Broccoli Olive and Corn Salsa Recipe

I'm just mixing up cultures as I see fit. All cuisines, from all over the world, have the human palate in common. They can blend in some amazing ways. 
This has a really fresh and clean flavor. It's light, but filling. Ideal for the end of summer. It just needs a little bread or rice to go with it. 

Make sure when you serve it to coat the bread or rice with some of that scrumptious sauce!
Salsa Recipe Ingredients
2 broccoli crowns, chopped small
1 can small black olives, halved
2/3 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup frozen peas
2 shallots, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 poblano, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tlbs olive oil
1 tbl hot sauce
2 tsps spicy mustard
2 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsps dry thyme

Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Let rest overnight. 

The broccoli cooks in the acid and the frozen ingredients thaw without losing their color or flavor.


Vegan Chese Sauce

Here's an idea for a simple cheese like vegan sauce. You can make it thicker or thinner depending on your needs.

1 part nutritional yeast
1/2 part peanut butter
1/4 part white vinegar

It'll be tangy and cheesy and somewhat fatty and creamy. Using hummus or almond butter instead of peanut butter might be a nice variation. I can also imagine adding some hot sauce instead of vinegar. Sounds good in theory, though I've not tried it.

A simple combination of just yeast and non cow milk is also not bad. But it really does well with the addition of fat. Blend together the yeast, soy milk and some vegetable shortening and now you're cooking.

That's the rub with being vegan. Satiating that cheese craving. Some good hummus on its ohttp://www2.blogger.com/img/blank.gifwn goes a long way toward achieving that. There are also some nice vegan mac and cheese recipes out there. It's not hard. Basically you just replace the yellow cheese pouch with yeast. Of course you use soy or almond milk and vegan magarine. A little bit of spicy brown mustard is a nice touch.

There are also some great vegan cheeses out there. Daiya is famous for being a great vegan cheese. I've never had the pleasure. It's hard to come by and very pricey. I'm sure it's wonderful if you're willing to pay the price.

But with a little imagination and a small effort you can create some tasty substitutes that are much more economical.