Health Shouldn't Be A Battle

Life's Better With Friends, Comfort, & Cream Sauce

As you all know by now, the food-mood connection is HUGE in the HP household (some might even say it's a bit on the annoying side ::shrug::). If you're a client, then you are probably shaking your head vehemently in agreement!
Well, as it turns out, I'm not the only one who feels this way. Without further ado, let me introduce my dear friend, Sherrie. She will be sharing a little bit of her own comfort and cream sauce with us today! xoxo

I’m Sherrie from With Food + Love and I am so honored to be guest posting for Holistic Peace. The connection between food and mood is something I can relate to oh so very well. Throughout my childhood and into my twenties I ate to feel a sense of calm, protected from the world and from all of my insecurities. I ate to feel happy and I ate to feel liked and loved, I ate to just feel.

Remember what a bowl of macaroni and cheese felt like for you when you were a kid? The moment it touched your taste buds you were in pure bliss. It left your belly full and your soul warmed. A bad day at school or an argument with your friends, there was nothing that bowl of mac n’ cheese couldn’t fix. Most people find eating to be a pleasant and a rather rewarding experience, I am no different. But, as I get older and wiser and more in tuned with my emotions and feelings, I’ve adopted an EAT TO LIVE mantra. I’ve become mindful of each and every bite that enters my body. I ask myself, “Will this food serve my body well?” But, that doesn’t mean I can’t or shouldn’t enjoy the dopamine inducing effects of eating a big old bowl of pasta. In fact I will eat that bowl of pasta with a giant smile on my face, savoring each and every last bite.

Today I’ll share with you my recipe for {Spicy} Tomato Basil Cream Sauce; the perfect dairy-free real-food sauce to be served over your favorite type of pasta. I love this recipe for a lot of reasons, but most importantly I love it because it is comforting. Every serving of this sauce + pasta will make you feel brand spanking new. This {Spicy} Tomato Basil Cream sauce is rich but oh so soothing - it's on another level people. It's a big bowl of naughty goodness. But actually in this case - turns out it's not so naughty after all.

With a sauce this creamy and flavor packed - who even needs dairy, you know? Lately, I've been pretty obsessed with cashews. These little powerhouse nuts are chock full of magnesium and loaded with fiber and essential healthy fats. They're so incredibly versatile. Fantastic for munching, yes! But, these beauties are even better when soaked and blended. Now, that's when the real magic begins. You don't need a lot of time or any fancy tools. Just raw cashews, water, pinch of sea salt, a couple hours to soak and a blender or food processor.



{SPICY} TOMATO BASIL CREAM SAUCE

Ingredients:

1 small onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced or finely grated
1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 28 ounce can whole tomatoes, I used Muir Glen Organics {its lining is BPA-free}
1 cup cashews
2 1/2 cups filtered water
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper {optional}
large handful of fresh basil leaves
sea salt + coarse ground pepper, to taste

Prior to making the sauce - soak your cashews in 2 cups of filtered water with a pinch of sea salt for anywhere between 1 and 4 hours. Do not soak longer than 5 hours or your cashews could end up tasting a little bitter. Once they are done soaking blend with a 1/2 filtered water until they become completely smooth. Keep in mind this will yield slightly more cashew cream than needed. Set aside.

In a saucepan or deep skillet heat the olive oil on low, saute onions and garlic for about 5 minutes. Then add in the tomatoes. When I use the whole canned tomatoes - I like to pull them apart into chunks with my hands. This part can get messy!

Then add in the oregano, crushed red pepper and season with sea salt and pepper. Simmer for about 10 minutes.

Now you are ready to add in your cashew cream and fresh basil. It is completely up to you how creamy you want it to be. I like mine pretty creamy so I used about 3/4 of the mixture. If you use that much you'll achieve the color in the photo above. But you can add it all in or use only half. It's up to you!

{gnocchi serves 2-3 per box + sauce serves 6}



BIO:



I’m Sherrie Scaglione Castellano, the girl behind With Food + Love. I’m a Board Certified Holistic Health Coach {AADP} specializing in digestive wellness and eating clean. I help women and families eat naturally gluten free with real food, veggie power galore + lots of love. You can find me in Philadelphia, PA with my husband enjoying life's simplest pleasures like, snuggling up with a big cup of earl grey tea or catching a flick at their local independent theater. You can connect with me on Facebook, Twitter Pinterest and Instagram.

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