Vegan Tofu Sour Cream8
We made a fabulous vegetarian taco buffet this week, and it was sensational. You know how partial I am to the “come and help make dinner” dinner parties, where everyone congregates in the kitchen, and we make dinner together with everyone’s input. Our gluten fee pizza parties are always a hit. As are our gluten free pasta parties.
We decided to switch gears this week and head to Mexico for inspiration. We made grilled onions, red peppers, zucchinis and spinach; home made gluten free corn tortillas; a stellar vegan guacamole (of course!); some fabulous fresh salsas; and a stupendous pico de gallo! The only thing missing, was a great vegan sour cream, which everyone took great pleasure in unanimously voting for. Now, you all know that I have never been a condiment lover. Particularly of the creamy variety. So it would only make sense that I would mentally block out the need that any self-respecting taco lover yearns for -- the sour cream on top!
Now I have already admitted that I didn’t like traditional mayonnaise. I have never put mustard on top of anything in my life, and I would certainly never dream of adding pickles or relish. Now, I know I admitted some time ago to being a cream dreamer when it came to the cream concealed within things. But I probably need to clarify. I never liked cow’s milk growing up. In fact, I have never had a glass of dairy milk in my life. YUK! So it would naturally follow that I never ate cream on top of things, and never liked cottage cheese or sour cream. Now a sharp, mature, aged cheddar, or brie....OH.....show me the way to piggy heaven. THAT is a love that I found THE hardest to part with when I became macrobiotic and vegan many years ago. And just like any addict, it is a daily struggle. I must admit, that, on special occasions, I have been known to “coat check my colon” and relapse. A stomach ache is always the nasty consequence of my dairy-inspired binge. Needless to say, my relapses are few and far between now.
But just like vegan mayonnaise, the weirdest thing is is that I can actually tolerate this vegan sour cream recipe. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dip into this trough very often, and with not as much enthusiasm as the guacamole that usually accompanies it. But I can honestly say, that I don’t mind a bit of tofu sour cream on the side now!
I got this vegan sour cream recipe from my friend, Tony Chiodo, in one of his macrobiotic cooking classes about 15 years ago. We made vegan black bean tacos that were to die for! I remembered the joy last night, as I was trying to satisfy the hoards with a satisfactory vegan sour cream recipe! When it was clear that I was outnumbered 5:1, I quickly grabbed a pack of tofu from the pantry, and blended up this tofu sour cream. Now, you know I am not a big user of soy these days. But occasionally, I am not opposed to using it. Also, this has to be one of the easiest vegan blender recipes or Vitamix recipes you will ever make!
Just like all of Tony's wonderful recipes, he is right on target with this vegan sour cream recipe. If you are looking for quick allergy free recipes this one is fantastic! It is gluten free, dairy free, egg free and nut free. Trust me, this is one of those easy vegan recipes you will return to again and again. Thanks Tony! I love you. For those of you who don’t know Tony, check out his website and grab a copy of one of his gorgeous cookbooks. His vegetarian recipes are incredible.
Vegan Tofu Sour Cream
- 1 pack organic firm silken tofu (350gm/12oz)
- 2 Tbsp cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp agave nectar or coconut sugar
- 2-3 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice, or more to taste
- 1/4 tsp Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt
- In a blender (I use my Vitamix) puree all ingredients until smooth and creamy.
- Add in more lemon juice, sweetener or salt to taste.
Published here with permission from Tony Chiodo.
Piggy Cooking Tips
the best way to clean your blender
After blending up something sticky, gooey or smelly, just place a few drops of soap in the carriage with some warm water and blend on high until all of the congealed food slips away from the blades and sides. Then repeat this process. Then rinse with water and presto! Clean carriage.
If you have smells or stains repeat this process with some bicarbonate of soda or lemon juice and water.
Check out the video on A No Hassle Way To Clean Your Blender that I did as part of the Chow Tips Series.