1 tablespoons sriracha (or your favorite hot sauce)
handful of cilantro, chopped
Prepare noodles according to instructions. Drain and set aside.
Squeeze tofu between paper towels prior to cutting into cubes. Toss with 2 TBS soy sauce (or liquid aminos), turmeric and onion powder. Allow to sit, or you can bake in the oven for 20 - 30 minutes to give a firmer texture.
Heat the coconut oil over medium heat. Alternatively, add 1/4 cup water to pan.
Add the garlic and white parts of green onions.
Saute until soft and onions are a bit transparent.
Add the curry paste, tofu (if not baking), and the vegetables to the pan. Stir gently, and saute until the the vegetables are done – about 10 minutes.
Add the coconut milk, soy sauce, sugar, and sriracha (hot sauce) and allow to simmer just a bit longer.
Add the cooked noodles and combine. Test the noodles for desired tenderness...you can cook them longer in the sauce if needed.
I have been sharing this cheese sauce for about 6 years now. I always make it when we are having Tex-Mex food or having a pot-luck type dinner with friends. Everyone is always amazed at how great it tastes. Pairs wonderfully with crunchy tortilla chips. I don’t miss cheese at all. (Side note: I quit cheese about 8 years ago and haven’t had a cold, the flu or even seasonal allergies ever since then. Loving it!)
The original recipe (and also, the name I believe) comes from Vitamix, but I’ve made a few adjustments. I have tried recipes that use steamed potatoes (in place of potato starch) and carrots and even onions, but this one is my favorite. Here is my go-to recipe.
1 cup water
1 ½ TBS lemon juice
¼ cup pimentos , canned or jar OR use 1 roasted red pepper, peeled
½ cup raw cashews (or almonds)
1 tsp onion powder
¼ cup nutritional yeast
1 ½ tsp sea salt
1 ½ cups boiling water
2 TBS potato starch (or tapioca starch) mixed with 1/4 cup cold water
Notes prior to getting started:
1 – I suggest soaking the cashews and definitely the almonds if you do not think that your blender can thoroughly blend the nuts without leaving crunchy bits in the mixture. I always remove the brown hull/skin when using almonds, or I buy them already removed (blanched almonds).
2 – As an alternative to raw cashews and raw almonds, you could try raw nut nutters. ( I haven’t personally tried this option, just a suggestion.
3 – I have been successful with substituting almond flour in place of using almonds and I was satisfied with the outcome.
4 – I sometimes substitute green chiles for pimentos. This allows the cheese sauce to appear more creamy white instead of being tinted red by the pimentos.
Place all the ingredients except for the boiling water and potato starch mixture into the Vitamix.
Set machine to 1, turn on quickly increasing speed to 10, and then to High.
Blend for 3 – 7 minutes until steam forms and you can see it coming from the lid’s vent.
Meanwhile, boil water on the stove-top
Reduce speed to 7, remove plastic plug from the lid and add boiling water and potato starch mixture.
Continue to blend until thickened, usually no longer than 1 minute.
Blender Plus Stove-top Directions:
Place all the ingredients except for the boiling water and potato starch mixture into the blender.
Meanwhile, boil water on the stove-top in a saucepan
Once you have a well-blended “cheese” mixture, add it to the saucepan along with the boiling water, bring back to almost boiling temperature.
Reduce the heat under the saucepan and slowly pour in the potato starch mixture while continuing to stir until thickened.
Polenta is a corn-meal porridge. You can top polenta with anything you like which makes it a delicious options for breakfast, lunch and even dinner.
Polenta is identified as a yellow corn-meal. The way it’s process produces a more whole form of what many know as grits and contains 6 g of fiber. ( The most popular form of grits only have .7 g – yet I believe there is a white corn that can be used to create white polenta “grits” which reserves the whole kernels.
If cooking on the stove-top it takes about 30 minutes. Use 1 cup of polenta to 6 cups of water.
But I prefer the much easier option of using an Instant Pot. This recipe makes 4 – 6 servings.
1 cup polenta
6 cups water or broth
Vegetable Toppings: (in photo)
`1 bell pepper
2 stalks green onion
8 ounces mushrooms
4 ounces cherry tomatoes
4 cups spinach
Salt, pepper and crushed red pepper (optional)
Directions: (for Instant Pot)
Add polenta, water and sprinkle with a little salt (optional) into Instant Pot and stir.
Cook for 10 minutes (manually set or use ‘Rice’ button).
After time is up, Press ‘Cancel’ to switch to ‘Off’ and allow natural pressure release (usually 10/15 minutes).
Stir to combine water and corn-meal. Using a whisk makes this easier.
Heat griddle or pan on stove-top.
Add 1 tsp of oil and/or 2 TBS water to the pan.
Add all vegetables except for spinach and stir-fry (stir-steam) until desired tenderness, sprinkle with seasonings of choice.
Remove vegetables to a plate, turn off heat, add spinach and allow to wilt. (Adding a bit of water to create steam will help spinach wilt.)
Serve by adding polenta to a dish and topping with the vegetables.
Fermented jalapenos are my husband’s favorite. They taste just like what you typically find in the jar on the grocery store shelves, but are made without using distilled vinegar and have no preservatives.
These are easy to make. If you have never tried to ferment any food. This recipe would be a great place to begin, providing you like jalapenos. Just slice, add to a jar with salt water brine and leave on counter top for a couple of days.
