Zesty Vegan Nacho Cheeze

Over the weekend we held a birthday party for my son Logan who was turning 11, Logan is an appies kind of guy so he asked me to create something special for his party. I had just returned from shopping for the party when his request came in and I was not keen on having to leave the house again so I pulled open the cupboards in search of ingredient to create something new.

Cashews, spices, nutritional yeast… it looked like the makings of a great cheeze sauce! I had the tortilla chips so I figured I could try and pull together a vegan nacho cheeze, little could we have known that it would turn out amazing! Once the guests arrived this last minute nacho dip became the talk of the party… next to the birthday boy of course!

I’m absolutely thrilled to share this recipe with you! It’s truly one of my best creations and I hope you will love it as much as we did!

Holly xoxo

Zesty vegan Nacho Cheeze

Vegan                Gluten Free                  Oil Free               Sugar Free                Prep: 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 Cup Raw Cashew Pieces
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 2 Tbsp Chopped Red Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Tbsp Shiro Miso
  • 1 Tsp Smoked Salt  ( I used Alder Smoked Sea Salt by The San Francisco Salt Co.)
  • 1 Tsp Turmeric
  • 1 Tsp Smokey Paprika
  • 1 Tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Tsp Lemon Juice

METHOD

  • Place all ingredients into high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy
  • Serve room temperature or warmed in a mini crockpot
  • Great for dipping tortilla chips and veggies in!

Creamy Vegan Broccoli Cheeze Soup

If you’re a vegan then one of the things you may really miss from your pre-vegan days is Broccoli Cheddar soup, but fear not, you can still have your soup and eat it too! My whole foods Creamy Vegan Broccoli Cheeze soup will make your tummy smile with fond memories but this time its free from any harm to animals…. not to mention harmful cholesterol!

Being completely oil free this recipe is ultra healthy and with the addition of nutritional yeast you will get your fill of B vitamins while still enjoying this creamy comfort food! I suggest serving it with a thick slice of my Vegan Irish Soda Bread for an extra helping of happiness!

Enjoy Holly xoxo

Creamy Vegan Broccoli Cheeze Soup

Vegan          Oil Free          Gluten Free           Prep Time: 15 mins               Cook Time: 35 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 Large Onion Chopped
  • 1 Large Garlic Clove Minced
  • 5 Cups Chopped Broccoli
  • 5 Cups Chopped Potato
  • 1 Cup Chopped Carrot
  • 7 Cups Vegetable Broth
  • 1/2 Cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Tsp Turmeric
  • 2 Tsp Sea Salt

Method

  • In a large pot add just enough water to cover the base and cook Chopped Onion and Minced Garlic until Onion is translucent.
  • Add Broccoli, Potato, and Carrot and cook for ten minutes, add more water if needed to base of pot.
  • Add Veggie Broth, Nutritional Yeast, Turmeric, and Sea Salt and bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer for 25 minutes.
  • With a hand blender puree the soup until smooth and creamy.
  • Serve with a nice think slice of my Vegan Irish Soda Bread!
  • Enjoy!

 

Garden Vegetable Salad Wraps with a Tahini Maple Tamari Dressing

I was busy as a bee in my garden today and discovered so many beautiful early treats! Gorgeous heirloom radishes, lush arugula, a cucumber, and a  few beets! I just knew a garden fresh lunch was in order so I pulled out some rice wraps and an avocado and started to play!

Once finished, the kids and I had made the most beautiful garden wraps with the treasures found in our own garden! I just had to share this recipe because it was delicious and will absolutely be added to my list of party appies or quick lunches!

Fresh, gluten free, and vegan this quick meal is both delicious as well as healthy!! 3 wraps are under 150 calories! You really can’t go wrong with this guilt free snack!

