appetizers

7 Layer Bean Dip

374E99E3-0479-44B1-A91C-C8073EDB5079Ok, So I’m going to be real honest here. Growing up, dad wasn’t really around. So football parties and get togethers weren’t a huge thing around our house. BUTTT for whatever reason… Superbowl parties always took place at our house! If I had to work during the game I found myself so bummed! I realized shortly after this behavior that it wasn’t that I was bummed to miss the game, but I was bummed to miss the party and eat food. LOL. Yes, it bummed me out to miss the food. I want good food too ok?! I was always in charge of making the dips. Bean dip, Onion dip, and Ranch dip. Of course, as you can probably imagine, 7 layer bean dip isn’t traditionally made vegan. So naturally I had to veganise it.

I am pretty sure I ave said this to you all before. When you are first transitioning, find a few of your favorite dishes and make them vegan! When your comfortable making something its so much easier to make it healthier with different swaps. So that is exactly what I did. I think Tofutti Brand makes a nice “sour cream” and for the cheese on top, Earth Island, formerly known as Follow your heart, makes a good shredded cheese. You do need to check your refried beans and make sure that they are also vegan. I was actually surprised that many refried beans still contain lard or other animals fats in them. I get it, they make it taste better, i guess… But they have been time and time again been called out for being unhealthy. But whatever, not trying to call anyone out here right now. I am just saying, check your beans at every meal.

If you wanted to keep it super wholesome and real, you could make a sour cream out of nuts, homemade, and you could take some black beans and spices and blend them into a dip to make “refried” beans. That is totally fine with me and I actually encourage it, I just know not everyone has the time to do that or learn it, at least perhaps not at this present moment.

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7 Layer Bean Dip

-1 can refried beans

-1/2 package taco seasoning

-1/2 package of sour cream (I like Tofutti)

-Home made or store bought guacamole 

-1/2 package of vegan cheese (I like Earth Island or Daiya)

-6oz Can of sliced olives 

-3 tomatoes chopped 

-4 scallions finely chopped

Method:

-Mix almost the entire half package of taco seasoning, save a little to sprinkle over the sour cream later, then save the other half package for next time you make this. 

-It’s a pretty easy layering game. Put the ingredients into a square Pyrex dish in the order the list goes. 

-Serve immediately, or cover and place in the fridge to set for a few hours. You can keep this dip up to 3-5 days. Bring this to a party and don’t say it’s dairy free, see if anyone says anything…

Smoothies // Smoothie bowls

Homemade Almond Mylk

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I have always heard of making dairy free milks but it just seems like such a process…  Right???? It does, util you actually do it. Then you actually realize, other than having to plan a tiny bit, it isn’t that hard after all. By planning, I mean, soaking the almonds 6-8 hours before. The blending and everything else takes like 10 minutes…

What is really amazing about making anything homemade, especially milk, you know what is going into it. You know that there aren’t any chemicals or harsh additives being put in. I also always feel so align and so good about pouring my time, love, and energy into my homemade goods! there are so many additives and sweeteners and preservatives now a days, that I just wish we could stop and get back to our grounding roots, which is why I try harder each and every day to make most of my meals. It isn’t as time consuming as you think, ONCE YOU GET THE HANG OF IT!

So here we go…… Almond milk!! Unsweetened without refined sugars, lightly flavored with vanilla, and VIOLA!! It is easy and it will last a few days fresh and honestly, thats all it would last in the household anyways… I mean if you like smoothies, lattes, and oatmeal…

Almond Milk (Vanilla)

-4 Cups water

-1 Cup Almonds (soaked for 6-8 hours)

-3 Dates (soaked if possible)

-1 Tablespoon Coconut oil

-1 teaspoon Vanilla
-Pinch os sea salt
Method
-Allow Almonds to soak overnight or for at least 6-8 hours. Place almonds in high speed blender with water and blend on high. For about 2 minutes.
-Strain milk in a mesh nut milk bag. Throw the milk back in the blender with coconut oil, salt, vanilla, and dates, and blend for about a minute.
-Place in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

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