Ingredients: (This recipe will make a 16 ounce jar. The recipe can be doubled or increased as you wish. )
4-6 large jalapeno peppers, sliced
sea salt water brine (2 TBS sea salt/32 ounces of filtered water)
Add sliced jalapeno peppers to a clean jar. (A Mason type jar with a plastic lid is recommended.)
Fill jar with the sea salt water brine up to at minimum 1 inch from the top of the jar.
Add cap and leave on counter top or place in a cabinet, out of direct sunlight, for at least two days. You may want to sit the jar inside of a bowl to catch any juices that may escape.
Jalapeno peppers are ready when the color seems to have faded from deep green to a lighter shade
Leave (or take away) membranes and seeds to adjust the HOT level
Use a wide-mouth jar and glass weight to guarantee that peppers stay submerged underneath the salt water brine. Or, simply open the jar on day two/three and press jalapenos under the salt water brine.
Use an air-lock system to prevent air-bubbles (created during fermentation process) from pushing the juices out of the jar.
This is my go-to recipe for breakfast (in addition to a morning smoothie which I usually have while cooking pancakes). Notice there aren’t any sweeteners, gums or extra fillers in this gluten-free recipe. Just the basic ingredients and I enjoy them with unsulphured molasses, a touch of maple syrup and cold-pressed flax seed oil (an optional boost of Omega-3’s).
Ingredients: 1 cup buckwheat flour 1 cup millet flour 2 TBS ground flax seeds (can add up to 4 TBS) 2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp sea salt 1 tsp apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice) 2 cups nut milk (or water will work just as well) 2 tsp baking powder
Heat a hot griddle or skillet over low to medium heat.
Mix all ingredients together well, except for the baking powder
Allow to sit about 2 – 3 minutes for the flax seeds to help bind the mixture. (The ground flax seeds is a plant-based substitution for eggs.)
Add a bit more nut milk or water to attain the consistency needed to pour the pancake batter onto a griddle.
Add baking powder and mix slightly. ( You can add another tablespoon of water to help the powder dissolve easily.)
Add just a touch of oil if needed(I prefer coconut oil when needed) to your griddle or skillet.
Cook the pancakes. (They should be easy to pour from the bowl and form round circles on the cooking surface. If not, you can use a spoon to spread a bit or add more liquid).
Note: I make my own buckwheat and millet flours using a Vitamix grain container that has a specific blade for grinding grains.
Suggestion: Mix all the dry ingredients together and store in an airtight container. To use, add liquid of choice in 1:1 ratio of dry mix. Allow to sit for 1 minute. Then, if using, add lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Cook on hot griddle.
I found this recipe at the Minimalist Baker’s blog. It is definitely a good alternative to those brand name chips. (Hey, I hear ya….I was addicted to those chili Fritos too, but….hear me out.) Here is my personal review:
I give these 3.5 out of 5 stars. Knowing that the reason they didn’t score higher is likely because this was the first time I tried making these. The seasoning was SPOT ON! (Confirmed by another family member.) Yet, the texture or crunch was not quite right. I intend to try various tortillas to get the desired outcome I’m looking for.
6yellowcorn tortillas (I used Trader Joe’s corn tortillas)
2-3Tbspolive or avocado oil (I used a blend of these)
1.5tspchili powder (I used taco seasoning instead, didn’t have any chili powder)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Use convection setting if available.
Add all seasonings to a large bowl and mix/whisk well. Set aside.
Use a pizza cutter or kitchen scissors to cut the tortillas into Frito-sized strips. To accomplish this I cut the tortillas first into three parts using two horizontal cuts. Then I made the vertical cuts which resulted into the perfectly sized strips.
Place corn strips onto a baking sheet. I covered the baking sheet with parchment paper. Add oil and toss the strips around to get them thoroughly coated in oil.
Bake for 12 – 15 minutes until crispy and be careful not to burn during the last couple of baking minutes.
Remove from oven and immediately toss the tortilla strips into the bowl with seasonings.
Something to consider: I think the next time I make these I will toss in the seasonings before baking. I season my sweet potato bites prior to baking and I think these will turn out just fine too. This way, I believe the seasonings will stick to the chips much better (without the need to add any additional oil). I will report back to you on this in the near future.
If you try it, let me know what tortillas you used for this recipe. Happy crunching!
I’ve had the opportunity to share this recipe at quite a few parties this Christmas season and it has received great reviews. Most are very surprised when they discover that the ‘caramel’ dip doesn’t contain any sugar or dairy. (Surprise…it’s made using dates!)
4 large Fuji or Gala Apples (I think I would even enjoy Granny Smith)
Date ‘caramel’ sauce:
8 Medjool dates
1/4 cup unsweetened almond (recipe says that coconut milk is also an option)
1/2 cup water
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla powder (alcohol free vanilla extract is also an option)
dash of sea salt
Walnuts and/or pecans
Raisins and/or dried cranberries
2 tsp tahini or almond butter
Blend together all the ingredients for the caramel sauce until smooth. If not using a high-speed blender, it would be best to soak the dates in the water prior to blending
Cut the apples into thin wedges, arrange on a platter, pour on sauce and add toppings.
Note: This was adapted from the ‘Apple Nachos’ recipe from the Medical Medium’s website.