Roasted Red Bell Pepper Cashew "Cheese" Dip

Move over Velveeta we've gotta a healthier version of your cheese dip; just in time for Super Bowl. This dip is so addicting, you might need to double the recipe if you're having company. 

Roasted Red Bell Pepper Cashew Cheese Dip is my new favorite appetizer. Not only is it inexpensive and easy to make, it also tastes like cheese dip. No saturated animal fats or fake ingredients. Its smokey roasted flavors make it unique and delicious. 

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This roasted red bell pepper cheese sauce is not only good as a dip it can also be used as a cheese in lasagna or as a cream sauce for spaghetti. The recipe calls for only a few ingredients. At my house this is a staple sauce but I play around with the flavors to mix things up a bit. 

Smokey Roasted Red Bell Pepper Cashew Cheese Dip. Wow that's a mouthful! Nobody will every know it's dairy-free | vegan gf | #puremamas #purekitchen

Have you ever made a cashew cheese sauce before? If not then start here - all it takes is a few healthy ingredients and a quick blend in the blender and voila...you're all set. Impress (or trick, rather) your friends at your next Superbowl party! 

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Roasted Red Bell Pepper "Cheese" Dip

yields 10 ounces

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews
  • 1 roasted red bell pepper 
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp sea salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 squirt hot sauce like sriracha or dried chili peppers
  • 1/4 tsp liquid smoke 

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a high speed blender add all of the ingredients. Blend until super duper creamy. 
  2. If you don't not have a high speed blender like a Vitamix, you will have to soak the cashews for at least an hour before making the cheese dip. 
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Warming Carrot Ginger Soup (raw vegan)

I think clean eating and detox is on everybody's minds seeing that it's January and all (remember those new years resolutions?). But who wants to think about smoothies, juicing and cold raw food when its fareeezzing outside? I have some good new for you. Did you know that raw ginger root and raw garlic make you feel warm inside even when the dish is actually cold or room temp? It's true! 

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And this warming carrot ginger soup recipe is a perfect example of what I'm talking about. Go ahead Try it. The soup also has raw jalapeño in there as well which really adds to the heat. Add avocado and you've got a really great healthy, delicious meal. 

Detoxing doesn't alway have to met juicing or fasting. Your body often lacks hydration, adequate minerals, vitamins, enzymes and other nutrients that a raw food diet is abundant in. Giving your system a week of these energizing, high energy, living, vibrant foods and not filling it with sodium, fake foods, meat, dairy and overly cooked (lifeless and dull) foods is just the change you need. 

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Start with this carrot ginger soup recipe. And just feel the life and energy you get from it. I always feel so clean, alert and healthy after eating it. Let me know what you think. I'm curious if your body feels the same way?

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No cooking necessary - just a quick mix in the blender and you're good to go! No dishes, no scrubbing, no big mess! Top with your favorite things like fresh herbs, sprouts, or even some cashew cream. 

If you want to do an easy 4 day raw food cleanse which includes some smoothies but mainly soups likes this and salad, you can buy my ebook for vibrant recipes, inspiration, words of wisdom, tips and step by step 4 day detox menu.  

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Warming Carrot Ginger Soup

yields 2 bowls

INGREDIENTS

Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe | raw vegan
  • 10-12 oz fresh pressed carrot juice
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 small jalapeño, sliced and chopped
  • 2 cloves raw garlic, pressed
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger root
  • squeeze of fresh lemon and orange juice
  • 1-2 Tbsp shallots, mined and chopped
  • 1/4 avocado, sliced
  • garnish: fresh herbs, sprouts

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a high speed blender add all of the ingredients except for the avocado and the garnish. 
  2. Blend on low and then medium to high slowly. Blend for about 20 seconds until creamy and well combined. It might foam, but that's ok. 
  3. Add slices of avocado to each bowl and top with fresh herbs and sprouts. 

 

Healthy Chinese "Chicken" Salad

Healthy Chinese Chicken Salad | Recipe Makeover | Vegan

Oh boy, I think I just created a new weekly staple. This Healthy Chinese "Chicken" Salad will not only leave you satisfied but it will have your taste buds jumping for joy! There are so many different flavors and textures; it's like a party in your mouth. Ok, yeah, that sounds a little weird, but I'm totally serious. There is a little peppery flavor, some hot spice, a little sweet, tons of different herbs, toasted oils and nuts and a touch of salt all combined with the fresh crunchy flavorful cabbage, carrots and greens. 

Chinese Chicken Salad | Vegan Recipe Makeover
Chinese "Chicken" Salad | Vegan Recipe Makeover | Detox Friendly!  #puremamas #purekitchen

This recipe not only tastes delicious but is easy to make - takes only 15-20 minutes max - and requires not cooking. I love Tofurkey's vegan oven roasted "chicken" that my local health food stores sells. The texture is like chicken but the flavor is better (of course), the ingredients are pretty clean and there's tons of protein. This healthy vegan Chinese "Chicken" Salad is filling and would be a great pot luck dish. 

