It’s Sunday, and I am worn out. I feel like that’s pretty common amongst most people, though. Work during the week, get other things done on the weekend, then end up tired at the end of it all before you have to start on the Monday grind, again. Kind of dreadful, huh? Although, today I’ve been working on a delightful little recipe for you all, so I can’t complain too much about being tired!
But first, I would just like to mention that I went sailing for the first time, on Saturday. It was super last-minute, but a very fun experience, that makes me feel extremely lucky to live where I do. We had a hot weekend in Southern California, which I honestly was pretty bitter about (I like cool weather!), but the winds made for a perfect sailing situation. It did get a little chilly when the sun was going down, but it was pretty terrific and the scenery and sunset were gorgeous.
Which is why I may have procrastinated on creating a recipe that I wanted to get done yesterday, oops. Never the less, I am really excited to share with you these delectable morsels that I have dubbed Mini Pizza Pies. Plus, I’ve tried out something new with my cashew spread! I have made it even healthier, by substituting a good amount of cashews with steamed cauliflower; and I assure you, nothing has been lost in this switch. The texture is pretty incredible and still very creamy and rich, success!
These little pizzas would be great served as an appetizer at a party, or even just served as dinner. They’re a fun, little dish that is very kid-friendly, and even more adult-friendly. The fluffy, homemade crust can’t be beat!
I have always been a fan of trying new foods from different cultures and parts of the world, even when I was a child I was not too afraid to dabble in traditional Chinese food, all kinds of Mexican food (I do live in Southern California!), Japanese, Italian and of course Polish food that was fed to me by my grandparents. My palate didn’t really diversify until I was in college and a little after I graduated; I tried Indian food for the first time and immediately fell in love.
But, there was Mediterranean dishes that I had become enamored with, and as a whole, this food appeals to me even more now that I am vegan. With refreshing dishes like tabouleh and cucumber salads, bold use of garlic and onion, many vegetarian options, and of course, hummus, how can you go wrong?
This brings me to the first time that I tried falafel. With its crunchy, albeit fried, exterior; the warm middle, seasoned with cumin and parsley is comforting but not too heavy. Don’t get me started on the tzatziki sauce; even though the first one that I tried was from Daphne’s (a chain restaurant) I could not stop eating it. Ever since I went vegan I’ve been dreaming of recreating my own tzatziki sauce to try out, hoping that it would live up to my aged expectations.
For this recipe, I changed things up a little. I had made baked falafel before, using a recipe from Appetite for Reduction by Isa Moskowitz, so I knew some of the ingredients that would be essential to making these; otherwise I sort of went with it to see what would happen. Because these are baked, and not fried, they are lower in fat but aren’t extra crispy on the outside. Also, I pulsed my falafel mixture a little too much in the processor so it was of a smoother consistency than I desired; make sure not to do that!
I subscribe to emails from Russell James the Raw Chef, partly because he is freaking adorable but, also because his recipes always look phenomenal. Most of the time, when I get his recipe emails, I bookmark them and tell myself that I’ll make them later; then I forget and they never see the light of day in my kitchen. Alas, I saw this spectacular recipe for a Falafel & Hummus Wrap and it immediately stuck out to me. I HAD to make this! Well, at least the wrap part.
And so I did! Maybe a little too thin because they started to crumble a little bit, so this recipe definitely makes 2 large “tortillas”, and it’s so easy to make! I ended up adding a some sprouted lentils and the outcome was very delicious, especially paired with the garlic-y cashew cheese spread. This is a great, healthy alternative to the standard quesadilla (although I love those tremendously), and involves pretty basic ingredients.
For the Tortillas:
- 2 1/2 Cups Zucchini, Peeled & Chopped
- 1/2 Cup Sprouted Lentils
- 3 Tbsp. Olive Oil
- 2 tsp. Lemon Juice
- 1 tsp. Ground Coriander
- Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
- 1/2 Cup Ground Flaxseed Meal
- Place all ingredients, but the flaxseed, into a high-speed blender or food processor and blend until pureed. Add in ground flaxseed and pulse until mixed in.
- Spread batter onto two dehydrator trays with Paraflexx sheets into large circles that are close to an 1/8″-1/4″ thick. Dehydrate at 105℉ for 8 hours, then when you are able to take them off of the sheets flip them over and dehydrate for an additional 30-60 minutes. Do not over dry, or else they won’t be pliable and will turn into yummy crackers.
Ingredients for Cashew Cheese (Makes large portion, good for dipping veggies in!) :
- 2 Cups Raw Cashews, Soaked for 2-8 hours
- 3/4 Cup Water
- 1/4 Cup Nutritional Yeast
- 2 Cloves Garlic
- 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
- 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
- Place all ingredients in high-speed blender or food processor and puree until smooth, with maybe little chunks so that it’s not too creamy. Proceed to spread on EVERYTHING!
For the veggies inside, I dehydrated some tomatoes for a couple of hours and cut up some fresh bell pepper. Even though it was a little messy to eat by hand, it was SO worth it. I will definitely be making these tortillas again! So, happy Raw Wednesday everyone, I hope that you had a great one!
ALSO, congrats to Anni in New York for winning the Vegan MOFO giveaway! I hope that you seriously enjoy that little box of goodies, I definitely contemplated keeping it all for myself.