New Local BCause Vendor Alert: Quesava
"You had me at Garlic and 3 Cheese Poppers! Quesava products are my new go-to when I'm looking for a delicious and quick meal!" - Mitch
What's in the Blog?
Have you been looking for delicious dinner ideas that are packed with real, simple ingredients? We sure have! That's why we're so pumped to welcome Quesava to the BCause family! Made with cassava root (an incredibly versatile vegetable that is also the base for tapioca) and a host of other simple ingredients, you'll quickly find your freezer as full as ours with these amazing products. Did we mention that many of Quesava's products are 100% plant-based and are all naturally gluten-free while never containing any GMOs or refined sugars? That's what we call icing on the proverbial cake.
What the Heck is Cassava?
Cassava is a woody shrub that is native to South America and grown in many tropical locations around the world mainly for its starchy roots. Also known as 'yuca', cassava is a carbohydrate-rich vegetable that has been part of dishes worldwide for thousands of years. Due to its ability to survive harsh climates, cassava tends to thrive in tropical conditions and has earned the title of one of the most drought resistant crops.
The cassava root is incredibly versatile. It can be eaten whole, grated, processed for it's starch (which is known as tapioca) or, as our friends at Quesava have figured out, ground into flour and used for all sorts of doughs and breads!
From Cassava to Quesava
It was in the 90's when Frances, the founder of Quesava, went to Brazil and fell in love with a very traditional Brazilian recipe called Pão de Queijo. She came back to Vancouver inspired and armed with a bag full of ideas. From one small stand in Granville Island, to a bakery on Main Street, to their first retail store, she helped pave the way for what the company is now. Thanks to France's ingenuity, you can now enjoy naturally gluten-free products made with the delicious cassava root ranging from samosas to cheese poppers, buns and brownies.
A Plastic Negative Company
As a small brand, Quesava recognizes that alternatives to plastic which are costly aren't within reach (yet!). In the meantime, they have partnered with rePurpose Global, the world's leading plastic action platform, to help reduce waste, revive lives and restore nature's balance through becoming a certified plastic negative company!
What does this mean?
Quite simply, for every gram of plastic used in Quesava finished products and shipping materials, they donate to cover the cost of removing 2 grams of plastic from the environment through proper reclycing programs.
Click to learn more about Quesava's rePurpose Global project - Anant Pranay in Aurangabad, India!
Feed the Change, And Your Tribe
Changing an established food system can be difficult, but Quesava loves a good challenge.
They believe that what we eat becomes part of us - physically, emotionally and culturally. Because of this philosophy the team at Quesava are committed to making wholesome, ethically sourced food that is good for you, and DELICIOUS! They sent additives, gluten, GMOs, preservatives, and complicated unpronounceable ingredients packing which leaves flavourful, simple food for you and your family.
Share the love, share food and #feedyourtribe™
Not sure how to cook with Quesava products? We've got you covered! Check out their recipe for an easy plant-based carbonara! 👇
1 box Quesava Ravioli
200 g Raw Macadamia Nuts
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/3 tsp ground white pepper
300 – 400 ml hot water
1 tbsp vegan butter
A pinch of nutmeg
For smokey bits:
50 g of extra-firm tofu (cut in small cubes)
1 tbsp of grapeseed oil
Cook Ravioli following the instructions on the packaging
Soak macadamia nuts in water until absorbed for at least 4 hours.
Strain and discard water. Add all the sauce ingredients to the blender and blend until you get a nice thick sauce.
Follow the rest of the instructions from the video below.
For smokey bits:
Pan-fry the cubed smoked tofu on grapeseed oil using a non-stick pan, turning, until they are crispy.