Jalapeno Poppers

by Maggie on October 10, 2014

Dairy-Free Jalapeno Poppers from She Let Them Eat Cake.com

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Our baby is due to arrive any day now, so I’m tapping in to all those old wives tales that tell you how to get that baby moving! Some good hikes and hills, lots of raspberry tea, and of course some spicy food (it worked with Callum)!

Thankfully we got a lot of gorgeous jalapeno peppers from our CSA a couple of weeks ago. They inspired me to make a dairy-free version of a dish that my Osteopath has been raving about.

Dairy-Free Jalapeno Poppers from She Let Them Eat Cake.com

He grows his own jalapenos and has been stuffing them with goat cheese, but I wanted to try cashew cream instead. You guys know how I love my cashew cream.

Pete and I were pleasantly surprised when they tasted amazing, and not overly spicy! We’ve been eating (and loving) these Jalapeno Poppers. We shared them with family last weekend and they loved them too. Callum even tried them, but found them to be a little too spicy.

These dairy-free Jalapeno Poppers would make a great app for a Thanksgiving party, I know I will be bringing them to my family get-together this weekend. Unless of course I’m too busy with a newborn babe in my arms (fingers crossed)!

Dairy-Free Jalapeno Poppers from She Let Them Eat Cake.com

Dairy-Free Jalapeno Poppers

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Stir 1 tablespoon of olive oil into cashew cream.
3. Generously grease a small baking tray with extra olive oil.
4. Place jalapeno halves cut side up on baking tray.
5. Fill each jalapeno half with approximately ½-1 tablespoon of cashew cream.
6. Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes, until jalapenos are soft.
7. Let cool to touch and serve immediately.

There will be enough cashew cream leftover to double this recipe if you have more people. We use cashew cream with lots of our meals (sweet potatoes, on wraps, bean bowls) so I always like having leftovers.

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Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce

by Maggie on October 1, 2014

Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce from She Let Them Eat Cake.com

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I’ve been making easy dinners for the past month or so – it seems I hit a pregnancy wall of crazy fatigue just around dinner-prep time. So I have to keep it easy and I have to plan ahead!

This recipe for Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce has been on regular rotation at our house. I love it because all I need to do is roughly chop some veggies, and then I let the oven do the rest. I almost called it the Lazy Momma’s Tomato Sauce, but as we all know, there’s nothing lazy about cooking from scratch.

We serve this sauce on our fave grain-free pizza crust, but also on zucchini noodles and with our bean dishes. It’s amazing. I always puree it for the kids when I’m serving them pasta or pizza – they’re not overly keen on chunky tomatoes. One day!

This is one of those “un-recipes”, but I still wanted to share it with you. There’s lots of ways to change it up too, depending on what ingredients you have on hand.

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Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce

2 tablespoons olive oil
4-5 cups fresh tomatoes chopped into bite-sized pieces
1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley and or basil
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1/3 cup chopped leeks or white onion
Sprinkle of coarse sea salt
Splash of organic balsamic vinegar
Fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

1. Preheat oven to 385 degrees.
2. Coat a 9×11 inch pan with olive oil
3. Toss tomatoes, herbs, garlic, and leeks with olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt.
4. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes, remove from oven and stir once or twice.
5. Return to oven and bake for another 15-20 minutes.
6. Remove from oven, add a splash of balsamic vinegar, season with salt and pepper. 7. Use immediately as a sauce for pasta or zucchini noodles. Store leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge.

This is one of my fave family-friendly cookbooks – Let Them Eat Vegan!: 200 Deliciously Satisfying Plant-Powered Recipes for the Whole Family. Have you checked out Dreena Burton’s recipes yet? She’s the mother of three growing girls so I trust and love her recipes, plus I’ve tried many of them myself.

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