Remember this show?
I actually wore my hair in a mess of scrunchies like that in junior high and they looked ridiculous in my fuzzy curly hair! But I adored this show, Mayim Bialik was one my idols for being able to pull off such daring fashion – I mean a skirt made out of ties? Genius! And I still watch her in The Big Bang Theory today, the perfect show for her since she went back to college to receive a Ph.D in neuroscience from UCLA after Blossom – wow! But I really appreciate that she never went all celebrity and seems very down to earth. There’s a great article on her in this month’s VegNews about her vegan transition and raising her kids vegan with great insights on the lifestyle and handling criticism, worth the read if you get a chance.
For dinner, I broke out one of my favorite ingredients that I would have never known even existed before going vegan – hemp seeds.
To modify a great Cauliflower Cheese recipe I saved from an old Get Fresh! issue.
The problem with the original recipe to me, while very good, was it contained too much pureed cashew cream and was a little too rich. I rebooted it with hemp seeds for more complete protein, more nooch and more spice.
Creamy Hemp Sauce
- 1 cup hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp. dried rosemary
- 2 tbsp. lemon juice
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp. turmeric
- 1 green onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup water, as needed
Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend to a smooth and creamy texture. Great for salad dressing, creamy raw veggie dishes or even a dip or wrap spread. Makes enough for a 4 serving dish.
The texture of the sauce is very thick and creamy, much like a dairy-based cheese sauce. For a little fun, I broke out the spiralizer to serve raw zucchini noodles with the sauce.
And I chopped up a head of cauliflower.
Since raw cauliflower can be very tough on my stomach, I steamed it in the microwave for 3 minutes to soften it up and make a little easier to digest. Then I set it aside to cool while I prepped the rest of the dish.
I poured the sauce over the cauliflower and zucchini noodles and mixed until all the veggies were covered with the gooey goodness.
Then I just served it topped with fresh chopped green onions.
The texture is very smooth and the flavor rich and savory with a strong rosemary taste and smell with a slight spicy kick from the cayenne and turmeric. The texture of the slightly steamed cauliflower was perfect, not overly crunchy.
And the thick sauce coated the zucchini noodles perfectly making them delicious and might be a hit with kids for the creamy cheesy pasta taste. Best of all is the sauce comes together quickly, this dish was ready in 15 minutes.
As if composting wasn’t enough, I’ve found another way to not waste veggies. Cauliflower stalks are also a great source of nutrients and fiber, but like pineapple cores and broccoli stalks, impossible to eat raw. I have a scrap container I keep in my fridge of raw edible veggie scraps that I otherwise wouldn’t eat. I add the scraps to my breakfast smoothies and hardly notice they’re there with the fruit and Sun Warrior protein powder blended in. It’s a great way to get more out of veggies, especially when they’re pricier organics.