a few good recipes…

Hey…what’s cooking? It’s been pretty busy/eventful/non-eventful the last 3 weeks…and we are finally getting some rain here in LA – yay!!!

Lately I’ve been obsessing over these super easy recipes. When I find something I like, I tend to stick with it for a LONG time…such a creature of habit! Enjoy!

Ingredients-for-salad

Hail to the Kale Salad Dressing:

  • 1 cup raw almond butter (unsweetened and unsalted)
  • 1 cup coconut water (or regular water)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 2) and zest
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Fresh ginger (approximately 1” or 3/4 ounce)
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium tamari
  • 4 pitted dates (soaked in water if not soft)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes.

In a high powered blender combine all ingredients until smooth and creamy, than massage dressing into salad.

Dressing

So I don’t follow this recipe exactly…I use water, and lemon (no zest), liquid aminos, no pepper flakes, and a regular blender…and it works for me. This is also good as a dip for veggies. Lately at work we have been pulling our resources together and feasting for lunch…it’s been awesome! We start with a bed of greens (usually kale or spinach), then add any combination of toppings – usually carrots, tomatoes, avocados, beets, raisins, nuts, beans, sautéed mushrooms; then we top it off with something hot like quinoa, wild rice, farro, or barley. Thanks to my genius friend who opened my eyes to putting hot food on a bed of greens!

Chia-seeds

Chia pudding:

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or raw honey
  • Seasonal fruit for topping

Combine almond milk, chia seeds, vanilla and sweetener in a bowl. Mix well until combined and the mixture begins to thicken. Store covered in the refrigerator overnight or for at least an hour. Stir well before serving and add a bit of water to the pudding if it becomes too thick. Top with fresh fruit and nuts of your choice.

Chia-pudding

I usually make this the night before and take it to work along with my favorite toppings of bananas, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and shredded coconut…breakfast could not be easier. So a few people made this at work, and when I tried it, I liked it. But when I made it myself, I was in love! It’s so easy and healthy!

Also made Kale Dip this weekend…I love easy and healthy, if you haven’t noticed already!

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But I am also human…I’m not going to lie when I say I wish I had some cookies within reach right now…but I don’t!

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Other than eating, I have been obsessing with hearts, flowers in my hair, and painting with watercolors!

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Ice-sculpture

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family

watercolors

Hope your week includes trying a new recipe…I need a good potato recipe, so here’s to a productive week!

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