Cashew Cream

Cashew Cream


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Cashew Cream
If you would have asked me when I first went vegan if there was any way to really compete with dairy versions of macaroni and cheese or fettucini alfredo, I would have honestly told you no. Giving up those foods is a small price to pay for the benefits of a plant-based diet, but buttery cheesy cream sauce has no vegan counterpart. Those words I am now happy to eat.
Course Sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
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Course Sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Mix in high-speed blender. Taste. If it's bland for your pallet, add more yeast flakes or another tsp. of ground mustard. Maybe more salt.
  2. Add cashew cream sauce to steamed veggies, pasta, bread or soup. My favorite treat is to use as a white cream sauce on pizza or as an alfredo sauce over spaghetti squash.
Recipe Notes

Read How and why to pre-soak your cashews . . . But, if you don't have time to soak, you can skip it. It doesn't noticeably affect the flavor. It's just better for you.

This recipe has evolved many times over, and there are lots of options and alternatives. Check out. Dairy Free Cream Cheese for Sauces, Dressings and Dips and, Dairy Free Alfredo Sauce.

Vegan Ranch Dressing

Vegan Ranch Dressing

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Vegan Ranch Dressing
Regardless of your desire to be vegan, or go completely dairy free, there is no room to argue that store bought dressings are nasty. It’s counterproductive to clean up your diet by incorporating more vegetables if you are just going to cover them with chemicals.
Vegan Ranch Dressing
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Prep Time 5 minutes
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Vegan Ranch -- makes 1.5 cups
Bulk Ranch Seasoning Recipe--Ready when you need it!
  • 1 cup yeast flakes
  • 3 tbsp parsley
  • 4 tsp. each garlic powder, onion powder, dill weed
  • 2 tsp each ground mustard, celery salt, black pepper
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Prep Time 5 minutes
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Vegan Ranch -- makes 1.5 cups
Bulk Ranch Seasoning Recipe--Ready when you need it!
  • 1 cup yeast flakes
  • 3 tbsp parsley
  • 4 tsp. each garlic powder, onion powder, dill weed
  • 2 tsp each ground mustard, celery salt, black pepper
Vegan Ranch Dressing
Instructions
  1. For a southwest ranch, add 2 tsp taco seasoning (or cumin/chili powder) and 1 tsp cilantro. Could also use curry!
  2. Mix all ingredients in you food processor, Vitamix or blender.
  3. Think ahead. If you like this recipe, prepare a batch of the bulk vegan ranch seasoning. Blend 1/2 cup of seasoning. with 3/4 cup soaked cashews, 3/4 cups water and 2 tsp apple cider vinegar or lemon juice.
Recipe Notes

Buy the cashews (and other nuts) in bulk, soak them overnight and store in freezer. Frozen nuts are no problem for the Vitamix and other high speed blenders, so no need to thaw. Read more about the importance of soaking nuts (and grains) . . .

Healthy Horseradish Sauce

Healthy Horseradish Sauce


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Healthy Horseradish Sauce
Horseradish sauce is the bomb. Use it on sandwiches or as a dip for roasted veggies.
horseradish sauce
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Prep Time 5 minutes
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Course Sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
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horseradish sauce
Instructions
  1. Drain and rinse the beans. Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender. Puree until creamy.
Recipe Notes

Beans or nuts? Nuts will make this sauce much richer. But cashews are expensive and higher in calories. If all you want is the flavor, go with the beans, or split the difference and use both.

Dairy Free Blue Cheese Dressing

Dairy Free Blue Cheese Dressing


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Dairy Free Blue Cheese Dressing
Dairy free blue cheese dressing is rich and decadent. I can't say that it would pass in a blind taste test, but after fine-tuning this recipe with multiple trials, I don't think it matters. 
Vegan Blue Cheese Dressing
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Prep Time 10 minutes
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Course Sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
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Vegan Blue Cheese Dressing
Instructions
  1. Mix ingredients in the food processor until super creamy. If you want chunks in your dressing, reserve half of the tofu (or beans), yeast flakes and garlic salt. Mash with a fork. Sprinkle with the yeast flakes and garlic salt. Add the chunks to the creamy mixture.
  2. Store in refrigerator for up to one week.
    Vegan Blue Cheese Dressing
Recipe Notes

Serve with my buffalo cauliflower recipe or however you chose.

