Dairy-free Ranch Dressing

Are you craving creamy ranch dressing but don’t want the dairy or the other artificial ingredients that the big Kraft bottle contains? Well, if so, I have good news for you: you can make it from scratch at home and it’s delicious. My vegan dairy-free ranch dressing recipe is creamy, flavorful and perfect for salads or even dipping pizza.

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This ranch dressing recipe is so simple, easy, tasty and delicious; you won’t even miss the dairy. I promise. It’s full of healthy, superfoods and the perfect amount of salty savory sour pizazz. You can’t go wrong.

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Dairy-free Ranch Dressing

Yields approx 1 ⅓ cups

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INGREDIENTS

● 1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt (i.e. Kite Hill)

● 1/2 cup vegan mayo

● 1/4 cup non-dairy milk

● 2 teaspoons white vinegar

● 2 tablespoons olive oil

● 1 clove garlic

● 1 teaspoon salt

● 1 teaspoon dill (see notes)

● 1 handful fresh parsley leaves (about . cup)

● 1 handful chives (about . cup)

● 1 white pepper (see notes)

DIRECTIONS

1. Place all INGREDIENTS into a high speed blender and blend on medium for about 20 seconds.

Then high for a quick 5 seconds. Everything should be blended evenly and thoroughly.

2. Enjoy!

Coco Haze Superfood Truffles

A snack that speaks to your sweet-loving side with minimal sugar, contains essential fatty acids, B vitamins and minerals? Yep, here it is. And, it contains both soluble and insoluble fiber to gently protect digestion. My 5 year old daughter loves making and, eating these, so try them out with your kids!

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These coco haze superfood truffles are creamy, velvety, rich, chocolatey and a tad sweet; they curb the sweet tooth cravings without the guilt. 

I used all organic,  non-GMO and Terrasoul Superfoods ingredients to create these super easy truffles that will take you about 20-30 minutes to make. This is not an ad, I love Terrasoul superfood products because they are super high quality and substituting with lesser quality ingredients wouldn't yield the same wonderful truffle results. 

Have fun and enjoy!

What You'll Need:

  • High speed blender
  • Glass or stainless bowl
  • Silicone spatula
  • Waxed paper
  • Method
Vegan Superfood Truffles | high in fiber & antioxidants! #terrasoul #purekitchen
Vegan Superfood Truffles | high in fiber & antioxidants! #terrasoul #purekitchen
Vegan Superfood Truffles | high in fiber & antioxidants! #terrasoul #purekitchen

Coco Haze Superfood Truffles

TRUFFLE INGREDIENTS

Vegan Superfood Truffles | high in fiber & antioxidants! #terrasoul #purekitchen

TRUFFLE DIRECTIONS

  1. In a high speed blender add coconut flakes and puree until a course powder forms.

  2. Add coconut oil and maple syrup.

  3. Blend until ingredients become smooth and don’t be surprised if this takes 5-10 minutes. You’ll want to stop to bring excess ingredients back down from the sides of the blender into the mixture with a silicone spatula.

  4. Add remaining ingredients minus sugar, acai and extra vanilla powder blending until smooth. If at this point you find the mixture too thin, you can add up to ¼ cup additional cacao. If you do add cacao, blend until smooth, taste and if it’s now too bitter, simply add a little more maple syrup.

  5. Scrape out of blender into a glass or stainless bowl. Add cacao until your excess oil and syrup is “soaked” up.

  6. In a small bowl, mix together acai, vanilla powder and optional sugar. If making for the kids, they tend to like the coconut sugar.

  7. Now you’re ready to roll into truffles! On waxed paper, roll with your hands and coat with reserved acai and optional sugar.

notes: Truffles will be good for up to one week when stored in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

Guest Post Recipe by Christine Dionese - co-founder of flavor ID and an integrative, epigenetic health and food therapy specialist. Christine lives, works and plays bicoastally with her family between Southern California and Upstate New York. 

 

Roasted Red Bell Pepper Cashew "Cheese" Dip

Move over Velveeta we've gotta a healthier version of your cheese dip; just in time for Super Bowl. This dip is so addicting, you might need to double the recipe if you're having company. 

