Dandelion Galore!!!

Today Naya & I played & worked in the garden then picked a bunch of wild, tender Dandelions!

Naya & a basket of Wild Dandelions

Behind Naya is her very own 4×4 garden bed. She loves it!! I soaked the leaves in a sink full of cold water & about 5 drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract for at least an hour. Then I put them in my  dish rack to dry before storing. They perked up nicely and we ended up with a lot more than we thought!!

Wild, Tender Dandelions!!

Check out the link for great Nutritional Values of Raw Dandelion Greens!

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Vegan GF Ranch Dressing

My friend Michelle needed a dairy free option for Ranch Dressing for her daughter. I found 2 recipes. I have not tried these, so Michelle you have to let me know how they are. I will be trying them soon, cause I too like Ranch but can’t do the dairy very well.

from: The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions

COOL RANCH DIPPING SAUCE:

Ingredients:

•  1 cup vegan mayonnaise
•  1/2 cup nondairy sour cream
•  1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
•  1/2 teaspoon dried dill
•  1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
•  1/4 teaspoon onion powder
•  1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
•  1/8 teaspoon salt
•  1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients until well incorporated. Store dressing in airtight container for up to 2 weeks in the fridge. Makes 1 1/2 cups.

from: Vegan Lunch Box

EASY RANCH DIP:

Ingredients:

•  1/2 cup plain, unsweetened soymilk
•  1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
•  1 (15 oz) can white beans, rinsed & drained
•  1 teaspoon dried dill
•  1 teaspoon dried parsley
•  1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon
•  1/4 teaspoon onion powder
•  1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
•  Pinch of cayenne
•  1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
•  Freshly ground black or white pepper

Instructions:

1.  Combine the soymilk & lemon juice & set aside for 2 minutes (the mixture will curdle). Add the soy “buttermilk” to the beans in a blender & blend on high until completely smooth, about 2 minutes or more, scraping down the sides of the blender as needed.

2.  Spoon the mixture into a bowl & stir in the rest of the ingredients, seasoning with pepper to taste. Cover & chill for several hours in the fridge before serving.

Hope this helps Michelle!!

Orange Dressing

Dressings are so full of crap and so expensive for the good stuff. I decided to suck it up and make a homemade dressing with my Vitamix.

•   1/4 cup Olive Oil
•   1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar or Rice Vinegar
•    1 tbs.  Tamari
•   2 medium Orange
(peeled & separated)
•   1/4 cup Onion
•   1 tbs. Honey + 2 drops of Stevia
•   4 fresh Garlic Cloves
•   Cayenne to taste

Place all ingredients in your blender. Blend on high for about 30-40 seconds. Always use organic when possible!!

This turned out so yummy!! Jason & I loved it!!

Zucchini Pasta Surprise!

I was starving for a yummy dinner a few weeks ago. I looked and saw what I had and then tossed together this amazingly tasty pasta salad in about 5-10 minutes!

Zucchini Pasta Surprise!

Toss everything into a bowl!

•  1 Zucchini Spiralized into Angel Hair Pasta
•  1 Tomato Chopped
•  Handful of Chopped Parsley
•  1 cup Steamed or Raw Sprouted Beans, I suggest Steaming a little!
•  Juice of 1 Orange
•  5 Olives like Kalamata or Green Marinated Olives
•  Olive Oil, drizzle over to slightly coat
Trocomaré Zesty Herb Seasoning Salt, or something similar

Buckwheat Sprout Salad

My sprouts just finished in my FreshLife Sprouter (scored at a thrift store for $10), so I thought I would make a salad. This is what I came up with”

• Handful of Buckwheat sprouts
• Chopped Fresh Garden Tomatoes
• Cubed Avocado
• Chopped Walnuts (mine are soaked & dehydrated for quicker digestion)
• Slightly Steamed Sprouted Black Beans
• Chopped Basil & Parsley (Freshly picked from my Herb Garden)
• Ground Himalayan Pink Salt & Peppercorns – To Taste
• Soaked Goji Berries
• A Pinch of Cayenne Pepper – To Taste
• RAW Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
• Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil