No lies, these are the BEST cheese fries!
No lies, these are the BEST cheese fries!
It only takes 10 minutes for you to be in food heaven!
Everything bagels are my favorite bagels. That is all I used to eat, and I didn’t branch out until I got a little older. I love the flavor combination, it is so delicious. It is comforting and perfect. I have been wanting to make my own everything bagel spice blend for a while, and use it in an imaginative way! When I finally realized that the best thing to go with this particular spice blend, is cheese. A cheese ball with everything bagel spice mixed in, and then crusted in the spice was what I decided, and it is so G.D good. …
One of our favorite restaurants in town serves Southern food with a modern twist. They have a all kinds of really awesome things that I think are really genius. However, the idea that always strikes me as brilliant is their Pimento goat cheese spread. My husband gets it all the time, and the fact that it is not vegan is not going to stop me from making some. I told my husband I was going to make a Vegan Pimento Goat Cheese Spread that would taste even better than the one he always eats. That is a challenge, and the challenge was accepted….
So, I hear that the Super Bowl is coming up? I don’t know, I hate football. Every year my husband and I come up with some kind of anti-super bowl party idea. However, we still make all the same food you would have at a football type gathering, just vegan, of course! Then we watch the Puppy Bowl or something! Now, I want to make sure you know, I am in no way saying you shouldn’t watch football, and I am well aware that I am part of the minority on this subject (especially living in a major college town), so this recipe will work really well even if you are going to actually watch sports!
Just because you watch football, it doesn’t mean you can’t stay vegan and have all the same amazing foods and flavors that go with a sporting event! You just have to get creative!! The basic Super Bowl party foods I feel like you need are chips and dips, wings, maybe jalapeno poppers. I decided to work on a vegan version of all of these, and this is where my spicy cheesy bean dip comes into play! It is so delicious, I had to stop myself from eating it all alone, in a dark corner, sobbing.
This recipe is about as easy as you can get. You are just blending ingredients in a blender, and then heating everything together in a skillet. The only thing you really need to think about is how spicy you want it! It is also rather healthy I am going to say. The base is raw cashews, there is no gluten and no refined sugar, and to make myself feel even better, I baked tortillas until they were crispy and ate the dip with those. You can make that happen with flour or corn tortillas, and with corn you can keep it completely gluten free!
I highly recommend making this super easy, low stress dip for your next sporting party! It tastes so cheesy, spicy and perfect. I promise that everyone will love this, and you can join me to continue the mission to make everyone a vegan(at least part time?). I hope you enjoy! As always, if you have any questions or feedback, I would love to hear it!
A fairly new tradition my family has started is to have a cheese, wine and appetizer party on Christmas eve. We have been doing this for about 5 or 6 years, and I love it. I also love trying new vegan options to have, that not only I fall in love with, but that also keeps the omnivores coming back for more. I love making different cheese balls with various nuts, coming up with flatbread pizza, tiny skewers of delicious bite sized appetizers, and last year, my husband made vegan carrot and tomato soup shooters with vegan grilled cheese dippers. This year though, I may have developed something that will top all other years. A crispy baguette sliced and perfectly toasted, topped with outstanding cashew ricotta, roasted grapes and fresh thyme.
Literally a flavor explosion, I don’t think I have tasted much better. This year, these beauties will be placed alongside regular cheese and bread and crackers, and I promise it will hold it’s own. Crispy, creamy, chewy, sweet, and salty. The ultimate handheld food. I like to peruse old Southern Living magazines and cookbooks, and a while ago I came across something similar, of course with regular ricotta. I though what a great appetizer to try to veganize, and what a perfect time to try. This would be great for any holiday party, and I am convinced it would be perfect for New Years Eve paired with crisp, bubbly champagne!
What are your beloved holiday family traditions? Or do you love to spend the holidays with friends? Either way, give this a try. Just casually incorporate it into any holiday potluck, and be the biggest hit at the party. For real.
This is a really easy recipe, it is just sightly time consuming and a bit involved. Just the cheese making process, the roasting of the grapes is a very quick and easy thing that you can do right before serving. The cheese though, I suggest making in the morning, or it would be very easy to make a day or two ahead of time and be kept in the fridge. Then you can just toast the bread, roast the grapes and take the cheese out when it is assembly time! The cashews also need to soak for at least 8 hours, but overnight would be better. So also something you can do a few days in advance. After the cashews soak though, all you have to do is throw everything in a blender. Easy peasy. Place in a cheesecloth and let drain. Ready to go!
I love bites of food I can have ready before guests arrive, so that I don’t have to spend time in the kitchen once friends and family are there. To me, the holidays are about remembering what and who are important to me. Make the best of my time with loved ones is the most important thing, and being ready at party time is a perfect way to do just that. These can be served room temperature, so you can do this when the time is best for you! I want a cocktail in my hand and my favorite people by my side!
I hope you enjoy! Happy holiday parties to you, and here’s to showing everyone you can happily make it through the holidays living an all plant based life.
Seriously guys, you can not tell this is not feta cheese. Period. Hands down. I love feta, and used to think it was really fancy cheese when I was a kid. I would put it on everything, especially all my salads. A few things I have made with this vegan feta recently, that I currently can’t stop thinking about include but are not limited to: Mediterranean couscous salad with olives, vegan feta, artichokes and oil and vinegar. Holy crap! Everyone in my family immediately said that could not tell it wasn’t cheese; a Greek vegan chicken salad with feta! Dear lord! I know I have made a winner when I take a bite and scream “I am a f#$@%ing genius!” I also had a wrap recently with hummus, feta and veggies. My mouth is watering while I type this.
You literally can’t mess this up, you are so close to having all the cheesy goodness you can ask for. I love having staples like this in the fridge, so when I get really busy, I can just throw together a quick lunch. There are so many options with this recipe. As always, let me know if you have any questions about this recipe, any others, or just vegan cooking in general.
An amazing vegan feta alternative.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Squeeze some of the liquid out of the tofu. and cut into small cubes.
Make the marinade, by adding all of the other ingredients in a bowl and whisking.
Let the tofu cool for a few minutes, and then add the tofu to marinade, cover and let sit overnight. You can keep this in your fridge for a few weeks, and it actually just gets better! Enjoy!