cucumber noodles

Craving an easy, refreshing, delicious dinner? These cucumber noodles with a basil vegan cream sauce rock. The best part is that you can throw them together quickly! No oil is used in this recipe. And the basil vegan cream sauce is made from cashews, one of the healthiest nuts there is. And don’t worry, one serving has less than 1/4 cup of nuts. Well within the daily limit.

vegan cream

Vegan cream sauces, like this one are super simple to make and have the luxurious creamy texture and mouthfeel that a traditional cream sauce has. I always have one in the refrigerator that lasts us through the week. You can use this sauce on the pasta, but you can also use it as a dip, or make a quick appetizer with it by spreading some on a raw cracker and topping it with a tomato half.

Why we love cashews:

  1. They are packed with vitamins minerals and antioxidants.
  2. They contain vitamins E, K, B6
  3. They have a low GI
  4. They have  a lower fat content than most nuts and the fat they have is heart protective.
  5. They can help to reduce high triglyceride levels.
  6. They have copper and magnesium.
  7. Frequent nut consumption is associated with lower weight gain*.

So, lose the guilt and still enjoy your creamy pasta with veggie noodles and nut cream sauces! Your body will thank you.

*Cashew Nut Health Benefits

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Cucumber Noodles with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and a Dijon Vegan Cream Sauce - Recipe at Rawmazing.com

A while back I received and email from Porch.com. What is Porch.com? In their words, “We’re the home network. Imagine Pinterest meets Linkedin for home improvement.” They were offering me a KitchenAid® stand mixer with a KitchenAid Spiralizer attachment in exchange for a recipe (that I would create) and a blog post (this one).

First, let me say, I get offers like this a lot. Almost all get deleted. When I tell you about a product, I want to make sure I tell you about are things that I love and have experience with.

But two things caught my attention with  this offer. First of all it was from Kitchenaid. I have kitchen appliances in my kitchen and love them. Second, it was a high quality spiralizer that actually attaches to a Kitchenaid mixer. Now that was something I wanted to see, try and write about.  I know that spiralizers are relevant to this blog and you, the reader.

KitchenAid Stand Mixer Give Away at Rawmazing.com

So I said yes. And I must say, I was not disappointed. The spiralizer worked like a dream. The craftsmanship is the standard you expect from KitchenAid, beautifully made, metal, and super sharp. It was effortless and made perfect, consistent noodles. It comes with 4 blades that make 2 different sizes of “noodles”, a ribbon cut and also a peeler.  It is pretty cool and the best news is that Porch.com is giving away a KitchenAid Mixer and Spiralizer that you can win. 

The contest runs August 18th through the 30th and the winner is chosen on August 31st.

You can enter Porch.com’s contest here: KitchenAid Standing Mixer and Spiralizer Give Away!

Cucumber Noodles with Vegan Creamy Dijon Tarragon Sauce - Recipe at Rawmazing.com

Creating the recipe for this post was pure fun. I started with cucumber noodles, simply because I love how refreshing they are. I started pulling together ingredients that cucumber’s like and before I knew it, I had a flavorful tarragon dijon sauce whipped up. For this recipe I actually roasted cherry tomatoes and mushrooms for the topping. But you can keep it raw by just using fresh tomatoes and mushrooms.

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Strawberry Watermelon Mint Granita and E-book Sale!

August 15, 2015
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I woke this morning to orange skies from the fires burning around California and threats of record heat in the 100’s. It sounds like most of the U.S. will be super hot these next few days! So to help you (and me) stay cool, it’s time to break out one of my favorite desserts from […]

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August 13, 2015
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What do you do when your CSA box accidentally doubles your order of figs and your chive plants are taking over the world? Fig and raw, vegan cheese appetizers! These might look a little fussy but trust me, they are pretty darn simple. Especially if you make the Chive Truffle cheese and coconut bacon ahead […]

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Energy Boosting Breakfast Shake

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Shannon, my assistant, came strolling in last Tuesday with a very interesting looking drink in her hand. It was a sage green with a little purple hue. I asked her what was in it and was blown away with the level of nutrients that were in her glass! Chia seeds, young coconut water, hemp seeds, […]

