Roasted Red Pepper Lentil Dip

So it’s football season again! Every year, I try to come up with some tasty vegan snacks to serve or bring to parties. You may have noticed that I’ve been on a cashew cream kick lately, so naturally, this dip includes cashew cream. I used pre-cooked  brown lentils I found at Whole Foods from a company named Melissa’s Steamed Lentils. The combination of roasted red pepper, lentils, and garlic is absolutely delicious. You can serve it with your favorite raw vegetable, vegetable chips, or pita chips. This dip is great to make ahead and can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. You’ll need two hours to soak the cashews for the cashew cream sauce. You can refer to the recipe for cashew cream sauce here.

This dip can be stored in the fridge for 5 days

Roasted Red Pepper Lentil Dip

  • Servings: serves 6 to 8
  • Difficulty: medium
  • Print


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cashew cream sauce (add more or less for desired thickness)
  • 2 cups cooked lentils (such as Melissa’s Steamed Lentils)
  • 1 16 oz jar roasted red peppers
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs chopped chives

Directions


Place all ingredients in high powered blender and blend until smooth. Top with chopped chives. Serve with your favorite chip or raw vegetables. Can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Information:

  • Approximate Calories for 1/6 of dip: 97 cal

 

Go Blue!
Advertisements

Ginger Cashew Energy Bites

 

img_6804
You only need 6 ingredients
Vegan energy bites have become super popular as an alternative to store bought snacks. They have many different names: bliss balls, energy balls, truffles… I wanted to make some with a unique flavor combination. If you love ginger – you’re going to love these! My version has a sweet kick from the crystallized ginger. The hemp seeds help to balance out the sweetness and contain protein and omega 3’s. They also contain flax seed powder which contains fiber to help keep you full. I love the combination of cashew and ginger. These are not too sweet so they shouldn’t make you crash after you eat them. You can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. They’re great for a pre-cardio snack!

All natural ingredients with no added sugar

Ginger Cashew Energy Bites

  • Servings: 9
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print


Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup crystallized ginger
  • 10 dates (1/2 cup)
  • 2 tbs cashew butter
  • 2 tbs flax seed powder
  • 2 tbs hemp seeds
  • 2 tbs sesame seeds for coating (optional)

Directions

Add dates to a high powered blender or food processor and blend on lowest speed until they start to break apart. You will need to scrape down the blender a few times. Next add ginger, cashew butter, flax seed powder, and hemp seed powder and blend until it forms a somewhat smooth paste. Use a scraper to scrape down sides of the blender as needed. Remove from blender and place in a bowl or on wax paper. Divide into 9 portions. Form smooth balls using your hands. Roll in sesame seeds to coat. Refrigerate for 2 hours before eating. Makes about 9-10 balls. Store in airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

 

Nutrition Information:

  • Approximate calories per 1 energy bite: 78 cal
  • Protein: 1.5g

 

img_6808
Spicy sweet ginger + cashew

Featured by The Feed Feed and Vitamix!