Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Chicken, Corn and Beans

This is SO good on a tortilla with some avocado, tomatoes and cashew cheese - so easy too! Here's what I do:

4-5 frozen chicken tenders (like boneless skinless breasts but smaller - you can use the breasts for this too)
1 can of corn
1 can of black beans
Cream Cheese (if you want - I omitted it because we can't have it)

Put in crock on high for 2-4 hours - I just watch to see when the chicken is starting to look done and turn it to low then. More time in the crock doesn't hurt anything, if you need it done quickly, just keep it on high.

Cashew Cheese

I butchered this recipe:

Vegan Cashew Cheese
• 2/3 cup cashews (raw is best, roasted is still great, and try flavored cashews too)
• 1/2 cup water (or slightly more)
• 1/4 cup red bell pepper (raw or roasted)
• 1/4 small red onion (if you're cooking for a date, or more otherwise!)
• 1/4 cup yeast flakes
• 2 garlic cloves (see "red onion")
• 3 tbsp lemon juice
• 2 tbsp Bragg's Liquid Aminos (on the health food isle everywhere, or use lite soy sauce)
• 1 tbsp sesame oil
• 1 tsp sea salt (optional) if the cashews are unsalted
Put everything in a food processor and blend it until it's creamy. If it's too thick, add more water. If it's too watery, add more cashews. It should have a Cream of Wheat-like consistency, or just a bit thicker. For a pizza, spread it thinly over pizza sauce (it's very rich, so a little bit goes a long way), top it off with your favorite vegetables, and pop it in the oven. If the cashew cheese becomes golden-brown more than a few minutes before the pizza crust is done, cover the top of the pizza with foil.
This recipe is plenty for a medium-sized pizza. I like making larger batches and keeping leftovers in the fridge.
Cashew cheese is also great in quesadillas, toasted sandwiches, or just about any other dish that calls for cheese.

and make it like this with my oh so technical measuring...:

Good sized handful of ground cashews or almond meal
Splash of lemon juice
Nutritional yeast (around the same amount as the cashews)
Little bit of onion powder
Little bit of graulated garlic
Some canola oil
Little bit of coconut milk

and it tastes really yummy. Not so much cheesy, but really great on pizza and mexican food.

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