So I have a secret. I miss creamy, gooey food. I’ve had it recently enough that I know that most creamy, gooey food will require me to go hardcore kale smoothie for a few days, but still miss it. It would seem that our food memories and preferences don’t always line up with the decisions we’ve made. and so my kitchen dabbling, in addition to requiring me to throw garlic/thyme/basil/and olive oil into everything, tends to focus a bit on finding creamy gooey that won’t make me feel icky pooey….. Nice one, huh? And in this vein, I’ve made a discovery. It is a true condiment – not something I’d want to sit down and eat by the spoonful (and therefore fundamentally unlike sunflower cheez spread), but good anywhere that a bit of creamy gooey goes. I’ve used it with kale; I’ve used it with salsa; I’ve used it with pasta; and I used it in biscuits…. fabulous glorious home baked biscuits. And now, I shall share it all with you. Cause I’m nice like that. And so I give you….
Not So Sour Cream – adapted from everydaydishtv
- 1 3/4 cups hemp seeds, cashews or pine nuts (I mixed them)
- 1 t apple cider vinegar
- 1 T soy sauce
- 1/4 t salt
- juice from a lemon
- water as needed for consistency
Food processor. Fill it and leave on while you’re doing anything else you can think of in the kitchen. When it’s ready – creamy gooey smoothness. What to do with it? I’m sure you can think of things to do with sour cream, but maybe you’re not so sure what to do with vegan not so sour cream… Why, creamy kale, of course.
- olive oil for pan
- large clove garlic, mashed, minced, whatever
- giant bunch of kale, de-stemmed and ripped into smaller pieces
- 1/4 c Not So Sour Cream
Warm oil in pan. Saute garlic until you can breathe it. Turn heat down a little (below medium is good). Sprinkle with a bit of salt and cover with lid so improve the wilting for the top leaves. Stir occasionally to prevent overcooking. When wilt is done, lower heat further and add NSSC and stir to distribute and warm through. There. Creamy fantastically healthy goodness.
Super Smooth Salsa
Mix your favorite salsa with NSSC for the balance of acidic zippy creamy deliciousness that appeals to you. One might be tempted to dip a tortilla chip in such a concoction. I confess I am a Triscuit dipper. There, now you know.
Got a full fridge and nothing to eat?
Coronary Free Creamy Pasta
Chop some onion and mince a clove of garlic. Warm olive oil in pan – add onions and a touch of salt and let them cook down until translucent and soft. Add garlic. While this is happening, grab your leftover pasta (quinoa, rice, couscous, whatever). Warm in whatever way you like. Add NSSC to warm pasta and stir in your yummy alliums. Fan-flippin-tastic.
And yes, I did also say biscuits…
Vegan Cream Biscuits – adapted from happyherbivore.com
- 2 c whole wheat pastry flour
- 5 t baking powder
- 1/4 t salt
- 4 T NSSC
- 2 T olive oil
- 1 c non-dairy milk
Preheat oven to 400. Stir together dry ingredients. Put in food processor, add NSSC and olive oil. Pulse until the clumps of creaminess and fat are not clumping. Return to bowl and stir in non-milk. Drop in 1/4c blobs onto greased baking sheet (or use parchment). Bake in oven on low rack for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and slather with whatever floats your biscuit boat. I had mine with date cream and a kale salad on the side. Delish.