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  • Vegan Cheese Ball

    Date: 2011.12.12 | Category: Dairy free, Gluten-free, RECIPES, Vegan Appetizers, vegan cheese, Vegan Holiday Treats | Response: 0

    Vegan Cheese Ball

    Here is a great appetizer everyone will enjoy around the holidays and for any party. Who knew that you could make a dairy-free cheese ball? Warning!  This ‘cheese’ ball disappears as soon as it is served so make sure to make a double batch if you have a big crowd! You get all the flavor and none of the guilt because this version has no saturated fat or cholesterol. So you can have your cheese ball and eat it too!

    Ingredients:
    1 cup blanched almonds
    1/2 cup pine nuts
    1/2 cup of firm tofu well drained
    1 Tbl nutritional yeast (optional)
    1 tsp red wine vinegar
    1 tsp vegetable oil
    2 drops of liquid smoke
    2 tsp onion powder
    1/2 tsp salt
    2 Tbl fresh chives

    Preparation:

    1. Place the almonds, the pine nuts and process quickly.
    2. Squeeze as much water from the tofu.
    3. Add the tofu, the olive oil, the liquid smoke, the onion powder and salt and blend.
    4. You may need to stop and mix with a spoon.
    5. Pour the mix in a bowl and fold in the chives.
    6. Make a ball and wrap in saran wrap and refrigerate overnight.
    7. The next day, crunch 1 cup of walnuts into small pieces and roll the ball to cover it completely.
    8. Serve with crackers, celery sticks or bread slices.

    Notes:
    You can make a garlicky version or use fine herbs of your choice.
    Be creative and let me know how it turned out.

    Bon appetit !

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  • Cranberry Relish

    Date: 2011.12.07 | Category: antioxidant, Dairy free, Gluten-free, RECIPES, Superfoods, Vegan Deserts, Vegan Holiday Treats | Response: 0

    Cranberry relish

    This is one of my favorite relish recipe because it combines the tartness of cranberries and the freshness and sweeteness of oranges. You also get all their health benefits because you eat them whole and raw. Add the vitamin C, the amazing colors, which means, lots of phytonutrients. In our home, we don’t just wait for Thanksgiving or Christmas, whenever we need a pick me up side dish, that’s the one we go for.
    You can buy cranberries in the fall, freeze a few bags for later on and you will be all set!

    Ingredients:
    1 bag of cranberries
    2 medium oranges (organic preferrably)
    2-3 Tbl brown sugar

    Preparation:

    1. Pour the semi frozen cranberries in a food processor.
    2. Wash your oranges and cut the top off and cut into quarters.
    3. Add the oranges (the whole thing) by spreading them around the processor and sprinkle the sugar evenly.
    4. Process everything. you will need to stop, mix and process again until most of the large pieces are nicely processed and the sugar well mixed.
    5. Taste, add sugar if needed, this part is up to you. Some people like it tart, others more sweat. Serve.

    Nutritional facts about cranberries:

    Everyone knows that they help prevent and heal urinary tract infections, but newer research also seems to indicate that they can even prevent stomach ulcers from developing. Cranberries are a major source of anti-oxidants so they are naturally anti-cancer. They are also anti-inflammatory. So, they are now in my list of super foods and they don’t cost hardly anything! So stock up!

    You can serve it with tofurkey, seitan dish, mash potatoes and gravy. You get the idea, but don’t stop there. I love using the relish as a desert.

    Cranberry desert

    All you have to do is find a nice serving glass (or mug as in the photo), spoon some of the relish, then sprinkle some granola, then a little soy or nut milk, then more relish and finish with some granola. It is pretty, delicious and very good for you. If you want more fancy, you can add a scoop of coconut or soy icecream but it doesn’t need it.

    Ok, so no more excuses for buying cranberry sauce in a can (that looks like dog food when it comes out) or other lesser versions. You know better now!

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