Raw Walnut Collard Tacos with Spicy Cashew Queso

Raw Walnut Collard Tacos with Spicy Cashew Queso

I love tacos. I could eat them every day, and in every way you could imagine—cauliflower tacos, jackfruit tacos, portobello tacos, black bean tacos, refried bean tacos…you feelin’ me? But my favorite may be these Raw Walnut Tacos. They are super easy to make and super healthy. They are also great because you probably already have everything you need to make them. If you don’t have walnuts or want to be nut-free, don’t worry. You can also use sunflower seeds. I like to use this taco meat for my Hot Tamale Pie as well!

The cashew queso is also a favorite. It’s a concentrate, so you can take 1/4 cup of the cheese sauce, add 1 cup of water, and voila! Heat it in 30-second increments, and this recipe will make a total of 4 cups of cheese sauce!


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Raw Walnut Collard Tacos with Spicy Cashew Queso

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Total Time: 20
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

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Ingredients

 

Soak sun-dried tomatoes in warm water for 15 minutes, then drain. 

Taco Meat:

  • 2 cups raw walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dry packed sun-dried tomatoes, soaked, then minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon tamari, or liquid aminos

Cashew Queso:

  • 1 1/2 cups raw unsalted cashews
  • 8 oz. water
  • 1 chipotle chili in adobo
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Tacos:

  • Collard greens, washed**  (see note)
  • Avocados, quartered lengthwise, pit removed, skins removed, and thinly sliced
  • Tomatoes, small diced
  • Onion, minced
  • Jalapeños, sliced (optional)

Instructions

Taco Meat:

  1. In a food processor, add walnuts, garlic, and spices.  Pulse until walnuts have broken down into small pieces, careful not to over process. 
  2. Add tamari and lemon juice, and soaked sun-dried tomatoes. Pulse until combined.  
  3. Taste for seasoning.  

Cashew Queso:

  1. Add cashews* and all other ingredients to blender and blend on high speed until the nuts are completely broken down, about 2 minutes. 

Tacos:

  1. Wash collard green leaves cut off the large stems at the base. Carefully use a knife to thinly shave the stem at the base.
  2. Layer taco meat on top of collard, add avocados, onions, tomatoes, jalapeños, if using, and cashew queso.  
  3. Give each taco a squeeze of lime juice. 
  4. Enjoy! 
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Notes

*If you do not have a high-speed blender like a Vitamix, be sure to either boil the cashews for about 10 minutes and drain, or soak cashews for at least 6-8 hours, preferably over night. 

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T-Kat’s Chile Verde

The other day my friend Kathy asked for a Chile Verde recipe. The truth is, I’d never made it before. Strange, I know, considering Mexican food is my all time number one favorite food. After several hours of watching YouTube videos of mostly non-english speaking women, I set out to make this delectable dish.

Do you know the difference is between “chili” and”chile”? In American English, “chili” is the most common spelling for the spicy peppers and the stew. In British English the preferred spelling is “chilli.” In Spanish speaking countries and regions of the US, “chile” is the most common variant. Because I spent several hours watching YouTube videos of Spanish speaking ladies making this authentic and delectable dish, we are going to call it chile!

A traditional Chile Verde is made with pork shoulder and potatoes simmered in a spicy green chili sauce. Aside from the obvious, there were several traditional elements that I found muy importante in making this recipe. The first being the use of the molcajete, or the Mexican mortar and pestle. If you don’t have one, don’t worry. You can simply cut your ingredients into thin slices, then give them a good smashing with the underside of your favorite coffee mug (the heavier the mug, the better), or add the ingredients to a ziplock bag and use a rolling pin.

I slow simmered browned soy curls and potatoes in the green verde sauce, which is made from garlic, onion, cilantro, four kinds of peppers, and roasted tomatillo’s. Ahhhmaaazing! Here ya are, Miss Kathy!


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T-Kat’s Chile Verde

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 68 cups 1x

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Vegan version of Chile Verdes!   Even your pork loving friends will be amazed at this deliciously savory and hearty dish! 


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Ingredients

 

For Verde Sauce:

  • 1 1/2 pounds of tomatillos (about 8 or 9), husks removed
  • 4 cups organic vegetable broth
  • 2 serrano peppers
  • 2 jalapeno peppers
  • 2 poblano peppers 
  • 1 1/2 cups cilantro, stemmed
  • 1/4 onion
  • 1 1/2 cloves of whole fresh garlic, peeled
  • 1 additional clove of whole fresh garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 onion julienned

For Chile:

  • 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cubed into bite size pieces
  • 1 bag of Butler brand soy curls
  • 1/2 onion, julienned
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flour (I used a gf brown rice flour)

Instructions

Sauce:

Preheat oven to 475°.

