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Ranch Dressing

Ranch dressing is one of my favorites. I like to dip fresh cut veggies in the creamy ranch dressing and munch away. However, since I have changed the way I eat I have not had any for sometime. I decided it was time to make my own. I hope you enjoy this creamy goodness as much as I have.

  • 1 recipe Cashew Sour Cream
  • 1 tsp parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dill, dried
  • 1 tbsp chives, fresh, minced
  • pinch Himalayan salt and pepper
  • Almond Milk, unsweetened, to thin out dressing

Combine all the ingredients, except the almond milk into a sealable container. Stir the ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Add the almond milk until you reach your desired consistency. Chill for at least 30 minutes.

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Macadamia Nut “Ricotta”

I made this “ricotta” for the filling for Chickpea Ravioli for a client. The filling is real easy to make and only has a few ingredients.

  • 1 c Macadamia nuts, soaked (1c before soaking)
  • 1/2 tsp parsley, dried
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 – 1/2 c water

Combine all the ingredients into a high-speed blender. Blend, until resembles ricotta cheese. You may need to scrape down the sides periodically.

Use to mix in a pasta dish, lasagna, or as a filling for ravioli.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Quinoa Flatbread

I spent most of a day playing with this recipe to see how I liked it best. What I found out is it depended on what kind of mood I was in. Did I want crunchy or soft and chewy. I tried making them on the stovetop and in the oven.

The stovetop and the oven both produced soft and chewy. The oven produced crunchy, almost cracker like if I flipped them over and baked them a little longer. This recipe is fairly versatile in that case.

I made some plain crunchy flatbread for a client, and the soft and chewy for our home with a little seasoning. Whichever version you choose it will be tasty.

  • 1 c quinoa (white)
  • 1/2 c + 1 tbsp plant milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt or All-Purpose Seasoning

Note: I will give you the directions for the oven method. That is the easiest method and can produce soft and chewy or crunchy flatbreads.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Pour the quinoa into a fine mesh strainer. Rinse the quinoa for a couple of minutes to get rid of the bitter outer coating.

Transfer the quinoa into a high-speed blender. Add the remaining ingredients into the blender. Blend until the batter is smooth. It will be somewhat thick, and will require the use of a spatula to help spoon out the batter.

Make 6 dollops of batter onto the prepared baking sheet. Use the spatula to spread the batter into circles, about 5-6 inches.

Bake for 15-17 minutes (for soft and chewy flatbreads).

Flip the flatbreads over and bake for an additional 10 minutes, if you like them crunchy.

Note: You can make them smaller if you would like to use them for sandwiches, or larger if you would like to make flatbread pizzas.

Note: Also, experiment with seasoning to make them your own special recipe.

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Peanut Sauce

I make this Peanut Sauce every week. That is no joke. It is my favorite Asian sauce. It is great for Peanut Noodles or as a dipping sauce for Spring Rolls. For some unknown reason I have never posted this sauce all on its own. It definitely deserves a post of it own, because it is so good.

  • 1 c water
  • 2 tbsp ginger, fresh, minced
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1/4 c peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 2 tbsp Date Paste

Combine all the ingredients into a saucepan. Cook the sauce over medium heat until it has thickened, about 5-10 minutes.

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Store in a sealable container in the refrigerator or freezer.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Spread – Vegan/OilFree/Sugar Free

I had ran out of my Healthier Chocolate Hazelnut Spread and I needed some to make some Blackberry Chocolate Hazelnut Snack Bites for a client. My original version is light and airy, great for a cake frosting or filling. I wanted to make one that was more creamy in consistency. Just one little tweak made all the difference. Now I have both types: one for frosting and fillings, and one for dipping, drizzling and whatever else I can come up with.

I promise this version you will want to keep on hand in your refrigerator.

  • 1 c hazelnut flour/meal
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 c dark chocolate chips, melted
  • 3/4 c plant milk
  • 1/2 c Date Paste
  • 2 tbsp aquafaba (The liquid from canned chickpeas)

Combine all the ingredients into a high-speed blender. Blend on the nut butter setting. You may need to stop and scrape the sides down. Just start over. This actually only took about 2 minutes to blend.

Taste for sweetness and adjust as needed.

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Share. Eat. Enjoy.

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JB’s All-Purpose Blend II

I decided JB needed  a little variety in their seasoning so I came up with this blend. this blend has a few additions to the original JB’s All-Purpose Blend. Just like the original it is easy to assemble. By double or tripling the ingredients you can have a larger quantity ready for whenever it is needed.

