21 July 2012

Herbed Cashew Ricotta

Every once in a while I get a craving for ricotta cheese, but being cruelty-free, I don't indulge in dairy. I can't find any vegan ricotta in a 50-mile radius, so I decided to try and make my own version using cashews. If you haven't already tried it, raw cashews can make an astounding number of sauces and cheeses. I made a mayo-like creation with them as well as an alfredo sauce with them, both of which were spectacular. For this ricotta, I decided to add some herbs and use it for pasta with onion, garlic, and sauteed zucchini. SO GOOD! Dudes, you should totally give cashew ricotta a chance.

This makes a little over a cup of ricotta, depending how much water and fresh lemon juice you add.

What I used:
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for at least 2 hours
  • fresh lemon juice - I used juice of 1 whole lemon, adding a little at a time and tasting often
  • fresh herbs to your liking (I used basil, dill and flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 small fresh clove of garlic (optional) 
  • 1tsp olive oil
  • salt
  • a little water to loosen up the cashew ricotta in the blender
What I did:
  1. Drain and rinse off your soaked cashews. Add them to your blender or food processor. 
  2. Add a couple TB of fresh herbs and the garlic(if using). Squeeze some lemon juice in and a splash of water. Whir until the cashews are mostly creamed with a little texture remaining. 
  3. Taste and adjust salt, lemon and herbs as needed. It should look something like this:

I let mine sit in the fridge, covered, for about an hour and the flavor got even better. Now, you can add it to an awesome dish, like this:

15 July 2012

Fluorescent Green Smoothie!

I'm back on a smoothie kick lately. I can't stop. Whenever I look at produce, I start imagining them swirling around in my Vita-Mix. Alas, I was low on produce when I made this one. It's simple and delicious...and very green.

What's in it?
  • 2 big handfuls of kale (just 1 if you have Hulk hands)
  • 1 kiwi (peeled)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 orange
  • a smidge of water and some ice
Look how easy that is! And, when you use ripe fruits, you don't need to add any sweeteners. Ripe fruit is sweeter fruit. 

13 July 2012

KROB Smoothie

KROB smoothie. What the hell is a KROB? It's a healthy-ass, delicious vegan smoothie full of awesome!

K-ale (from my garden, and it was actually purple kale)

Now you get it. And now you should make it. It is supremely delicious.

  • 1packed cup kale
  • 1 big handful raspberries
  • juice of 2 oranges
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ice (optional)
Want to know more about the health benefits of kale? Click here for more info. Want awesome "EAT MORE KALE" gear,like tees and bumperstickers? Then you definitely want to click here. I have the shirt and get so many questions about it.

08 July 2012

One Lovely Blog Award

I was nominated by VeganMonologue!
I'm completely honored and flattered by the nomination! Thank you so much for the kind words, VeganMonologue!

7 Facts about me:
  1.  In my daily life, I curse like a sailor. Except at work. There, I am the perfect angel.
  2.  I'm obsessed with my pup, Marley. She's the greatest being to ever grace this galaxy.
  3.  I have a master's degree, and I'm not afraid to use it!
  4.  I'm fantastically lazy sometimes. But when I'm feeling motivated, you best just stay out of my way.
  5. I started my dream job in March, and I couldn't possibly be happier about it! I never dread going to work.
  6. No one has heard me sing since about 1992. I know I suck, but I just can't help myself when I'm alone. I belt out the tunes like there's no tomorrow.
  7. I own more shoes that I know what to do with. I need an intervention.
 My nominations:

Nicole Leigh / Veggie Panda: She is my foodie soulmate. Her foods and photos are amazing. I'd consider her my twitter girlfriend. You need to make her asparagus pizza. It'll blow your mind.

The Tolerant Vegan: Her photos are beautiful. Her foods are fantastic. And she is overall, super friendly and generally awesome. You need to check out her Mac & Cheese Pizza! OMG.

JL Goes Vegan: JL is such an incredible person. Her food is spectacular. She focuses on health and eating well (which I need to do a lot more of) and inspired me to try, and subsequently love KALE.

Vegan ESP: Run by 2 awesome vegans, they post all sorts of food reviews and recipes. They rock hard. They show everyone that vegans don't eat just twigs and leaves.

VeganVille: Gigi is such a sweetheart, and a long-time visitor to my blog. And she's silly and has a stellar vegan baked goods Etsy store! I'm dying to try her minty chocolate whoopee pies.

Czech Vegan (in America): Elisabeth cooks up some excellent food, with lots of czech classics made vegan. She's super cool and is a blogger at VeganYANerds, a teen lit blog.

The Rules of One Lovely Blog:
• Link back to the blogger who nominated you.
• Paste the award image on your blog, anywhere.
• Share 7 facts about yourself.
• Nominate 5-15 other blogs you like for this award.
• Contact the bloggers that you have chosen to let them know that they have been nominated.