I had just bought a new bunch of cilantro and I removed all the stalks and leaves that were loose because I didn’t want them to go “bad” at the bottom of the jar. (This is how I keep my herbs fresh in the fridge.) So I was left with a bunch that I wanted to use up in a hurry. I decided to make an alternative to the cheese topping for the variety of plant-based tacos that I eat very often – so I searched the internet looking for a cilantro sauce. This was the first to appear. I found it at The Baking Fairy’s website (see below), but here is my recipe. I think next time I will definitely try fresh garlic (1/2 to 1 clove) and fresh onions (1/8 inch slice), yet this recipe is still a good one.
1 cup soaked cashews
1/4 cup cashew milk (or any unsweetened nut milk, I used almond milk)
1/4 cup or more of cilantro (packed tightly)
1/4 cup of lime juice
1/2 jalapeno (I only had jalapeno juice from my homemade pickled jalapeno peppers)
3/8 – 1/2 tsp garlic powder
3/8 – 1/2 tsp onion powder
3/8 – 1/2 tsp sea salt
a little pepper is also a nice addition
Add all ingredients except for the nut milk to a blender and blend.
Add nut milk as needed until you get to your desired consistency.
The original recipe for this sauce was found at https://www.thebakingfairy.net/2017/05/sofritas-tacos-cashew-cream/.
I think I have been creating these all along prior to the term “Buddha Bowl” becoming popular. This is my second “go to” option when trying to determine what to eat next. My first is plant-based Tex-Mex meals. (I live in Texas y’all!)
The Buddha Bowl I prepared today uses quinoa as the base! I love quinoa for so many reasons and healthy ones too. It’s gluten-free and high in protein (a concern for some when embarking on a plant-based eating plan). I had roasted sweet potatoes using my favorite recipe. I had a bunch of colorful Swiss chard that I needed to prepare and hummus (which I practically keep on hand at all times). So I threw all of these “leftovers” together and created a very satisfying lunch.
pre-soak 1 – 2 hours for better nutrient absorption
Diced and seasoned with cumin, turmeric, salt, paprika, chili powder, garlic (sprinkled on as you like). Toss with a little coconut oil (barely oil them) and bake 350 – 400 degrees Farenheit
Saute green onions and bell peppers in water until soft. Add tomatoes and Swiss chard until wilted. Squeeze fresh lemon juice on top
Seasonings: cumin, lemon juice, tahini, roasted red peppers, salt/pepper and sometimes olives
Hey, here are some ingredient ideas for a Tex-Mex Budha Bowl!
I prepared this in my InstantPot. But I’m sure a pot on the stove top will work just as well. This was quick and easy. The perfect warm and satisfying meal for the cold night on which I prepared it. (Note: this recipe was based on a recipe I saw at Pinch of Yum, but I added a few things.)
4 green onions (about 1/3 cup),chopped
1jalapeño,minced (add depending on the spice level you want)
3 mediumsweet potatoes,peeled and cubed
1 cup garbanzo/chickpeas, cooked
1 14-ounce canfire roasted tomatoes
1 14-ounce cancoconut milk
2/3 cupwater for InstantPot or up to 1 1/2 if on stove top
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 – 1/2 cupchopped peanuts (or cashews)
2 x 2 strip of Kombu for added minerals
1/4 cup peanut butter (or cashew butter) You can also take some of the soup broth and blend with peanuts (or cashews) to thicken the soup.
1-2 cups kale, stems removed, chopped (or any other dark leafy greens: collards, chard)
1 – 2 tsp miso paste (for added flavor)
Place all ingredients in InstantPot and cook for 10 minutes or add to a pot on the stove top and cook until potatoes are tender.
Add the “after cooked” ingredients. If using InstantPot, after quick or natural release.
I usually cook a large batch of beans and freeze whatever I don’t use immediately. So, for this recipe, the only ingredient that I had to make was the “Not-So” Cheese Sauce that I found in the Vitamix recipe book. If you have the opportunity to purchase a Vitamix you should definitely do so. You won’t regret it. I think I’ve owned mine for about 7 years and the only part I have replaced is the rubber top recently because it wasn’t fitting as snugly as it did when I first purchased it (6 years ago).
