Papaya Seed Cream Sauce

What you need:

  • a nice ripe papaya
  • 1/4 c cider vinegar, wine vinegar, or berry vinegar
  • 1 t mustard powder
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/4 c vegetable oil
  • 1 c Avellana easy soy yogurt

How to make it:

Papaya!
Papaya seeds! Packed with health and flavor.

Cut the papaya in half and scoop out 1-3 tablespoons of seeds. I like to use a lot because they have SO many health benefits! Plus they are slippery and fun to crunch. Add the seeds and the rest of the ingredients except the yogurt to your food processor/blender/mortar and pestle. I used this cool little rip cord chopper that I LOVE. I originally got it for my camper, but I use it all the time because it’s easier to clean than the food processor or blender. Plus it’s fun to pull that cord a million times like a crazy person.

Grind up all the ingredient to your preferred level of chunky-ness. I like some texture, so I only ground it a little bit. Then add in the yogurt and stir in up. Voila! You’ve got a delicious and healthy dressing and/or marinade! Its a little sweet and a little savory and a little tart. Delicious.

Serving suggestion: I made a batch of cream sauce with yogurt and a batch without yogurt. I used the non yogurt batch to marinate a block of torn up tofu. I let it marinate for 30-45 minutes.

I baked the marinated tofu at 425 for about twenty minutes, stirring often to keep it from sticking. I roasted some butternut squash and yellow squash at the same time. I put it all over a bed of saffron infused rice (add a pinch of saffron, 1/2 t of turmeric, a splash of roasted sesame oil, and one t salt to the rice before you bring it to a boil), drizzled on the cream sauce, and sprinkled some smoked paprika on top for a flavorful fall meal.

Cultured cashew cream

What you need-

Blend the cashews until smooth, adding just enough water to blend easily. You can make it thicker but you may need to scrape the cashew butter down from the sides. Stir in salt and cultures, cover to avoid developing a skin, and place in your fermentation station for 8 hours.

You can add in any number of seasonings. I make it plain so that I can utilize it for multiple applications.

Roasted romanesco broccoli with cultured cashew and persimmon sauce

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What you need-

  • 1 head Romanesco broccoli
  • 4 tablespoons cultured cashew cream
  • 1-2 persimmons
  • 2 apples
  • 2 shallots
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • seasoning

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Chop the apples, potato and shallots, drizzle with olive oil. I sprinkled on a little Italian herb spice and salt. Roast until soft.

Lightly core and cover the Romanesco broccoli with foil and roast for 30 minutes. Uncover and roast for another five for a little browning. Check from time to time to ensure it doesn’t burn.

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Place cultured cashew cream in the blender along with the flesh of the persimmon, 1/2 shallot, a pinch of salt, and a pinch of chipotle (optional). You can add other seasoning as desired.

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When everything is done roasting, drizzle the cream sauce on and serve! The light sweetness of the persimmon cashew sauce perfectly matches the sweetness in the roasted apples. It makes for a great sweet and savory dinner.

Prairie Fire bean dip with vegan cheese sauce

In the late 90’s, one of our most favorite things to do was to go to Don Pablo’s Mexican restaurant and order a bowl of prairie fire bean dip. It was sooooo good and soooo cheap. They made fresh flour tortillas to dip in it and it was awesome. Alas, Don Pablo’s closed and we moved away. Recently my little sister mentioned this dip and oh dang, I couldn’t stop thinking about it!! So I went about making a vegan version…I think I did pretty well, though admittedly, it’s been about a decade.

What you need-

Cheezy sauce-

  • one small onion
  • 1/2 c cashews
  • 1/4 c nutrition yeast
  • 1/4 c salsa
  • one jalepeño
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 c water

Place this all in your blender and blend til heated through (around one minute).

For beans-

  • two cans refried beans
  • one can green chilis
  • one cup easy soy yogurt
  • Tortillas (flour or corn) oven heated in foil for 10 minutes.

Heat the beans, add as much cheese sauce as you like, salt and season as desired. If you like it chunky, leave it as is. I prefer the the smooth creamy like Don Pablo’s used to do, so I put it all back in the blender and blended it smooth. Add sour cream yogurt, salsa, garnishes and serve!

Fettuccini with cultured cream sauce, shallots, chanterelles and parsley.

What you need:

For the Alfredo

  • 1 c easy soy yogurt
  • 1/3 c pine nuts or cashews
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/3 c nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 2 cloves garlic

For the pasta

If you’re using baked tofu, put your oven at 400 degrees and crumble up the tofu. Drizzle with olive oil and tamari. Bake for around 10 minutes stirring often.

Place all the Alfredo sauce ingredients into the blender and blend on high for one minute.

Cook pasta according to directions.

Dry sauté the chanterelles first to cook off the water.

Add chopped shallots and olive oil.

Chop up your parsley. Once all the elements are done, place a scoop of pasta, a scoop of tofu (if using), a scoop of mushrooms, and pour Alfredo to taste. Garnish with parsley!

Baked potato with shiitake bacun and easy cultured cheeze sauce

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What you need:

Cultured cheese sauce

  • 1/2 c easy soy yogurt
  • 1/2 c cashews
  • 1/4 c nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1/4 favorite salsa (I use Trader Joe’s salsa especial-medium spice)
  • Jalapeño or canned chilis
  • Salt to taste

Shiitake bacun

  • 2 c thinly sliced shiitake
  • Drizzle olive oil
  • Drizzle liquid smoke
  • Drizzle tamari
  • Preheated oven at 375 degrees

Other

Spread the shiitake out on a cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil, liquid smoke, and tamari. Bake at 375 degrees, stirring well every five minutes for the first fifteen minutes, then every three minutes until done.

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The bacun will seem almost burned but will still be chewy after twenty minutes or so. Once you take it out it will get crunchy like bacon as it cools.

For the cultured cheese sauce, put all the ingredients into the blender and blend well for two minutes.

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Bake the potatoes and steam the broccoli as preferred. Plate them up and mow them down!! The savory umami of the bacun is perfectly paired with the creamy cultured cheese sauce. Zam! You won’t be disappointed.

I baked up some Brussels Sprouts as well as the steamed broccoli and added a little plain easy soy yogurt in place of sour cream. A few dots of hot sauce and you’re ready to take on the world.