Quick & Easy Basil Cashew Cream Toasts

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Don’t you just love a speedy recipe? I’m here with a quick, five minute recipe that will impress anyone.
Lately I’ve been really into making my food feel fancy. Even my snacks I want to feel kind of – special. I found that taking that extra minute to garnish a dish, add some lemon zest, or a drizzle of olive oil just takes it up a notch and makes the experience more enjoyable.
But how do you accomplish this in your home kitchen? Easy! use quality ingredients and fresh herbs. These are two of my favorite ways to jazz up a “ordinary” meal. Keep fresh herbs on your counter and invest in quality olive oils. Keep balsamic reduction around, always have Himalayan sea salt and ripe lemons, and you’re golden.
I’ve been motivated to stop using all soy based vegan substitutes in my cooking, and focus on whole food. cashews has been great for adding creaminess to a dish.

I chose to top these toasts with cherry tomato, capers (so good!), watercress which is my new favorite green, and more fresh basil.
It would be delicious with cucumber or red onion as well!

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

Not only do cashews contain a lower fat content than other nuts, about 80% of their fat is the healthy kind, called unsaturated fatty acids. Also, a ¼ cup of cashews can help one reach their Daily Value of copper, phosphorus, manganese and magnesium. Continued research shows olive oil can reduce heart disease and/or stroke risk with 'healthy' monounsaturated fat making it ideal for cooking. Also, oleocanthal, the phytonutrient that resembles the effects of ibuprofen aids in the reduction of inflammation.

By Nikki Nies, MS,RD, LD

Quick & Easy Basil Cashew Cream Toasts

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: n/a
  • Servings: 2

Ingredients

1 cup raw unsalted cashews*
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 garlic clove
2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup coarsely chopped basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon pink sea salt and a bit of black pepper to taste

*i didn’t soak the cashews. if you have the time, soak for 2-4 hours or even overnight for the creamiest results. not soaking still produced a great consistency, up to you!

Instructions

  1. Add ingredients to a high speed blender.
  2. Blend until thick and well combined, about 1 min.
  3. Top flax seed crackers or multi grain flat breads with cashew cream.
  4. Add fresh basil, watercress, capers, tomato and more sea salt.
  5. Enjoy!
Add ingredients to a high speed blender. Blend until thick and well combined, about 1 min. Top flax seed crackers or multi grain flat breads with cashew cream. Add fresh basil, watercress, capers, tomato and more sea salt. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Per Serving: Calories: 807; Total Fat: 70 g; Saturated Fat: 10 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 10 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 140 mg; Potassium: 38 mg; Carbohydrate: 26 g; Fiber: 8 g; Sugar: 4 g; Protein: 32 g

Nutrition Bonus:

Vitamin C: 12%; Vitamin A: 5%; Iron: 33%; Calcium: 8%

 

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