Smoked Carrot ‘Lox’ & Silken Tofu ‘Cream Cheese’ on Seedy Crackers.
My whole food plant-based version of smoked salmon and cream cheese, featuring carrots and silken tofu! This light and tasty healthy snack, or appetizer provides a balance of fiber-rich complex carbohydrates, plant-based protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It is also simple and easy to prepare! The shaved carrot ‘lox’ requires a quick marinade, using hickory liquid smoke, fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper. This mixture tenderizes the root vegetable, and provides a smoky, briny flavor. The soft silken tofu is blended in a food processor with ‘cheesy’ nutritional-yeast, and umami-rich white miso – offering a smooth and savory schmear. Mary’s crackers serves as the base of this recipe, made from a handful of wholesome, nutritious ingredients – this is one of the few packaged products I recommend. However, one can also use another whole grain, unrefined cracker or bread instead. Classically paired with ‘smoked salmon’, the fresh dill is an important component to this recipe (not just garnish), as it brightens the dish and brings all the flavors together!
– Organic carrots, 2 large (scrubbed not peeled – to maintain nutrients found in the skins)
– Silken tofu extra-firm /GMO-free, 1 box (I use this product by Mori Nu)
– Mary’s Crackers (organic brown rice, quinoa, flax seeds, sesame seeds, water, sea salt, and tamari), 1 box) Note: If you do not have access to this product, try using another whole grain cracker or bread, that does not contain added preservatives or necessary refined ingredients.
– Fresh dill, 1 small bunch (wash and roughly chopped)
– White Miso organic/GMO-free, 2 tsp
– Nutritional yeast powder (Novae is my fave kind!), 2 tbsp
– Liquid smoke (this product is my fave!), 3-4 drops
– Lemon, juice from 1/2 a lemon
– Salt & cracked black pepper to taste
1. Make the ‘ cream cheese’ by draining off the residual water from the box of silken tofu. Add the tofu to a high powered blender or food processor, along with miso, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper – blend until it forms a smooth consistency. Place in the fridge to let it chill and firm up.
2. Peel the carrots into ‘ribbons’, using a veggie peeler. Add them to a mixing bowl. Sprinkle over a a couple drops of liquid smoke (a little goes a long way!), squeeze in the fresh lemon juice, and add salt and pepper. Coat the carrots well, cover the bowl, and let the mix marinate for about 30-minutes.
3. Assemble the items! Spread a little tofu ‘cream cheese’ on to the crackers, then place a piece of smoked carrot on top, and finish with a sprig of dill. Enjoy!
- Silken tofu is high in plant-based protein, and a source of calcium, iron and fiber. Note: Always purchase organic (gmo-free) whole soy products for optimal health. If you are allergic or sensitive to soy, you can make a cashew based ‘cream cheese’ instead! see this recipe for inspiration (minus the sun-dried tomatoes!)
- Carrots are rich in vitamins A, C, K, B vitamins, manganese and fiber.
- Mary’s crackers are a source of protein, fiber, potassium, iron, and calcium.
- Like all leafy greens, dill is rich in nutrients like vitamins A, C, iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium.
Thoughts on Sustainable eating: While salmon and other fish/seafood are technically healthy foods, it is difficult to source wild, safe and sustainable products in many parts of the world today. The oceans are sadly polluted with plastics, and toxic chemicals – and humans ingest these man-made materials when they consume fish/seafood. This is why I suggest limiting ones intake, if choosing to eat fish at all. My goal in creating this recipe was to provide an enjoyable eating experience, without having to rely on salmon. While carrots do not contain the protein or healthy fats found in wild fish (farmed salmon are much less nutritious), the silken tofu offers the protein, and the flax seed crackers are a source of Omega 3’s in this recipe!