Bell Pepper Cream Cheeze Dip

Bell Pepper Cream Cheeze Dip
This cream cheeze dip has a wonderful fluffiness; its texture is lighter than cream cheese, but is a bit firmer than a dip. The trick is agar agar. The capsicum - or bell pepper - gives it a fresh flavour that is delightful. Feel free to add more chilli, as when it comes to this sort of hot, I'm a wimp :-D Serve with savoury biscuits or in a sandwich with fresh greens.
Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: Dip
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You need
  • 2 cups of soaked raw cashews
  • 2 tbsp of pine nuts
  • 1 small chilli (about 2cm), deseeded and chopped up very finely
  • ½ red capsicum, chopped roughly
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced or finely grated
  • 1⅛ tsp himalayan rock salt
  • ⅛ tsp black salt (kalak namak)
  • 1 tbsp (white) miso
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • ¼ cup rice bran oil
  • 1.5 cups oat milk (or another rather plain non dairy milk)
  • 6 tsp agar agar
To do
  1. blend the soaked cashews and pine nuts in the small bowl of your food processor till nicely mixed and fine
  2. add the capsicum, blend again
  3. then mix in chilli, minced garlic, salt, black salt, miso, nutritional yeast and blend for a few minutes so that it is really well blended and as smooth as possible
  4. meanwhile, in a small sauce pan, add oat milk and oil, and sprinkle agar agar on top
  5. heat and whisk till dissolved
  6. when mixture is getting thick (which happens when it heats up), pour into the nut mixture while the machine is running
  7. as soon as you stop the machine, have plastic containers sitting ready to be filled. This recipe makes about 550ml.
  8. let cool slightly before placing in fridge
  9. let set for 2 hours

 

Broccoli, Basil & Chickpea Tortellini w Orange & Thyme Sauce

Broccoli, Basil & Chickpea Tortellini w Orange & Thyme Sauce
Yum yum yum! I don't eat wheat products often, but as I haven't been able to find gluten free wonton wrappers or similar, I make concessions ;-) These tortellini (I guess it depends on how you fold them what you call them) are delish and nutritious as well! You wouldn't even know you're eating beans! Try them, and make them with any sauce you fancy - I made a quick coconut orange & thyme sauce. You can steam them too, I have found the dough is softer after boiling, so up to you what you're after :-)
Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: past
Serves: 20
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You need
  • 125gr cooked chickpeas
  • abt. 100gr broccoli florets
  • 1 hand of fresh basil
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • 1 tbsp vegetable stock powder
  • a good grind of black pepper
  • 1 medium to large clove of garlic (abt 15gr)
  • about 20 sheets of dumpling pastry
  • for the sauce:
  • ½ cup coconut yoghurt
  • zest of ¼ (large) orange
  • orange juice, as much as you like to dilute the yoghurt to a consistency of your liking
  • pepper
  • about ½ tsp of dried thyme
To do
  1. mix all of the above, except for sauce ingredients and pastry sheets, in a food processor, processing till the mixture starts to stick to the sides
  2. take a dumpling sheet in your hand, moisten the edges with water using your fingers, then place a heaped teaspoon in the middle. Fold double, and fold the edges closed. Dent the dumpling in the middle of the seam (as in upwards), then fold the corners towards each other.
  3. while you're doing this, bring a large pot of water to the boil (add a little bit of salt to prevent sticking), and when you've finished making the tortellini, place all of them in the water in one go
  4. boil till they float and they're done! (in general, if you want to check if they are done, and you find the filling needs more time, just add a cup of cold water and bring to the boil again, and check again etc.)
  5. while the tortellini are cooking, mix the ingredients for the sauce, using a fork or small whisk
  6. serve and enjoy!

 

Witlof Salad w Mango, Pine Nuts, Avo & Dill

Witlof Salad w Mango, Pine Nuts, Avo & Dill
This is such a lovely, flavoursome salad; slightly bittersweet, creamy, and sweet, without any added oils. Ingredients per person, so please multiply as needed.
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Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: salad
Serves: 1
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You need
  • 1 small head of witlof (around 100 gram, or more)
  • 50 grams of mango, diced
  • 35 grams of avocado, diced
  • 10 grams of pine nuts
  • juice of half a lemon
  • fresh dill, chopped or cut
  • pepper
To do
  1. slice the witlof, as fine or chunky as you like (I do discard the bottom end as it can be a tad bitter - I'm a wuss)
  2. sprinkle lemon juice over the top to prevent discolouring
  3. add the diced mango, avocado, pine nuts, pepper, dill and toss
  4. that's all! Enough flavours here, so no need for a dressing ;-)
Nutritional Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 147 Fat: 10 Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 9 Sodium: 7mcg Protein: 5 Cholesterol: 0

 

