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Pesto! Delicious Vegan Pesto!!

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Ya’ll, pesto doesn’t HAVE to have dairy in it to taste good. But do be advised, most pesto sauce does have Parmesan in the mix. I mean, we’ve put cheese and dairy in so many things for a very long time. So for most of us, it’s so natural. But we don’t need the added cholesterol or hormones and ricin’s that go into our milk in order to enjoy pesto! In this recipe I use nutritional yeast and cashews to add a little creaminess.

Pesto is so flavorful and very healing. Basil is great forminflammation, digestion, and even helps with depression. It is high in many vitamins in minerals, iron, phosphorus and vitamin K to say a few. The beautiful green color makes me want to eat it up right away and you know when someone is working with pesto because the aroma is beautiful!

I am not huge in using oils but do realize that extra virgin olive oil gives such a nice flavor and consistency to this sauce. If you are oil free or watching your oil intake, you can try avocado instead. I haven’t done it with this exact recipe and measurements here but I have made it before with a previous pesto and it worked just fine and was super creamy. I like creamy sauces so any chance I get I’ll make it that way.

I do recommend a high speed blender or a small food processor since this isn’t a huge ingredient list and you don’t want your blade spinning in the air or to have a frustrating outcome. My Vitamix just barely did the job with the last bit of water being added. This recipe is healthy and tasty and you are going to be sure to love it. Bon appetite  my loves!

Pesto

By The Superfood Goddess

(Makes enough for 4 servings)

-3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (you could use half to a full avocado instead)

-2 Tablespoons Water

-1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice 

-1 teaspoon Pink Himalayan Salt

-1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper 

-2 Garlic Cloves

-2 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast 

-1/4 Cup Raw Cashews

-2 Cups basil

Method:

-In a high speed blender or small food processor combines all the ingredients except the last two. 

-Once blended (about 1 minute of processing) add the last the ingredients. Blend until smooth, about 2 minutes. You will probably need to scrape the sides down of the blender or food processor and if needed, add a little more water.

This recipe is pretty quick and easy. Make some pasta alongside it and toss together when the pasta is ready. Then practice your best accent while tossing and eating the pasta. Ok, that last part was just to make you laugh… I love my Italian relatives and listening to their banter! Don’t forget to let me know what you think and tag me in your posts so I can share it too!! Bon Appetite 💋❤️

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Caesar Dressing

Something that a lot of my friends, even to this day, do not know that I was once the Caesar queen of the world! I’d have a Caesar salad at every meal! Yes, I said Every meal! Ok, except breakfast, duh… But I guess, given the circumstances it if that’s all that was around, Id totally eat it for breakfast too, haha. I would also rate the dressings and definitely knew where I would be able to get the best one in town.

Another fun fact, I NEVER actually tried making a Caesar salad dressing before getting rid of dairy in my diet and I think the one time I bought a bottle of Caesar dressing at the store, I disliked it very much! …Meh, it was OK…

So, naturally, the first thing I tried to recreate when I became plant based was, you better believe it, CAESAR SALAD!!! I needed it in my life still. I thought perhaps the world would end if not, ok, dramatization for effect, I knew it would be totally fine but just play along with me, ok?

I hadn’t made one in a while and thought to myself recently, “let’s (because theres more than one of me?) make a yummy Caesar, it’s been a while since I’ve had one.” So here it is peeps.

Caesar dressing

Ingredients:
•1/2 Cup vegenaise
•2 tablespoons olive oil
•2 Tablespoons Lemon juice
•1/2 tablespoon Dijon
•1 teaspoon Garlic powder
•1 Garlic clove
•2 teaspoons capers
•1 tablespoon caper juice
•3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
•Salt & pepper to taste
•1/4 Cup Parmesan cheese (optional)

Instructions:

-Combine all ingredients, in a blender or food processor & blend. Taste as you go, sometimes adding a little more lemon juice, capers, or garlic will do the trick…. This sauce will thicken and become more flavorful with time. If you like your dressing a little less thick add a little water. If you like a little texture to your dressing add the Parmesan last and only pulse the blender a few times, then you’ll have some “cheesy” chunks.

 

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Green Goddess Dressing

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Let’s be real here for a moment, who doesn’t love sauce and dressings? Well, I guess I could name a few people in my life, but when it comes to myself, the more sauce and creaminess, the better. The only problem with sauces, is that they’re often loaded with a ton of ingredients that are unnecessary or not good for you. A lot of salad dressings have dairy, wheat (to thicken), and/or pasteurized egg. When I’m eating out I always make sure to ask the server, “Are any of your dressings dairy, wheat, or egg free?” I know it seems like a lot, but it’s not. It’s actually a lot what they’ve put it in there, you know??! Let’s keep it simple and whole people!! Also, if your scared your server is going to be irritated, honestly, that’s their problem, not your emotion to own. If anything, you’re doing them a favor, because if they don’t know the answer to the question, now they can go find out and know for the next person. Because, most likely, someone will ask sooner than later anyways. You must fuel and feed your vessel correctly and well, don’t apologize for that.

Ok, SO, every time I see “Goddess” dressing on a menu or in the store, I get sooooo excited. It’s always so flavorful and has such a unique taste. I love having it a little thicker and chunkier, but a smooth and creamy sauce is also really nice, so whatever your heart desires, create it…

DISCLAIMER: You do not have to be just a goddess to make this. By all means though, all my cooking goddess’, get on with it!!

Green goddess dressing
• 1/2 Cup Tahini
• 1/4 Cup water
• 3 tablespoons fresh parsley
• 3 Tablespoons Chopped Green Onion
• 1/2 teaspoon Salt
• 3 cloves garlic
• 1 teaspoon Tamari
• 2 Tablespoons Lemon
• 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
• Optional Add 1/2 Avocado

1. Combine all ingredients in food processor and pulse (for chunkier consistency) or just purée (for smooth consistency), depending on whether or not you’d like it smooth and creamy or have a little texture.

2. Add more water, to desired consistency. Use lesss water for a dip, more water for a dressing.

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