  • 1 tsp Himalayan Salt
  • 2 tbsp thyme
  • 2 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp mustard, ground
  • 1 tsp black pepper, ground
  • 1 tsp sage, ground
  • 1 tsp dill

Combine of the ingredients into a mason jar. Seal with a lid and shake the jar like crazy. Shake the jar until all the ingredients are well mixed.

Remember to give the jar a good shake each time before using this blend.

Sprinkle. Eat. Enjoy.

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Macadamia Sour Cream

I made this Macadamia Sour Cream for a client that can not eat cashews. It is very similar to the Cashew Sour Cream that I make with a few adjustments to meet the needs of my client. I used this version to make a Chickpea Salad Spread, which is an adaptation of my Chick(en)pea Salad Nests. Even with the changes, this Macadamia Sour Cream is pretty tasty.

  • 1 c macadamia nuts, raw, soaked
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 – 3/4 c water, or as needed
  • 2 1/2 tbsp lemon juice

Combine all the ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until it is smooth and creamy. You may need to scrape the sides down and add additional water as needed.

Store in a sealable container in the refrigerator.

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JB’s Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Blend

I made this Flour Blend for a client that is not able to have rice. Rice is often one of the main ingredients in gluten-free flour blends. I came up with this one using four different types of flours.

This flour blend was used to make an easy no yeast focaccia bread, which I will share in another post. The ratios for this flour are simple. You can make a small batch, which is what I did to make the Focaccia Bread, or a large one so that you are not mixing all the time.

  • 1/2 c oat flour
  • 1/2 c tapioca flour
  • 1/2 c chickpea/garbanzo/gram flour (It is known by all these names.)
  • 1/2 c millet flour.

Whisk together in a large bowl. Store in a sealable container.

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Cultured Macadamia Milk

What I thought was an epic fail turned out to be an amazing success. I was attempting to make homemade yogurt with macadamia milk. It did not turn out how I thought it would. The milk never turned into yogurt. It did not have the thickness that I desired.

Macadamia milk is too expensive to throw out, so I decided to get REALLY creative. I will share what I made in another post, but I want to share how I made the cultured milk. The milk has a slight tang. It reminds me a little of buttermilk, but not as thick of a consistency.

You can make it in the oven, dehydrator, instant pot and of course a yogurt maker. I am a sucker for a kitchen gadget. I cannot help it, I like kitchen gadgets, so I bought me a yogurt maker.

I purchased some yogurt cultures, but you can actually use a pre-made yogurt to start your own. I chose to use yogurt cultures, because I was attempting making Macadamia Yogurt and I did not want to mix it with any other type.

This Cultured Macadamia Milk  was made for a client that has many food allergies so it was necessary to use the cultures instead of a pre-made yogurt.

The process does take some time, at least using the yogurt maker. That is time that you can use doing something else – multitasking. This recipe only requires two ingredients: macadamia milk and vegan yogurt cultures. You can use any kind of plant milk that you so desire. Homemade milks work the best.

  • 32 oz. macadamia milk (any plant milk will do)
  • 1 packet of vegan yogurt cultures

Note: This is how I made my cultured milk; however, you will want to follow the yogurt culture directions.

Heat milk to 108-110 degrees. It is important the milk is heated to this point so that the cultures will be activated. You do not want it any hotter or it will kill the cultures.

Whisk in the cultures into the milk. Transfer the milk mixture into glass jars. I used the jars that came with the yogurt maker. Place in the yogurt maker and let it do its job. It takes about 6-8 hours in the yogurt maker to make the cultured milk. Chill for at least 3 hours before using.

Use to make dips, sauces and dressings.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

 

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Spinach Pesto

Okay, I will be honest with you. I am not a big fan of parsley. I feel like I am eating grass. I am just not that keen of the flavor. Also, a little basil goes a long way for me. Too much basil and I feel like I am eating black licorice, and I really do not like black licorice at all. I shiver just thinking about it.

That is why I came up with this pesto that has nutrient packed spinach and a touch of basil. Just enough basil to get a little of the flavor, but not over powering. I served the pesto with some brown rice spaghetti and butter nut squash noodles – Delicious.

  • 2 tbsp, pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 4 c baby spinach
  • 1/2 c basil
  • 3 tbsp Vegetable Stock
  • 1/4 c nutritional yeast
  • pinch of Himalayan salt and pepper

Toast the pine nuts of medium heat in a non-stick skillet. Be careful, and keep an eye on the pine nuts. They can easily burn if you walk away.

Combine all the ingredients into a food processor and process until it almost looks like a paste.

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You can thin it out with more vegetable stock or some pasta water. Both will work just fine.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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