Limey Avocado Mousse w Onion & Toasted Pine Nuts

Limey Avocado Mousse w Onion & Toasted Pine Nuts
This small dish is so delicious, and yet so easy to make, love it! Great as a nibble!
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Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: Light meal/snack
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You need
  • 2 avocados
  • zest and juice of 1 small lime
  • ¼ tsp Himalayan rock salt
  • 3-3.5 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
  • ½ small onion, chopped
To do
  1. mash the flesh of the avocados together with the zest and juice of the lime (for extra smoothness and fluffiness, quickly blend mixture)
  2. toast the pine nuts (don't let them burn like I always do)
  3. scoop avocado in a bowl and top with nuts and onion
  4. done!
Notes
Serve with any biscuit, or cut up some wholemeal wraps and bake in oven till crisp :-)

 

‘Smoked Salmon’ Paté

'Smoked Salmon' Paté
Well, there definitely is something fishy about this paté! It was a lucky shot, to be honest, but I was pretty surprised it indeed tastes like smoked salmon... and I wasn't even aiming for it! But there you go :-)
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Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: condiments
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You need
  • 1 cup pine nuts
  • 2 cups hemp milk (I guess you can use other non dairy milk, but flavour may slightly change)
  • ⅛ cup agar agar powder (or ¼ cup for flakes)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable broth powder
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika powder
  • 1.5 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp Himalayan Rock salt
  • 2 pinches of chilli powder
  • ½ tsp of liquid smoke
  • a little oil to grease your bowl, in case you don't use plastic or silicon
To do
  1. add pine nuts, paprika powder, garlic, salt, chilli powder and liquid smoke to the small bowl of your kitchen machine (with a blade) and run it till the mixture is nice and fine.
  2. in a small sauce pan, heat the hemp milk with stock powder and the agar agar powder and bring to the boil, stirring regularly
  3. when dissolved, add the liquid agar mix to the running kitchen machine, and let run for a few minutes. You want the mixture to be completely smooth
  4. when done, pour in 2 small, greased bowls or ramekins, or 1 bigger one.
  5. put in fridge and let set and rest for a few hours
  6. when set, turn upside down on a small plate and done! You may have to slide a knife along side the edges for the paté to come out.
Notes
Done. Keep in fridge, and eat on toast, biccies, raw veggies, whatever you like :-)

 

 

 

Cabbage, Rocket & Apple Wrap w Pine Nuts & Baba Ghanoush

Cabbage, Rocket & Apple Wrap w Pine Nuts & Baba Ghanoush

Cabbage, Rocket & Apple Wrap w Pine Nuts & Baba Ghanoush

 

OK, I loooove wraps. They make a great meal whatever the time of the day!

The parts:
◊    a wrap
◊    some rocket (arugula)
◊    thinly sliced red cabbage
◊    sliced apple
◊    pine nuts (toasted or not)
◊    baba ghanoush
◊    chives
◊    salt & pepper
◊    olive oil, optional

 

Way to go:
– cut up cabbage
– put some baba ghanoush on your wrap
– arrange the veggies and pine nuts on top
– drizzle with olive oil, if you want, sprinkle with salt & pepper
– fold, and eat!

Vegan Cheeze w Truffle Oil & Chives

Vegan Cheeze w Truffle Oil & Chives
'Cheeze'!! It's not that I miss it so much, but it just is a change from dips, it gives you something to slice :-) Also, non-vegans really like it too. And if you don't like the taste of truffle oil, leave it out all together.
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Cuisine: Vegan
Recipe type: Vegan alternatives
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You need
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 2 tbsp of pine nuts
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan rock salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1+3/4 cups oat milk (or other non dairy milk)
  • ½ cup agar flakes (or ¼ cup agar powder)
  • ¼ cup rice bran oil
  • 2 tbsp yellow or white miso
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoons white truffle oil (more or less to taste)
  • chopped chives
To do
  1. lightly oil 3-4 small ramekins, or use plastic containers (they don't need oiling)
  2. finely grind the cashews in a food processor
  3. add the nutritional yeast, onion powder, salt and garlic powder, quickly blend
  4. combine the soy milk, agar, and oil in a saucepan
  5. bring to a simmer over high heat, then decrease the heat to medium-low heat
  6. cover and simmer until the agar is dissolved (this will only take a few minutes)
  7. with the food processor running, gradually pour the milk mixture into the cashew mixture, blend for 2 minutes, or until the mixture is very smooth and creamy
  8. blend in the miso, lemon juice and chopped chives, and then half of the truffle oil. Taste and add more truffle oil (as much as you want)
  9. transfer the cheeze to a container; cover and refrigerate until it is very firm, about 4 hours. Once it is firm, use a knife to gently remove the cheeze from the ramekin, or wriggle plastic container.
Notes
For a quick sauce, melt the cheeze and add non dairy milk to dilute if needed.