  1. Add tomatillos to a lined baking sheet and roast for 15-20 minutes, or until browned. Remove from oven to cool.  When cooled slice in half. 
  2. White tomatillos are in the oven; add broth, whole peppers, 1/4 onion, and 1 1/2 cloves of garlic to a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer on medium for about 15 minutes. 
  3. Remove vegetables, and immediately add them to a prepared ice bath, making sure to cover them adequately.
  4. Drain cooking stock into a large mixing bowl or another large vessel, BUT DO NOT DISCARD. 
  5. Once vegetables have cooled, and ice has melted, remove vegetables from the ice bath (do not discard that water either).
  6. In a mortar, add boiled garlic and one additional clove of fresh garlic (not boiled) with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Using the pestle, grind garlic into a fine paste. 
  7. Seed all peppers and cut them into thin strips. Add to blender. Slice boiled onion and add to blender with cilantro. Add garlic paste and blend until smooth. (I needed to add just a bit of my stock water to thin out).  If there is room, begin to add tomatillos, and blend.  If not, blend tomatillos separately and then add to blended pepper mixture. 

To make Curls:

  1. Add the ice water used to cool the pepper mixture to a sauté pan and add soy curls. Boil until curls have softened, about 5-8 minutes. Do not overcook. Drain soy curls. 
  2. Heat a dutch oven over medium heat and add oil. When the oil is warmed, add julienned onion and soy curls (you may need to do this in batches). Cook until onions and curls have browned. About 5-7 minutes.
  3. When browned, remove curl/onion mix from dutch oven and toss in 2 tablespoons of flour. (I wanted a gluten-free version, so I used brown rice flour). Set aside. 
  4. In the same pan, reduce heat  to medium and add the sauce from the blender. 
  5. Add 3 cups of reserved cooking stock, oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and diced potatoes. 
  6. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Cook until potatoes have softened, about 20 minutes. 
  7. Add soy curls, and cook until warmed through and chile has thickened.  Taste for seasoning and serve. 
  8. Garnish with pickled red onion, fresh cilantro, and plain vegan yogurt. 
  9. Serve with very lightly fried corn tortillas. Enjoy! 

Vegan Queso Blanco

Vegan Queso Blanco

Sweet dreams are made of cheese! I think I’ve mentioned this a few times, but the most challenging part of being a vegan was giving up the cheese. I even went so far as to create and teach a vegan cheese class! I adore this vegan Queso Blanco! It is so yummy and so easy to make. I put it on everything from my enchiladas to making a delicious mac-n-cheese. Mostly, I stand around with a plate of warm tortilla chips and dip until my heart’s content! I hope you love it as much as I do!

The other great thing about this recipe is that it is cholesterol-free, yep 100% plant-based, and no oil! Serve this dip piping hot, and don’t be surprised when it disappears quickly! Easy to re-heat with just a tablespoon or two plant-based milk and microwave on medium heat for 30 seconds. Stir, and add 30 seconds as needed until warm!

Vegan Queso Blanco

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Vegan Queso Blanco

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x
  • Category: Vegan Cheese
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This oil-free vegan queso is ready in less than 15 minutes! So yummy, you can add as much or as little heat as you want by skipping the jalapeños or doubling them up! Enjoy!

 


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight, if not using high powered blender
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 cup plant-based milk (I use Oatly oat milk)
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp tapioca starch (for a gooey consistency)
  • 12 tsp salt
  • 1 (4 oz) can pickled jalapeños with juice
  • 1 can tomatoes with green chili’s, like Rotel
  • Dash turmeric for color, if desired

Instructions

  1. Warm a medium-size skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tbsp vegetable stock and onions. Sauté onions until done and translucent, about 7-8 minutes. Remove onions from pan, and add to blender. Add all remaining ingredients except the Rotel tomatoes, if using. Blend until very smooth. If using a Vitamix, about 45 seconds on high.
  2. Transfer to a saucepan and put on the stove over medium-low heat. Heat until desired consistency, continually stirring so as not to burn the bottom. 
  3. Taste and add extra salt if desired. Pour vegan queso into a serving bowl and stir in the 1/4 cup chopped pickled jalapeños and drained can of Rotel if using. Garnish and serve.
  4.  

Notes

Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge about 5 days. When reheating, add additional unsweetened plant-based milk, if desired, to thin to desired consistency.

You can use chicken broth instead of vegetable if you’re not vegan.

I use a Vitamix and love it.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 12
  • Calories: 101
  • Fat: 7g
  • Protein: 3g

Keywords: Vegan Queso Blanco

Vegan Breakfast Slider

Vegan Breakfast Slider

St. Louis is known for many things: the Arch, Budweiser Beer, Chuck Berry, Bob Costas, and Joe and Jack Buck.  We are second only to the New York Yankees for the most World Series wins, we are the current Stanley Cup winners (Go Blues!), and former home to the Super Bowl Champion, St. Louis Rams. Yo, Kurt Warner! And we eat things that nobody else has ever heard of outside of St. Louis, like toasted ravioli, gooey butter cake, and the slinger.  

