Cooked: Quinoa Mac n’ Smoked Cashew Cheese

It’s been awhile. I know. I’m putting myself in time out actually. It’s been far too long since my last post so I’m going to try and make up for some lost time and post a few recipes this week! Here’s the first one and it’s something I adapted after tasting the baked artichoke macaroni at one of my favorite vegan restaurants here in Brooklyn; M.O.B. It has this yummy creamy smokey cheese with pecans and a side of broccolini. Such a comfort meal and very satisfying! M.O.B. doesn’t use the quinoa macaroni that I prefer. I like to go with quinoa since it’s gluten free and makes me feel like I ate a healthy grain. So here we go…

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Ingredients:

  • 1 16 oz box of quinoa elbow pasta cooked according to directions (you can use shells, rotini, etc if you prefer!)
  • 1/2 lb of broccolini 
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (grade A or B)
  • a few handfuls of pecans
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Smoked Cashew Cheese (see below)

Smoked Cashew Cheese:

Combine the following in a high speed blender, except Olive Oil and blend while adding Olive Oil slowly to the moving blender. Add water to create the desired cheesy consistency.

  • 1 Cup Cashews (preferably soaked for 3-4 hours)
  • 1/3 Bell Pepper (yellow, orange or red)
  • A nice big pinch of smoked salt (or sea salt)
  • 1/3 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Liquid Smoke
  • Water, as needed

Directions:

In a pan on medium heat add some olive oil and sliced broccolini, cooking for 5-8 minutes until bright green and semi soft.

Mix pecans with maple syrup and spread on a nonstick parchment sheet and bake in oven for 5 minutes at 350. Careful not to overcook as this will begin to burn and smoke up your kitchen if you leave it in too long.

Add smoked cheese to cooked elbow macaroni and mix well. Serve with the candied maple pecans on top and grilled broccolini on the side. Enjoy!

Raw: Sour Cream & Onion Kale Chips

I’ve had some of the store bought kale chips in this particular flavor and I did enjoy them, but let me just say… These ones are so much better! Not to toot my own horn or anything like that… Seriously, give these a shot. I just kind of threw the ingredients together by taste and ended up with something that I’m going to make again and again since they keep disappearing!

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Sour “cream” & onion mixture per one medium head kale:

  • 1 1/2 Cup Raw Cashews (soaked for 3-4 hours and drained)
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped White Onion
  • 2-3 Scallions
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • Water (as needed to make a creamy texture)

Combine all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend thoroughly until a very creamy texture is achieved. In a large bowl combine washed and torn pieces of kale with the sauce mixture and massage into kale until fully coated. Place on dehydrator sheets and set to 115′ F for 6-8 hours depending on desired crispiness.

Enjoy and repeat. Trust me, you’ll want to!

Cooked: Spicy Udon & Veggies

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I absolutely love this dish! Anything spicy and savory with an Asian flare is right up my alley. This yummy noodle concoction has become a staple in my home although I’m always shifting the ingredients a little here or there, adding a different veggie or using a different type of noodle. Feel free to make this “your own”. Typically I’ll use Soba noodles for this, but today I’ve made it with organic Udon noodles and it turned out fabulously! It’s very simple to make as it’s basically just three components: noodles, sauce, veggies.

Spicy Almond Butter Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup raw organic almond butter
  • 1/4 cup nama shoyu, tamari or soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Sriracha sauce (or less if you prefer)
  • several Tbs water to even out the mixture

Noodles:

  • One 12.8 oz package of Organic Udon noodles (You may also use rice noodles or Soba)

Vegetables:

  • 1 cup broccoli
  • 1/3 cup diced red pepper
  • 1/3 cup diced green onion
  • 1/3 cup diced yellow squash
  • 2 tbs minced fresh ginger

For the sauce combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. The sauce should be on the thick side. Cook noodles according to the directions on the package. For preparing the vegetables, add sesame oil to a medium pan under medium heat then add in chopped broccoli and diced red pepper. Shift the veggies around frequently for a few minutes and then add in the green onion and yellow squash (if using). Add in the minced ginger last. Careful not to burn, keep the veggies moving in the pan until cooked as desired. Add the sauce to the noodles, mixing in thoroughly and then add in the vegetables. Garnish with fresh herbs such as cilantro and basil. I also like to add in fresh lime juice at the end… Enjoy!