One of my favorite all-time tricks to make vegetables taste good is to top them with blended cashews and vinegar that makes for a creamy, decadent sauce. A great example is my Tangy Cashew Cream Sauce that is incredible over steamed kale. Instead of solely relying on cashews to make a blended sauce, though, I decided to branch out and try using hemp seeds a few days ago; I mentioned it when I wrote my post about making my first savory breakfast on Friday.
This recipe is divine, I found the inspiration for it in the raw food world where hemp seeds are used a lot. As a side note, I buy my hemp seeds from Vitacost; I buy the 3 lb. Nutiva brand for the best value (and, if you’re a new Vitacost member, if you go through this link we can both save $10!).
I also had some fresh herbs laying around so I added those to the mix, too. The sauce turned a lovely shade of green and was equally as creamy and luscious as a cashew sauce. I put everything in the Vitamix:
And the sauce came out looking like this:
I’ve made it twice now, each time with a combo of different herbs, and I love, love, love it! I think I could thin it out with extra vinegar to make a salad dressing, but for now I’m just using it to top veggie dishes:
Tangy Green Hemp Sauce – Makes 4 servings
1/2 cup hemp seeds
1 medium bunch of herbs with stems cut off (I used flat-leaf parsley and dill)
juice of 4 limes, about 1/4 cup
1 large garlic clove
2 dates, pitted
1/2 teaspoon miso or low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar (or your choice of vinegar)
Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and whirl until smooth.
I have been looking to upgrade my pressure cooker for a few months now because pressure cooking is one of the skills I’m looking to perfect (you can see related posts here). After much research, I decided to purchase a stove-top version! The brand is called B/R/K and it’s from Germany. It arrived earlier this week and I can’t wait to play with it:
Even though it came with a cookbook, I know I will be relying on this one:
I hope you are having a great weekend! I got out on Saturday for a nature walk amidst many errands:
Today’s plan is to exercise, work and try out my new pressure cooker. Have a great rest of your weekend and I’ll be back tomorrow with another recipe I can’t wait to share with you!