Although I don’t eat a completely raw food diet, I do use some raw food recipes to replace some of foods. The best sauces and dips I have made come from using raw cashews instead of milk. Here is my recipe that I created that can be made into a non-dairy cheesy raw spread or a dip depending on how much water you put in.
Raw Cashew Cheesy Spread
– 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in purified water for 4-6 hours, then drained
– juice of 1 lemon
– 1 tbsp Bragg’s amino acids, or other gluten free soy sauce
– 2-5 tbsp nutritional yeast powder ( I use Now brand)
– 1/2 cup filtered water or more for texture
– 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil or flax seed oil
– tsp rosemary, dried or fresh
– 1 small shallot
– 1 inch turmeric root (for added anti-inflammatory benefits)
– 1 clove garlic
– place drained cashews into blender and turn on to make a paste
– add the amino acids, nutritional yeast and optional flavors from list. I usually do rosemary and sometime rosemary and shallot. Blend again while streaming water in. you can also add the water first, then blend. Either way, the mixture should be pourable at this point. If you want it more like a dressing, add more water. If you want it as a spread, then use less.
Note: This mixture will thicken overnight while in refrigerator. If still too thick the next day, add more water.
This should last at least a week in a sealed glass container (this is where those glass jars from nut butters come in handy!)
I have found this makes a great sauce for making kale chips! It also goes well with steamed broccoli, and as a dressing over various greens. I have enjoyed it spread on a baked red potato or sweet potato as well as the vegetable flatbreads I make.
I will post the vegetable flatbread recipe later. I have it available at www.nutrition-in-motion.net/recipes.html.
I sell the flatbreads if you don't want to make them. They go really well with goat cheese and honey drizzled on top, or with avocado slices. They are perfect for appetizers or finger food for your SuperBowl party or when you are expecting guests. Great gluten free crackers which are more crispy if made in the dehydrator, but You can make them in the oven.
For more information on real food recipes for your daily living or next gathering with friends, please contact Joanna at email@example.com or www. n-im.net. I have a great hummus recipe listed too on the recipes page!
Joanna is also available for nutrition coaching sessions for those looking to improve their health using real foods. We teach you how to eat healthy without restrictive diet plans.