N.Holly D xoxo

Garden Vegetable Salad Wraps

Vegan        Gluten Free          Oil Free        Sugar Free           Prep time: 10 minutes

Ingredients per wrap:

  • 1 Rice Wrap
  • 3 slices roasted beet
  • 2-3 slices of Avocado
  • 4 slices of cucumber
  • 4-5 slices of Radish
  • 2-3 Arugula leaves

Method:

  • Soak rice wrap until its soft and rollable
  • layer vegetables in a row in the centre of the wrap
  • Fold the rice wrap ends over the foot of each veggie layer, then roll the wrap from the side securely.
  • Let sit for two minutes for wrap to seal
  • Can be placed in refrigerator for 24 hours
  • Serve with dipping sauce

Tahini Maple Tamari Dressing

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Tahini
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Tamari (or Soy Sauce)
  • 2 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 Clove Garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika

Method

  • Mix all ingredients until smooth and creamy
  • Refrigerate for up to two weeks

 

Smokey Cheedar Mac and Cheeze

Last week I gave you my Raw Mac and Cheeze so this week I’ve decided to take it back to the traditional comfort food and share with you my Smokey Mac and Cheeze Sauce recipe! My family goes mad for this recipe and the kids are literally licking their plates to get every last bit of this amazingly delicious sauce!

The great thing about this recipe is that this sauce is totally gluten free so if paired with a gluten free pasta even those of us with intolerance or celiac can enjoy! Its super quick and easy but tastes like you slaved away cooking for the day!

Completely picky kid approved! Enjoy!

Holly xoxo

Smokey Cheedar Mac and Cheeze Sauce

Vegan                Gluten Free                  Oil Free               Sugar Free                Prep: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Raw Cashew Pieces
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/4 Cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Tsp Smoked Salt  ( I used Alder Smoked Sea Salt by The San Francisco Salt Co.)
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric
  • 1/4 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Paprika

Method

  • Place all ingredients into high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy
  • Pour over your choice of pasta
  • Use gluten free pasta for completely gluten free meal!

 

 

Zesty Raw Mac and Cheeze with Zucchini Noodles

On January 1st of 2018 I made the decision to go raw vegan for 30 days. I expected this to be a major challenge, that I would be hungry all the time, and suffer cravings. All of those worries could not have been further from what I ended up experiencing during my month raw.

I felt energized, my skin looked amazing, and I had a blast inventing new raw recipes ! Today as I was cleaning out my junk drawer (we all have one!) in the kitchen I discovered the Mac and Cheeze recipe I created during my experimenting with raw foods! I just had to share it with you because it is so so good!!

I made this beautiful dish for mine and the kids lunch today and was about to take photos when I discovered my daughter took the good camera to school for a project! ACK!!!! WHY!!!!!….. Anyway, I’ve since recovered from the fact that I had to use my iPhone for these photos #firstworldproblems LOL!

Anyway!! I hope you love this recipe as much as I do, my kids go crazy for this dinner!

Holly xoxo

Raw Vegan Zesty Mac and Cheeze with Zucchini Noodles

Vegan         Gluten Free           Raw           Sugar Free           Oil Free           Prep Time 7 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Raw Cashew Pieces
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup of Raw Corn
  • 2 Tbsp Bell Pepper (I used Red)
  • 1 Tbsp Sun Dried Tomato (Softened in warm water for 10 mins)
  • 1/2 Tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric
  • 1 Tsp Brown Rice Miso
  • 1 Tbsp Red Onion
  • 1/4 Small Garlic Clove
  • 1/2 Tsp Himalayan Pink Salt
  • 1 Medium Zucchini

Method

  • Toss everything in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Spiralize Zucchini and place into large bowl
  • Evenly coat Zucchini Noodles with Zesty Cheezy Sauce
  • Serve right away!
  • Enjoy 🙂

 

Gluten Free Vegan Chipotle Cheezy Biscuits

I’m a huge sucker for a good biscuit, so when I started to experience some gluten intolerance symptoms I was absolutely devastated. I was the girl who could eat an entire load of bread to herself…. in one sitting. I loved my GLUTEN!! I fought it for about two years as I was in complete denial, thankfully I’m not celiac but I am bothered by it enough that I usually try my best to avoid glutenous foods. So I needed to find a few hacks!

Suddenly I found myself trying to create the perfect gluten free biscuit that satisfied my savoury taste and was vegan as well! So after much playing around I am so happy to share with you my Chipotle Cheezy Biscuits!

