With the new cookbook, The New Vegan, home cooks now have access to valuable tips, tricks and recipes that make their plant-based eating a breeze.
Layered No-Bake Pesto Tart (recipe below)
Cookbook author and blogger Áine Carlin has debuted a new book that is perfect for new vegans, experienced vegans looking for a change, or eaters who are trying to incorporate more plants and less animal products into their diets.
The book touches on the ethical and environmental importance of increasing plan-based food consumption and takes readers on a delicious journey they can feel good about.
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From vegan breakfast to dinner and desserts, this book is a must-read full of tools for vegans and for anyone even thinking about going vegan. Because Áine makes it easy!
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Layered No-bake Pesto Tart
I’m not going to lie. When I first came across “raw food” it kinda freaked me out. Even though I’d happily chow down on crudités and loved eating fruit, the thought of an entirely raw meal really did not appeal. Little did I know the immense cuisine that embodies this often much-maligned movement is vast and delicious, and after trying out a few dishes in raw food restaurants, I was officially hooked. Almost six years down the line and I’m forever experimenting with raw food in my own kitchen. This carrot, cashew, and pesto combo makes for a great dinner party appetizer dish or entrée for a fancy lunch. The layers of textures and flavors are sure to trick your guests into thinking that you’d spent the day cooking instead of assembling… never a bad thing in my book.
- Author: The New Vegan by Aine Carlin
- Yield: 4 -6 servings 1x
for the crust:
- 2 small carrots (finely grated)
- ¾ cup walnuts
- 1 tablespoon mixed seeds
- 1 heaping tablespoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ tablespoon coconut oil
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
for the cashew cream:
- 1 cup soaked cashews
- juice of ½ lemon
- ½ tablespoon coconut oil
for the pesto:
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves
- 1 cup spinach
- 2 tablespoons mixed nuts (walnuts and pecans work best)
- juice of ½ lemon
- 1 small garlic clove
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons flaxseed oil
for the carrot serving sauce:
- ½ pitted Medjool date
- 1 tablespoon mixed seeds (such as pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower, to serve)
- Squeeze out any excess juice from the grated carrots into a bowl— reserve this juice for the sauce. Put all the crust ingredients in a food processor or mini blender and process until it forms a fine rubble. Taste for seasoning and add a little more salt and pepper if necessary.
- Line a 6-inch tart pan or 9 × 5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper and press the crust evenly into the bottom. Freeze or refrigerate for 30 minutes to set.
- Put all the cream ingredients in a food processor or blender with ¼ cup water and process until completely smooth, scraping down the sides as you go. This may take a while but persevere and it eventually becomes smooth. Taste for seasoning, then pour the cream over the chilled carrot crust, reserving one heaping tablespoon for the sauce. Smooth out with a spatula and refrigerate for about 1 hour.
- Put all the pesto ingredients in a food processor or mini blender and blend until coarse but spreadable. Taste for seasoning and add a touch more salt and pepper if necessary. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
- Put the reserved carrot juice in a food processor or blender, add the reserved tablespoon of cashew cream and the date, and process until completely smooth.
- Carefully lift the chilled tart out of the pan and ease it onto a serving platter. Spoon over the pesto and carefully spread out using a spatula. Drizzle with the carrot sauce and adorn with crushed seeds and nuts.
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The no-bake vegan tart looked so good and I thought it would be the centrepiece at my dinner party, showcasing how being a vegan can be a delight. When I bought it out, everyone gasped, it looked fabulous!
It was horrible, though, and not because I didn’t get it right, it was just horrible, really horrible.
Now I realise why. Think: you’re eating a bunch of pulverised seeds, nuts and coconut oil…in one form or another that is what is in all components of this thing, so how will it taste? Fatty, over-rich and lacking variety. The pesto is overkill – Carlin hasn’t quite got the right blend there yet.
I actually felt embarrassed and relieved I gave guests only the tiniest of slices as we had so much other food to eat.
Whole lot went in the bin.
Expensive waste of time and money.