mayo. It is still a great dupe for both of these in a sandwich. It really gave the right amount of acidity to the carrot lox toasts. I think this would also be great with vegetables as a dipping sauce, or as a garnish on baked sweet potatoes. Yum!

Let me know if you 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!