Fresh from holding her first healing retreat in Bedale, North Yorkshire, Happi Food's Mariesa Martire shares some of her favourite vegan recipes to help you nurture your body from the inside out.
Nacho Vegan Cheese
- 1 1/2 cups of pre soaked cashew nuts
- 1/2 cup of chopped red bell pepper
- 1/2 clove of garlic
- 1 tsp of Lemon juice
- 1/4 of a date ( just a tiny bit of sweetness)
- 2 tbsp of nutritional yeast
- A pinch of good non processed salt
- A pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup of water
- For pre soaked nuts, soak cashew nuts over night or for a couple of hours will be ok in the day.
- Place all ingredients into a blender. A hand blender will work ok too. Whiz up all ingredients until a smooth creamy texture with no bits in is made.
- Cashew cheese is great as a dip or as a topping on your Raw pizza yum! Try it with roast peppers it's delicious.
Cauliflower & Cashew 'cheese' soup ** By Mariesa Martire
1 x large onion chopped
1 medium sized cauliflower
2 x bay leaves
1 x tbsp of Coconut oil
2 x celery sticks
2 x large potatoes
1 x cup of cashews
1 x garlic Clove
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 x tbsp of nutritional yeast
The easy stock
Wash & trim your cauliflower. Take the green stalk bits and put them in a medium saucepan. Add your bay leaves and 1-5 litres of boiled water a pinch of good salt, cover with lid & Leave to boil for 15 mins
In another pan add coconut oil, onions, celery, potatoes and spring onions. Cover and leave to sweat on a low heat for 15 mins.
~To make cashew cheese~
Pour in your jug or blender the cashews, garlic, nutritional yeast lemon add 1/4 cup of water & pinch of salt and whizz up to make a creamy cashew cheese, set aside.
Now remove the green stalks and bay leave from your medium pan.
Add the veg mixture to the stock
Add your cauliflower florets bring it all up to simmer for a further 20-25 mins until the cauliflower is tender.
Use no lid on this section
Now add the cashew cheese,
Blend and serve
For more information you can check out Mariesa website at www.happifood.co.uk
More about Mariesa Martire
"My children were the source of my inspiration in creating Happi Foods. My girls were born with severe eczema and I cured them through food elimination cutting out all processed foods and only using natural ingredients. Through seeing how food was almost like magic in curing their skin, we made huge lifestyle changes over the years as a family. This led me to find new friends who were eating in a way referred to as raw. Raw foods are food that haven't been heated above 48 degrees centigrade which would normally destroy the enzymes and both 'good stuff'. I began to adding in raw foods to my children diet, making snacks, smoothies with lots of greens such as water cress and spinach. As time went on I started having so much fun creating amazing tasty dishes only using uncooked veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds with one of our favourite meals being the raw burritos which are delicious. I found the benefits of eating this way were incredible. I began to find younger people also commenting on my appearance saying “wow Mariesa you look amazing” “how do you have so much energy?” My energy indeed increased, I was waking up earlier with a clear mind and focus for the day. I lost excess weight, all my cravings for bad foods decreased, my skin was glowing and I began to feel in tune with my body and mind. It all started with small changes that led to a whole new lifestyle, this way there was no pressure it wasn’t like jumping into a faddy diet this was very different. I am so grateful to have found this way of living my girls and I are enjoying life to the full and now I want to share this with you."