Fresh & Tangy, this Chinese Chicken Salad will knock your socks off and have you coming back for seconds! It's a perfect New Year's Resolution Detox meal! enjoy this delicious Recipe.
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I have so many friends on a detox right now after the indulgent holiday! If that's the case for you as well, you need to make my healthy Chinese "Chicken" Salad recipe! It is guilt-free, high in fiber, high in protein and healthy fats but also abundant in antioxidant rich veggies. The dressing combines fresh ginger, lemon and garlic (great for cold prevention) with almond butter and toasted sesame oil. What are you waiting for - grab these ingredients while you're at the store and make this salad - you'll be so happy you listened to me! (wink)

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Healthy Chinese "Chicken" Salad
The Chinese Chicken Salad has a fresh new look and feel: no real chicken meat in this recipe; just tons of veggies and mock chicken protein. You'll love the tangy yet toasted flavor with the crunchy raw vegetables.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup, finely sliced or grated purple cabbage
  • 1 cup, finely sliced or grated green cabbage
  • 3, julienned carrots
  • 2 cups other greens of choice (i.e. romaine or arugula)
  • 2 thinly sliced and chopped radishes
  • 1/4 cup, chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup, chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup, shredded or chopped (I use Tofurkey Brand) "chicken"
  • 2, finely chopped green onion (scallions)
  • 3 Tbsp toasted almonds or peanuts
Instructions
Prep veggies by chopping, slicing and shredding. Add to a large salad bowl. Toss well. Add chicken and nuts, then toss again. Dress the salad when ready to serve. Toss well. Serve immediately.
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Chinese "Chicken" Salad Dressing
This dressing is so tangy, not too sweet, and a touch spicy! Makes a perfect dressing for any Asian style salad.
Ingredients
  • 3 cloves, minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp, grated fresh ginger
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp almond butter
  • 3 Tbsp tamari
  • 3 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp (or to taste) honey or agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes or tabasco
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice
Instructions
Place everything in a high speed blender or large measuring cup. Whisk until completely well combined or blend on medium until well combined. Dress the salad when ready to serve. Toss well. Serve immediately.
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Arame Cabbage Salad with Tahini Dressing

Seaweed is a wonderful ingredient in a plant-based diet. In fact, it has been a staple in Asian diets since ancient times for good reason. Most types of seaweed are high in essential amino acids (aka protein) and packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants like iodine, iron, beta carotene, calcium, magnesium and much more. But let's be real, it doesn't always appeal to the taste buds. 

Arame Cabbage Salad | Tahini Dressing (vegan)

To be honest, I loooove the taste of seaweed. But I know many that aren't fans at all. This salad is a great option for those that don't love the flavor or texture of arame or other seaweeds (like nori, dulse or wakame). The addition of toasted sesame oil, sesame seeds and tahini reduces the ocean type of aroma and flavor but doesn't take away from the savory earthy flavors. 

The bulk of the salad is red cabbage and crunchy veggies like red bell pepper, carrots and green onion. These vegetables (and fruits to be more scientific) add a crunchy texture, more healthy minerals, and of course nutritious fiber.  

Arame Cabbage Salad | Tahini Dressing (vegan)
Arame Cabbage Salad | Tahini Ume Plumb Dressing (vegan)

The dressing is so savory and tangy. There is a secret ingredient that really gives the salad pizazz: it's called ume plum vinegar. Have you ever heard of umeboshi plums? They are very common in Japan and usually taste uniquely salty and sour. Some even think they are liver cleansers and cancer fighters. Tahini adds a thickness and sesame oil adds an earthy toasty element to balance the salty sour taste of the ume plum vinegar. 

Arame Cabbage Salad | Tahini Dressing (vegan)

Funny fact: My mom makes this salad every Sunday or Monday and keeps it in the fridge for the entire week. She has it for lunch almost every day with warm tortillas and avocado. Stay tuned for a Taco Tuesday recipe that includes this wonderful arame cabbage slaw! 

