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18 Feb

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Hemp n’ Dill Ranch Dressing | Oil & Nut-Free

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When it’s cold and rainy outside, which these days it certainly is, I find it hard to eat a lot of salad. I often feel more like comforting foods like pasta or baked potatoes lathered in cashew sour cream…mmm… Right, okay, back to what I was saying :-) I just find that I don’t crave a nice big crispy cold salad the same way in the winter as I do in the summer — that’s where this delicious dressing and the whole bowl comes in.

Hemp & Dill Ranch Dressing

Here I tossed the salad we tossed some hearty lettuce (kale, radicchio, endive and green leaf) with some of the dressing. I then topped the salad with some steamed broccoli and a few pieces of roasted baby sweet potatoes and then I finished the bowl off with a few more teaspoons of the dressing as well as a bit of additional seasoning. Not only was this so very tasty, it also satisfied that comfort-y, yet healthy part my body was craving. I think it’s something about the combination of warm vegetables and the roasted sweet potatoes, along with the creamy dressing that really hits the spot. This was actually our Rouxbe staff lunch the other day, and I can honestly say that everyone really liked it—or so they said :-)

Hemp & Dill Ranch Dressing Ingredients

The ingredients are quite simple — and the dressing can whipped together in about 10 minutes, which is a bonus.

Hemp & Dill Ranch Dressing (or dip)

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp minced fresh dill
  • 3 green onions, finely minced
  • juice of 2 lemons (approx. 1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup raw hulled hemp seeds
  • 1 to 2 tbsp Dijon mustard*
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp agave (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup water (or non-dairy milk)**
  • sea salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Method:

To make the dressing, place the hemp seeds, lemon juice, Dijon, garlic powder, onion powder, nutritional yeast, Worchestershire, agave, a good pinch of salt and pepper and a 1/2 cup of water (or non-dairy milk) into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Check the consistency, adding more water, a bit at a time, as needed.

Once done, pour the dressing into a bowl and add the green onions, fresh dill and stir to combine.

For a more detailed recipe with a few extra notes etc. here is the link to the recipe on Rouxbe.

Hope you enjoy it. If you make it, please feel free to add your feedback to the comments section of the recipe.

Ciao for now,

Dawn

29 Nov

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Tuna-Less Tuna Salad

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This delicious “tuna” salad contains no tuna, egg or dairy. It is made with chickpeas, red onion, celery, pickles and nori seaweed (for that “from the sea” taste). The flavors in this salad are united by vegan mayonnaise, an emulsion that incorporates a protein to become stable. (e.g., Soy or pea protein are commonly used.)

This completely vegan mixture may not be full of fish, but it sure is full of flavor. Click on the image below to view the full recipe.

Have a Sen-sea-tional Day!

The Rouxbe Online Cooking School Team

06 Sep

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The Perfect Breakfast, In More Wheys Than One!

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Hi there, it’s Christina from Rouxbe. I just wanted to share my little breakfast secret with all of you and help make your morning routine a little easier. I don’t know about you, but I wake up in the morning with little time for snoozing. I must admit, I am a little slow in the morning and tend to get side tracked easily. Apparently, I think cleaning my fridge before I go to work or playing with my cat is necessary. I don’t give myself very much time for a good wholesome breakfast.

I am not very hungry in the morning, but I realized that I need a substantial amount of protein to satisfy my belly, to keep my blood sugar balanced and keep my energy up, until I have my morning snack. I was trying to figure out what I could prepare the night before and have my breakfast take no more than 2 minutes to make in the morning so that I could have time to play with my cat or clean my fridge. Smoothie was my answer!

Smoothies are what you make them. In other words, they can be as healthy and satisfying to the body as you make them to be. They are a great start or addition to a whole foods lifestyle!

Nutrient dense liquid drinks give your digestive tract a little break, due to the fact that everything is broken down into little pieces. This way your body does not use up its energy to break down big particles of food.
It is important to nourish your body with liquid food such as soups, pureed vegetables or smoothies. They can give us more energy, contribute to better bowel function and allow our body to use energy to heal and reduce inflammation.

This smoothie recipe provides your body with:

Raw enzymes (Speed up chemical reactions in the body, which in turns allows the body to function more efficiently) from the raw fruit.
Potassium (Regulates heartbeat) in the banana.
Antioxidants (Fight free radical damage) from the blueberries.
Calcium (Strong bones) from the almond milk
Electrolytes (Essential for normal cell and organ function in the body) from the coconut water.
Raw honey (Immune supportive and contains raw enzymes for proper digestive health)
Protein (Builds muscle and tissue, provides energy) from the protein powder.

GOOD Fat (Provides energy, carries fat soluble vitamins throughout the body and every cell is coated in fat) from the coconut oil.
Pure vanilla extract is the flavor of love!

1/2 fresh or frozen banana
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1/4 cup fresh or frozen mango
1/2 cup coconut water
1 tablespoon raw local honey
3/4 cup unsweetened plain almond milk
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 scoop protein powder (I use a whey isolate protein powder that has about 18-20g per scoop. If the scoop has 40g of protein, use half a scoop for one smoothie)
1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Method:
Buy a whole bunch of blueberries, mangoes and bananas and portion 1/2 cup of blueberries 1/4 cup of mangoes and 1/2 a banana into small re-sealable freezer bags. Done, frozen and ready to go in the morning!
In a glass jar with a hand blender or in a regular blender, add all of your ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy. Note: I like my smoothie really cold so sometimes I add 3 ice cubes after I have blended everything together.

Happy Smoothie Making!

Christina Acevedo, R.H.N, Red Seal Chef

 

 

23 Sep

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Fresh Muesli Recipe

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One of the best things about this breakfast is that it can be made the night before. It also happens to taste great and it’s good for you too…what a bonus! Muesli, often referred to as Bircher muesli, seems to have many names, as well as many different recipes.This particular recipe uses a variety of oats, dried fruit, apple juice, freshly grated apples and yogurt. Everything is then mixed together and then chilled in the refrigerator overnight.

The next morning you give it a little stir and voilà…breakfast is made. How easy is that; right? If you like, you can also serve it with some fresh fruit for a little extra nutrition and pizazz.

Another good thing about muesli is that you can make a fairly big batch at the beginning of the week. It will keep for a few days in the refrigerator, which is great for those busy mornings when breakfast somehow doesn’t make it on the list of “things-to-do”.

Here is the link to the full text recipe for Fresh Muesli.

Enjoy!

dawn

11 Sep

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No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits

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I made it…we ate it…we liked it! This parfait is actually very easy to make and it will get plenty of  “oh-how-fancy’s” from those you make it for.

For the full recipe and for the inspiration behind this “deconstructed cheesecake” dessert I will simply give you the link to the blog post that I got it from The Italian Dish – Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits. You will see from the amazing photos that she takes (Elaine, it’s just that I don’t personally know her so I am not technically on a first name bases) that she is very talented so you might just want to bookmark her site. I have her on my RSS feed and I have to say when I see a new post come up I am always excited to click on the link, if not just to see the beautiful photography.

Hope you enjoy!

ciao dawn