Easy Creamy Red Pepper Cashew Dip recipe is gluten-free, meat and dairy-free, served hot OR cold, and will be a huge hit for your next tailgate or football party this season!

 Easy Creamy Red Pepper Cashew Dip recipe is meat and dairy-free, served hot OR cold, and will be a huge hit for your next tailgate or football party this season!

October is flying by! I feel like September never even happened. Traveling for almost the entire month will do that to you. Now we’re almost halfway through October and sometimes I feel like I just want to pause life for a little bit. On the bright side (no pun intended), today was 75 degrees and sunny!

Have you ever heard of Meatless Monday? I recently challenged myself to come up with a meatless game-time dish that’s perfect to snack on while just sitting around watching Monday night football. The concept of Meatless Monday is to encourage people to not consume meat on Mondays to improve their health and the planet all at the same time with a more plant-based diet. We can all afford to make healthier decisions once in a while, am I right? I have another trip coming up in November so my healthy eating (or my attempt at it) has already commenced. Monday is a great day to get us all off on the right foot – the beginning of a new week!
 Easy Creamy Red Pepper Cashew Dip recipe is vegetarian and dairy-free for a great party appetizer dish.
I also wanted the dish to be dairy-free. If anyone knows me in real life, you know that dairy doesn’t tend to agree with me and it has been this way since I was a little kid. I find that most dips tend to be loaded with dairy: cream cheese, milk, cheese, etc. so I have gotten good at making trade-outs for dairy products in recipes. The dairy-free dips rarely get shown any love! That is where this Creamy Red Pepper Cashew Dip comes in to play. I made it with the new Silk cashewmilk, which is in my ‘fridge any given day of the week. I love it and make so many dishes with it as it is plant-based! My poor lactose-intolerant self depends greatly on Silk products.
Using Silk Cashew Milk instead of dairy milk is a great alternative for lactose-intolerance!
You won’t miss the meat OR the dairy in this Creamy Red Pepper Cashew Dip – I promise you that. It’s a better-for-you version of those other common party dips that are loaded with fat and calories. Go ahead and enjoy the big game without worrying about what you’re snacking on! This dip has all the things that I very much adore: cashews, red peppers and lots and lots of garlic. You can serve it with veggies (celery, carrots, etc.) instead of chips to make it even better for you.
Easy Creamy Red Pepper Cashew Dip recipe contains no dairy and no meat for a great, healthy appetizer!

Go ahead and take the #MeatlessMondayNight challenge along with me this football season. Also, if you love giveaways (and I KNOW you all do), I encourage you to visit Silk’s website for more delicious recipes, plant-based tips, and a chance to win a giveaway! You can enter through October 30, 2015 for a chance to win an entertainment room makeover with a 55″ smart TV, a pair of recliners, a mini fridge, and plenty of other cool prizes.

Creamy Red Pepper Cashew Dip
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Creamy Red Pepper Cashew Dip recipe is meat and dairy-free, served hot OR cold, and will be a huge hit for your next tailgate or football party!
Ingredients
  • 1¾ Cups Raw Cashews (soaked for at least 3 hours)
  • ½ Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Cup Silk Cashew Milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • Β½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
Instructions
  1. Soak the cashews in a bowl of water for at least 3 hours or overnight until they are soft. Drain well.
  2. Add all ingredients to a high speed blender such as a Blendtec or Vitamix or a food processor.
  3. Blend thoroughly.
  4. To serve the dip hot, heat in a sauce pan over medium low heat, stirring frequently so it doesn't burn.
  5. To serve the dip cold, serve right away.
  6. Serve with chips, pretzels, veggies, crackers, etc.

Recipe source: adapted from itdoesnttastelikechicken.com

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