Bridal Shower Bites, Veganized

If you follow me on instagram, you would have probably already seen my post about the bridal shower I co-planned for an amazing soon to be bride.

bsbv1If you look closely on the table, you’ll see cucumber slices with cream cheese and tomato. Dairy and I have a love hate relationship. In other words, I love cheese but my body… not so much. These little bites teased me all evening. I know from first hand experience it can suck to miss out on things we used to enjoy because our body doesn’t agree with them.

Fortunately, alternatives are definitely possible if you’re willing to do your due diligence… and as an added bonus, the alternatives are usually much healthier, especially if you’re willing to get busy in the kitchen yourself.

I make a vegan “cheesecake” with cashews, which are seriously magically little things… you can do soo much with them, I swear the possibilities are endless. I had seen a similar method floating around the internet to make a dairy free/healthy version of a ricotta/cream cheese. After making the simple cucumber bites for an appetizer I knew I had to try and make a version friendly for those of us who avoid dairy on a regular basis.

bsbv6

The process itself is slightly time consuming, but each step in itself is easy enough. As long as you plan ahead ideally the night before, making the cashew “cheese” is pretty much as simple as it gets.

Ingredients:

  • 1 c of soaked cashews (ideally overnight, minimum 4 hours)
  • 1 tbsp of spices (I made mine a herb and garlic blend to mimic what we did for the bridal shower)
  • Juice of 1 fresh lemon
  • 1 tsp of sea salt
  • cherry tomatoes, halved
  • cucumber slices

bsbv2

Drain and rinse your cashews and place into a mixing bowl with the spices, lemon and salt.

bsbv3

bsbv4

Once all your ingredients have been added, place into high speed blender and blend until smooth

bsbv5

bsbv8Once it is smooth, transfer the cashew-cheese into an air tight container. It’ll stay good up to 5 or so days in the refrigerator.

I paired mine with cucumber slices by spreading the mixture on top and topping with half of a cherry tomato, but there are a ton of ways you can use this. I also added it to tomato sauce to make a creamier, rose-like sauce for my pasta tonight.

I know some people may be skeptical to use cashews as a dairy/cheese replacement, but I highly encourage you to try it if you’re like me and love cheese but don’t like the tummy ache and bloating that comes with it.

I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Bridal Shower Bites, Veganized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s