Healthy Alternatives

  • Life-Affirming Warm Nacho Dip

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    SERVES: 8

    CHEESE SAUCE

    1 cup raw cashews

    1 cup chopped carrots

    2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

    2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

    1 large clove garlic

    1 1/4 teaspoons fine-grain sea salt

    3/4 teaspoon chili powder

    1/2 teaspoon onion powder

    1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste (optional)

    DIP

    1 cup store-bought chunky marinara sauce

    1 cup diced sweet onions

    2 to 3 handfuls of baby spinach, roughly chopped

    1/3 cup crushed corn chips (or bread crumbs)

    1 to 2 green onions, finely sliced, for serving

    Tortilla chips

    To make the cheese sauce, place the cashews in a medium bowl and add water to cover. Set aside to soak for at least two hours, or overnight if you have time. Drain and rinse the soaked cashews. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a 2-quart cast-iron or casserole dish. Place the carrots in a small saucepan and add water to cover. Bring the water to a boil and cook the carrots for five minutes, or until just fork tender. Drain. In a blender, combine the soaked cashews, cooked carrot, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, garlic, salt, chili powder, onion pow­der, cayenne pepper (if using), and 2/3 cup water and blend until silky smooth, adding a splash of extra water if needed. Pour the sauce into a large bowl. To make the dip, stir the marinara sauce, onion, and spinach into the cheese sauce until fully combined. Spoon the sauce into the prepared dish and sprinkle the top evenly with the crushed corn chips. Source: The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon

  • Homemade Taco Seasoning

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    1 tablespoon chili powder

    1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

    1/4 teaspoon onion powder

    1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

    1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

    1/2 teaspoon paprika

    1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

    1 teaspoon sea salt

    1 teaspoon black pepper

    Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Source: gnowfglins.com

  • Ranch Dressing

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    MAKES: 1 1/4 CUPS

    1/2 cup rice milk

    2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

    1 small clove garlic, finely minced or pressed

    1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley

    1 tablespoon finely chopped celery leaves

    3/4 cup vegan soy-free mayonnaise

    1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

    1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    Freshly ground pepper

    In a small bowl, combine the rice milk with the lemon juice. In a blender or mini chopper, combine the garlic, parsley, celery leaves, vegan mayonnaise, and mus­tard. Pulse a few times. Add the rice milk mixture, and pulse. Add the xanthan gum and blend well. Add the salt and pepper to taste and blend until rich and creamy. You will have about 1 1/4 cups. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week. Source: Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking by Cybele Pascal

  • Tahini-Lemon Dressing

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    MAKES: 1 CUP

    1/2 cup raw tahini

    1/3 cup water

    1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

    1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic

    1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    Dash cayenne

    1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

    Put the tahini, water, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, salt, and cayenne in a blender and process on medium speed until smooth. Add the parsley and pulse briefly, just to mix. Stored in a sealed jar in the refrigera­tor, Tahini-Lemon Dressing will keep for two days. Source: Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People by Jennifer Cornbleet

  • Cook’s Corner: Healthy Homemade Dressings

    So you’ve decided to be the healthiest version of you possible this year. You’ve fol­lowed your exercise routines, learned to deal with the stressors in your life, and dedicated yourself to eating local and fresh. However, there is yet another factor causing inflam­mation and adding too many unwanted ingredients in your diet.

  • Garlic Herb Dressing

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    MAKES: 1 1/4 CUPS

    2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

    1 – 2 teaspoons salt-free garlic and  herb seasoning

    1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard

    Pinch of sugar

    3 tablespoons olive oil

    In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, garlic and herb seasoning, mustard, and sugar. Slowly, in a thin stream, whisk in the olive oil until the dressing is emulsi­fied. Source: You Won’t Believe It’s Salt-Free! by Robyn Webb

  • Greener Than Green Goddess Dressing

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    MAKES: 1 3/4 CUPS

    3/4 cup water

    1/2 cup organic plain yogurt

    2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

    2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

    1 avocado, halved and flesh scooped out

    1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

    2 scallions, white and green parts, chopped

    1 clove garlic, chopped

    1/2 teaspoon sea salt

    Put all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until smooth and creamy. You may want to add a pinch of salt and a squeeze of lemon juice. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Source: The Longev­ity Kitchen by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson

  • Apple Cider Vinaigrette

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    MAKES: 3/4 CUP

    1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

    2 tablespoons (packed) light brown sugar

    1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

    Pinch of salt, or more to taste

    Combine all the ingredients in a glass jar and seal the lid tightly. Shake vigorously to combine. (The vinaigrette can be refrigerated, covered, for up to two weeks. Let it return to room temperature and shake vigorously before using.) Source: The Earthbound Cook by Myra Goodman

  • Sweet Mustard Dressing

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    MAKES: 3/4 CUP

    1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

    1/4 cup cider vinegar or freshly squeezed lemon juice

    1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

    2 teaspoons maple syrup or agave nectar

    1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic

    1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon salt

    Dash ground pepper

    Put all the ingredients in a blender and process on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Store in a sealed jar in the refrigerator. Sweet Mustard Dressing will keep for one week. Source: Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People by Jennifer Cornbleet

  • Effortless Anytime Balsamic Vinaigrette

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    MAKES: 3/4 CUP

    1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

    3 tablespoons flaxseed oil or extra virgin olive oil

    2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

    2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce

    1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

    1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

    1 clove garlic, minced

    1/4 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt, or to taste

    Freshly ground black pepper

    In a small bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients. This dressing will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for at least two weeks. Source: The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon