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Ever wish you could taste the rainbow? With this raw rainbow chakra cheesecake, you can! When you slice in, you will find a rainbow of colors and natural, fruity, and delicious flavors begging to be devoured. This is a fun weekend project for when you have a bit more time, once it comes together it is absolutely worth the wait.
FOR THE CRUST:
- 1 cup raw almonds (or preferred nut/seed)
- 3/4 cup soft, pitted Medjool dates
- A pinch of salt (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
FOR THE KEY LIME CHEESECAKE BASE:
- 1 1/2 cups cashews, soaked until soft, then drained and rinsed
- 3/4 cup light coconut milk from a can
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 1/3 cup melted coconut oil (coconut butter for oil-free)
- 1/3 cup agave nectar or your favorite liquid sweetener
FOR THE COLORS:
- 1/2 cup cheesecake plus 3/4 cup strawberries, for red
- 1/2 cup cheesecake, 1/2 cup papaya, and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, for orange
- 1/2 cup cheesecake, 1/2 a mango or banana, 1/2 cup pineapple, and zest of 1 lemon, for yellow
- 1/2 cup cheesecake, 2 bananas, and 2 teaspoons spirulina, for green
- 1/2 cup cheesecake and 1 1/4 cups blueberries, for purple (reserve 1/2 cup of this color)
- 1/2 cup blue cheesecake plus 3/4 cup blackberries, for indigo
- 1/2 cup cheesecake, 1 banana, and 2 blackberries (more as needed), for violet
TO MAKE THE CRUST:
- Combine ingredients in your food processor until sticky. Get your 8-inch springform pan ready. Spray the sides and line the base with a circle of parchment paper. You could also use an 8×8-inch loaf pan or 12 silicone cupcake liners. Press the dough for the base into preferred mould, then set in the freezer.
TO MAKE THE FILLING:
- Blend cheesecake base until excessively whipped and smooth, then set aside.
- Make one color at a time, start with red and finish with violet. For the red, add the ingredients to the food processor and process until smooth. Pour on top of the crust, spread it out evenly and swirl or shake to settle. Freeze until firm or tacky, about 30-60 minutes.
- Wash the food processor and once the red layer is tacky, make the orange and pour on top. Repeat until done.
Freeze until firm 6-8 hours, easily done overnight. Remove, decorate, thaw as desired, and serve.
About the author: Count your colors, not your calories! Vibrant recipes that tantalize your tastebuds. Christa Clark is a vegan blogger with a deep passion for recipe creation, yoga, structural integration, alchemy, writing, researching, art and sharing her plant-based lifestyle with others. Christa encourages others to discover the wonderful benefits of a plant-based lifestyle where you can “count your colors and not your calories!” She is the creator of the vegan blog Artistic Vegan and author of “Artistic Vegan: Meatless Mainstays for Modern Man” with a new book on the horizon.
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Tofu, Tempeh, Seitan, and TVP
You may not think of tofu or tempeh as vegetables, but they are plant-based and made from soybeans. TVP, or texturized vegetable protein, is also made from soy. Seitan is made from wheat gluten. The meat in any recipe can be replaced with one of these plant-based options. Tofu makes the perfect swap-out for chicken whether you want Crispy Tofu Nuggets, Moroccan Cutlets in a Lemon-Olive Sauce, or chunks for Chinese food like Kung Pao Tofu. Tempeh is wonderful for fish dishes because it has a flaky texture.
When you want that meaty taste, that umami, mushrooms are the way to go. Their flavor is rich, earthy, and meaty, especially cremini or Portobello mushrooms. They are healthy and filling and can replace meat in any recipe. My favorite way to eat mushrooms is to saute them in vegan butter and add thyme, black pepper, and balsamic vinegar. Then I serve them over polenta unless I’m piling them up on a crispy roll to make a French Dip sandwich. Try mushrooms in this Mushroom Stroganoff or as a vegan “Lamb” Burger.
If you have not yet tried jackfruit, you need to go out and get some. Technically, jackfruit is a fruit but incredibly, it can stand in for meat in savory dishes. You can buy it raw or already cut up in a can. Jackfruit has a very slight sweet taste but not so much that you can’t use it to make a decadent, satisfying Philly Cheesesteak. Jackfruit is perfect for barbecue sandwiches, stir-fries, or any dish that uses beef, chicken, or pork.
When anyone goes veg, eggplant is probably the first vegetable that comes to mind, but you can do so much more with it than just make parmigiana. Eggplant has a rich, meaty taste and it’s very versatile. If you think you’re not a fan of eggplant, try it in these Eggplant Burgers and you will change your mind.
Lentils have always been a stand-in for meat since the beginning of veganism. Lentils are hearty and can replace ground beef easily. Lentils come in a variety of colors such as green, red, brown, and black. They cook up quickly, are inexpensive, and a small amount goes a long way.
Beans and Legumes
Beans and legumes are amazing. They are inexpensive, healthy, filling, and there are so many to choose from: black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, aduki beans, chickpeas and black-eyed peas, to name just a few. Beans make for hearty soups, stews, and chilis.
Right now I bet you’re thinking, “How can cauliflower replace meat? It’s so white and bland.” Well, it can. When you season it and cook it up right, cauliflower can be the star of any dish. I like to use cauliflower to replace the chicken in Asian dishes like Cauliflower Manchurian and even Buffalo wings. You can slice the cauliflower into steaks and make an incredible Cauliflower Piccata.
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As you can see, when it comes to replacing meat in your meals, your options are practically limitless. Stop thinking of vegetables as side dishes and move them to the front of your plate. With all the hearty, “meaty” recipes you can create, there is no way you will miss the meat.
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