Serves 4 as a side
8 large tomatoes
6 cherry or pomodoro tomatoes
8 tblspn of nutritional yeast
100g cashew pieces
100ml of avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil
12 sprigs of fresh thyme 2 for garnish
2 cloves of garlic
Juice of 1 lemon
Pre heat oven to 170c
Place tomatoes in an ovenproof dish. Drizzle with some of the avocado oil and set aside whilst making the crunch. In a food processor place the nutritional yeast, cashew nuts, lemon juice, garlic and remainder of the oil and pulse until crunchy consistency and all ingredients are mixed. Spread evenly over over the tomatoes. Bake for 20 mins. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the remaining thyme.
Serve with poached or grilled white fish and a crisp watercress salad.
Nutritional Yeast – never heard of it? Or a long-term convert? Nutritional yeast is a gluten-free, vegan food made from deactivated yeast, and a great source of B-vitamins, folic acid, selenium, zinc, and protein. It has a cheese, nutty flavour, and is a tasty vegetarian/vegan alternative to Parmesan cheese. It can also be sprinkled on soups, salads, stews to add flavour. You should be able to find it in your local health food store, or large supermarket. Do check the ingredients label before you buy, and for added health benefit look for nutritional yeast fortified with vitamin B-12, which is not naturally occurring in plant foods.
Thyme – has a long history of use in the diet, dating back at least as far as the Romans, and is a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C and iron. It is one of natures top anti-oxidant foods, and is excellent at supporting the immune and respiratory systems as well as the digestive and nervous systems. Flavoursome too, why wouldn’t you include thyme in your diet?