When you dip, I dip, we dip! Say hello to my new fave creamy artichoke and chive cashew dip, here just in time for the holidays. It's the perfect vegan alternative to your average spinach dip. You know, those ones that come in a bread bowl, nothing against bread bowls but this dip is plant based perfection and will be the shining star on your seasonal spread.
As every good Greek person knows, hummus should be considered as an essential, right up there on the list next to toilet paper and water! Infact, I think my body is made up of 80% water and the other 20% is hummus. For anyone who is trying to eat more plant based, hummus is such a versatile vegan spread. For that reason I have made many different versions of the classic chickpea hummus and wanted to mix it up by using fava beans as the base for this delicious dip!
I know I have talked about this amazing vegan cheese, but not cheese sauce before in a recipe but it is just so damn good that I think it deserves its own very short and sweet blog post. I get so many questions about vegan cheese: "But Maria, how do you make vegan cheese? How is cheese vegan?" Well let me tell you... it's a lot simpler than you think.
Who doesn't love a good salsa? Especially in the summertime when the tomatoes are fresh and flavourful, and you're outside enjoying the hot weather barbecuing, yum, salsa is the perfect summer snack. Don't you think? This vegan salsa recipe is so easy to whip up and perfect to snack on on your own or bring to your next gathering or pot luck.
 I bet you would never imagine you'd see a recipe for how to make chocolate sauce with chickpeas that is healthy and vegan? Well add this sauce to your list of dessert recipes because this might become your new fav. Warning! It's addictive, but disclaimer, it's healthy! Win win.
So I've always had a mega obsession with hummus and other easy-to-make vegan dips that are perfect for snacking. They're usually really simple to make, healthy, and perfect when you're a busy bee like me and just want a quick snack. Also, they can be super great to bring to or have at a party. Who doesn't look a good platter of vegetables, crackers, dips and all that fun stuff? This red lentil hummus dip is one of my favs and is 110% plant-based. It only takes a few ingredients to make, and you'll have it whipped up in ten minutes or less! The best part that makes it better than regular hummus? The magical addition of red lentils. Yum!
Oh yes you guys! I made the best damn "Big Mac" sauce using Maille Canada Gherkins and holy shit, IT WAS AMAZING! I know a lot of us have cravings in the kitchen and for some reason mine are always related to dips and sauces, like I could put them on anything and basically replace them as a meal - oops.
  Baby it is BBQ Party season and I am damn excited! These Black Bean Burgers are the perfect addition to your next gathering and I promise you that they will be the star of the show.  They are super delicious, nutritious and easy to follow! When asked about these babies you can ensure all your guests that they are made from natural food, vegetarian + vegan and even recommend the recipe for their plant based diet recipes collection! I made these last night for Andrew and he fell in love.  He said that they probably wouldn't have been the same without the homemade "Big Mac Sauce" or  Thousand Island so please do not skip out on that!
EATYOURGREENS3 It taste just like Cheese! I am not kidding. This Cashew Cream triples as the best spread, sauce and dip ever! You can quite literally use this amazing stuff in your salads, for raw veggies on in your wraps.  It has the silky consistency of cream cheese but without all the bad additives. This recipe really makes being on a raw food diet (not me) and plant based diet really easy! Raw food recipes can sometimes seem a bit fat fetched but I promise you this one is amazing and can so easily be added to another one of your favourite vegetable recipes! Of course you may be a bit hesitant to try it as it is made from cashews after all and is extremely healthy, nourishing organic food and super easy to make. But hey, I will you be the judge!
udon By now we all know that I love eating healthy food that does not cost us too much time.  This five minute Cilantro Cashew Cream is the perfect dressing, sauce, cheese and spread! I added it to my udon noodles and tarts - but this is just a fraction of the ways you can use this simple and delicious recipe!