If you read my last post then you know that one of my New Year’s goals is to try new things when it comes to food. I’m a somewhat adventurous eater. I LOVE to try new restaurants and I try to read up on and watch a variety of food-related content, but when it comes to cooking, I tend to cook the same foods over and over again. I think most of us can relate to this. We know what we know and we like what we like. Most of us grew up eating one type of food and so those foods became engrained in us and they became our go-to meals. This year, I’m really trying to step out of my food comfort zone.
Just this past week, I had Indian food for the first time. (When you think about it, it’s pretty ridiculous that I made it 30 years without ever having Indian food). The food was just so good! The flavors were new and exciting and different from what I am used to. After that experience, I really realized how many great flavors and foods I am missing out on by eating the same things over and over again. I decided then and there to branch out.
When you think about it, it really doesn’t take much effort to eat new foods. You don’t have to necessarily seek out new restaurants, you can simply borrow a cookbook from the library or watch a YouTube chef and just make something yourself at home. Sometimes it’s really just as simple as reaching for different spices when you season your favorite foods.
One of my first steps in embracing new flavors was to make vegan ginger, jalapeno, cashew sauce. I’ve always shied away from vegan foods but I saw a similar recipe on a youtube channel and I decided to make my own version. I was surprised at how good it turned out. For some reason, I had this idea that vegan food would taste “off” but this didn’t taste off at all. It was flavorful. I really liked how easily customizable it was. With just a few changes, the recipe can really become whatever you want it to become. It can be a spread or a thinner more runny sauce. It’s all up to you.
I decided to make my sauce on the thicker side and as you can tell from the title, I threw in some ginger and jalapeno to make it spicy. In the end, I used it as a spread on my turmeric spiced shrimp tacos (recipe will be up on Monday) which was the perfect use for it.
I hope that you consider making this sauce but more, I hope you consider trying something new when it comes to food. I’m really excited to be on this food exploration journey and I can’t wait to share with you all what I am planning to make.
Until next time!
Ginger, Jalapeno Cashew Spread/Dressing
1/2-1 cup water 1/2 cup oil
3/4 to 1 cup of nuts (combination of cashew and pine) 2in piece of ginger
3 tablespoon of lemon juice 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon of onion powder salt, pepper to taste
- Soak cashews for 30 minutes or more
- In a blender, combine all ingredients and 1/4 cup of water.
- Blend until smooth.
- Gradually add in water until you reach the desired consistency.
- Make this recipe yours. Play around with the amount of seasonings and spices. If you like a spicier sauce add in more ginger and jalapeno. If you want a thinner sauce gradually add in more water and oil.