14 dreamiest cashew recipes you may have not thought of!
I discovered cashew quite late in my life, and I have to admit I still cannot believe how much I had been missing out on!
And I know that vegan or not, one can easily fall into a love affair with cashews! The versatile nut (only that it is actually a seed) can totally be used to create pure magic in recipes! Using cashews to create creams, vegan mayonnaise, and even ice cream is simple, and all that is needed is a blender and a little patience.
Here are 14 absolutely incredible ways to use cashews!
1. Lasagna With Cashew Béchamel
Lasagna is ubiquitous with family dinners and comfort food and this Lasagna With Cashew Béchamel is packed with all kinds of hearty goodness. It combines a creamy cashew béchamel sauce with sautéed vegetables, homemade low-fat tomato sauce, and almond Parmesan cheese on top. You won’t miss dairy when you take a bite of this.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to making this creamy dip your own. Whether you scoop it up as-is with crackers or thin it with pasta water to create a sauce for al dente noodles, you can’t go wrong.
3. Pumpkin Gnocchi in Spiced Butter Sauce With Lemon Cashew Cream
This luscious homemade Pumpkin Gnocchi in Spiced Butter Sauce can only be made better by having a savory lemon cashew cream to dip it in. Who wouldn’t want that for dinner? I guess people who don’t like pumpkin, cashews or happiness.
Transform homemade, vegan mozzarella into these ever-popular melty-middled sticks that are the perfect snack and beyond.
5. Creamy Cashew Tofu Alfredo
You’ll go nuts for this Creamy Cashew Tofu Alfredo. When combined with cashews, garlic, non-dairy milk, and salt, tofu can be turned into a creamy Alfredo sauce that’s perfect for pasta. Unlike firmer tofu, silken tofu blends up very well without a grainy texture. That means this sauce is silky and delicious as the dairy version. Win!
Yes, this is real! This vegan version of blue cheese is made with cashews. This Cashew Blue Cheese is soft, spreadable, and tangy perfect for serving on crackers with grapes on the side. The “moldy cheese” look is achieved by mixing some of the cashew cheese with dry herbs and spirulina, for a true blue color. This appetizer is guaranteed to blow your guests away.
Tucked underneath rings of gem-tone beets, you’ll find a decadent layer of rosemary-enhanced cashew cheese. Coupled with flaky puff pastry (be sure to select one made without butter or other dairy to keep it vegan), this is one showstopper of a fall or winter tart.
11. Sweet Potato Mash With Roasted Garlic and Cashew Cream
This simple Sweet Potato Mash With Roasted Garlic and Cashew Cream is so comforting. It has the deep flavors of roasted sweet potato, onion, and a whole head of garlic. The cashew cream makes this dish feel like a guilty pleasure, with its unsurpassed creaminess. It’s perfectly warming served as a side or as a thick soup.
12. Fried Green Tomatoes With Cashew Cream
Fried green tomatoes are a southern classic! They’re a combination of crispy cornmeal coating and piping hot, tart, and tender cooked green tomatoes, made all the more delicious accompanied by a cool, creamy dip. These Fried Green Tomatoes With Cashew Cream are a yummy vegan version. In this particular recipe, the tomatoes are “fried” in the oven and are served with a dairy-free cashew cream. These are a healthier, but just as delicious, version of the original!
Dea is passionate about pursuing gentle, pure living in all its forms. She’s a veg and fruit foodie, who loves to explore the healing properties of plant-based foods and then fully indulge in their sun-filled taste. She believes that “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”