‘Creamy’ Garlicky Dressing

So, I don’t share too many recipes since most of what I create in the kitchen are experiments with recipes found online.  On occasion though, I have moments of culinary genius ;)…

Thought I’d share this little recipe since I have been having it for about a week straight and it is sooo good… if you like garlic that is!  Even The Man has had THREE kale salads this week with this dressing!  Three salads!!… We have to avoid each others kisses in the morning though so don’t know how long we’ll keep this up …

If you’re familiar with Whole Foods organic salad bar – a staple is what they call ‘Garlicky Kale’ (Vegan and RAW) and it is the answer to anyone’s aversion to a kale salad.  Their garlicky dressing is delicious, though they use things I don’t have, so I sort of started with what I had – ummm … cold pressed olive oil… and garlic… not exactly filling out the collection of ingredients Whole Foods shared in their ingredient list.  I subbed some ingredients ( Soy sauce I had on hand instead of Nama Shoyu) and was generally just grabbing stuff I thought would work out nicely … On the first go of this dressing I didn’t have any lemon, so that’s been left out entirely, but perhaps if I have some in the kitchen next time I make a batch I’ll use it… certainly didn’t have any nutritional yeast but I am familiar with the texture and thought I should throw in something to create a bit of thickness in the dressing – in steps homemade almond flour.  

Disclaimer:  I enjoy a healthy amount of garlic – The Man is known to eat many cloves RAW when he gets the opportunity – so, please adjust for your own preferences – I think one clove instead of three would still make a fabulous, yet less pungent, morning after.

 

Garlicky Dressing

Thrown all into the Vitamix – blended on high.

– Three cloves garlic

– Three Tablespoons each of Cold pressed Olive Oil / Soy Sauce (or Nama Shoyu) / Almond Flour (feel free to sub that 🙂

– 3-5 Tablespoons of water

– One fingernail sized sliver of a Chili Pepper

 

Voila!  There you have it!  A simple recipe for the average person who doesn’t want to shell out money for  Braggs Liguid Aminos or nutritional yeast or whateverhaveyou…  I usually can dress two or three large salads with that amount and I just toss it on, give it a quick stir and devour it.

Slightly more potent than Whole Foods version and blender-licking GOOD!

 

Enjoy!

 

The internet makes things so damn exciting!

I am habitually optimistic – could be the wine, but I like to believe wine brings out your true nature 😉 –

Usually its great! I mean, all the time I think its great, but sometimes it becomes clear that I have too little doubt… like the time I fought to let The Boy take a (familiar and parallel!!!) hiking trail and he wound up on a nearby street with a bus driver stopping to help him… I totally trusted that he would be fine… I did not think about the fact that he would run like a bat out of hell to ‘beat’ us to the end of the trail…

It beats The Man’s pessimism any day…. or at least balances it out

Soooo… I mentioned in the last post that I had finally opened an Etsy.com shop, which is something a couple years in the making… I have had SIX sales since!! I’m so stoked about it! It has been thrilling every time I get an “Etsy Order Confirmation” email… I knew all the relics I stockpiled would be someones treasure one day!

Since signing on to Etsy.com a couple years ago I have drooled over the section aptly named “Quit Your Day Job”. I would read endless accounts of people realizing they could make their hobbies their livelihood whilst sitting at my desk, eyes spread wide – a bit of crazed jealously and caffeine will do that to you… Whyyyy could this not be me???? Granted my SIX sales aren’t going to be paying the bills BUT they definitely could … one day? 🙂

I’ve just been ogling over the most recent shop featured for “Quit Your Day Job” and they’ve definitely found their niche (waterproof “shower art”). I’m always laughing in amusement and showing my husband the things people actually buy online half trying to convince him that we can do this…! So freaking exciting that I’m making it happen…

So NOT exciting is my infected, impacted wisdom tooth… I have avoided the dentist for SIX years… I have many a gone filling and all three of my wisdom teeth are impacted with the fourth growing under the gum 100% perpendicular to the other teeth (I’ve really been telling people that I am one of those evolved humans that grew with less (only three) wisdom teeth : / ) … The dentist made it known today he would not be dealing with that mess… The oral surgeon will be responsible for cleaning up my mouth now… If only this could be a lesson to The Boy that he needs to be brushing more carefully! Anyhow…. I tell you all that since it forces me to be on a smoothie diet – no chewing for while – sooo I’ve been perfecting some smoothie recipes! YAY!

Since going RAW – and now maintaining a 90% RAW diet – I have come to love the DATE! Never had I had one before going RAW even though I am a huge fan of dried fruit… My sister had been raving and they’re in like 99% of RAW dessert recipes so I bought a box… Now I depend on them…

———-BEST SMOOTHIE YOU WILL EVER HAVE IN YOUR LIFE ———-

So simple and yet I crave it every day. I can literally taste like a caramel whipped frappe… So sweet and creamy…Gah!

I usually soak about 10-12 dates overnight (just leave them covered with water in the blender until morning)

Then throw in about 4 bananas ( Super Ripe bananas – if they’re not covered in brown spots It will taste like banana and not dreamy caramel)

and Blend!

Whoa! Best thing I ever tried and its 100% good for you… I have one just about every day and make a super big portion for after a workout…

First Camping trip with an infant to come this week! More to come!

Peel things before freezing…

I will soon get into the habit of sharing what exactly we are eating everyday….

But tonight I had to share my creation!

SOO.. I threw some bananas into the freezer last night as I had read something about using them as a base for ice cream… figured I should leave them until tonight when I’d have the energy to focus on making something…I reached in the freezer and picked them up and in an instant I realized my mistake… I hadn’t thought about the fact that I would have to peel them frozen solid. Fudge… So I peeled them, alternating hands in my mouth so I didn’t lose sensation in my tips : /

It was so worth it though…

Toss in blender and BAM !

I decided to go all out and add about three ripe strawberries to the mix and saved some for a topping…

It was surprisingly ice cream like…I thought it’d either be mushy or like banana shaved ice… So wrong! Now I see what the fuss was about!

Topped it with a few more strawberries and some raw Chocolate I had leftover…

I thought about drizzling some Honey but decided I’d like to try it in the buff first…

My mind is reeling with possibilities now and I’ll have to try it again this weekend…

freezing the berries first and adding a whole lot more for a berry ice cream …

I blended three bananas – not sure why- but 1.5 is probably all one person needs for a nice sized dessert portion…

I definitely ate all of my ice cream tonight though! Its bananas so who cares! Awesome that you can indulge shamelessly…

This is the one aspect that, no matter how my diet changes, I hope to keep up with. I have a fiendish SWEET TOOTH (extreme emphasis not exaggerated) and I have been feeling so satisfied in that regard. I hope to keep my desserts mostly RAW even if I start slacking otherwise( cut me a break – I’ve got two kids and a husband who is out of the house for 70+ hours a week and you know, other things, like, LIFE ). The savory cravings belong to my sister and I’ll have to check and see if we’re meeting needs in that area… but I’ve got this covered! AND its yet another delectable recipe for which you don’t need nuts to make it something other than fruity slop!

I’m having an AWESOME moment right now basking in this new found enjoyment of completely-good-for-you desserts!

I sure hope I wasn’t the first person to make the banana mistake … I feel awful silly about that

I certainly learned something though and I’ll be sure to think about what I’m trying to accomplish in the end (peeled banana ice cream) and not just the immediate goal (freezing the banana!)…