Chickpea “Tuna”

Sometimes I just think about a recipe all morning and can’t wait to get home to create it.

Been up since 5 am for no apparent reason simply the fact that I now have a little bird friend outside my bedroom window whom chirps so loud I believe he/she does it purposely. Well when I woke up that early I thought about this recipe and wish I could have made it at 5 am, but a vitamix is crazy loud and making this would not have been appreciated by my neighbors in my apartment building.

This is super easy to make with minimal ingredients which is wonderful for those of us who food shop on a tight budget. All of my recipes are budget friendly recipes.

Hope you enjoy this as much as I do. Feel free to be an active follower and if you create one of my recipes let me know if you enjoyed it. It’s rare I get feedback if people actually enjoy the recipes I post. People in the real world love my food so I guess I’m doing something right with food prep!

Recipe:

1 can chickpeas

2 to 3 tbsps vegan mayo

1 to 2 tbsp filtered water to blend

1 tbsp lemon juice

1/3 tsp onion/ garlic powder

Sea salt/ pepper to taste

1 pack of dried seaweed or 3 sheets of nori wrap

Directions:

Drain the chickpeas and save the brine to use as an egg replacement for baking.

Add all the ingredients to a high speed blender and blend to combine into a creamy dip consistency.

If you want more texture to the ” tuna” then save about 1/4 cup of the chickpeas and slightly mash with a fork then fold it into the creamy portion made in the blender.

Once blended you can eat it how you choose. I decided to add it to gluten free pasta which was so so good!

Enjoy!

Vegan Cottage Cheese

Before I went vegan I absolutely loved cottage cheese. For many years I planned to make a plant based version, but for some reason I never tried. Most recipes call for raw tofu, but that made me gag. To my surprise I made a really easy and delicious vegan cottage cheese.

Hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

Recipe:

1 cup cashews soaked and drained

1/2 cup tofu either broken up into chunks with your hands or a fork

1/3 cup canned coconut milk

1/4 tsp dijon mustard

1 tsp lemon juice

2 to 3 tbsp vegan mayo ( sounds odd, but it gives great flavor)

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

4 dashes curry powder for cheese flavor or 2 tbsp nutritional yeast. For budgeting purposes I use curry powder for cheese flavor.

Sea salt to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Season the tofu with a bit of sea salt and add 1 tsp of the cheese sauce to it and mix to combine.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread tofu out onto the baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. As tofu is baking make the cheese sauce.

Add all the cheese ingredients to a high speed blender. I used my vitamix and blended on high speed which is best for a creamy consistency.

Once blended add to a bowl. You don’t want a super thick consistency so if needed add a bit more coconut milk.

Once tofu is baked let cool. Once cooled stir that into the cheese sauce.

Now you’ve just made vegan cottage cheese!

I made this cottage cheese for gluten free bow ties and cottage cheese which is a meal I grew up eating.