Ranch Salad Dressing

This vegan and oil free salad dressing is sure to be a favorite for you as it is for me. My kids love it for dipping veggies. And with wholesome ingredients you don’t have to feel guilty giving your salad a healthy pour of dressing.

1 cup unsweetened plain organic coconut milk yogurt

juice of 1/2 a lemon

1/2 cup oat milk (or any non-dairy milk you like)

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp dried parsley

1/2 tsp dried chives

1/2 tsp dried dill

1/4 tsp Himalayan sea salt

1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, lemon juice and milk. Add the spices and whisk until well incorporated. It might seem thin at first. but within a few moments it thickens a bit to usual ranch dressing consistency.
  2. Can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

 

Dijon Salad Dressing

This dressing is quick to make, easy to prepare, and really delicious. A much better option for topping your salads than the store bought dressing which contain unhealthy oils and chemical ingredients your body just does not need.

The GMO ingredients, the trans fats, the MSG, the high-fructose corn syrup….it’s TERRIBLE!

Salad dressing is an easy and delicious step in the right direction of a choosing a whole food healthy diet. Just as the human body was designed for.

1/4 cup water

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 small chopped shallot

2 tsp Dijon mustard

2 tsp maple syrup

pinch Himalayan sea salt

fresh ground pepper, to taste

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
  2. Cover and refrigerate. It will keep about a week in the fridge.

Raspberry Vinaigrette

If you are one who prefers a more vinegary-sweet salad dressing, this raspberry vinaigrette is for you. You can make it in minutes and it stores well in a covered jar in the refrigerator for several days.

1 pint fresh, mashed raspberries

2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tsp raw local honey

pinch of salt (optional)

  1. Mash the raspberries. Add the raspberries and the remaining ingredients to a jar and shake well until combined.

Creamy Vegan Salad Dressing

I eat salad every single day. Caesar salad is my favorite. I skip the shredded parmesan on top but the traditional dressing doesn’t have the greatest nutritive value either. I can sometimes find a vegan variety in the store but I don’t feel as good about it as when I make my own. Then I know there are no additives and preservatives and damaging/unhealthy vegetable fats added in.

I do have one other dressing posted that I use but wanted to try my hand at another one made a little differently. This one is made using non-dairy milk rather than water so it has a bit more creamy taste to it. And with the addition of the kalamata olives it gives it just the zip I like in a dressing.

1 cup raw cashews

1 cup cashew milk

2 tsp dijon mustard

5 kalamata olives

Pinch of Himalayan sea salt

  1. In a high power blender add all the ingredients and give it a whirl until it is creamy. That’s it! A food processor wouldn’t work because you’ll still have chunks and pieces of cashews. I used a nutri-bullet.

Raspberry Chia Jam

Super charge that old fashioned PB&J with this delicious Raspberry Chia Jam.

Chia seeds are considered one of nature’s “superfoods” for good reason. Such a tiny little seed and it packs a big punch. Being rich in antioxidants, it is great for your skin and for slowing down the signs of aging, It is super high in fiber which helps maintain insulin levels, keeps you satiated, and all that fiber helps keep you regular. They can even reduce inflammation, regulate cholesterol and lower blood pressure so consuming chia seeds is great for heart health. Chia seeds contain boron which is essential nutrient for bone health. Even more amazing, is that chia seeds are one of the top sources for plant-based protein.

I could go on and on, they are so jam packed with vital nutrients! Add to that the antioxidant power of raspberries and just a plain ol’ sandwich suddenly becomes quite the power lunch!

1 cup raspberries

1/4 cup chia seeds

1 tbsp pure maple syrup

  1. Blend all of the ingredients in a food processor until you get the consistency you like.
  2. Store in a glass jar in the fridge. It may be runny at first but the chia seeds will thicken it up in no time.

Applesauce

I like to use apple sauce as a natural sweetener in a fair amount of my baked goods. Apples add a lot of sweet flavor and moisture without having to used processed sugars.

It is really easy to make your own applesauce and it makes your house smell really good while making it. 🙂

7 Apples (I like honeycrisp, fuji, or harralson), peeled and cored and chopped

1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 drop Young Living lemon essential oil (or 1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice)

  1. Place all ingredients in a crock pot, set on low, and cook until soft. You won’t need to mash it, the apples will turn soft while cooking.

Ketchup

It doesn’t get any easier than this! You can whip up your own ketchup in seconds!

Bottled ketchup almost always contains added sugar, high fructose corn syrup, high amounts of sodium, “natural flavors” (translation: CHEMICALS) and even gluten!

Just a mere 6 ingredients, that you likely already have in your pantry, and you can make your own healthy ketchup.

1 cup organic tomato paste

1 tbsp local raw organic honey

1 tbsp unfiltered apple cider vinegar

1/4 tsp mustard

1/2 tsp Himalayan sea salt

1/4 cup water

  1. Whisk it all together in a bowl and serve it on top of a veggie burger or homemade fries!

Sunflower Seed Butter

I have a great alternative to peanut butter for you!

Of course you could have almond butter or even cashew butter instead of peanut butter…but this one is a SEED butter.

Sunflower seed butter!

Sunflower seeds are a great addition to your diet and here is why:

They have a generous amount of vitamin E which is great for balancing cholesterol, great for your skin, helps thicken hair, a hormone balancer, and good for your eyes, too.

They have a higher percentage of other vitamins and minerals, too,  such as copper, B vitamins, magnesium, manganese, and selenium.

All of that means a boost to your heart health, thyroid support, a guard against bone disorders, balances blood sugar levels, because of the fatty acid lipids it keeps your skin hydrated and wards off damage from sun damage and toxic exposure, and the high magnesium content helps regulate mood disorders

Here is the SUPER easy recipe:

2 cups raw sunflower seeds

  1. Roast the seeds at 350 for about 5-10 minutes.
  2. Put seeds in high power blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. It will take a few minutes, so be patient.  You could add a drizzle of honey while blending if you wanted it a tad sweeter.

**You could add a sprinkle of Himalayan sea salt before roasting if you want.

**Another idea is to add a pinch of cinnamon to the roasting process.

Pico de Gallo

Sometimes the most fun way to eat your veggies is to shovel them into your mouth with a chip! Of course you could also top your favorite tacos with pico de gallo.

My favorite part of this recipe is the cilantro. Cilantro is known for its ability to detoxify the body of heavy metals. Since it has such a definitive flavor (a little goes a long way) I love making sure I add it to any salsa or Mexican inspired dish I make. In addition to being a heavy metal detoxifyer, it is a good source if vitamins, A, C, K and even traces of B. There are even more benefits such as antifungal, antiseptic, aids in digestion….the list goes on! There is just no reason NOT to love cilantro!

6 Roma tomatoes

1 red onion

Cilantro

1 lime

Himalayan sea salt, to taste

1 jalapeno (optional)

  1. Dice the tomatoes and onion into small cubes and add to a large bowl.
  2. Using herb scissors (or using a knife and chopping small) cut cilantro  into bowl with tomatoes and onion. Use your discretion here, if you like a strong cilantro flavor add more. If you like just a hint of cilantro then a add just a little.
  3. Sprinkle the juice of 1 lime over all and give it a good stir. Add salt and stir.

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