Roasted Garlic & Smokey Chipotle Ques-no Dressing

WP_20141122_047WP_20141122_028WP_20141122_020 WP_20141122_011 WP_20141122_009Garlic is, hands down, the most delicious disease fighting herb ever to grace the dinner table. It is from the Allium family with relatives ranging from chives to leeks to onions. You can trace garlic’s ancestry all the way back to King Tut’s tomb. If it was good enough for Tut, it’s good enough for me.WP_20141122_037

 

Garlic has antimicrobial properties, and fights against virus and disease. It’s best known for the ability to fight the common flu or cold, but has boasting rights that supersedes those of penicillin.

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Not only is garlic good for the taste buds, it’s also good for the heart. Garlic helps protect against high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Yum! (Garlic that is). Granted, roasting garlic enhances yumminess, it also decreases its protective potency.WP_20141122_045

 

For this recipe, it’s worth the loss. Especially if you follow a plant-based lifestyle. I am addicted to roasting garlic. I roast perhaps 10-12 cloves of garlic, per week. I add roasted garlic to savory soups, stews, sauces, and dressings. I love the smell it leaves in the kitchen and the taste it leaves in the dishes.

This will become your favorite sauce.  Pour it over everything. I use it as a dressing, but have so many plans for future dishes (stay tuned).

Ingredients:

Directions:

In a high-speed blender add all ingredients.  Blend until smooth. Enjoy.

 

 

Melt-in-your-mouth peanut butter blondie bars! (Only seven ingredients!)

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pb1People love to play the ‘what if’ game with plant-based vegans.  What if you end up getting cancer anyway? What if you got hit by a bus tomorrow? What if you wasted all of your time eating this way and something terrible happened to you? What if you just F*cked off? Just kidding. Kind of.

The land of what if is a morbid place I don’t care to visit. If I don’t develop any diseases or get his by a bus – bonus! I choose to eat the way I do because it makes me feel truly alive, for however long I have. A day, a week, a month. There’s a huge difference between feeling alive and merely existing or just surviving.V__2933(1)I never felt alive after eating a greasy cheeseburger. In fact, most of the time after bingeing on meaty, greasy food I would feel closer to death. I can eat 18 carrots and still feel great. If I ate just two krispy crème donuts it would take days to recover. After eating food, your body speaks to you. It says hell yeah give me more! Or it says for the love of god please stop. You don’t need an expert to tell you this. You just need to stop and listen, or feel. V__C63D

People go their entire lives waiting for a miracle. Some spend there last years praying for one. We don’t realize that we are walking, talking, living, breathing miracles. Your body is a miraculous thing. Your cells are little harmonious miracles working together to keep you up and running. It should be treated and respected as such. V__E03F

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw whole almonds
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup whole rolled oats
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cups organic maple
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup vegan dark chocolate – chocolate chips – divided

Directions

  • In a high speed blender or food processor – blend oats and almonds into a fine flour.
  • Transfer flour into a mixing bowl and all ingredients except chocolate chips and mix well.
  • Add in 1/2 cup chocolate chips and mix.
  • Transfer to an 8×8 parchment paper lined baking dish.
  • Flatten dough into the perfect delicious square.
  • Top with leftover 1/2 cup chocolate chips and press them in good!
  • Bake for 25 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
  • Let cool before slicing.

 

Vegan – Creamy Cashew & Roasted Garlic Dressing

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I have to admit that I haven’t seen the inside of a Doctors office in many years. Hunky-fit (husband) hasn’t been to a Doctor in at least seven years. It’s not because we dislike doctors tremendously. I honestly believe, that they believe, they are truly helping people. Sometimes they are. If I broke my arm  I would probably pay a visit to one. We just don’t have a need to go. We are rarely sick, and are ailment free! Ole!

For reasons beyond my control I finally had to venture to the doctors to get a TB test. It was such a depressing experience. The doctors at this particular clinic looked dare I say, depressed. The patients weren’t breaking out into dance either. It was a place where the hopeless gathered. People don’t visit doctors to get well. They visit doctors to manage disease. We put our hope in man (humans), and humans will always let us down.V__9423

I put my hope in something greater than man. While appreciate the good that doctors try to do, they are handicapped by things beyond their control. The need to make a living; the need to placate big pharma,  or worse yet – greed. I put my hope in nature. In the things that were put here not by man, but something greater. Fresh, whole foods. Plants.

I refuse to put my health destiny in the hands of someone who stands to profit from it. Does someone profit from my purchase of vegetables? Yes, but I don’t need to be sick in order to do so.

 

V__5877Eating a gigantic salad every day helps me stay healthy and happy. It puts a little bounce in my step. I use that little extra bounce to practice my dance moves with hunky-fit. It irritates my children to no end. Bonus!

I can’t ever think of a downside to the lifestyle I lead. This creamy cashew & roasted garlic dressing is divine. It keeps me coming back for more day after day. Try it. You’ll start to love your greens too. Get that bounce back you used to have. It’s still there.

 

Ingredients:

Directions:

In a high-speed blender add all ingredients. (Including the water soaking the cashews). Blend until smooth. Enjoy.