A TON of Meal Ideas with 2 Recipes

by diana on June 12, 2014

in All the other good stuff,Raw & Vegetarian Recipes

Part of making healthy eating simple and doable when you are busy involves using a recipe in many ways.

For example today I am giving you 2 recipes:

Whether you follow a raw food diet, a vegetarian diet or a vegan diet, these 2 recipes will work for you!

Recipe #1:  Is a Dressing using Flax Seed Oil which is oh so healthy for you! Get those Omega 3′s!

Recipe #2: Dairy-free Raw Dip (using soaked cashews). I haven’t met a person that did not like this one!

Both of these recipes can be used in many ways. That is how I roll all week.

Why make something and only use it once? Being able to use a recipe or ingredient many times during the week helps make eating healthy easier. This is what I help my clients with too. I hope you get some great ideas!

I have posted this herb mix on my Facebook page many times but here is a picture of it again. It can be used for so many thing and a very fast way to add flavour. It is Braggs Sprinkle – 24 herbs and spices blend.  It is all natural and contains no sodium (if you need to avoid that).

HERB DIP (Tastes like Ranch Dressing)

  • 1 1/2  cashews (soaked for 2 hours, rinsed then drained)
  • 3/4 C water (may need more)
  • 3 Tbsp + 1 tsp apple cider vinegar (may need more)
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp green onions chopped
  • 1 tsp sweetener (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill or 1-2 Tbsp fresh
  • 4 leaves of fresh basil or 1/2 tsp of dried
  • 1/4 clove garlic (use more if you like)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast (optional)

Add the water and cashews to the blender and blend for about 30 seconds. Then add everything else except the herbs. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust to taste. Add more water if it is too thick. (This will thicken in fridge so note that).

Once it is blended until smooth – add the fresh herbs and blend for about 10-15 seconds.

This can store in the fridge (covered container) for about 6-7 days. 

HERB FLAX DRESSING

  • 3 Tbsp flax oil
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp Braggs Herb Seasoning Mix (picture of bottle above)
  • Salt & pepper to taste

This recipe only makes 1 serving – if you LOVE it – Make More!

Add oil and lemon to small deep bowl and whisk. Taste – if too oily, add more lemon juice, if too much lemon, add a touch of oil.

Then add the nutritional yeast and stir until creamy

Add the Braggs seasoning and salt and pepper stir or whisk until creamy.

Store in glass jar in fridge. Should last about 5 days, maybe more.

Now the BRAINSTORMING BEGINS!! This is the BEST part!

HERE WE GO!!…… I am going to write out ideas for using the above 2 recipes.

If you have any questions regarding suggestions below – ask on the Raw Foods Made Simple Facebook Page  and I can explain it better or if you are not sure of what I mean or of an ingredient.

Using the Herb Dip:

  • Dip for veggies
  • Spread on crackers
  • Stir some into salsa and use on fish or chicken (if you eat) or use that as a dip – so good!!! Kind of like sour cream and salsa. You gotta try it.
  • Thin and use as a salad dressing
  • Drizzle on poached eggs – or any eggs
  • Dressing for a quinoa salad – with of course a ton of veggies in it
  • Dressing for Mexi Quinoa Salad -tomatoes, black beans, bell peppers, onions, jalepenos
  • Sauce for green lentils
  • Drizzle on raw of cooked pizza
  • Use as mayo in anything
  • Use as a sauce for raw noodles
  • Add to a blended soup – such as squash, broccoli soups, etc
  • Top sautéed greens with garlic, ginger, onions – such as a mix of Swiss chard, kale, mustard greens, etc
  • Top sautéed or baked asparagus, broccoli and/or cauliflower
  • Add to potatoes – mashed, baked or sautéed
  • Make buckwheat wrap (crepe) and use as the sauce and stuff with greens, sprouts, bell peppers, cucumber & avocado. Recipe for buckwheat crepe (wrap) here: http://youtu.be/-_xVSffNTOQ
  • Coleslaw dressing
  • Dressing for broccoli artichoke salad 

Using the Flax Herb Dressing:

  • Salad dressing on any kind of green salad
  • Use as sauce/flavour on cooked potatoes, broccoli, asparagus – I cook the cut potatoes in large sauté pan with water and lid (adding water as needed as they cook), then when they are slightly soft, add veggies, grated garlic and onions add a touch of water if needed and cover until all are cooked – adding salt, pepper as cooking and then after all cooked pour the dressing over – YUM!
  • Great for sauce on chicken, eggs, fish
  • Flavour raw or cooked broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus
  • Add to sautéed greens – try some cooked quinoa (or brown rice), top with sauté greens (garlic, ginger, onions) then pour dressing on top and mix
  • Add into mashed potatoes – hubby will love it!!
  • Use as dressing on a marinated veggie salad
  • Dressing for broccoli and artichoke salad
  • Dressing for a kale salad
  • Dressing for a coleslaw

I suggest trying this each week. Pick 2 recipes and find ways of using them during the week. I would love to hear what you came up with. 

Be creative, be daring, be brave, go for it! 

AND ALWAYS

LIVE HAPPY & HEALTHY!


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