engine 2 diet: pizza and hot fudge sundae party!

engine 2 diet: pizza and hot fudge sundae party!

Last night was the final class of Whole Foods Market Coral Gables’ Engine 2 Diet series! Since those following the monthly challenge had already eliminated dairy, animal proteins, and unhealthy fats and oils from their diets, this final class was a celebration of all they’ve achieved, rounding out the awesome roster of recipes with two detailed and decadent dishes. If any of you have a free Friday night where you want to cook a fun meal, these are the recipes to try. Here’s what’s on tap: Bar-B-Q Cheddar Pizza and a Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae!

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I loved this so much I forgot to take a photo before I dug in! Note how cheesy and crispy the crumbled tofu looks…

Bar-B-Q Cheddar Pizza

Spicy “Notcho” Cheese

This cheese would be great substitute for the fatty, gooey queso cheese that’s a party favorite. Guests will appreciate your calorie-consciousness!

  • 1 cup of cashews
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of nutritional yeast
  • 10 no-oil sundried tomatoes
  • 1 small dried chipotle pepper (add to recipe in small pieces gradually–don’t want to throw the whole thing in and blast your mouth with fire!)

Blend ingredients in a Vitamix or food processor.

Bar-B-Q Sauce

  • 1/2 cup of date sugar
  • 1 and 1/4 cups of unsweetened ketchup or a combination of tomato paste and sundried tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup of red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 Tbsp of vegan Worcestershire sauce (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp of mustard powder
  • 2 tsp of paprika

Blend ingredients in a Vitamix or food processor.

On a double layered whole wheat flatbread (available at Whole Foods locations) spread the Bar-B-Q sauce, the “Notcho” cheese, chopped red onion, chopped grape tomato, crumbled sprouted tofu (resembles crumbled cheese), and bake in a 350° oven for 15-20 minutes. Top with some fresh arugula and enjoy!

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Not my most beautiful photo, but the taste of this sundae was unreal.

Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae

Chocolate Brownies

  • 2 cups of raw walnuts
  • 2 cups of raw dates
  • 1 cup of cacao powder
  • 1 cup of oat flour

Blend ingredients in a Vitamix or food processor. Place mixture in a brownie tray and chill in the refrigerator while assembling the other items.

Vanilla Cashew Ice “Cream”

  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 2/3 cup of cashews
  • 1/3 cup of rolled oats
  • 15 dates
  • 1 vanilla bean

Blend ingredients in a Vitamix or food processor. Once blended, add 32-40 oz. of ice cubes and blend on high.

Hot Fudge

  • 1 cup of dates
  • 1/4 cup of cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup of coconut butter

Blend ingredients in a Vitamix or food processor.

Before assembling the sundae, remove the brownie pan from refrigerator and warm in oven for a few minutes. Slice up brownies and top with vanilla ice “cream” and hot fudge. You’ll be happy you made this!

Good news! If you are interested in this class series at all, I heard that Whole Foods Market Coral Gables will be repeating this Engine 2 Diet challenge in October 2013. For those of you not located in Miami, you can always call your local Whole Foods and ask if they would consider offering a similar class series.