Gluten Free Kecap Manis & Broccolini® with Soy and Sesame

Kecap manis, pronounced like “kitCHUP maneese”, is a sweet, sticky, Indonesian soy sauce. It’s not an obscure thing, so you don’t have to search Asian grocers or health food stores for it – it’s available at most supermarkets near the soy sauce. Most of the time, though, you’ll see questionable ingredients listed on the bottle, such as “flavours” or three digit numbers… And I’m yet to come across a store bought version that’s gluten free. So, “why not make it myself?”, I thought.

Gluten Free Kecap Manis
Gluten Free Kecap Manis

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Mustard Tofu

Here’s the third recipe, using my cashew béchamel, as promised! This is a vegan version of the “mustard chicken” recipe from Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals. Please excuse my dodgy night time photos – the lighting in my kitchen isn’t that great and I don’t have a very schmick camera.

Mustard Tofu Finished1
Serves 4

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Fancy-Pants Nachos

Happy International Day of the Nacho, everyone!

When it comes to nachos, I don’t mess about. Here’s proof.

Nachos
Serves 1

50g Corn Chips
1/2 C Cooked Kidney or Black Beans
1 C Chopped Veg (I used tomato, red & green capsicum & corn)
4 TBSP Salsa
1/2 C Cashew Béchamel (Original or V2.0)

Toppings: fresh coriander leaves, spring onion, 1/4 avocado, sliced olives & a lime wedge.

  • Preheat your oven to 220C.
  • Prepare your cashew bechamel.
  • Spread the corn chips across an oven proof plate.
  • In a bowl, mix together the beans, veggies & salsa.
  • Assemble the nachos by pouring 1/4 C cashew béchamel onto the corn chips, piling on the mix of beans/veg/salsa, then pouring the remaining 1/4 C cashew béchamel on top.
  • Bake at 220C for 12 minutes.
  • Prepare your toppings and serve with hot nachos straight out of the oven.

Nachos

Cashew Béchamel Sauce (White Sauce)

This béchamel sauce is pretty close to my heart. It developed as a result of two things: soy milk bechamel being utterly revolting and the raw food world sucking me in with delicious cashew creams and cashew based dips.

There’s a number of ways you can use this very versatile sauce, so please don’t feel limited by my suggestions. My favourite way to have it is baked on nachos (instead of cheese), but it’s also good with lasagne, enchiladas & moussaka. It’s a great creamy pasta sauce base and works well on cauliflower & broccoli. I’ve also used it in a creamy potato bake (scalloped potatoes) which turned out pretty special! You’ll probably see it referred to more than once on this blog. I don’t like to brag, but this is one of my best creations. Make it a food staple in your life; you won’t regret it.

Cashew Bechamel
Makes 3 & 1/4 cups

1 1/2 C Unsalted Cashews*
2 C Water, divided into 1 1/4 C & 3/4 C
1/2 tsp Powdered Stock (I use Vegeta)
1 tsp Savoury Yeast Flakes
1 TBSP Olive Oil Spread or Margarine
Pinch of Pepper

High Speed Blender Instructions

  • Blend cashews and water together until smooth & creamy.
  • Add the cashew/water mix to a pot on low heat and whisk in the powdered stock & savoury yeast flakes. Slowly add in the extra 3/4 C of water until your desired consistency is reached. The longer you leave the sauce on the stove, the more it will thicken.
  • Stir in the olive oil spread and add a pinch or two of pepper if desired.
  • Remove from heat & serve or proceed to use in another recipe.

Food Processor Instructions

  • Grind cashews in food processor and add 1 1/4 C water in a slow, steady stream. It will be a little grainy – don’t panic.
  • Add the cashew/water mix to a pot on low heat and whisk in the powdered stock & savoury yeast flakes. Slowly add in the extra 3/4 C of water until your desired consistency is reached. The longer you leave the sauce on the stove, the more it will thicken.
  • Stir in the olive oil spread and add a pinch or two of pepper if desired.
  • Remove from heat & blend again in the food processor until smooth & creamy, then serve or proceed to use in another recipe.

Notes:

  • Keep in mind that this sauce will continue to thicken as it cools down.
  • The sauce will also thicken a little further when baked.
  • The best thing to use to get this out of a pot without making a mess is a rubber/silicone spatula; the kind you use for baking (not the egg flip sort).
  • This sauce is freezer friendly but will need to be blended again after thawing to ensure smoothness!

*You can use “raw” or dry roasted cashews, it really doesn’t matter that much. I prefer to use “raw” (which are actually steamed), but will often use roasted if that’s all I can find.