It’s late and I’m kinda bored. Then for some odd reason I wanted an Orange Julius! It has been years since I had one. So I peeled 4/5 small organic oranges and one banana. I put everything in my Vitamix and blended. These oranges are very sweet so I didn’t add any sweetener. At the end I added a handful of ice cubes.
Wow! It was amazing, smooth and creamy! It hit the spot! I looked online and all the recipes call for sugar, milk and vanilla. I liked it with just 2 ingredients. So much lighter than other recipes.
I attempted to make a brown rice & chicken dinner in my crock pot. I have never used rice in my crock yet and failed at this atempt. Anyway the chicken cooked all the way but some of the brown rice was still hard. So I had an idea to save it. I thought about making a creamy brown rice soup. I got my vita-mix out and added the rice from the crock, I poured milk until it reached the top of the brown rice and blended. I kept adding the spices I wanted until I liked the way it tasted. This ended up being a great creamy sauce – flourless!! It tasted wonderful. I never thought of blending cooked rice into anything. This worked really well. So instead of having chicken with brown rice, I had chicken with a brown rice cream sauce.
I picked this up at my Town & Country grocery store for only a little over $3. I’ve had other brands that were organic too but I always had to add a little of something to make it taste better. Whole Soy & Co. organic soy yogurt rocks!! Vegan – Casein, Whey & Gluten Free – No Cholesterol! I had it for breakfast with sliced strawberries . . .
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
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:
• 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
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.
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I just got this book yesterday. Today I took the time to read through it. OMG!! Where has this book been. I absolutely LOVE IT!!
When you juice your greens, fruits & veggies, SAVE THE PULP!!
After you are done juicing dump all your pulp onto dehydrating trays. Set the dehydrator to 145 degrees for 1 hour, then turn down to 95 degrees & dehydrate until dried. Depending how much pulp you have this could take 8-16hrs. Once dried store in a glass jar. Grind to a powder with a juicer mincing screen or a clean coffee grinder. I love using the powder in my RAW food creations for RAW Fiber, smoothies & when baking to add a little more health power.