This Creamy Cauliflower Pesto Dip is oil-free, dairy-free, vegan and delicious! It makes for a great, healthy appetizer for parties, or just to snack on.

Creamy Cauliflower Pesto Dip

Bam! 2017 is definitely stacking up with projects, and my blog is already feeling the effect. I am supremely thankful for the work, but I still feel a little guilty when I can’t get you a new recipe in the most timely fashion. ūüėČ Fear not! Right now, I have a healthy, flavorful snack¬†to tide you over. This Creamy Cauliflower Pesto Dip is easy-to-make and great for parties.

This Creamy Cauliflower Pesto Dip is oil-free, dairy-free, vegan and delicious! It makes for a great, healthy appetizer for parties, or just to snack on.

Rich dips and sauces are my jam, but even I need to switch it up with a lighter snack, every so often. Using cauliflower and potatoes as the base in this dip is excellent for lightening the density, while adding in all kinds of nutrients. I added some raw cashews to soften the taste of the cauliflower, while still leaving this recipe oil-free. Yes, even the pesto!

This Creamy Cauliflower Pesto Dip is oil-free, dairy-free, vegan and delicious! It makes a great, healthy appetizer for parties, or just to snack on.

In my garden, I have a lot of arugula growing, which has been super awesome. This cold weather (having an actual winter in Southern CA is weird) has been great for my greens! So, I used mostly arugula for my pesto, though spinach will also work well. Also, I tried something new-to-me, with my go-to pesto recipe! My friend Christian had mentioned that old school, vegan pesto recipes usually had a bit of miso paste in them. This replaced the umami that parmesan brings to traditional pesto recipes.

This Creamy Cauliflower Pesto Dip is oil-free, dairy-free, vegan and delicious! It makes a great, healthy appetizer for parties, or just to snack on.

How ingenious is that? I can’t believe that was my first time hearing of this! That being said, I tried it out in this recipe and¬†loved¬†it. I will definitely be doing this from now on. Depending on your allergies/preferences, either chickpea miso or white miso paste will work!

This Creamy Cauliflower Pesto Dip is oil-free, dairy-free, vegan and delicious! It makes a great, healthy appetizer for parties, or just to snack on.

I’d like to add that I prefer this Creamy Cauliflower Pesto Dip served hot, like right after you process the creamy base. But, you can eat it cold, as well. Just know that it will be more like a spread, which is great on your avocado toast.

This Creamy Cauliflower Pesto Dip is oil-free, dairy-free, vegan and delicious! It makes a great, healthy appetizer for parties, or just to snack on.

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This Korean Tempeh Shiitake Bowl is easy, filling and made with delicious Saffron Road Korean Stir-fry sauce. Enjoyed with rice, kimchi and greens! #SaffronRoadFood #vegan

Korean Tempeh Shiitake Bowl

With many people upping their vegan meal intake¬†in January, finding delicious recipes that are easy-to-make is essential. Convenience is a huge plus for so many busy people, and sometimes getting ahead with pre-made helpers works perfectly. You can have a tasty, plant-based meal – like a bowl, for example – where your favorite sauce is ready to go, and cuts time (and dishes) down.¬†Enter: the Korean Tempeh Shiitake Bowl! Made drool-worthy with the use of Saffron Road’s Korean Stir Fry Sauce.

This Korean Tempeh Shiitake Bowl is easy, filling and made with delicious Saffron Road Korean Stir-fry sauce. Enjoyed with rice, kimchi and greens! #SaffronRoadFood #vegan

I’m going to tell you a teeny bit about my personal life, to give you the partial inspiration for this recipe. My partner is the furthest person from a cook you will ever meet. He legitimately eats out for nearly every meal and knows only what foods he doesn’t like (eeewww.. quinoa! *eyeroll*). But, even he, can figure out how to cook rice and steam a veggie. I know this because he once bragged about it by texting me photos of this momentous occasion. It’s kind of the best.

