Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Cashew Cream

When I went vegan, one thing I missed was heavy cream in my food. No longer do I miss that, I have a great, vegan, healthy alternative- Cashew Cream

2 cups roasted salted cashews
2-3 cups water or vegetable broth

Soak the nuts over night. Take the nuts and broth and blend until smooth and creamy. This is such a great start to many recipes (alfredo, pasta bakes, salads, soups). More recipes with cashew cream to follow!

Avocado Pesto

This pesto recipe is a great dinner, lunch, summer salad…Ohh…it’s just great! One word of advice, eat right away- we know what happens to avocados when exposed to air!

1 bunch basil leaves (no stems)
½ cup pistachios (or pine nuts, walmuts)
2 ripe avocados, pitted and peeled
2 tbs fresh lemon juice (about ½ of a lemon)
3 cloves garlic
½ cup olive oil or water (same taste fewer calories with water)
Salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste

Wiz all the ingredients in your food processor until smooth and creamy! This is good served with your favorite pasta or mixed with a salad!