Cheezy Broccoli – Super Side Dish


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With the holidays right around the corner, sometimes it’s challenging to provide comfort food to your friends and family that does not take its toll on digestion and weight control.¬† Also, as more and more people are choosing a healthier lifestyle, this dish will be appreciated by many.

The basic recipe and inspiration comes from my friend and colleague, Karen Ranzi, author of Creating Healthy Children: Through Attachment Parenting and Raw Foods.  Her website has a wealth of information and she has been 100% raw now for about 20 years!

I have made a few modifications according to my tastes and preferences.  Just made a big batch yesterday and am thrilled with the outcome.

Cheezy Breezy Broccoli

4-5 cups of broccoli
1/3 cup raw macadamia nuts
2 TB. pine nuts
1/4 cup sundried tomatoes
1 cup filtered water
2-3 TB. nutritional yeast
1 lemon, juiced
sea salt, to taste

Directions:  Soak macadamias and pinenuts for about 2 hours.  Soak sundried tomatoes separately in one half of the filtered water.

Wash the broccoli thoroughly and chop into pieces.  Peel the outer fibrous later Рit will make a huge difference in how this dish tastes!

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 Place the chopped and peeled broccoli in a casserole dish and pour one half of the lemon juice and massage it into the pieces for a few minutes.

Drain and rinse the macadamias and pinenuts and place in blender along with sundried tomatoes PLUS soaking water.¬† Add the nutirtional yeast, remaining lemon juice and blend, adding the other half cup of water as needed.¬† The “cheese” blend should be creamy and smooth.¬† Salt to taste OR you can use dulse flakes if you are avoiding salt.¬† Pour over broccoli, making sure all of the pieces are coated.¬† Sprinkle a little extra nutritional yeast on top.

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¬†Place in dehydrator at 115 degrees for 2-4 hours depending on how dry you’d like it to be.¬† No dehydrator?¬† Place in low temperature oven – leaving the door slightly ajar.¬† Heat until broccoli is warm (not hot!) to touch and cheeze mixture has slightly hardened.

Make sure to leave feedback as to how these go over for your holiday party!

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