Dips

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OH SO YUMMY VEGAN RANCH DIP

This dip is Wendy approved and the best part? No dairy plus good fats and protein from the cashews 


Cashews. Did you know they come from fruit and are actually the seed? Yep. And the tree is in the same family as poison ivy and poison sumac. YIPES! Eating and handling raw cashews can cause the same reaction as their counterparts.


This odd, but versatile snack comes to us from the cashew tree. The tree is a tropical evergreen that produces the cashew seed and the cashew apple.


YES! The cashew apple!


The cashew apple is a fruit that they use the pulp to distill into a sweet drink or liquor.The cashew tree is originally native to northeastern Brazil


WHEW~!!!


P.S. That middle Cashew Seed looks angry LOL!


And now a recipe for these crazy seeds.


Ingredients:
2 cups cashews, soaked overnight (make sure you do this or you'll end up with cashew butter instead of a creamy dip).
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh chives
3 tablespoons parsley
1 clove garlic (or more)
1 tablespoon onion powder (I also add chopped chives or scallions as a garnish)
1 teaspoon salt

INSTRUCTIONS
Strain cashews and add them to blender with the rest of the ingredients.

CREAMY RAW VEGAN TZATZIKI

CREAMY RAW VEGAN TZATZIKI

This creamy raw vegan tzatziki is completely nut-free and oil-free, and is packed with fresh herbs and tons of flavor, this is a must try!


Perfect on your new-found gyro meat recipe or as a spread or dip for veggies. Dig in!


INGREDIENTS
1 cup hemp seeds
2- 3 cloves garlic minced
juice of two lemons
2 tablespoons heaping tahini
2-3 persian cucumbers or 1 large
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
4 tablespoons water


INSTRUCTIONS
1) Chop the cucumbers into small pieces. In a blend or food processor, combine the hemp seeds, tahini, minced garlic, lemon juice, and water. Blend or process until smooth and creamy. If it's too thick, add water 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency.

2) Transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in the herbs and chopped cucumber. Serve immediately or keep refrigerated in an airtight container for 2-3 days

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NACHO "CHEESE" DIP

You can buy them for $2 on up for one package from certain stores, or for $2 you can buy enough seeds to sprout for the entire year!

You will never know this creamy, spicy nacho cheese dip is healthy AND vegan. Go ahead and indulge. Great for game day, or to take to a party and share with your friends.


INGREDIENTS


2 cups cashews

1 jalapeno, seeds removed from half

1 red bell pepper, deseeded

3 garlic cloves

1/3 of red onion

¼ cup lemon juice

¼ cup nutritional yeast

¼ cup tahini

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder

1/8 teaspoon onion powder

1-1/2 teaspoons sea salt

1/4 cup diced Roma tomatoes

1/2 avocado, diced

Water


DIRECTIONS


Place cashews in a blender cup with just enough water to cover by ¼”. Add remaining ingredients, except Roma tomatoes and avocado. Blend until creamy smooth. If too thick, add more water by the tablespoon until desired consistency. Pour into a bowl and stir in tomatoes. Top with avocado.

Note: If you want to serve this cheese warmed. Pour into a saucepan and heat on low until warm. Top with avocado.

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CREAMY GARLIC DILL DIP

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup cashews
½ cup water
3 garlic cloves
½ cup fresh dill
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
½ teaspoon salt


DIRECTIONS:


Blend all ingredients together in a high-powered blender until creamy smooth. Add more
water if too thick.