Print Vegan best white dipping sauce Use this dip for any of your vegan appetizers, like with the Sweet potatoes and Zucchini Tots. It’s refreshing, savory, and very tasteful. Course Dip, Side Dish, Snack Cuisine gluten free, vegan Prep Time 5 minutes Author Amandine Ingredients […]
Print Vegan and gluten-free sweet potato zucchini tots This is great as a side dish or just to offer to your friends as appetizers with yummy homemade dipping sauce. Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack Cuisine gluten free, vegan Prep Time 20 minutes […]
Print Lemon and coriander couscous This is an easy and yummy side dish that goes extremely well with our vegan zucchini ravioli.Be aware this is not gluten free. Prep Time 5 minutes Total Time 5 minutes Servings 2 people Ingredients 1 cup dry couscous 1 1/2 […]
I finally found a new way to use this amazing tofu ricotta ! And I’m not sure which of the 2 recipes I prefer… This meal can be serve as a light lunch with a salad on the side or as a more consistent meal with some lemon and coriander couscous. Both way are divine. Though, remember couscous is not gluten-free so if you are intolerant or celiac, replace couscous by quinoa or rice.
Regarding the cashew nuts, if you don’t have a high powered blender, the earlier you soak them the better. I always forgot and only start to soak them when I start the recipe. It’s still fine, it’s just that the mozzarella is not as smooth.
Also, this is our new favourite cheese, we put that vegan mozzarella on everything ! If you have some leftover mozzarella, it keeps really well in the fridge for a few days. Use it on your next homemade meal, like pizza !
Vegean ricotta and spinach zucchini ravioli and homemade tomato sauce
This recipe makes 14 ravioli. Which would be 2 meals for 2 persons, when accompanied with a salad or couscous as presented on pictures. For one meal only, use half of everything and 2 small or one very large zucchini.
As for the cannelloni this is a light but very satisfying meal. Packed with protein, iron, calcium, vitamins, fiber and manganese and low on fat. That tofu ricotta works perfectly is this recipe too, being creamy and so delicious !
- 3 MEDIUM ZUCCHINIS
TOFU and SPINACH RICOTTA
- 1 Tbsp olive oil (optional)
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 block hard tofu
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 Tbsp white miso paste
- 500 gr baby spinach you can use less
- salt and pepper to taste
HOMEMADE TOMATO SAUCE
- 700 ml passata jar or 2 cans of diced tomatoes blended
- 1 tsp brown sugar or maple syrup
- 1 1/2 tsp dried herbs (I use oregano, basil, thyme and rosemary)
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 cup cashew nuts soaked in hot water a couple of hours prior to the cooking process if you don't have a high powered blender.
- 1 cup hot water
- 1/4 cup tapioca starch
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder or more
- 2 tsp lemon juice
Start with the tofu, wrap your tofu in a tea towels, and place under a book / chopping board with heavy things on top to drain it. It will take around 20/30 min.
Then prepare you tomato sauce, in a large skillet, add all ingredients and let it simmer gently on small fire for 15 min.
Cut off the end of each zucchini then using a vegetable peeler, peel each zucchini into wide strips.
Lay them on a tea towel so it can absorb the excess of moisture.
For the tofu and spinach ricotta, In a frying pan, heat the oil over medium heat and add onion and garlic. Cook until soft and translucent. Then add the spinach and let it cook gently, stirring often until just cooked, no need to over cook the spinach. It will take around 4 min.
In your food processor, add the tofu broke into 4 pieces, the onions, garlic & spinach, and all the remaining seasonings. Blend until smooth, don't forget to scrape the sides half way through. If needed add a bit of water to make it creamier.
On a plate/ chopping board, layer two strips of zucchinis vertically and two strips horizontally to make a cross. Using a spoon or ice-cream scoop, put the mixture in the middle of each zucchini noodle cross. Fold each side to seal the ricotta mixture then flip over the ravioli so the seam side is on the bottom.
In an oven dish pour the tomato sauce, and evenly place the zucchini ravioli.
Drain the cashew nuts and add them and all the remaining ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, around 1 min.
Put the mixture in a small saucepan and cook it over medium heat until well thick. Around 4 min.
With a spoon, add some mozzarella on top of each ravioli.
Put the dish in the preheated oven at 200 degrees C for 15 to 20 min.
Serve with a salad or some lemon and coriander couscous.
Artichokes… One of my favourite vegetables and surprisingly for me, so unfamous. It take its origin from the Mediterranean region, which is probably why it is so common to me who was born and raised 10 min from the Mediterranean sea, and unknown to almost everyone I met along my travels. I always get excited when I see some at the markets (which is quite rare and always very pricey) and people give me weird look like if I was crazy, but it’s only because they don’t know! They don’t know how good are artichokes for you, it’s full of nutrients and antioxidant. I love the taste and they’re so easy to prepare. So because I don’t find them very often, when I buy some, I try to make the most out of them. For example with the last ones I bought, I used the leaves to dip in my homemade hummus and the hearts to add to my vegan gluten free pizza.
To cook them, nothing easier, just steam them in a sauce pan with a steamer basket or if they aren’t too big in a bamboo steamer. Eating an artichokes is like opening a present, you have to unwrap it (peal each leaves one by one) until you get to the best part, the heart or the present. You only eat the bottom part of the leaves : dip them in the sauce of your choice and scrape the white bottom of each leaves between your front teeth (very explanatory post we have here !), then you’ll get to the center, discard the hairy part with a spoon and enjoy the best part !
We used to make hummus very quick, 1 can of chickpea some lemon juice, some garlic powder, sesame oil, salt & pepper and done ! Although it was very good, I always thought it was missing something. Tahini my friends ! It has a lot more taste that sesame oil and add some creaminess. Enjoy your hummus any way you like, with carrots, cucumber, celery, on toasts, on salads or on rice. It’s good for you so don’t stop yourself !
Vegan homemade hummus & artichokes leaves
Creamy, tasty, healthy, vegan and gluten free, you will love this recipe !
- 1 can chickpeas not drained
- 3 garlic cloves pealed
- 1/3 cup tahini recipe to come
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice fresh is better
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cumin (more to taste)
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
In a mixing bowl, add the chickpeas and its water and the whole garlic cloves and cook in the microwave for around 4 min. Let it cool down for a few minutes.
In your blender / food processor, add the content of the mixing bowl, and the rest of the ingredients, adding the olive oil while blending. Process until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
Serve topped with chopped fresh parsley, cumin powder or sesame seeds.
Spinach and ricotta cannelloni was one of our favourite vegetarian meal before we went vegan. And as much as I like the homemade nachos vegan cheese, I couldn’t imagine it to fit in this kind of dish. So I preferred staying away from it … […]