Two Beautiful Vegan Cheeses

I’ve been playing around a lot lately with nut cheeses and its super easy, plus so delicious.  They are incredibly versatile as they can be coupled with salads, spread for crackers or a fabulous sandwich spread.  You can make a fancy vegan “cheese” platter with dried fruit, local honey, crackers, pickles, olives just to name a few ideas.  Also, fresh herbs, spices and dried herbs can be adjusted to your liking for this recipe.

As an organic chef, I feel a responsibility to bring a variety of recipes to the forefront with a mindfulness about the larger impact food has on our earth’s soil and the health of our climate.  This will always be my larger work.  I hope you enjoy these recipes.

 

“WE DO NOT INHERIT THE EARTH FROM OUR ANCESTORS, WE BORROW IT FROM OUR CHILDREN”  –  Ancient Native Proverb

 

Chefs Note**

You will need a food processor to make both of these recipes.

 

Organic Raw Almond Cheese with Spinach and Tart Cherries

1 cup soaked raw organic almonds

1/2 cup organic caramelized onions

1 tbs organic avocado oil

1 tsp sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

1 cup organic washed spinach

1/2 cup organic dried cherries or cranberries can be used if you can not find dried cherries

2 tbs nutritional yeast

Place almonds in a medium bowl and fill with cold water covering the almonds.  Soak for at least two hours and ideally overnight.  Once almonds have soaked, your ready to make your cheese.  Take a medium saute pan and add 1 tbs of organic avocado oil.  Peel, wash and mince one medium yellow onion.  Place heat on medium and add minced onion, sea salt and black pepper.  Cook approx. 15 minutes till onions are translucent.  Separate the onions into two portions for each cheese ( as you will be using one portion of the cooked onion for each cheese recipe ) and set aside briefly.  Drain the water from the almonds and then add almonds to food processor along with half of the cooked onions, spinach, cherries and nutritional yeast.  Pulse until all the ingredients are fully combined then scrap the sides with a spatula and continue to pulse.  Once the ingredients are fully combined remove from food processor and use your hands to form into a cheese like shape on your favorite plate.  Refrigerate for one hour to let it fully set up.

Organic Raw Cashew Cheese with Cumin and Fresh Herbs

1 cup soaked raw organic cashews

1/2 cup organic caramelized onions

1 tsp sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

1 tbs organic cumin

3 tbs organic green onions washed and minced

3 tbs organic fresh basil washed and minced

the juice of one organic lemon

2 tbs nutritional yeast

Place cashews in a medium bowl and fill with cold water covering the cashews.  Soak for at least two hours and ideally overnight.  Once cashews have soaked, you can begin making the cheese.  Take the other portion of the cooked onions for the cheese and set aside briefly.  Drain the water from the cashews and then add cashews to food processor along with half of the cooked onions, cumin, fresh green onion, basil, lemon and nutritional yeast.  Pulse until all the ingredients are fully combined then scrap the sides with a spatula and continue to pulse.  Once the ingredients are fully combined remove from food processor and use your hands to form into a cheese like shape on your favorite plate.  Refrigerate for one hour to let it fully set up.

Enjoy! – Chef Emery oxoxo

 


 

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