Cashew Cream Sauce (Gluten-Free & Vegan)

Gluten-Free Pasta with Cashew Cream Sauce

If you love cream sauce and cashews there is little better than this easy sauce served with your favorite roasted veggies and pasta. I had put off making this sauce forever thinking it was complicated and my best friend showed me that it is the easiest recipe ever. All you really need is a high powered blender. This recipe really is a lazy, gluten-free, vegan cooks dream. This is a great go to healthier alternative to dairy based cream sauces. While it is amazingly delicious, no one will mistake this for a classic alfredo sauce. I almost think it’s better, but that’s coming from a cashew obsessed vegan food lover.

BTW- That Parma Veg alternative “cheese” is delicious and 100% gluten-free.

Cashew Cream Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cups raw plain cashews
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast (gluten-free)
  • a few pinches of chili flakes to taste
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard (gluten-free)
  • 2 cloves garlic (one if you prefer it less garlicky)

Place all the ingredients in a high powered blender (we used a NutriBullet)  and combine until it makes a sauce. About 30 seconds. It’s that easy. You can add more water if you want a thinner sauce, more nutritional yeast if you want it “cheesier” and or more spice if that’s how you like it (we added sriracha).

We served ours with pasta and roasted veggies (mushroom and broccoli roasted with oil, salt and pepper for about 20 minutes). You can bake the finished product in the oven for 15-20 minutes to make a kind of baked macaroni if you want, but we served it as is. The sauce stores well in the fridge for a few days.

Adapted from this recipe by Tara Stiles

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Healthy Cookie Dough Baked Oatmeal (Gluten-Free & Vegan)

2014-01-28 15.09.15I have been dying to try this simple recipe for baked cookie dough oatmeal that I adapted from one of my favourite healthy baking websites. The original recipe made them look like cakes but because I am inpatient and insist on eating my food hot mine worked out better kept in the ramekin. This recipe tastes like a decadent cookie but is super easy to make, pretty healthy and makes a great breakfast, snack or dessert. It is also really easy to play around with the ingredients and try different combos, baked oatmeal is hard to screw up. In my books anything that is this yummy, easy, comforting and falls into the healthy column is a definitely a winner.

How have I gone my whole life without trying baked oatmeal!?!?

Ingredients

These proportions make 3 to 4 small ramekins full of oatmeal. You could also bake it in one large dish.

  • 1 cup certified gluten-free rolled oats (I like Cream Hill Estates)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 3 or 4 TBSPs maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk (any kind) or water
  • a few handfuls of semi-sweet chocolate chips or chopped semi-sweet chocolate
  • Optional: chopped nuts, coconut flakes and cinnamon (pecans and almonds worked well)

Preheat your oven to 400F.

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and distribute into 3 or 4 ramekins (depending on their size). It is not necessary but you can coat the ramekins with a little coconut oil or vegetable oil. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes until set and then increase the heat to broil for several minutes for a crispy top or just continue cooking them for a few more minutes (the cookie time really depends on your oven and how crispy you would like your top to be).

Enjoy this filling and delicious treat right out of the oven. Perfect for this cold weather we have been having. It can also be made ahead. I kept mine in the fridge for 24 hours before baking and they tasted exactly the same.

Note: If you would like it to come out as a little cake make sure to coat the ramekin with a little oil (I prefer coconut) so it will release once cooled.

Inspired by this great blog Chocolate Covered Katie that features amazing healthy version of almost every dessert imaginable, many being gluten-free.

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Easy Smashed Chickpea Salad (Gluten-Free)

2014-01-13 20.16.35This smashed chickpea salad is one of my favorite things to make and it only takes a few minutes. I often make a double batch to eat throughout the week. It is great on it’s own, as a filler in a sandwich or as an addition to a salad. My preference is to serve it on gluten-free toast with mayo.

The simple combo of chickpeas, lemon, red onion and parsley is always perfect. It’s an easy thing to throw together for a group and make in large quantities if you want to bring something that is healthy and gluten-free for everyone to share.

Ingredients

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 TBSP finely chopped red onion
  • 1 TBSP chopped fresh parsley
  • Zest and juice from half a lemon (you can use more to taste)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A few TBSPs of  olive oil (to taste)

Note: This is really a no measurement recipe. I just gave suggestions, feel free to play with amounts.

Mix everything but the olive oil in a medium sized bowl and lightly smash the chickpea mixture with a fork or a potato masher (I sometimes omit this step if using it as a salad). Add the olive oil and mix it all together.

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

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Simple Roasted Savoy Cabbage

2014-01-05 17.24.58-1What to do with that 1/2 cabbage you have left from that other recipe? Roast it! Roasting is always a great way to cook left over veggies and savoy cabbage is surprisingly good this way. I know this is a super easy recipe but it’s just a little reminder to eat your veggies, particularly the ones that are being ignored in the back of your fridge.

Ingredients

  • Savoy cabbage, cored and thinly chopped
  • A few drizzles of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: lemon, nuts, gf tamari…

Heat oven to 400 F.

Spread cabbage on a baking sheet (not over crowded) and with your hands coat leaves with olive oil, salt and pepper. If you are using tamari you can add it now. Cook for about 15 minutes, checking and mixing it half way. You can season it with a squeeze of lemon or garnish it with chopped nuts.

I served mine with tofu and quinoa.

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Post Holiday Detox: Cannellini Bean and Swiss Chard Soup (Gluten-Free & Vegan)

2013-12-28 13.51.58One of the effects of having so many great GF BFFs is that I get spoiled with gluten-free treats over the holidays. After many gluten-free Birthday and Holiday dinners, sweets and macarons I needed some healthy soup with lots of greens.

This is a basic soup that can be adapted many ways once you find the flavors you like. I would try kale, spinach and gigante beans. It’s super easy to make, has lots of flavor and makes for a great lunch or detox meal.

Ingredients

  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly diced
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly diced
  • 2 leeks, well cleaned and thinly chopped
  • 1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups GF vegetable stock or chicken stock (I used organic GF cubes)
  • 2 TBSPs olive oil
  • 1 bunch swiss chard, stems discarded and chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a heavy bottomed large pot heat the olive oil over medium heat and cook the leeks, onion and garlic for about 10 minutes until softened and starting to brown. Season with salt and pepper. Add the broth and beans and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes. Remove 2-3 cups of the soup to a blender and puree until smooth. Add the pureed soup to the remainder of the soup in the pot. Increase the heat and add the swiss chard, cooking the soup for about 3 minutes until the swiss chard wilts.

Serve immediately. I served mine with a drizzle of olive oil.

Adapted from It’s All Good. I love this cookbook featuring healthy and gluten-free recipes.

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4 Ingredient Cauliflower Soup

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Soups are one of the easiest things to make once you get the hang of it. This cauliflower soup is super simple, delicious and healthy.

Ingredients

  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 yellow or white onion chopped (a rough chop is fine, the soup is blended)
  • a little olive oil
  • 4 cups GF vegetable broth or water (I used Campbell’s Vegetable Broth, which is certified GF)
  • salt and pepper to taste

There are lots of ways to make this soup. My preferred method is  below:

  1. Sautee the onions in a pot with a little olive oil for about 5 minutes until soft.
  2. Add cauliflower and broth to the pot and bring to a boil.
  3. Lower the heat and simmer the soup covered on low. After about 20 minutes the cauliflower should be soft.
  4. Blend the soup with an immersion blender or transfer it in batches to a blender and puree until smooth.
  5. If the soup appears to be too thick you can add more broth or water.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.

I like to serve mine with extra pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.

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