I pulled these tacos together rather quickly. The corn tortillas are “Tortilla Land” brand that I found in the local grocery store. They are uncooked and I prepare them on the griddle that I keep on the left side of my stove-top mostly for this purpose (and cooking pancakes just as often).
Tortilla Land corn tortillas (or make your own using masa flour, or chickpea flour or cassava flour) Update: Here is a chickpea flour tortilla recipe. I truly enjoy making my own tortillas these days.
black beans (red beans or pinto beans would also be good, canned is fine – just rinse them)
I had a mango and a red bell pepper and recall making a dressing out of the two a while back. But this time, I added a few more ingredients. Then end result is a dressing that reminded me of Catalina Dressing, but this one is Oil-Free.
Catalina was my salad dressing of choice when I was a child and likely when I was also a teen. Of course it was from a bottle and one that is a very popular salad dressing brand. (OKAY, I feel a bit uncomfortable sharing that, but there are really more healthy options…such as the one I’m about to give you below.)
Granted, my salad as a child only consisted of cucumbers, tomato and iceberg lettuce. Yeah I guess, it’s a good start for anyone, but I finally learned that I love all vegetables and now I rarely eat a salad made of only 3 vegetables. Okay…enough of reminiscing about my childhood, here is the recipe. Ingredients: 1 small mango (Ataulfo mangos are the perfect size) 1/4 of a small to medium red bell pepper 1 TBS apple cider vinegar (use lemon juice instead for Sadkhin Diet) 1 clove garlic, small 1 – 2 inch piece of zucchini or cucumber (if more liquid is desired) salt to taste (approx 1/8 tsp, optional)
Other possible add-ins:These are optional add-ins that are similar to most recipes that you will find online for Catalina Dressing.
Honey (if you need it sweeter, but Ataulfo mangos are usually very sweet)
If you want/need the extra “good” fat, add some extra virgin olive oil
Tomato slice or 1 tsp tomato paste
Onion slice or onion powder
Dash of paprika
Directions: Blend all the ingredients together in a high-speed blender, such as a Vitamix. Use as desired.
I just poured it all on top of my salad and dug in. YUMMY!
Recently I prepared three cabbage salads for the Grand Opening Event of Sadkhin Houston. Sadkhin is a weight loss program that doesn’t require any special foods, just mainly fresh fruits and vegetables.
One highly recommended vegetable for the Sadkhin Diet is raw cabbage. Also, since the diet suggests having no more than three vegetables/fruit combinations in each dish, we created the following cabbage salads for client sampling. (Note: Herbs, most spices, onions and garlic may be used freely. Also allowed are lemon juice and honey.)
1 large head of green cabbage
1/2 – 1 pound of carrots
1 – 2 green onions, thinly sliced
1/4 – 1/2 bunch of cilantro (about 1/2 cup, packed) For dressing, whisk together juice of 1 1/2 lemons (about 1/4 cup) and 1 lime, 1/2 of small jalapeno (seeds removed), 1/2 tsp cumin, salt (about 1/2 – 1 tsp) and a dash of granulated garlic, cayenne and honey to taste Optional: Add a fruit – mango would be good in this one also.
Apple Slaw 1 large head of green cabbage 3 -4 kale leaves, thinly sliced 2 medium Granny Smith apples For the dressing, whisk together juice of 1 1/2 lemons (about 1/4 cup), 1/4 – 1/2 tsp ground mustard, 1/2 tsp dried dill, salt (about 1/2 – 1 tsp) and honey to taste
Asian Slaw 1 small head of green cabbage 1 small head of purple cabbage 1 – 2 green onions, thinly sliced 1 – 2 Ataulfo mangos, diced small 1/2 tsp fresh ginger juice (or 1/2 tsp dried ginger spice) 10 leaves of fresh mint For the dressing, whisk together juice of 1 1/2 limes (about 1/4 cup – also can add lime zest if you like) about 1/2 – 1 tsp salt and honey to taste
I also put together an Italian oil-free salad dressing. (Simply omit the apple-cider vinegar and possibly use more lemon juice to make this oil-free dressing Sadkhin Diet compliant.)