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Arame Cabbage Salad | Tahini Dressing (vegan)

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ARAME CABBAGE SALAD WITH TAHINI DRESSING RECIPE
Ingredients
  • 1/2 red cabbage head, julienned
  • 1/2 bell pepper, thinly chopped
  • 1 carrots, shaved
  • 2 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup dry arame, soaked in hot water
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 c ume plum vinegar
  • 2-3 Tbsp tahini
  • pinch sea salt
Instructions
Combine the lemon juice, toasted sesame oil, ume plum vinegar, tahini and sea salt in a small bowl wish a whisk. Soak dry arame seaweed in warm water for about 30 seconds, until soft, then strain out the water and set aside. Prep (slice/chop) cabbage, bell pepper, carrots and green onion (scallions). You can use a mandolin or food processor if you wish to chop faster. I use a knife. Toss the salad all together with the sesame seeds and add the softened arame. Add the dressing and toss again until everything is well coated. Serve immediately. Or store the salad (with dressing on it) in an airtight container in the fridge. Salad will stay fresh for about 4 days.
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Arame Cabbage Salad with Tahini Dressing Recipe

SALAD INGREDIENTS

Arame Cabbage Salad | Tahini Dressing (vegan)
  • 1/2 red cabbage head, julienned

  • 1/2 bell pepper, thinly chopped

  • 1 carrots, shaved

  • 2 green onion, thinly sliced

  • 1/4 c dry arame, soaked in hot water

  • 1/4 c sesame seeds, toasted

DRESSING INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lemon, juiced

  • 1/4 cup toasted sesame oil

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 1/4 c ume plum vinegar {left this out last time}

  • 2-3 Tbsp tahini

  • pinch sea salt to taste (optional)

DRESSING DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine everything in a measuring cup or small bowl. Whisk together with a fork or a whisk.

SALAD DIRECTIONS

  1. Soak dry arame seaweed in warm water for about 30 seconds, until soft, then strain out the water and set aside. 

  2. Prep (slice/chop) cabbage, bell pepper, carrots and green onion (scallions). You can use a mandolin or food processor if you wish to chop faster. I use a knife. 

  3. Toss the salad all together with the sesame seeds and add the softened arame. 

  4. Add the dressing and toss again until everything is well coated. 

  5. Serve immediately. Or store the salad (with dressing on it) in an airtight container in the fridge. Salad will stay fresh for about 4 days. 

Cleansing Fennel Asparagus Soup

I've been eating so clean lately in addition to working out hard. It feels so good. I eat less when I workout hard and I make better food choices as well. It's funny how that works. When I was pregnant I was the same way; I ate better than on a normal not-pregnant day. Often times I hear pregnant women say that they can eat whatever they want because they are pregnant and going to gain weight either way so what the heck! But I just couldn't get on board with that. I was growing a baby inside me and I wanted to give my body what it needed in order to work hard and do it right. 

Cleansing Fennel Asparagus Soup

Soups like this Cleansing Fennel Asparagus Soup nourish and feed the body and soul.

Fennel has a celery like texture but looks more like a bulb. It's known for its licorice-like flavor. This often under utilized plant food has wonderful health benefits. In fact, it has been used in natural remedies since ancient times. It grows wild and can be grown anywhere Fennel has a pale bulb and long green stalks. It can be grown almost anywhere. All parts of the fennel plant, including the bulb, stalk, leaves, and seeds, are edible.

Personally I feel like fennel isn't often used in recipes because people don't really know what to do with it. I love fennel added to my pressed juices. It goes well with celery as well. Because it contains ample amounts of phosphorous, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, niacin, pantothenic acid, folate, choline, beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, vitamin E, and vitamin K, it's been said to help with everything from hearth health to inflammation to blood pressure and bone health.

In addition to all these nutrients, it provides high levels of dietary nitrates. 

Cleansing Fennel Asparagus Soup / Gazpacho
Cleansing Fennel Asparagus Soup

My cleansing raw fennel asparagus soup combines the health benefits of asparagus, avocado and fennel together to create a very flavorful healing dish. 

And although it's technically a raw soup (meaning, no cooked) I did like the idea of blanching the asparagus to soften it. You can also add warm veggie broth (instead of cold) to make this more of a warm soup. Personally I prefer gazpacho style fennel soup. 

Garnish it with pretty plants or crunchy raw nuts. I added some salty popcorn to mine one time. It was a fun addition. 

Cleansing Fennel Asparagus Gazpacho Soup

Cleansing Fennel Asparagus Soup Recipe

Yields 1 large bowl or 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1/2 avocado, skin and seeds removed
  • 1 medium sized fennel bulb, chopped in large chunks (approx 2 cups)
  • 5 large asparagus stalks or 9 skinny ones, steamed or blanched
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • pepper, to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp shallots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup broth (warm or cold)

Garnish ideas: shallots, cilantro, asparagus, avocado, olive oil, lemon juice or even a vegan sour cream. 

Directions

  1. Prep all your ingredients by chopping, removing tough stems, seeds and skins. 
  2. In a large skillet, fill the bottom with about 1/4 in water. Add asparagus and heat them until they are soft and bright green. Remove from water and put into a high speed blender. 
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients into the blender. 
  4. Blend up the ingredients until smooth. 
  5. Add garnish. Serve immediately at room temp or warmer. 
Cleansing Asparagus Fennel Soup