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As many of you know, this week’s Blogger Secret Ingredient Challenge has been cashews. Did you know that the cashew nut is only part of a bigger cashew fruit? I hope you all learned a little more about cashews this week, even if it was just a new tasty way to cook them!

Before we get to the recipes, let me talk about next weeks host; Jenn! Jenn Cuisine is a must see blog, no joke! If you aren’t impressed, inspired, or awed by her recipes (there’s no way you won’t be!) then you’re at least sure to be in for a feast of the eyes. Jenn’s photography makes her food come alive! So be sure to head over to her site this week to see the rules, the past ingredient list and hosts, and find out next weeks secret ingredient!!!

Cashew Recipe Submissions:

Thanks to all of you who submitted a recipe, everything was impressive and I would love to have taste tested each one! (In my opinion, the only downfall with food blogging is the lack of tasting others recipes :P) Thanks again, you all are amazing!

*I’ve listed all the recipes first. The winner  is repeated at the bottom with an additional photo :)

Deana from The Mommy Bowl made Ramp, Cashew and Asparagus Pesto Pasta (gluten, dairy, and sugar free). What a fun and tasty way to use native local produce!

Erica from Itzy’s Kitchen made this Vegan Creamy Tomato Sauce (gluten, dairy, and sugar free) using cashew cream. It also contained last weeks Secret Ingredient, artichokes!

Maggie from She Let Them Eat Cake submitted this tasty Dairy Free Sweet Cashew Cream recipe using only 4 ingredients! It’s the perfect frosting for us that are gluten, dairy, and sugar free.

Alisa, the author of Go Dairy Free,  and the writer behind the One Frugal Foodie blog sent in a recipe for Smoked Salmon Crustless Quiche, which is dairy free, gluten free, sugar free, AND soy free. I personally love the addition of dill, yum!

These Maple Cashew Chocolate Chip Cookies (gluten, dairy, refined sugar free – also vegan!), sent in by Alisa of One Frugal Foodie, look simply irresistible. And the fact that they use palm sugar? Awesome!

April, from the 21 Century Housewife, sent this lovely Cashew Nut Stir Fry recipe that is packed with yummy veggies and vital nutrients. Substitute the regular pasta for gluten free, use gluten free soy sauce, and then this recipe is gluten free, dairy free, and sugar free!

Helen from Fuss Free Flavors sent in these amazing looking Cashew and Cranberry Oaty Biscuits. They look fantastic and packed with flavor!!! These do have gluten and dairy, but are vegan!

Beth from the Biggest Diebetic Loser sent in this Curried Potato and Cauliflower Soup. Instead of blending the cashews into the soup, they stand out; as the perfect garnish! This recipe is naturally gluten, dairy, and sugar free.

The fantastic Kim from Affairs of Living, who was last weeks host, sent in her Pepper Crusted Cashew Cheese with Herbs. What an excellent option for the dairy free world! (It’s also sugar and gluten free).

Chaya from The Comfy Cook sent in these very flaky and decadent looking Cashew Butter Cookies. They use gluten free flour and could easily be dairy free with minor substitutions!

Chaya also sent in a recipe from her second blog, My Sweet and Savory, for Herbed Cashew Rice with Dried Apricots. All she had to do was say apricots and I was in! Its gluten, dairy, & sugar free and is indeed a perfect blend of sweet and savory.

And the Winner is????!!???

Maple Cashew Chocolate Chip Cookies from Alisa at One Frugal Foodie! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

Alisa, you’ll be getting an e-mail from me soon so I can send you your prize! :)

Although I’m not a part of the challenge, I still wanted to do some cooking/baking with one of my favorite ingredients! (All my recipes are gluten, dairy, and sugar free) Here is what I did this week with cashews:

This is a really simple Cashew Stir Fry that I literally whipped up in a matter of minutes. A great option if you’re in a hurry!

This Sweet Potato Quiche with a Cashew Crust was really easy and fun to make! If you like a subtle mix of sweet with savory, this is for you :)

Thanks again for playing! I hope to continue to see you all around on the blogosphere! It’s been a fun week getting submissions and chating with many of you. Now head on over to Jenn Cuisine to see what fun we have in front of us this coming week!!!

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10 Responses to Blogger Secret Ingredient Roundup and Winner for CASHEWS!

  1. Ricki says:

    Fantastic roundup! Yet more bookmarked recipes. . . wish I could whip them all up today. ;) Sorry I didn’t get a chance to participate, but glad that all these folks did!

  2. Helen says:

    Great Round Up! Thanks. I am so glad to have taken part.

    I have also been booking – but top of the to cook list is that cashew cheese. I even have chives that are budding in my window box.

  3. Biz says:

    Love all the entries – so unique! :D

    Thanks again for hosting this week!

  4. Jenn says:

    What a great roundup! Loving your cashew stirfry too!

  5. […] week I posted a recipe using cashews for the Blogger Secret Ingredient challenge. Aubree Cherie has announced the winner. Sadly, it was not me. But, don’t those cashew cookies look oh so very good? And, following […]

  6. Thank you so much! I love this round-up, probably my favorite yet for BSI. I have bookmarked half a dozen recipes from it :)

  7. Chaya says:

    You did a brilliant job on the round-up. Thanks for all the information. You did have some wonderful recipes to work with and you brought out the best in each one. You are a natural.

  8. Sorry I didn’t get to submit a recipe this week! But the round up looks delicious! Congrats to Alisa!

  9. Wow, so many amazing recipes! I have to admit I was really smitten with Alisa’s cookies myself. A cookie that meets my current requirements and looks and sounds that good … YUM.


  10. Simply Life says:

    wow, those are all such great ideas!

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