Produce-loaded charcuterie boards an easy, quick way to entertain guests (and yourself!) during snack time or happy hour.
Charcuterie boards are so versatile - you can load them up with any dip or produce assortment you have on hand, no set recipe needed. And building a beautiful charcuterie board is truly an art, and a creative outlet, one that's meant to be enjoyed.
How to create a winning charcuterie board?
How to make a charcuterie board that's healthy, dairy-free AND gluten-free?
We're taking notes from two of our friends, @allyvonwolf and Jaime Mok from @the_yogini_rd, below.
Our Top Tips for Building a Beautiful Charcuterie Board:
1. Get Access to the Best Produce.
If you're avoiding the store, there are some great ways you can get produce locally. Search on google for "community-supported agriculture" or "local CSA delivery" to find farms that are delivering in your area. A CSA box is a great way to get produce delivered weekly, and support local farmers that may be struggling due to restaurant closers and lower demand from their usual customers. Plus, you'll get more produce on the cheap!
If you're in one of the areas where Imperfect Produce delivers, this is another great, efficient option for weekly delivery. Reduce the trips for drivers by buying two weeks' worth of produce at a time. (Plus, you can find Pulp Chips on your local San Francisco and Portland Imperfect Produce market online).
Charcuterie by @allyvonwolf: "Since going #dairyfree about a year ago, my love of building charcuterie boards sort of fell to the way side. But with all the incredible produce available right now, it was hard to resist making one in quarantine."
2. Plate with Your Favorite Dips.
Now's the time to learn some go-to recipes for hummus and other plant-based dips at home! We've listed our favorite plant-based dips that fight food waste here. Here's a vegan nacho cheese sauce from Jaime Mok at the @the_yogini_RD:
"Comin’ in hot with a colorful spread of veggies, @pulppantry pulp chips (made from upcycled veggie pulp!!) and my 3 fave dips... pico de gallo, guac and vegan nacho cheese sauce."
★ The Recipe ★
1 c cashews
1/2 c non dairy milk
1/4 c nutritional yeast
3 tbsp lemon juice (1/2 large lemon)
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp granulated onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 jalapeño (if you like an extra kick)
★ Directions ★
• Place cashews in a sealable container, then pour enough water to cover all the cashews and let them soak overnight.*
• The next day, strain the water from the cashews and put into a high-speed blender/vitamix along with non dairy milk, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and all the spices. Blend until smooth and creamy.
• If opting to add jalapeño, then thinly slice and set some aside for garnish.
• Warm a small sauce pan over medium heat. Lightly coat pain with olive oil and add in sliced jalapeños. Add in cheese sauce and simmer for 5 mins on low.
• Stir in 1 tbsp of non dairy milk at a time until you achieve your desired consistency.
Check out the gorgeous spread Jaime from @the_yogini_rd made as a result:
3. Between veggies, add a snack you'll love to provide an extra pop of flavor, and a craveable crunch all in one.
You guessed it. We're talking about PULP CHIPS. Ally paired her charcuterie plate with salt n vinegar, and Jaime paired her plate with the jalapeño lime and sea salt. Whatever it is you choose, you can't go wrong.
Pulp Chips provide nearly a full day's serving of fiber in each bag, with fewer net carbs than your average chip. Plus, fresh veggies are the first ingredient.
About Pulp Pantry
Pulp Pantry turns overlooked resources like upcycled vegetable juice pulp into wholesome everyday snacks that make it convenient and delicious to eat more servings of vegetables and fiber. Pair them with dips, top them on your salad, or dig in as an afternoon snack. A delicious, satisfying, crunchy, nutritious snack for every day (hello extra veggies, and fiber).
With 4 to 5g fiber & prebiotics in each serving, Pulp Chips the best go-to snack to satisfy cravings and hunger.
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