Salad dressings seem to be one of those things in the kitchen that everyone has been convinced that we need to buy from a store. For one reason or another we are overwhelmed by the notion of creating our own dressing. It might be the convenience of over paying for a few ingredients that have been blended together, or it might be the complexity of flavors that we are uncertain of recreating at home.
Whatever the reason I am here to tell you to stop buying salad dressing, now! First of all you are overpaying, second you are getting a lot of unhealthy ingredients, and third you are missing out on truly great flavor. This salad dressing will go with any greens based salad that you might put any creamy dressing on.
I like to have a good time and many times that involves alcoholic beverages. Sometimes the good times spilleth over and the next day I have what is known as a hangover. Its not a point of pride just a point of fact. Today happened to be a day where the hangover decided to hangout all damn day.
So I searched the Googles and found a helpful concoction by Heather at Blend Happy. Now I love the enthusiasm Heather has here but for a hangover post I prefer to speak softly since most people here probably have a bit of a headache. Turns out I have watermelon and cucumber so I created my own version and have to say I am feeling much better.
Who doesn’t love pizza? Its food laid bare for all the senses to experience: sight, smell, taste, touch. However if you have a gluten intolerance it can be a painful experience to eat a regular wheat flour pizza. Kate and I dont have an allergies that we know of to Gluten but wanted to give a Gluten Free pizza a try. Plus I had recently made some Vegan Bufala Mozzarella and this was a perfect excuse to eat some up!
I know what you are thinking: How can you make vegan cheese? Don’t we have to force cows into yearly pregnancies and then separate them from their child so that we can pump them for all the milk we can consume?
No you don’t. You can have the taste and texture of cheese without having to harm any animals. Let me tell you how.
Bread is one of those things that you dont think of as harming animals but there usually is cow milk and butter in most loafs. Finding a recipe that was both vegan and bread machine worthy took some searching. I found a few recipes and put this together. I play around with the types and quantities of seeds. Chia’s seem to be getting really expensive so its been more Hemp and Sunflower lately.
Morning time is breakfast time. My favorite breakfast is a smoothie as they are quick, easy, and full of everything my mom always said I should eat. Obviously you need to have a blender to make a smoothie and just about any will do. However I suggest making an investment in this particular appliance as you may be like me a use it multiple times a day. I have burned through a few blenders and always knew I needed to step it up and get a Vitamix(yes this is an affiliate code, if you buy one after clicking here I get some bread, and I like bread, you dig?). Yes $400+ for a blender is a lot when compared to other blanders, but how about compared to your stove? Anyway thats my sales pitch today back to breakfast.
Over the years my breakfast smoothie has evolved considerably. When I first started as a vegetarian a few years back I discovered a few posts from Steve Pavlina and learned about banana and spinach smoothies. Personally I love these things but my wife is not such a fan. They are green and taste somewhat bland which apparently is not everyones favorite flavor
So I evolved and started adding a few different ingredients to help round out the flavor profile and balance the sugar level. Today I have a base of ingredients that make up most of my smoothies and then I will add whatever I like or whats around. The recipe I made today is pretty typical but I totally spaced the half an orange!