July 26, 2012
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How many of us judge a fast food joint by their fries/sides, religious affiliations a la Chik-Fil-A aside? McDonalds’s reigns over Burger Kings’ & Checkers trumps Wendy’s – facts people! The most memorable meals have all star players, consistent quality across, from the main course to a simple garnish. When the salad dressing gets equal amount of love then the roasted Turkey, life gets infinitely sweeter.
Three unsung kitchen table heroes that could use a lil love & attention are the creamer in your coffee/tea, soup & salad dressing. You don’t have to have a super fancy mixer, such as the Vitamix to make the following recipes but that machine simply has the power to get ‘er done right. To an average person income, there are many ways to afford this item. The company constantly runs promos at major outlet stores (COSCO or Whole Foods), healthy lifestyle expos (I got mine from the Atlanta Alive expo) and on their website. You can even install a payment plan. As with everything, it pays for itself over time depending on how much you use it.
As ode to Hempseed, one of my favorite most versatile ingredients that has amazing nutritional compounds, I’ve located a couple of recipes with the superfood at their center. Furthermore, Blueberries serve as a seasonal food inspiration for the soup. So contemplate and feast on these selected recipes, composed by fellow foodie nerds.
Creamer aka Vanilla Cacao Hemp Seed Milk
- 3 cups water
- 1/3 cup hemp seeds
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla bean powder or 1 TB. vanilla extract
- Stevia (NuNaturals brand) to taste
- 1 to 2 TB. of raw Cacao or Carob powder
Blend until creamy! Add to beverage of your liking or drink by itself
Next up Soup: Raw Blueberry Apple Soup
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- Juice of 1-1/2 limes
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp coriander
- 2 tsp agave nectar
- 1/4 cup frozen unsweetened apple juice concentrate
- 1/4 cup nonfat plain Atlanta Fresh Artisan CreameryGreek yogurt
- Pinch of kosher salt
- Mint leaves, for garnish (optional)
and last but not least the dressing: Green Goddess Dressing with Hemp Hearts
- 1 large cucumber, peeled and sliced into large pieces
- 3/4 cup hemp hearts
- 1 cup fresh parsley
- 3/4 cup fresh dill
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
- 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp sucanat
- pinch of cayenne
- (makes 3 cups)
Place all ingredients in blender with cucumbers at the bottom and grind until smooth consistency is achieved!
Now, please follow the links for more detailed directions but feel free to tinker and switch out ingredient as you like. Experimenting is part of the fun!
Cheers & to your health!