Most of you lovely readers aren’t vegan. It is a pretty strict diet and can be super hard to stick to. My motto is moderation in all things (which means enjoy a treat occasionally), but vegan or not there are some great little gems hiding out in the vegan world. Let’s talk about a few today.

First let’s talk about cashew cream!! Cashew cream can be made sweet or savory to fit your needs. You can use it as a sour cream substitute (which honestly sour cream is just high in fat without any real nutritional value…), as a base for creamy sauces and soups, in baking, or in pudding, cakes, and other sweet treats!! So how do you make it??

Cashew Cream!!
Savory:
1 1/2 cups raw cashews (soak them overnight to aid in digestion and give a smoother texture)
3/4 cup water
2 Tb lemon juice/
1/2 tsp salt
After soaking the cashews drain them. Place them in a good blender and add the rest of the ingredients. Blender until smooth! It will thicken as it sits in the refrigerator. It will last about a week in the fridge and about a month in the freezer.

Sweet:
1 cup raw unsalted cashews (soaked overnight)
1/2 cup water
2 Tb pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
Drain cashews and combine everything in the blender. Blend til smooth and creamy! You can add more syrup and vanilla to taste.

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Sounds pretty simple right?? All the fun of sour cream or a sweet cream with added nutritional benefits!! The yummy picture above came from The Full Helping.  Head over there for some more variations and recipes!! The next two are things you can just buy and they are great substitutes!

Liquid Aminos!! This is a non-fermented liquid made from soybeans and water. It is a gluten free, high protein substitute for Tamari and Soy Sauce!! You can use it to cook with and add nice flavor to your meals!!

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Last let’s talk about nutritional yeast flakes!! Sounds kind of crazy right? Basically it is an inactive yeast product (it is dried with heat to deactivate it so it won’t “grow” like active yeast) that is packed with B-vitamins, folic acid, selenium, zinc, and protein. It is low in fat and contains no added sugars or preservatives. It has a cheesy, nutty flavor that can be added to soups, gravies, sprinkled on popcorn, mashed potatoes, on pasta, and used to make a Parmesan cheese like topping that you can sprinkle on whatever you like. It sounds kind of funky, but give it a try!! Look for it at a natural food store (they often call it “vegetarian support formula”).

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Give these a try!! Make it fun and you might just find something you love!!

xoxo
Jen