Posts tagged dips
Cashew Sour Cream

I could write a whole post on why I have a love affair with sour cream. You can blame my Russian heritage for that since it immediately makes me think of topping borscht (a very pink and hearty Russian beet stew), our crispy potato latkes, or potatoes of any kind for that matter, not to mention braised cabbage dishes. Oh boy, blast from the past here.

Vegan sour cream is so easy to find nowadays and I must say that the commercial varieties out there are incredibly delicious, but you know me and whole foods, if I can make it at home I'm going to make it!

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Spinach and Basil Oil Free Pesto

What is better than a big bowl of -anything really!- topped with a heaping dollop of fresh homemade pesto? If you read last week's post on how toppings helped me go vegan (with a super cute topping idea printable for your fridge!), you know I'm a fan of adding some fun into all my dishes. Pesto is definitely one of my go to sides or toppings for everything from pasta, pizza, baked sweet potatoes, veggie bowls, burgers, sandwiches and wraps, even salads! Pesto is one of those sauces that is bursting with flavor. The store-bought kind however is choc-full of oil, and even these large queantities of healthier oils like olive oil are not good for the body. I make my pesto by using natural whole food fats, which not only add creaminess and richness, but they have all the fiber and nutrients that are lost when you extract oils from their original sources. 

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We're getting ready for all those New Year's Eve parties and this week it's going to be all about party yummies! Treats you can pass around or set on a table and everyone can grab and eat as they please. I love these kinds of parties because they're really simple for the host. You don't have to make sure everything gets to the table and hot at the same time, there's much less clean up and there's just something about them. People feel really relaxed and love all the variety of dishes they can dig into. Nothing needs to match or go together. You can serve taquitos next to chocolate fondue or a big bowl of chips and salsa. The sky is the limit with delicious vegan goodies you can serve as party appetizers.

Today we have the perfect duo of naughty and nice (plus another recipe coming tomorrow to our youtube channel!). In the first of today's videos we're teaching you how to make the most traditional party food in Venezuelan cuisine: tequeños. Traditionally these are made with a big stick of cheese wrapped in dough and then fried, but we've completely veganized them and are showing you exactly how to make them at home. They're so good! Carlos and I were both born and raised in Venezuela and these are such a part of our culture there. They're served at every single birthday, anniversary party, wedding, or any kind of celebration where there's food. We had trays and trays served at our wedding. Sadly we weren't vegan back then but now we can have them once again with this recipe. They are "naughty" since they are fried, but you won't care once you've tried them. Once in a while it's ok.

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