Enjoy!!

Holly xoxo

Gluten Free Vegan Chipotle Cheezy Biscuits

Vegan         Gluten Free        Sugar Free         Prep Time: 10 min.       Bake Time: 15 min.

Ingredients

Dry:

  • 1 1/4 Cup Brown Rice Flour
  • 1 Cup Chickpea Flour
  • 2 Tsp Gluten Free Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp Himalayan Pink Salt or Sea Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Xanthan Gum
  • 1/4 Cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/4 Tsp Chipotle Powder
  • 1 Tsp Paprika
  • 7 Tbsp Vegan Margarine (I used Earth Balance)

Wet:

  • 3/4 Cup Dairy Free Milk
  • 2 1/2 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar

Method

  • Combine all Dry ingredients in a large bowl
  • Cut in Margarine until  the mixture looks grainy
  • Combine Wet ingredients
  • Pour Wet ingredients into dry ingredients and combine just until every thing is nicely moistened
  • Scoop nine biscuits onto a parchment lined baking sheet
  • Bake at 425°f for 15 minutes
  • Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes
  • Enjoy!

Oh look, I made a video too!

Holly xoxo

 

 

Traditional Vanilla Strawberry Cheeze Cake

One of my pre-vegan favourites was a nice slice of New York Cheese Cake, but now that I’ve opted for a more healthy and compassionate lifestyle I’ve had to create a hack for some of my old favourites!

Now don’t get me wrong, this delicious cheeze cake recipe isn’t the healthiest thing you could eat, but it’s certainly better for you than a dairy based cheese cake. As with most of my recipes this one is super easy and quick as a a whip to pull together, no cooking and very little mess.

The delicate vanilla flavour is perfectly paired with the tang of a good cheeze cake due to the apple cider vinegar that gives rich taste of a dairy based cake. Even my ‘meat and potatoes kind of guy’ brother loves this cake, as a matter of fact the cake in the photos is for his birthday later this evening!

I hope you all have a beautiful week and Happy June to you all tomorrow!

Holly xoxo

Traditional Vanilla Strawberry Cheeze Cake

Vegan             Gluten Free          Refined Sugar Free          No Bake

 

Pecan Cacao Crust

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Raw Pecans
  • 1/2 Cup Raw Cashew Pieces
  • 1/8 Cup Cacao Powder
  • 6 Medjool Dates (the plumper the better)
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1/4 Tsp Sea Salt

Method

  • Toss all ingredients into a food processor, process until a smooth ball forms
  • Press dough into the base of an 8″ spring form cake pan
  • Chill in freezer while you make the cheeze cake

Creamy Vanilla Cheeze Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cup Raw Cashew Pieces
  • 1 Cup Dairy Free Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Tsp Sea Salt

Method

  • Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender
  • Blend until smooth an creamy
  • Pour over Pecan Cacao Crust and tap to remove any bubbles
  • Place in freezer or fridge for at least an hour to set
  • Garnish with fruit and flowers

Enjoy!

Holly xoxo

Raspberry Maca Cheeze Cake over a Cacao Pecan Crust

In the spirit of Mothers Day I decided to mix two of my favourite things! Raspberries and chocolate! I always try to out do myself every year with my Mothers Day cake, and I know my beautiful Mother appreciates it!

I’ve always been more for the rich decadent flavours while my Mum loves the light and fruity so since we are both mothers and should be celebrated I decided we would both get a little of what we love!

As with all of my cashew based cakes this recipe is quick and easy and requires no cooking! So if you’re reading this men, you too can dazzle you Mother, Wife, special someone, or well, anyone really!

