Taylor's Sauce or Dip
Many people like sauces. THis one adds a bit of zing when dribbled over freshly-steamed vegetables, or when used as a dip for celery sticks or pieces of jicama. Because cashews are relatively high in calories, use this as a garnish and condiment rather than as a main dish.
- ¾ cup raw cashews
- Juice of 1 lemon
- ¾ cup water
- 1 red or yellow bell pepper (washed and seeds removed)
- 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast (not brewer’s yeast)
- 1 Tbsp tahini
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp dill weed
- 2 Tbsp mock-chicken seasoning
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (capsicum)* or less or more, to taste
Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
May add slightly more water to desired consistency so it is easier to dribble sauce over steamed vegetables or dip with raw veggies.
Store in a tightly-covered container for up to seven days in the refrigerator.
* Cayenne pepper is a hot, red spice from the capsicum family. It is used in recipes to create a warming sensation and is also used in many parts of the world for a variety of health reasons. Reported benefits include:
- Supports healthy mucus membranes in the nasal passage, lungs and urinary tract, due to its vitamin A or beta-carotene content
- Boosts metabolism slightly due to the heat production from the spice, this effect lasting for about 20 minutes after ingesting the spice
- Helps to break up mucus and congestion so can be useful in cold and flu seasons
- Assists in fighting inflammation in the body
- Helps to normalize blood flow and regulate blood pressure (supposedly an old home remedy advised giving a cup of water containing a diluted solution of cayenne pepper to a person who is suffering from heart attack)
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