Friday, June 17, 2016

Dairy Free Ranch Dressing

I'm not crazy about green salads unless they're smothered in a creamy dressing. Creamy dressing doesn't have to be unhealthy! It doesn't have to have any dairy in it either.

You can adjust the amount of herbs and garlic to suit your tastes. I have also made this using parsley and dill. You could use chives or cilantro too. If you have a garden, let it inspire you.

I use it on salad or as a sauce for other things like falafel.

Chocolate Muffins with Banana and Sweet Potato

Here's an easy recipe for chocolate muffins. They make a quick breakfast for those mornings when you're running behind schedule. My kids LOVED these. I used a combination of sweet potato and bananas. If you don't have one, use the other, or mix them like I did. I had 2 small sweet potatoes leftover, and when I mashed them, it came to 1/4 cup. When I added a mashed banana, it was about 1 cup of mash total.

For the apple sauce, I like to buy those little snack cups that you might send to school with your kids. If I bought a jar of sauce, I'd never be able to use it up before it went bad.

I used Enjoy Life chocolate chips because they are dairy free and delicious. They're the only kind I buy now. They also sell chunks.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Raw Apple Crumble (gluten-free, refined sugar free, vegan)

Hello Friends!

This is my new favourite breakfast! It's easy to prepare, and it's delicious! It's also refined sugar free, gluten-free, and vegan. I made 2 servings last night. One for this morning and one for tomorrow morning.

I got the idea for this from my favourite juice place. I would love to stop by and buy breakfast every morning, but it's just not affordable. I decided to make my own instead.

You can play with the recipe a bit to see how sweet you want it to be. You can add more/less raisins or dates to suit your taste.

I used Sayer dates in this recipe. They are dry compared to Medjool dates, so they aren't as sticky when you add them to the food processor. I prefer Medjool dates for snacking and making raw energy balls. If yours have pits, you want to remove them. But you already knew that.

You can use any type of nut that you like. I prefer walnuts, almonds, or a mixture of both. Any nut should work. You could probably make it without nuts too.

Pair this up with cashew milk mixed with a bit of coffee, maple syrup and cacao, and you've got the perfect breakfast! Regular coffee also goes well with this recipe! I like cashew milk best because you don't have to strain it like you do with other nut milks. You just soak your cashews while you sleep, and blend them up with some fresh filtered water in the morning.

I use all organic ingredients when possible. At the very least, make sure the apples are organic. If not, you should peel them first.  Apples are one of the top items on the dirtydozen list. If you can't afford to buy everything organic, at least have a look at this list and prioritize your purchases.





Sunday, April 24, 2016

Quick Avocado and Mango Salad

I put this together in just a few minutes. I always prefer salads like this over ones that have lettuce as the base. I'm not a huge fan of lettuce salads unless they're smothered in creamy dressing, and that kind of defeats the purpose of eating salad for the health benefits.

You could add black beans to this too.