Sweet or Savoury No Cream, Cream Sauce

I absolutely love cream sauce but not the cream. The dairy industry is so cruel and unsustainable. In search of alternate methods of cream sauce I came across these recipes. All animal-based foods are acid-forming and dairy is no exception.

After looking at 34 published studies in 16 countries, researchers at Yale University found that the countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis – including the United States, Sweden, New Zealand – were those in which people consumed the most dairy and other animal products. How could that be?! That’s because animal protein foods such as cow’s milk are acid-forming which causes the body to borrow calcium from the bones and teeth to counteract the acidity. Over time, the bone structure weakens, making us more susceptible to fractures. To read more about this, go to www.milksucks.com.

To neutralize one cup of milk we need to take 20 cups of something alkaline such as green vegetable juice for instance. Since it takes 10 pounds of milk to produce a pound of cheese and 12 pounds of milk for a pound of ice cream, that ratio can get out of control! The more acid-forming foods we consume the weaker our immune system becomes, making it easier for bacteria, fungi and viruses to cause havoc in our body.

If you are still skeptical about the health dangers of consuming dairy, I encourage you to begin your own research into the matter.


Nut Cream Sauce

(Serves 2)

1/2 Cup Raw Cashews
1/4 Cup Water

Any blender or food processor will do, place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth, add more water if sauce gets too thick, keep adding water for desired consistency. Add anything you want to this sauce, truffle oil, herbs, pesto, tomato paste, morel mushrooms, curry, garlic, anything you would a reg cream sauce. Place in stove top pot and heat. Or make it sweet!


Sweet Nut Cream Topping

Cashew Cream, Tal Ronnen (serves 2-4)

2 cups of cashews or walnuts

1/4 cup agave nectar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Put nuts into a  blender and cover them with enough water to cover them by 1 inch, add vanilla and agave nectar, blend on high for several minutes until smooth. You will see this transform into a creamy whipped cream like mixture. Serve over your favorite dessert. I like it over fresh papaya.

Eating Out Doesn’t Have To Cost The Earth

Looking for a restaurant for your Vegan or Vegetarian life style can be hard but with the number of restaurants popping up and growing and everyone realizing that being sustainable is a good way of ensuring our future, I have listed a group of sustainable restaurants in Vancouver. Most of which would be also happy to cater to your diet needs.

As consumption increases and life-sustaining resources decline, we are faced with a growing crisis for the earth to sustain the demand for its resources.

The concept of “eating well” now encompasses a much broader spectrum, entailing more than taste alone.

A new emphasis on quality ingredients combined with an awareness of the social, cultural, ethical and environmental impacts of food production is changing restaurants.

Here is a list of sustainable restaurants that almost all have a non meat choice on the menu:

Bishop’s www.bishopsonline.com
Bistro Pastis www.bistropastis.com
Boneta www.boneta.ca
C Restaurant www.crestaurant.com
Cactus Club Café www.cactusclubcafe.com
Capilano Suspension Bridge www.capbridge.com
Chambar www.chambar.com
Chow www.chow-restaurant.com
Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill www.cioppinosyaletown.com
Culinary Capers Catering www.culinarycapers.com
Curry 2 U – Granville Island www.curry2u.com
Edible Planet Catering www.edibleplanet.ca
Elixir at the Opus Hotel www.elixirvancouver.ca
Emelle’s Catering www.emelles.com
Le Gavroche www.legavroche.ca
Goldfish Pacific Kitchen www.goldfishkitchen.com
Grouse Mountain Resorts Ltd. www.grousemountain.com
Hamilton Street Grill 1009 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Indishpensable www.indish.ca
Joey’s Restaurant www.joeysrestaurants.com
O’Doul’s Restaurant & Bar www.odoulsrestaurant.co
Major the Gourmet Catering www.majorthegourmet.com
Mr. Pickwick’s Fish & Chips www.mrpickwicks.bc.ca
NU Restaurant + Lounge www.whatisnu.com
Ouisi Bistro www.ouisibistro.com
Peake of Catering www.peakeofcatering.com
Radha Yoga & Eatery www.radhavancouver.org
Rangoli www.vijsrangoli.ca
Raincity Grill www.raincitygrill.com
Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. www.rockymountainflatbread.ca
Roundel Café 2465 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Salt Tasting Room www.salttastingroom.com
Savoury City Catering www.savourycity.com
Tapastree www.tapastree.ca
Terra Breads – Kitsilano www.terrabreads.com
The Lazy Gourmet www.lazygourmet.ca
UBC Foodservices www.food.ubc.ca
Vancouver Aquarium www.vanaqua.org
Vij’s www.vijs.ca
West www.westrestaurant.com
Whistler Cooks Catering whistlercooks.com
Wild Rice www.wildricevancouver.com
ZIN Restaurant & Lounge www.zin-restaurant.com