I do just fine cooking plant based food for the two of us. Our palates have adjusted to the lack of added salt, sugar and oil to our food. Where I struggle with this food plan is what to fix for company who are not following a plant based diet and are used to the added salt, sugar and oil to their food. If I am preparing food to share with others I want them to enjoy it as much as I do – otherwise what’s the point? Every new recipe I try we analyze and decide if it might be company worthy. I am trying to build up a list of recipes that would be appropriate for entertaining and appeal to a variety of taste buds. Let me tell you this is no easy task! Having said all that I have had some success in this arena!
This meal went over really well with the family and friends. The Nirvana Enchilada Casserole is from the Isa Does It cookbook. You can watch a video of her making this recipe and get the recipe on her blog here. It’s not a week night type of recipe – it might have taken me about 1 1/2 hours to make. I didn’t actually time it because I was making several things at the same time. I would suggest setting aside a couple of hours on the weekend to make this meal and then enjoy the leftovers during the rest of the week. It just kept getting better and better! My changes to the casserole were to use only 12 corn tortillas instead of the 18 the recipe called for – I just didn’t feel like it needed that many. I added chipotle hot sauce to the enchilada sauce to kick it up a notch and next time I would add another jalapeno to it too. I only used about half of the cashew sauce on top but next time I would add the extra sauce in with the layers. For toppings I made the Roasted Poblano Cream, green onions, fresh cilantro, fresh limes and home made pepperjack cashew cheese.
The pepperjack cashew cheese mixture is put into a muffin tin to make little cheese rounds. The cheese recipe comes from Somer over at the blog Vedged Out. Her recipe was super easy to make and the results were amazing! My family loved it! They were putting it on tortilla chips with some salsa and on the enchilada casserole. When the omnivores approve you know you have a winner! I made the cheese early in afternoon and it was set up enough to shred by dinner time. A couple days later I shredded more and it was even easier after it had time to firm up. It melts like a dream so you can use it for grilled cheese, quesadilla or whatever you heart and tummy desires!
The Black Beans -Slow Cooker recipe is one of the easiest ways to cook beans. Toss all the ingredients into a slow cooker,turn it on and walk away. Love it!
The rice cooker makes perfect rice every time and I love that it has a brown rice setting. If you don’t have a rice cooker be sure to check out Alton Brown’s Perfect Baked Brown Rice - it’s how I used to make brown rice before I got a rice cooker. I had intended to make my Fiesta Brown Rice for this meal but I ran out of time. It could be made ahead of time and reheated prior to serving – that’s what I will do next time.
The Chocolate Swirl Cashew Cheesecake (I learned to make in the vegan cooking class I took a couple weeks ago) was a huge hit! I can’t share the recipe as the restaurant asked us not to – they do have this cheesecake on their menu so I understand. The basic recipe is very similar to this one at Vegetarian Times – sub pecans for the macadamia nuts and reserve back 1 cup of the batter – add cocoa to it and enough maple syrup to sweeten it and then swirl it into the rest of the filling that you have already put into the crust.
I will share the idea they gave us for making a vegan chocolate syrup drizzle that can be used for so many desserts.
- 2 cups real maple syrup
- 1 1/4 cups cacao powder
Blend until smooth. Pour into a sterile squeeze bottle.
It will last forever (well maybe not forever) in the fridge.
Use to decorate hot drinks, cold drinks and desserts!
We moved the blog to a new server this week and have been working out the kinks! The blog was only down for a few hours but then the comment function wouldn’t work, photos wouldn’t download and so forth. I think everything is now fixed but if you run across a problem be sure to email me or leave a comment and let me know. Sometimes you the reader come across issues that I would never see on my own.
I shared on facebook how our Valentines Day went – be sure to check it out. I have also started posting recipes, recipe links and other fun stuff on the Nutmeg Notebook facebook page. It’s another fun way to share about food, nutrition and other good things.
Hope you are having a fantastic weekend!
What are some of your favorite meals to serve for company!
Do you like chocolate?
I adore dark chocolate!