Enjoy Holly xoxo

Raspberry Maca Cheeze Cake over a Cacao Pecan Crust

The Cacao Pecan Crust

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Raw Pecans
  • 1/8 Cup Cacao Powder
  • 6 Medjool Dates
  • 1/4 Cup Water

Method

  • Toss all ingredients into a food processor
  • Process until dough ball forms
  • Press into the base of an 8″ spring form cake pan

Raspberry Maca Cheeze Cake Filling

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cups Raw Cashew Pieces
  • 1 1/4 Cups Dairy Free Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tsp Maca Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Cup Fresh or Frozen (thawed) Raspberries

Method

  • Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender
  • Blend until smooth an creamy
  • Pour over Pecan Cacao Crust and tap to remove any bubbles
  • Place in freezer or fridge for at least an hour to set
  • Garnish with fruit and flowers

 

 

 

Basic Tofu Scramble

There are so many complicated tofu scramble recipes on the internet these days but very few base recipes. With that in mind, one of the best things about cooking is the opportunity to be creative! With my base tofu scramble recipe the sky is the limit, you can take it South and make a beautiful zesty Mexican scramble, or East if you add a little curry powder for a rich Indian flair.

No matter your taste, there are so many options available when making a tofu scramble. So I encourage you to take the base and make it special, I’d love to hear about the creations you come up with!

My scramble today is just the base recipe topped with heirloom tomatoes, asparagus, sea salt flakes, pepper, almond feta, and sprouts!

A quick note about black salt, for me this is an essential ingredient in a tofu scramble as it gives a true egg flavour, I encourage you to try it!

Enjoy 🙂

Holly xoxo

Basic Tofu Scramble

Vegan              Gluten Free    Oil Free      Serves 4-6     Prep and cook time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Block of Firm Organic Tofu
  • 1/4 Cup Water (or 1 Tbsp of oil)
  • 1 Medium Shallot
  • 1 Large Garlic Clove
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric
  • 3/4 Tsp Black Salt

 

Method

  • In a frying pan cook Onions and Garlic in Water until Onions are soft and translucent, you can use oil over water for more flavour if you like.
  • Add Turmeric and Black Salt, mix and evenly Coat onion and Garlic mixture
  • Crumble tofu into small pieces and coat with spices and veg
  • Add more water if drying out or starting to stick to pan
  • Add any additional spices or veggies of choice
  • Cook on medium/ low until tofu has absorbed most of the liquid
  • Serve and garnish with veggies, spices, vegan cheese
  • Enjoy!

 

Moroccan Spiced Lentils

In a push to try and be as conscious of healthy eating as possible, I have been focusing my families dinners around the whole foods plant based lifestyle. Whole foods eating is free from anything processed and that includes oils and sugar, sounds like a challenge? Well, it wasn’t as bad as I thought and what resulted was delicious as a bonus.

I love a good cooking challenge so taking away a few common ingredients can certainly throw a wrench into dinner unless you know a few hacks!

  1. You can avoid oil completely and cook your onions and garlic in water, who knew?
  2. Did you know cinnamon is naturally sweet and can give your dish a hint of sweetness when you are craving a sugar fix?
  3. Combining tomatoes with cinnamon only brings out the sweetness of the tomato and creates a lovely ethnic flavour.

I was so pleased I wrote down this recipe when I created it because all six of my children loved it and asked for seconds! If you’re a parent you’ll appreciate a dinner that gets approval from all of the kids. Someone always has a complaint, but not this time!

I’d love to hear some of your whole food plant based hacks in the comments!

Holly xoxo

Moroccan Spiced Lentils

Whole Foods Plant Based                Serves 6              Prep time: 10 minutes      Cook time: 30 minutes

Oil Free        Vegan      Gluten Free       Sugar Free

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium Red Onion
  • 2 Garlic Cloves Crushed
  • 1/4 Cup of Water (for cooking the onion and garlic in)
  • 1Tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 Tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 Tsp Ginger
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 Tsp Salted Lemon Skins (optional, often used in Moroccan cooking)
  • 1 Can Diced Tomatoes (Large size, 796 ml)
  • 1 1/2 Cup Red Lentils
  • 1 1/2 Cup Water

Method

  • Dice onion and crush garlic.
  • Add 1/4 Cup water to pot with garlic and onion, cook on medium / high heat until onions are clear in colour.
  • Add Spices and salt and mix.
  • Add diced tomatoes, red lentils, and water. Stir.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer and cook for 30 minutes until the lentils have absorbed the water.
  • Serve over jasmine rice and garnish with lemon and dill.
  • Enjoy!