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Veggie Sushi

Veggie Sushi

I am a fairly new lover of sushi. I always thought it was interesting, but until very recently, I’d only tried it once, and though I liked it, it was expensive and not something I thought about much. Then my daughter, Sierra reintroduced me to […]

Sweet and Spicy Asian Black Bean Hummus

Sweet and Spicy Asian Black Bean Hummus

If you like hummus, I think you’ll love this recipe for a sweet and spicy, creamy and delicious vegan black bean dip for vegetables or chips.     My sister, Lizzie came over for lunch one day last week and brought a bowl of Asian Black […]

Insanely Delicious Oven-Roasted Veggies

Insanely Delicious Oven-Roasted Veggies

 

I wish I could share with you how my kitchen smells right now. Soft summer breezes carry the scent of freshly mown grass, and somewhere a candle is burning. But the smell I’m most enjoying at this moment is the aroma of vegetables roasting slowly in the oven. Potatoes, mushrooms, onions, and fresh cauliflower are caramelizing and browning in the heat, and are smelling absolutely heavenly.
I keep checking the timer, because surely they’re ready now? No, just a couple more minutes and (more…)

A Beautiful Birthday Lemon Berry Tart

A Beautiful Birthday Lemon Berry Tart

  Today is my birthday!! I just love birthdays. People go out of their way to let you know they love you and to make you feel special! I wish everyone could feel like this on their birthday. I know not everyone does, and I […]

Quick and Easy Rainbow Fruit Kabobs

Quick and Easy Rainbow Fruit Kabobs

  This is a fun and colorful fruit presentation that is perfect for a late-summer brunch! I have a lot of sisters. Six of them, in fact. Seven, if you count my sister-in-law, Sydney, which I do; eight, if you count my mom, which I […]

Garbanzo Bean Crepes with a Seasoned Mushroom Filling

Garbanzo Bean Crepes with a Seasoned Mushroom Filling

 

I recently discovered an amazing thing: you can actually grind dried beans – just regular beans you’d get in a bag at the grocery store – into flour, and use it to make things like these delicious crepes!
Apparently, this is not a new concept for everyone. In fact it is a common practice in other cultures. Garbanzo bean/chickpea flour is known in many Asian countries as ‘gram’. It is a staple ingredient in Indian, Pakistani, Nepali, and Bangladeshi cuisines. Chickpea flour is used in other cultures as well, showing up in pancakes with delicious fillings in Italy, France and Morocco, and in tortillas in Spain.

 

These soft, but crispy-on-the-edges crepes can be filled with anything you want!

 

Interesting to me, and maybe to you, is that (more…)

Spiralized Cucumber Salad on Lettuce Boats

Spiralized Cucumber Salad on Lettuce Boats

In today’s recipe, crunchy raw veggies, folded with a creamy dressing, are wrapped in crisp, cool lettuce leaves–perfect for a light lunch or dinner! I’ve had this as a meal several times already and really enjoy it. I got the idea from a picture I […]

Banana Split Ice Cream, Vegan and Sugar-Free

Banana Split Ice Cream, Vegan and Sugar-Free

  When you blend frozen bananas you get a cold and creamy concoction called nicecream — ‘nana ice cream! It’s my most favorite dessert. There are so many different ways to change the flavor that you never get bored! You can have a different guilt-free […]

Cool Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing

Cool Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing

 

I don’t know about you, but I have trouble finding a salad dressing that I like that is low in fat and calories, and dare I dream, even remotely healthy! I came up with this healthy homemade dressing made with fresh ingredients and I use it ALL the time!

 

 

 

Creamy homemade avocado cilantro lime salad dressing is just the thing to top a bed of cool greens with corn, black beans, and crushed tortilla chips.

 

I’ve tried many store-bought salad dressing options in my search for a healthy topping for my daily salads. If they are low fat, they taste a little odd, and too sweet. If they are calorie free, they taste just awful!

Maybe I just haven’t tried the right one, so feel free to send me your suggestions and some brands you like in the comments below!

However, for me, the struggle is real. Especially, since one meal a day is a giant, serving bowl-sized salad! And I like lots of dressing, too, so that can get mighty pricey in the calorie and fat department!

 

Enter the homemade dressing!

Whoever came up with this is beyond brilliant, in my opinion. I can make a dressing out of vegetables, with no oil and since it’s all veggies, it’s all healthy and good for me! What?!?

And so my quest for the salad dressing of my dreams began. I tried several recipes, tweaked some to be perfect for me, and invented a lot more!

Nowadays, I don’t even write them down, unless they are just out of this world amazing.

 

 

I make salad dressing out of vegetables I’m chopping for my salad!

I usually just throw some veggies and salad ingredients into a bullet blender with some sort of liquid, blend it up, and arrange it artfully over my salad (so I can post it on Instagram, follow me below) and dive in!

My dressings are a little different each time, depending on what vegetables I have on hand or that I am hungry for. Later, I will post some others here that I love and I think you will too!

There is one dressing that I actually wrote down in my ever-present, tiny leather-bound journal that I use to jot down recipes and food tips in, lest I ever forget. This recipe even got shared with my family, to rave reviews. Behold…

 

 

avocado cilantro lime dressing

(makes 2 servings)

  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, pit removed
  • 1 lime, peeled or juice of one lime
  • ½ cup sweet bell peppers
  • 1 jalepeno, seeded (if you like it spicy), optional
  • 2 T. onion
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • ¼ cup cilantro (more or less, depending on your taste)
  • 1 T. nutritional yeast (or pinch of salt instead)

 

 

Creamy homemade avocado cilantro lime salad dressing is just the thing to top a bed of cool greens with corn, black beans, and crushed tortilla chips.
okay, so I like garlic :)

 

Place all ingredients in a small blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

 

 

Creamy homemade avocado cilantro lime salad dressing is just the thing to top a bed of cool greens with corn, black beans, and crushed tortilla chips.

 

 

My favorite salad to put this creamy dressing on is this combination:

  • Mixed greens
  • Black beans
  • Frozen, thawed corn kernels
  • Tomato
  • Red onion
  • Crushed tortilla chips

 

 

What are some things that keep you from eating healthfully? I had lots of excuses for a long time, and I’m working to overcome them even today. I’d love to help you and I’ve come up with some ideas and tips that have worked for me.  And also these may help. Sometimes being open with our struggles can be really freeing and can possibly help others as well.

Leave me your questions or comments below and they may get answered in a future post. I’d love to hear from you!

 

Absolutely Amazing Three-Bean Salad on Rice

Absolutely Amazing Three-Bean Salad on Rice

  A couple of weeks ago, on a warm but not too warm evening, overlooking a quiet lake, under a peachy-gold sunset, I had the best meal I’ve had in a long time. Some lovely friends invited us to come to their lake house to […]


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