Spicy Cheese Broccoli Nibblers (raw, vegan, gluten-free)
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Update: I have been doing some “Spring cleaning (in the winter)” in the Nouveau Raw library of recipes and I found this one that I created almost 2 years ago but failed to share!
Mercy Amie Sue, where are your manners?! I just can’t keep up with myself sometimes. lol So, the write-up on this recipe may seem a little out-of-order in my time line of releasing recipes. The important thing is that I am sharing it now… right? :) Am I forgiven?
This recipe may sound odd to you at first but you will just have to trust me when I say that it turned out yummy! About a week ago I went through my fridge, looking to see what was needing to be used up. I had a huge bag of broccoli staring right at me. I pulled it out and sat it on the counter.
What to do, what to do? I have some great recipes for marinating it for different dishes, but it would still have left me with oodles left over. Then I had a crazy hair-brained idea… coat it with my spicy cheese sauce, and through it in the dehydrator. So I proceeded to break the broccoli in to small florets. After it was all said and done, I had 24 cups worth! I whipped up a double batch of the cheese sauce and poured it over the florets. I will admit that the picture above isn’t really mouth-watering looking but these came out YUMMY! They are awesome to have around when you are looking for a savory snack. I encourage you to give these little nibblers a try!
- 2 red bell peppers, seeded and rough chopped
- 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and rough chopped or 1 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp water
- 2 cup raw cashews, soaked for 2+ hours
- 3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
- 2 small garlic clove
- 1 tsp Himalayan pink salt
- 24 cups broccoli florets
- Add the bell peppers, jalapeños, lemon juice and water into a high-speed blender. Blend until the pepper is broke done nicely.
- Add the cashews, nutritional yeast, garlic and salt, then again blend until smooth. This can take up to 3-5 minutes, depending on the blender. Stop every once in a while to scrape the sides down.
- Put the broccoli in a large bowl then pour the blended mixture over it and gently massage it in until all the florets are coated.
- Place it on the teflex sheets that come with the dehydrator, sprinkle with salt and dehydrate at 145 degrees (F) for 1 hour, then reduce to 115 degrees (F) for about 6-8 hrs. If they aren’t crispy enough, leave them in a bit longer.
- Store in an airtight container on the counter for 1-2 weeks. This will depend on dry you made them in the dehydrator and the humidity level in your house.
- Why do I start the dehydrator at 145 degrees (F). Click (here) to learn the reason behind this.
- When working with fresh ingredients it is important to taste test as you build a recipe. Learn why (here).
One of the greatest joys when creating raw food recipes is experimenting with different ingredients… a practice that I highly encourage. Daily I get questions regarding substitutions. Of course we all might have different dietary needs and tastes which could necessitate altering a recipe. I love to share with you what I create for myself, my husband, friends and family. I spend a lot of time selecting the right ingredients with a particular goal in mind, looking to build a certain flavor and texture.
So as you experiment with substitutions, remember they are what they sound like, they are substitutes for the preferred item. Generally they are not going to behave, taste, or have the same texture as the suggested ingredient. Some may work, and others may not and I can’t promise what the results will be unless I’ve tried them myself. So have fun, don’t be afraid, and remember, substituting is how I discovered many of my unique dishes.