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Saturday 23 June 2018

Vegan power-balls with courgetti and cashew cheese

As regular readers know, this blog brings a variety of articles, studies, thoughts, music and recipes! It is presented in a magazine style - we hope something for everyone. Our main focus is about the Low Carb Higher (Healthy) Fat lifestyle, LCHF for short, and you can read/find out more about that here 

In recent months we have seen that more and more we have regular readers, and followers, who choose to eat vegetarian or vegan.

With that in mind I am passing on this recipe suggestion from "Sainsbury's it's a vegan spaghetti and mushroom power-ball recipe, is totally raw and utterly delicious. This 25-minute recipe uses ready-made courgetti,(or make your own), a tangy no-cook tomato sauce and juicy 'meatballs' made with mushrooms, sundried tomatoes and sticky dates. Top it off with a sprinkling of decadent cashew vegan cheese for an easy pasta dish that's sure to impress …"
This recipe works out at 31.9g carbs per serving so may not/will not be suitable for all!

Serves Four
For the power-balls
250g pine nuts
30g dried mushrooms, soaked and drained
8 sundried tomatoes, soaked and chopped
4 dates, soaked until softened
7g fresh basil, shredded
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
2 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp olive oil
2 x 300g courgetti
For the cashew vegan cheese
75g cashews
1 tsp garlic powder
1½ tsp mustard powder
For the tomato sauce
150g fresh tomatoes, chopped
4 sundried tomatoes, roughly chopped
5 basil leaves
75ml water
2 garlic cloves
1 date, soaked and chopped
1 tbsp. soy sauce

1 tbsp. olive oil 

1. Place all the power-ball ingredients together in a food processor with plenty of seasoning and pulse until just combined. If the mixture seems a little dry, add 1-2 tbsp. water. Using wet hands, form 24 balls. Transfer to a plate and refrigerate until needed.
2. Blitz together the cashew cheese ingredients until just finely ground.
3. Blitz the tomato sauce ingredients together with plenty of seasoning. Serve with the courgetti and power-balls and sprinkle over the cashew cheese.

looking for similar courgette/courgetti recipes, here are a couple

Porcini and green lentil Bolognese with courgetti
It's a veggie Bolognese and has heaps of flavour from the porcini mushrooms,
it works out at 5.8 grams of carbohydrate per serving.
So if you are living the LCHF lifestyle this could fit nicely into your meal plans!
see more here

Spinach and ricotta lasagne with courgette pasta
Some say this dish is just "perfect for eating on an evening in springtime", 
The recipe per serving works out at 19.3 g carbs,
if you'd like to know more see here

We bring a variety of recipe ideas to this blog, and not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan


Betty J. Crow said...

Looks delicious. May have to try the lasagna recipe.

Christine said...

All of these look so good!

riitta k said...

All three look delicious! I eat meat less and less - prefer fish nowadays. Not quite vegan :)

Anonymous said...

now thats clever!!

This N That said...

Both look yummy..sound good too..Thanks for stopping by my blog..Blogger won't let us respond any more..real pain!! Have a good weekend

carol l mckenna said...

All three recipes sound divinely delicious!

Happy Weekend,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The spinach lasagna sure looks good! I eat plainer meals most of the time. I need to try this recipe!

Debbie said...

this is picture perfect and the power balls sound so interesting!!!

and i love the versatility i find here on your blog, i always enjoy my visits!!

Jean | said...

Jan, looks good! I'm an omnivore, but I eat vegetarian most of the time. Had broccoli salad and nuts for breakfast today, beans for lunch, but will have chicken for dinner with my husband (he doesn't thrive on a meatless diet). I haven't really delved into the whole raw thing as yet.

Mary Kirkland said...

That sounds delicious. I would try this for sure.

William Kendall said...

Quite a meal for those who go vegan.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Hummm pratos deliciosos e bem saudáveis.
Um abraço e bom fim-de-semana.

Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa

Valerie-Jael said...

Sounds soooo wonderful. Hugs, Valerie

DUTA said...

The lasagna looks perfet for any evening, any season.

Elephant's Child said...

Thank you. Food for thought when planning my menus this week.

JFM said...

It is so nice of you to find all of these alternatives for a healthier diet...thank you! They look very tasty!!!


Our photos said...

That looks good !

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

Love that they don't need to be cooked! Sounds yummy!

Martha said...

Looks so good! And I really should try that spinach and ricotta lasagna.

Maria Rodrigues said...

Hi Jan,
Thanks for this great sharing, my son will love it.
Many greetings
Divagar Sobre Tudo um Pouco

Tom said... that's different!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm so glad to read about a vegan dish. Although I will never give up dairy, I have given up meat. That's why this recipe is such a winner in my book. Thank you.

Out on the prairie said...

These all look really good, the first the best. They were grilling tofu the other day on a cooking show, I never have tried that.

Teresa said...

Feliz semana.

Snowbird said...

Loving that vegan dish, must give that a whirl, thank you!xxx

Magic Love Crow said...

thank you Jan!!! Big Hugs!

Barb said...

Thanks for this delicious-sounding vegan meatball recipe. I also learned a new word! I didn't know what courgetti was!