Want an easy way to liven up lunch? Then try this delicious cashew spread; it’s gorgeously creamy and full of fabulous flavours, making it the perfect base for your favourite toppings. It’s packed full of goodness – cashews are full of heart-healthy fats, turmeric is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, garlic is high in vitamin c which is great for your immune system – and these are just a few of the healthy highlights.
Get ready to wrap your taste buds around this brilliant basic recipe, and then feel free to tweak with other ingredients next time around.
Makes 1 large jar
- Food processor
- Frying pan
- Wooden spoon
- Bowl and water for soaking the cashews
- Measuring cups
- Chopping board and knife
Put the cashews into a bowl, cover with cold water and allow to soak for 30 mins. Remove the pepper from the jar so it’s ready to use, or roast a fresh pepper if you prefer.
Roughly chop the onion and garlic and fry gently for 5-10 mins in the oil, so they soften and turn golden. Add the turmeric and paprika after a couple of minutes of cooking.
* Time Saving Tip *
You can add the onion and garlic raw if you prefer, but I found that my loved ones weren’t shy about telling me how strongly it smelled!
Drain the cashews and add to the processor with the cooked onions, garlic, roasted pepper, water and lemon juice or vinegar. Blitz together on high-speed, stopping every so often to scrape down the sides. Keep blending until a smooth texture has formed and then get a (big) tasting spoon to try it. Add black pepper and (if needed) salt, and give it another quick whizz.
* Serving Suggestion *
You’re now ready to enjoy this creamy goodness on crackers or open sandwiches. It’s also perfect for mixing through cooked pasta and veggies, serves as a great dip alternative to hummus, plus any other tasty combinations you discover! Store in an airtight jar, and it will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.