The area in the Lou famously referred to as “The Hill” is home to baseball greats Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola. It is also home to our beloved toasted ravioli. As the story goes, a fresh ravioli fell into the fryer at a place called Mama Campisi’s on a day when Joe Garagiola was there. After this fateful event, these little pieces of fried heaven allegedly began appearing on menus around town. Served with a warm marinara sauce, all I can say is, sono così deliziosi!

The Gooey Buttercake, another St. Louis favorite, also came about by accident. Although nothing like a traditional cake, this chewy goodness is part coffeecake and part gooey custard. And if you’ve ever had a piece, you know how sinfully delicious it is. Some say that in the 1930s a baker mistakenly mixed up their ingredients for a traditional coffee cake and voila. Accident, or fate? You be the judge! 

And finally, our favorite of the three, “The Slider.” A meal best appreciated and usually served between the hours of midnight and 3:00 AM, at places like the “Eat Rite” diner near Busch stadium, the Slider is essentially anything you want it to be. Yep, it’s that post-drinking, pre-pass out frankenfood that has become a right of passage for those who dare tread in our waters. The basic version is hash browns, eggs, and a hamburger patty smothered in chili, then topped with cheese and chopped onions, and it will leave you feeling a bit dizzy and crying fire in the hole the next day! But the best part of any slinger is it can be any combination of your favorite foods slapped on top of each other and consumed in relatively short order. We prefer to make a healthier vegan version that will not only leave you feeling satisfied,  it’s also a great way to finish off all of those leftovers!      

Our slinger begins with a basic Tofu Scramble from The Minimalist Baker, which we cook for about 8 minutes before adding a half pack of Trader Joe’s Vegan Chorizo. Made from soy and only a few other natural ingredients, their chorizo tastes just like its traditional counterpart, but without all of the disgusting greasiness. We layer scramble with hashbrowns or roasted potatoes, and then garnish with salsa, avocados, cilantro, hot sauce, 1/4 cup of vegan gravy, or my favorite Cashew Queso! In this picture, I also added a delicious vegan Chili Colorado.   You’re welcome.  

 

Deconstructed Burrito Bowl

Deconstructed Burrito Bowl

We love bowls! It’s one of our favorite go-to meals and makes for a quick dinner. Most times we just use various ingredients we have on hand. Be warned they are suuuuper filling! You can be super creative with your bowls or just keep them simple. The basic bowl is this: One part grain, vegetables, one part protein (we use beans, tofu, or tempeh), and top with some kind of sauce. In a pinch, I have used hummus that has been thinned out as a drizzle! Top with your choice of onions, herbs, nuts, or seeds.

Deconstructed Burrito Bowl

  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, cubed
  • 2 medium russet potatoes washed, cubed
  • 1 medium onion sliced into ¼ ” wide slices
  • 1 red pepper sliced into ¼” thin slices
  • 1 15 oz. can pinto beans (or, bean of choice)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ c water
  • 1-2 ripe avocados, sliced, or diced
  • 1-cup brown organic basmati rice (any brown rice will do)
  • 1-cup Pico de Gallo (store bought is easiest)
  • 1-cup cashew queso, thinned (see recipe below)
  • Green onions, diced on bias (optional)
  • Cilantro, minced (optional) 
  • Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400°.  

Make rice.  I add two cups of water to 2 cups of basmati rice to my Instapot and cook for 15 minutes.    Otherwise, follow package directions.   (You will have leftovers.  You can freeze extra cooked rice in ziplock bag.)

Peel and dice squash into bite-size pieces.  I use pre-diced store bought and cut larger pieces into 1” cubes.   Wash potatoes and cut into 1” cubes leaving the skins on.  Wash and slice red pepper into ¼” long slices.  Peel and slice onion and in half, cut into ¼” slices.   Add potatoes, squash, red pepper, and onions to a large mixing bowl.  Add 1-2 Tbsp of olive oil and toss vegetables with salt and pepper to coat. Add vegetables to a parchment paper lined baking sheet.   Bake, turning once, for 25-30 minutes, or until vegetables are fork tender. 

While veggies are cooking, add one can of drained pinto beans to a small pot, add cumin, garlic powder, and salt.  Add ¼ cup water, cover, and simmer until warmed through.   Keep warm. 

Make Cashew Queso:  

  • 1 ½ cup raw, unsalted cashews
  • 8 oz of water
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 chipotle chili pepper in adobo (or, cut in half if too spicy)
  • 3 TBSP Nutritional Yeast (I use Bragg’s, but you can use any)

Add all of the ingredients to a high-speed blender.   Blend until smooth.  In my Vitamix it takes about 45 seconds on high speed, stopping once to scrape down the sides.   ***It is very important that queso is completely smooth.  Add more water 1 Tbsp at a time, if needed and continue to blend until smooth. 

When vegetables are done remove from oven.   Assemble Buddha bowls.  Add up to 1-cup rice per bowl.  Top bowls with the roasted vegetables, beans, Pico de Gallo, avocado, drizzle with cashew queso, and finish with cilantro and green onions, if using.  

Enjoy!