As we've been adapting to our new whole food, plant based lifestyle in the kitchen, we've made some really gross food, and we've refined some recipes into family favorites - it's definitely been trial and error.
Below is one of our favorite go to's - probably number one on our kids list of favorite vegan foods. For me, it is the ultimate comfort food for a girl who was raised on Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup!
1 cup raw cashews
3 cups hot water
1 cup thickly sliced shiitake mushrooms (or whatever you have but shiitake are our favorites)
1 medium onion - diced
4 garlic cloves, smashed and diced
1/4 cup tamari or soy sauce
Place cashews and water in blender and allow to soak for 15 minutes to soften the cashews.
Place onion and mushrooms in medium frying pan and sautee in tamari or soy sauce for 5-7 minutes, occasionally stir gently. Add garlic and sautee for an additional 2 minutes to release the juices and oils.
Using high powered blender, blend the cashews until they are completely smooth, then with the heat on, add to the onion, mushroom, and garlic in the frying pan, stirring while adding.
Continue to stir as sauce will begin to thicken. Salt and pepper to taste if needed.
Once heated, serve over rice, potatoes, pasta, or grain.
*This can also be thinned with additional water and served as a soup.