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Simple Raw, Vegan Carrot Ribbons with Creamy Cumin, Lime and Ginger Dressing

July 28, 2015
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At this time of  year, I want super easy, raw, vegan dishes that burst with summer flavors! I have no desire to be nesting in the kitchen or dealing with heavy textures or flavors. Salads like this are the best answer. Shave some carrots with your peeler, throw the dressing ingredients in your blender and in […]

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Homemade Cashew Milk

July 22, 2015
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Super simple and quite easily my favorite raw, vegan nut-milk. It is never grainy, has it’s own natural sweetness, and is purely delicious. You can make it as thick or thin as you like (ex. cashew cream). But for a nice drinking milk this recipe works great. To get a super smooth milk, pre-soak  your […]

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Quick and Easy Raw, Vegan Breakfast Pudding

July 22, 2015
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I don’t know about you, but breakfast can stump me. Especially during the week. We get into such a rut of making the same thing every day. It get’s boring! Not to mention, you want a little nutritional diversity. I want something quick yet delicious and interesting. What is quicker than taking something out of the […]

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Herb Salt! My New Obsession. And the Contest Winner!

July 16, 2015
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*We have a winner! Melissa Class of Wisconsin is the lucky recipient of Judita Wignall’s Raw Food Detox!* This spring, I planted herbs. A lot of herbs, all in pots. I had no idea how they would do as it it is our first full summer in our new home. And the weather here is […]

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Give-Away! Judita Wignall’s Raw & Simple Detox Book

July 13, 2015
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Contest is now closed. “Raw and Simple Detox” BOOK GIVE-AWAY!!!  I am super excited about this give-away. I have loved Judita Wignal for years now. She is a radiant soul and her latest book, Raw & Simple Detox is a shining example of her dedicated work.  “Raw and Simple Detox,  A Delicious Body Reboot for Health, Energy […]

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Raw Vegan Fig and Pear Tart with Lavender and Chocolate Ganache

July 10, 2015
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We are ditching coconut oil in desserts. No, really. Seriously ditching it. Because I want you to be healthy. And I no longer am buying into the coconut oil is optimal (internally) doctrine. I still love it for skin and hair care. But an oil is not a whole food. It provides a ton of […]

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Blueberry Peach Salad with Vegan Creamy Basil Dressing

July 3, 2015
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I love CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Thursday. Our boxes full of local organic produce come very early in the morning. It’s like getting a really cool present that is just waiting for you to wake up! Last week our box arrived with all of the usual suspects along with the new stars, peaches and blueberries! I […]

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Sweet Potato Chickpea Wraps with Mango Avocado Salsa

June 26, 2015
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Note: This is not a fully raw recipe. This is a transitional recipe. Part cooked, part raw, 100% nutritious and delicious! It’s getting hot in California. Summer is truly here.  And when the temps rise, I become obsessed with lettuce wraps. There is something so refreshing about biting into that crunchy lettuce leaf. It’s so […]

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Chive ” Cream Cheese” Spread and Veggie Crackers

June 18, 2015
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Last winter, I completed my Professional Plant Based Cooking Certification Course through Rouxbe.com. It was a wonderful journey of intense learning that I would highly recommend to anyone that wishes to take their plant-based cooking to a higher level.  One of our assignments was a plant based “shindig” where we put together a menu and […]

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Raw Vegan Blueberry Apricot Granola Bars

June 9, 2015
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  It’s that traveling time of year. School is out, vacations are starting. It’s also when I get busy in the kitchen making raw, vegan snacks that travel well. Because I know if I am in the airport, or in the car and I am hungry I might eat something I normally wouldn’t touch if […]

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Raw Walnut Mushroom Taco Lettuce Wraps

June 2, 2015
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  I woke up yesterday, looked at my phone and with a gasp, realized it was June 1 st. How the heck did that happen? And why am I always a few months behind? Time seems to be moving at warp speed these days. That said, apparently it is June, and June is a great […]

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