Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The BEST Vegan "Crab" Dip Ever.

This may easily be one of my favorite dips of all time. 
Adapted ever so slightly from PractiGantic's recipe, 
you won't be able to stop making this and sharing it with everyone you know. 

Best if prepared the night before, or has a few hours to sit before serving.

Vegan Crab Dip (takes about 25-30 min to prepare):

28 oz heart of palm (found canned near canned artichokes etc.)
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
16 oz vegan cream cheese, softened (Kite Hill highly recommended for best taste)
1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise 
1 red bell pepper diced small
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/8 cup red onion, diced small
3 tbsp green onions, diced
4 oz pimiento, drained and diced small
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon vegan Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
dash of cayenne pepper
dash of freshly ground sea salt
a few dashes of Old Bay Seasoning

First, mince the garlic, then drain and chop the heart of palm into varying shapes and sizes to act as the crab in the dip. Don't worry if some starts to shred, as you sautee it this will happen to some pieces and that is perfectly fine.

Next you're going to sautee the garlic and heart of palm in the olive oil over low heat until the heart of palm browns. Keeping the heat low, allow this to occur as you prep the remainder of the dip, stirring with a spatula occasionally.

For the next steps - if you're short on time, you can just add all of the ingredients (except Old Bay) together in a bowl while the heart of palm sautees. But, I find doing it in the following order allows the seasonings to flavor the cream cheese and mayo base the best. 

First add the cream cheese and mayonnaise to a large mixing bowl and combine together. Then add the Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice and mix well.

Next, add all of the dry ingredients (except the Old Bay) to the dip, mix together well, then set aside to marinate while you prep the rest of the ingredients. Dry Ingredients: paprika, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, ground black pepper, cayenne pepper, freshly ground sea salt.

Head back over to the heart of palm, add a light dash of Old Bay Seasoning and a grind of pepper, stir together well, and continue to let brown.

Next, dice all the veggies (red bell pepper, red onion, green onion, pimientos), and add them to the dip as well and stir together.

By now your heart of palm should be almost ready. Add another dash of Old Bay and continue to sautee until ready. Then remove from the heat and let cool.

Once cooled, fold the heart of palm into the dip and mix together well. I enjoy serving this dip cold after it's had the chance to sit for a few hours first, or overnight, but sometimes it's just too hard to wait! Enjoy!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Dairy-Free Creamy Queso Dip

One of my favorite recipes, made entirely of veggies and whole foods, 
it's tastes so good, it's so versatile, and so healthy too!

Dairy-Free Creamy Queso Dip:

3 organic russet potatoes
3 organic carrots
1 organic small yellow onion
1 organic red pepper
1/2 cup organic cashews
lemon juice from 1/2 an organic lemon
15oz diced tomatoes and green chillies

Optional: 1/2 or whole packet of taco seasoning
Optional: organic diced jalapeño

Peel the potatoes, carrots, and onion and deseed the pepper. Add them all to a pot of boiling water along with the cashews and boil until potatoes, carrots, and cashews are soft. About 15-20 min.

Set aside about 1 cup of of the water used for boiling incase you need to thin out the dip, and then add the drained cooked veggies, cashews, and lemon juice to a high speed blender or food processor and blend until smooth, adding about a tablespoon of reserved water at a time to thin out only if needed.

Once blended, add to a small sauce pot over low-medium heat and stir in the the tomatoes and green chillies. This is also when you would begin to add the taco seasoning and diced jalapeño to taste if you want.

Serve warm and enjoy! I also find this freezes well if you end up having extra or want to make it ahead of time.

Perfect to top these Twice Baked Potatoes with,
or dip these Southwest Taco Wontons into!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Crunchy Veggie Medley with Fresh Lime

This fresh pop of flavor is great as a snack, on tacos, 
as part of a salad, or anything you can think of! 

Crunchy Veggie Medley with Fresh Lime:

1 organic cucumber
1 organic red yellow pepper
1 organic green pepper
2-3 organic celery stalks
1 organic lime
Optional: fresh spearmint and a variety of other crunchy veggies like red peppers!

Dice the veggies to the size of your liking (I think the smaller, the better), combine them in a bowl, and top with the juice from the lime to taste. That's it!

Healthy Life Tip: prep this at the beginning of your week and separate into several different grab-and-go servings for an easy snack! 

Pairs excellently with these BBQ Seitan Skewers 
and may also want to check out this Pepper & Lime Salsa:


Thursday, December 21, 2017

Classic Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Classic Spinach & Artichoke Dip:

1/8 lb. vegan butter
12 cloves fresh garlic, minced
12 oz vegan cream cheese (Kite Hill highly recommended for this recipe)
16 oz vegan sour cream (Tofutti highly recommended for this recipe)
4 oz vegan parmesan (Follow Your Heart highly recommended for this recipe)
24 oz artichoke hearts, chopped
24 oz fresh spinach, chopped
1/4 tsp onion powder
salt & pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients into your slow cooker and set on low. Cook for 2-3 hours stirring and testing occasionally until it's all melted into this the best spinach & artichoke dip you've ever tasted, then enjoy!!! 

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Mushroom Barely Soup

Mushroom Barely Soup:

64 oz organic low sodium vegetable broth
1 cup dry organic barley
1/3 cup Marsala wine
16 oz organic baby Portobello mushrooms
5 organic russet potatoes, chopped
5 organic carrots, chopped
1 organic yellow onion, diced
2 organic celery stalks, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 tablespoons garbanzo bean flour
8 sprigs fresh organic thyme
2 bay leaves

Cook barley separately and according to direction.

In a separate pan over medium heat, add the vegetable broth and slowly whisk in the garbanzo bean flour. Next, add the potatoes, carrots, onion, celery, garlic, thyme, and bay leaves and bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to medium-low.

While the vegetables are cooking, sauté the mushrooms in the marsala, stirring continuously, until the wine has completely evaporated into the mushrooms and set aside.

Once the vegetables in the soup are soft (check carrots and potatoes), then add the mushrooms and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.

Once soup is complete, add barely to a bowl, cover with soup, and enjoy!!

Healthy Life Tip: As with all soups, I recommend making extra to either have throughout the week as an easy lunch or quick dinner, or to freeze to enjoy later or to have on stand-by for those nights when things just don't go according to plan!