This Korean Tempeh Shiitake Bowl is easy, filling and made with delicious Saffron Road Korean Stir-fry sauce. Enjoyed with rice, kimchi and greens! #SaffronRoadFood #vegan

That being said, I took what beginner cooks may or may not know into consideration while making this delectable Korean Tempeh Shiitake Bowl. Cooked Basmati rice is fragrant and simple, then a hearty green is steamed over the rice, while it’s cooking. When thinking of the protein/main portion of this dish, I looked at the variety of simmer sauces from Saffron Road Foods¬†– 5¬†of which are vegan – for some ideas.

This Korean Tempeh Shiitake Bowl is easy, filling and made with delicious Saffron Road Korean Stir-fry sauce. Enjoyed with rice, kimchi and greens! #SaffronRoadFood #vegan

The Korean Stir Fry Sauce caught my eye and appetite and I immediately wanted to use it! Then I¬†thought, some vegan kimchi in this mix for some tang and probiotic perks¬†would be perfect. (Check your kimchi’s ingredients first to make sure there is no fish sauce, etc.) After all was said and cooked, this bowl was super satiating, nice to look at, and even better to eat.

This Korean Tempeh Shiitake Bowl is easy, filling and made with delicious Saffron Road Korean Stir-fry sauce. Enjoyed with rice, kimchi and greens! #SaffronRoadFood #vegan

A great idea for this recipe would be to use it in¬†weekly meal prep plans! Easily cooked in bulk and stores great, too. If I wasn’t buried in cookbook shoot foods right now, I’d be all about this. #FoodPhotographerProblems Ha!

This Korean Tempeh Shiitake Bowl is easy, filling and made with delicious Saffron Road Korean Stir-fry sauce. Enjoyed with rice, kimchi and greens! #SaffronRoadFood #vegan

And if you’re not familiar with Saffron Road Foods, they also have these highly addictive Crunchy Chickpeas that are my go-to road trip/traveling snack. So many great flavors! You can also find more of their vegan products here, plus coupons.¬†Now, onto the recipe!

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Avocado Avenger from The Perfect Blend Cookbook - An easy chimichurri sauce covering delicious, filled avocados! #ThePerfectBlend #vegan #vegetarian

Avocado Avenger – The Perfect Blend

Woohoo, the weekend is here! What better time to try a new recipe out of The Perfect Blend¬†cookbook? This book is the latest from the exceptional Tess Masters, of The Blender Girl. Tess has 4 cookbooks under her belt, and her website it filled with tasty, plant-based recipes. Today I’ll be sharing her recipe for the Avocado Avenger from the new book, as well as giving a copy away!

Avocado Avenger from The Perfect Blend Cookbook - An easy chimichurri sauce covering delicious, filled avocados! #ThePerfectBlend #vegan #vegetarian

This book is¬†laid out in chapters such as “energy”, “anti-inflammatory”, “feed the soul” and more. So, you can find delicious meals just for your perfect blend. (see what I did there?) When it comes to explaining the benefits of ingredients used in each chapter, Tess is supremely thorough. We find out why parsley is great for detoxing, why chiles and pears are great for weight loss, and pomegranate powder is terrific as an anti-inflammatory.

Avocado Avenger from The Perfect Blend Cookbook - An easy chimichurri sauce covering delicious, filled avocados! #ThePerfectBlend #vegan #vegetarian

Contradictory to what your first impression may be, this book is not filled with soft, blended creations, for those without teeth. Tess does a great job of utilizing her blender for at least one component in each recipe; making great sauces, soup bases, and dressings. Like I mentioned before, this book is absolutely stunning. The photography is eye-catching, and with fresh ingredients, the colorful dishes jump out at you.

Avocado Avenger from The Perfect Blend Cookbook - An easy chimichurri sauce covering delicious, filled avocados! #ThePerfectBlend #vegan #vegetarian

For that reason, the Avocado Avenger triggered my appetite! Not only because I am enamored with avocados, but also because the chimichurri sauce it is covered in sounded (and is) so good. The recipe comes together very quickly, and would be great served to a group of people. I cut up leftovers into a pseudo-bruschetta for toast, which was delectable.

Avocado Avenger from The Perfect Blend Cookbook - An easy chimichurri sauce covering delicious, filled avocados! #ThePerfectBlend #vegan #vegetarian

And now, here is the Avocado Avenger recipe from The Perfect Blend! Enter the giveaway at the end of the post, open to US residents, 18 & older.

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