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Quinoa And Swiss Chard Salad With Yummy Cashew Cheese

quinoa and cashew salad with textHello y’all!

I made my first order of nuts at Prana almost two weeks ago and now, I got so many of them I cannot stop making new nuts recipes. Can you believe I just tried cashew cheese for the first time last week!? I had already tried faux-cheese cakes in some restaurants, but I had never tried the salty version. I was so happy with the way it turned out! And it was really easy to make : you don’t even need to soak the nuts a really long time! This simple cashew cheese really gave a kick to the salad I made. This healthy option add a whole lot of flavour to a salad! I guess it would be very nice in many kind of different salads. You could also use it as a dip or in a sandwich with some grilled vegetables. I think it would also work with some tomatoes and fresh basil… Hmmm… I must try that!

I took the cashew cheese recipe on One Green Planet and I didn’t change it a bit. I love One Green Planet website. They really have some amazing recipes with really good pictures. It always gets me so hungry! The only thing I don’t get with that website is that each time I open a new window, it asks me if I want to subscribe to the newsletter… and I mean, I subscribed months ago! And even if I put a check in the “don’t ask me again” little box, it still asks me each and every time! Okay, I guess it wouldn’t be a thing for most people, but for a food porn bulimic like me, it kinda gets on my nerve… Please, One Green Planet, make this pop up stop! :p

The salad recipe I give you here is really simple. I simply put what I had on hand. I first got inspired by the wonderful colour of the swiss chard stems, and decided to add some red quinoa and beets to go with it. The result was yummy, filling and beautiful. Feel free to adjust it with what you have in your fridge.

Ingredients (4 to 5 portions) :

For the cashew cheese : 

  • 1 cup of cashews (soaked for at least an hour in 3 cups of water)
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Some freshly ground pepper

For the salad : 

  • 3 cups of cooked and cooled red quinoa (meaning 1 1/2 cup in it’s dry state)
  • 1 really big beet (or two normal ones), shredded
  • 3 of 4 leaves of Swiss Chard, cut in strips
  • 1 1/2 cup spouted lentils
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • A drizzle of oil (I used hemp oil)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions :

Drain and rince the soaked cashews and put them in a high speed blender (or food processor) with all the other cheese ingredients. Mix it until it is smooth. If you like a little bit of chunkiness, feel free to stop the blender whenever you feel like it. Scrape the side of your machine once in a while to help it get through the mixture. Set aside.

Mix all the salad ingredients together in a big bowl. Put the salad in some plates and use a spoon to drop a little bit of cheese here and there. If you want to enjoy your salad with a lot of cheese, feel free to double the recipe. Adjust the taste with salt and pepper, or even some more lemon juice.

Enjoy!

quinoa and cashew salad with vitamix

 

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Lentils, Nuts and Apple No-Meat Loaf

non-meat loafHi Veggie Pawa readers! It’s been a while since I posted something, I know! So I wish you a late happy New Year! I wish you Health, Strenght and Happiness for 2014! Everything I was so happy to have in 2013 and still wanna keep for all my life (saying the girl which currently has a big flu…)

Monday, I had my friend Vanessa over for Twelfth Night — Omg, I just learned that “fête des rois” was Twelfth Night in English! This explains a lot! I’ve heard about Twelfth Night in Christmas Carols since I was a Child but never knew it was the same thing as “fête des rois”. Hummm… the endless things we can learn while writing a Food Blog!

Well, I had a Twelfth Night tradition — without knowing it — with my friend Vanessa since we were kids ; which is strange, I know, cause almost nobody celebrates Twelfth Night here in Quebec (well, I think)! The reason is simple : Vanessa and I always were close, but we spend most of the Holidays with our families… Which only left Twelfth Night to celebrate together! By the 6 of January, the sh*tload of family parties is over, and we can have our little time together!

This year, we got a little wild and didn’t have the traditional frangipane pastry. Instead, Vanessa’s made the best (non-vegan) log I’ve eaten in all my life! Maybe someday I’ll have the recipe… (Hein, Nessa??)

(To know what’s going on in my head anytime I hear the word “log” click here. I know, I’m kinda geek.)

Here’s a picture of that incredible Chestnut log :vanessa chesnut log

Vanessa also brought a delicious (and beautiful!) salad. The dressing was fabulous. I’ll give you the recipe quite soon!

vanessa's saladHere is the salad before we put the dressing and the cubed fresh apples on it.
dill dressingAnd here’s the yummy Tofu, Dill and Green Onions Dressing! (recipe soon)

I, for my part, made a Vegan Loaf, to stay in the “wintery” “comfort-foodie” mood of the Holidays. I’ve tried another loaf during Christmas time, but this “Oh she glows” recipe (inspired by a Terry Walters‘ recipe) is definitely my favorite one so far! I’ve used the same ingredients, but changed the process a bit to my convenience.

Our dinner was first supposed to be at Vanessa’s place, so my loaf was previously baked and I baked it again to make it warm, so the sauce really dried out! (because of that, I made more sauce to eat with the loaf, but you don’t see it on the pictures) This is a good news! It means your loaf is going to look even better than mine! 😉

Ingredients :

For the loaf :

  • 1 cup uncooked green lentils
  • 1 cup walnuts, finely chopped and toasted
  • 3 tbsp ground flax seeds + 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups diced onion (one big onion)
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 1/3 cup peeled and grated apple
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup oat flour (you can do it by putting 1/2 cup oat flakes in your Vitamix)
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 tsp dried thyme
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • red pepper flakes, to taste

For the sauce :

  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Directions :

Start by cooking your lentils. Put them in a medium sized cauldron with 3 cups of water. Cover and bring them to a boil, then lower the heat to medium, keeping them covered. Cook the lentils until they are well cooked (and even getting a little mushy). It took me 25 minutes. If all the water dries out before your lentils are cooked, add a little bit of water. Once the lentils are done cooking, mash them a little with a fork or potato masher, so the loaf will hold properly.

While the lentils are cooking, toast the walnuts in a pan until they are getting a little roasted, but not burned. Watch them carefully. Should take a few minutes.

Once this is done, whisk ground flax seeds and boiling water together, and set aside.

Preheat your oven to 350F.

Heat a pan to medium (could be the same you used for your nuts) and put the olive oil. Sautee garlic and onion for 5 minutes. Add the celery, carrots, apple and raisins and sautee for another 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove the vegetable from heat.

In a large bowl, mix all the loaf ingredients together. Adjust seasoning.

Put the mixture in a oiled (or coated with parchment paper) loaf pan and press it firmly. Instead, you can do some mini loaves or muffin size pâtés. I went for a bread loaf and 4 muffin sized ones.

Mix all the sauce ingredients together and put the sauce on top of your loaf.

Put the loaf in the oven for 40 to 50 minutes. If your doing muffin size, you can put them for only 25 minutes so they won’t dry out. Slice carefully and serve.

*** I made a mistake this time and put way too much breadcrumb in my loaf (I don’t know where my head was at!) I added a little water to make it moist again and it was all okay.

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