During the last bit of 2016, I was wondering what I would do to challenge myself in 2017. And since I’ve recently (re)found my love for cooking, I thought that a great challenge would be to test a new recipe at least once per week!
I’ve looked through and flagged many pages in 6 of my top choice cookbooks (in no particular order):
- The UnDiet Cookbook, by Meghan Telpner
- Whole Foods to Thrive, by Brendan Brazier
- Oh She Glows Everyday, by Angela Liddon
- Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook, by Del Sroufe
- Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking, by Dana Shultz
- Thrive Energy Cookbook, by Brendan Brazier
For Week 1, I decided to try a simple-looking recipe … Takeaway Taco Salad from The UnDiet Cookbook.
The base recipe has only 8 ingredients, with 2 sub-recipes with 6 ingredients each.
The first sub-recipe is Cashew Cream Cheese and is noted to be “the perfect dairy-free, creamy, cheese-y alternative” and can be made thinner to resemble sour cream. I’m always skeptical on cheese alternatives …
Well yet again, (author) Meghan has proven herself and her recipe to be great! This recipe makes about 1 cup of “cream cheese” and is noted to only last refrigerated in an airtight container for 4 days … so I’ll be finding ways to use this!
The second sub-recipe is Tahini Dressing and I’ve made this a couple of times before with the Dressed to the Nines Sweet Potato recipe, so I know it’s awesome!
On to the base recipe! The theory of this recipe is to pack it into a mason jar and have it ready to go … on the go! But I’m trying it at home, so I’ve simply placed the ingredients in a bowl in a pretty fashion so that I could take a picture:
Then I poured them all into a larger bowl, added the called-for amount of Cashew Cream Cheese (1 TBSP), mixed it up … then checked the recipe for how much Tahini Dressing to use. But it wasn’t specified.
So I opted for approximately 2 TBSP of Tahini Dressing and mixed it up. Once all combined, I poured it back into a more reasonably-sized bowl and dug right in!
The recipe makes 1 serving … something I absolutely ADORE since I’m only one person and live with no others!
You’re only required to use 1/4 avocado … so I know I’ll have this at least 3 more times to use up the whole avocado. But I think this recipe could very easily come into regular rotation!
I made the dressings this morning so they could marry and thicken in the fridge during the day. But honestly – this recipe was so very easy!