Friday, August 10, 2012

Thrifty Recipe: Healthy, Delicious, and Easy Raw Cashew "Cheese"

This scrumptious raw cashew cheese is one of my favorite ways to graze on sliced raw vegetables! It's dairy and cholesterol free, packed with protein and nutrients, and incredibly thick and creamy. It will remind you of hummus- but I like this spread even better! It's super easy to make:

I learned this recipe from my favorite cookbook, Ani's Raw Food Kitcahen: Easy, Delectable Living Foods Recipes.

Ingredients: 2 cups cashews, juice of 2 lemons, 3 gloves garlic, 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, 1 teaspoon sea salt, 1/4 cup water (I love to serve it with lots of black and red pepper! Yum! Also yummy with nutritional yeast flakes.)

Use a food processor to blend all of your ingredients together, adding only enough water to ensure a smooth texture. If using a standard blender I'd soak the cashew for a few hours to make them easier to blend. I'd say your dip would keep in the fridge for a week...but it will be eaten before a week passes, trust me!

I love to eat my cashew cheese stuffed inside of mini bell peppers or Anaheim chilies, or as a drip with broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber or red pepper slices. It's fun to make portable wraps with this yummy spread too. Stuff in inside of large kale or collard green leaves. Above I've stuffed a sheet of nori with veggies and cashew spread. You can roll it up for a healthy, portable snack.

I urge you to try this decadent dip this weekend. It's an indulgence that loads your body with protein, potassium, vitamin C, calcium, iron, vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, vitamin K, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, and dietary fiber! Chomp!

Go forth, try this, and let me know how you like it! In the meantime, keep letting me know your favorite ways to violate your veggies!
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  1. This looks amazing, Van!!!

  2. I am going to try this for sure. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Interesting.....we love almond butter but I've never heard of cashew cheese....definitely gonna give this one a try. BTW, my youngest daughter loves your nutritional yeast dip....she uses it at dinner almost every night. She prefers her veggies raw vs. cooked....anyway I can get her to eat them I go for it! Thanks for sharing!

    1. I'm glad she loves the nutritional yeast dip. I prefer my veggies raw too, so I always have this "cheese" and the yeast dip my fridge.

    2. BTW, how did you do this month? I've still been thinking about your booth layout since we spoke a long time ago. It's a tricky one to figure out.

    3. I worked hard to switch out merchandise regularly, add new things, and stuff the shop as much as possible. Sales did increase this month but didn't approach the highs I reached when I was in a "smaller" booth at the back of the store. Definitely leads me to believe my tricky layout makes it hard for people to access everything. Any suggestions you have would be welcome! :)

    4. I will keep my mind open to new of the shop girls suggested to me to always have "open" shelving and I think it works well. I am also setting a goal to keep my larger items for sale and not just there to hold my merchandise. I have two pieces in my current booth that need to be phased out so that eventually everything that you see will have a price tag on it. I had one of my best months, but my rent has also increased so I took that into consideration as well.

    5. I think my side-shelf is coming out today for sure, I feel like it's making the booth too cramped. I'll keep playing with it.

  4. dang that sounds good! i'm going to make it this week!

  5. some of the most creative recipes are born out of these day

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