Lemon Turmeric Dressing

Lemon Turmeric Dressing


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Lemon Turmeric Dressing
This isn't just salad dressing. It's a bit spicy, a lot savory and so unique. After one taste, you might just grab a spoon and eat it right out of the blender. Pour it on salads, stir-frys, roasted roots, steamed veggies, soups, bread, pasta. . . anything and everything. It might even work in lieu of bail money. It's that good. 
lemon turmeric dressing
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Prep Time 10 minutes
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Course Sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
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lemon turmeric dressing
Instructions
  1. Blend on high for 2 minutes until creamy and smooth.
  2. If using sesame seeds, combine seeds and water and blend for 2-3 minutes until super smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend 2 more minutes.
  3. Serve over roasted beets or other root veggies, cauliflower, steamed greens, other veggies or salad. (aka serve over anything and everything.)
Recipe Notes

This recipe will make about 1.5 cups. It will keep in the refrigerator, so consider doubling. Store in a 1-quart mason jar and try to make it last. Just try.

Vegan Tartar Sauce

Vegan Tartar Sauce


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Vegan Tartar Sauce
The onion granules and horseradish in this recipe make it exceptional. It's far superior to store bought versions.
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Prep Time 5 min
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Course Sauce
Prep Time 5 min
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Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise, relish and onion. Stir in lemon juice, and add salt and pepper to taste. Add a tablespoon of horseradish if you want to take it up another notch.
Recipe Notes

For maximum flavor, refrigerate for several hours before serving.

Dairy Free Cream Cheese for Sauces, Dressings and Dips

Dairy Free Cream Cheese for Sauces, Dressings and Dips


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Dairy Free Cream for Sauces, Dressings and Dips
Giving up dairy cream and butter is not a sacrifice when there are so many nutritious alternatives that are easy and delicious. Follow this recipe exactly, or play around with various combinations of nuts, beans, and vegetables. You can't get it wrong . . .
Prep Time 10 min
Cook Time 0 min
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  • 15 oz canned white beans of choice substitute riced cauliflower, tofu, pumpkin or squash
  • 1 cups raw cashews, soaked substitute almonds, walnuts or other nut; pumpkin, sesame or sunflower seeds; tahini or unsweetened yogurt/kefir
  • 1/2 cup red onion substitute sweet or green onion, or 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 2 cloves garlic substitute 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 4 tsp. apple cider vinegar substitute other vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp spices optional: consider Italian seasoning, curry or chili powder, cumin, dill, ginger, horseradish, turmeric, cilantro, etc.
  • 1 cup water optional: amount will vary based on desired consistency
Prep Time 10 min
Cook Time 0 min
Servings
Ingredients
  • 15 oz canned white beans of choice substitute riced cauliflower, tofu, pumpkin or squash
  • 1 cups raw cashews, soaked substitute almonds, walnuts or other nut; pumpkin, sesame or sunflower seeds; tahini or unsweetened yogurt/kefir
  • 1/2 cup red onion substitute sweet or green onion, or 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 2 cloves garlic substitute 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 4 tsp. apple cider vinegar substitute other vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp spices optional: consider Italian seasoning, curry or chili powder, cumin, dill, ginger, horseradish, turmeric, cilantro, etc.
  • 1 cup water optional: amount will vary based on desired consistency
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients except for the optional spices in a high speed blender. Omit the water if you want to create a thick dip similar to cream cheese. Blend until creamy and smooth. Add water to achieve desired consistency.
  2. Taste test. If it doesn't "WOW!" your taste buds, add another pinch of salt. Once you are satisfied with the base, add desired spices to create Asian, Mexican or Italian flare.
  3. Taste test again and add more seasoning if desired. Caution: let it sit for a minute between tastings. Allow the flavor to linger on your tongue. Take your time. Depending in how spicy your food is, less can be more. Cream sauce is meant to enhance the richness of your food, not stand alone for flavor (unless you're making a dip for raw veggies or bread--in that case, go for it!).