Roasted Red Bell Pepper Cashew Cheese Dip is my new favorite appetizer. Not only is it inexpensive and easy to make, it also tastes like cheese dip. No saturated animal fats or fake ingredients. Its smokey roasted flavors make it unique and delicious. 

roasted red pepper cheese dip | dairy-free vegan | #purekitchen #puremamas
roasted red bell pepper cashew "cheese" dip | you'll never know there's not cheese! #purektichen #purekitchenblog

This roasted red bell pepper cheese sauce is not only good as a dip it can also be used as a cheese in lasagna or as a cream sauce for spaghetti. The recipe calls for only a few ingredients. At my house this is a staple sauce but I play around with the flavors to mix things up a bit. 

Smokey Roasted Red Bell Pepper Cashew Cheese Dip. Wow that's a mouthful! Nobody will every know it's dairy-free | vegan gf | #puremamas #purekitchen

Have you ever made a cashew cheese sauce before? If not then start here - all it takes is a few healthy ingredients and a quick blend in the blender and voila...you're all set. Impress (or trick, rather) your friends at your next Superbowl party! 

Roasted Red Bell Pepper Cashew Cheese Dip | vegan gf dairy-free | #puremamas #purekitchen

Roasted Red Bell Pepper "Cheese" Dip

yields 10 ounces

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews
  • 1 roasted red bell pepper 
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp sea salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 squirt hot sauce like sriracha or dried chili peppers
  • 1/4 tsp liquid smoke 

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a high speed blender add all of the ingredients. Blend until super duper creamy. 
  2. If you don't not have a high speed blender like a Vitamix, you will have to soak the cashews for at least an hour before making the cheese dip. 
Roasted Red Bell Pepper Cashew Cheese Dip | dairy free vegan | #puremamas

Warming Carrot Ginger Soup (raw vegan)

I think clean eating and detox is on everybody's minds seeing that it's January and all (remember those new years resolutions?). But who wants to think about smoothies, juicing and cold raw food when its fareeezzing outside? I have some good new for you. Did you know that raw ginger root and raw garlic make you feel warm inside even when the dish is actually cold or room temp? It's true! 

Warming Carrot Ginger Soup | raw vegan gf recipe | #purektichen #puremamas

And this warming carrot ginger soup recipe is a perfect example of what I'm talking about. Go ahead Try it. The soup also has raw jalapeño in there as well which really adds to the heat. Add avocado and you've got a really great healthy, delicious meal. 

Detoxing doesn't alway have to met juicing or fasting. Your body often lacks hydration, adequate minerals, vitamins, enzymes and other nutrients that a raw food diet is abundant in. Giving your system a week of these energizing, high energy, living, vibrant foods and not filling it with sodium, fake foods, meat, dairy and overly cooked (lifeless and dull) foods is just the change you need. 

Warming Carrot Ginger Soup | raw vegan gf recipe | #purektichen #puremamas

Start with this carrot ginger soup recipe. And just feel the life and energy you get from it. I always feel so clean, alert and healthy after eating it. Let me know what you think. I'm curious if your body feels the same way?

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No cooking necessary - just a quick mix in the blender and you're good to go! No dishes, no scrubbing, no big mess! Top with your favorite things like fresh herbs, sprouts, or even some cashew cream. 

If you want to do an easy 4 day raw food cleanse which includes some smoothies but mainly soups likes this and salad, you can buy my ebook for vibrant recipes, inspiration, words of wisdom, tips and step by step 4 day detox menu.  

Warming Carrot Ginger Soup | raw vegan gf recipe | #purektichen #puremamas

Warming Carrot Ginger Soup

yields 2 bowls

INGREDIENTS

Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe | raw vegan
  • 10-12 oz fresh pressed carrot juice
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 small jalapeño, sliced and chopped
  • 2 cloves raw garlic, pressed
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger root
  • squeeze of fresh lemon and orange juice
  • 1-2 Tbsp shallots, mined and chopped
  • 1/4 avocado, sliced
  • garnish: fresh herbs, sprouts

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a high speed blender add all of the ingredients except for the avocado and the garnish. 
  2. Blend on low and then medium to high slowly. Blend for about 20 seconds until creamy and well combined. It might foam, but that's ok. 
  3. Add slices of avocado to each bowl and top with fresh herbs and sprouts. 

 

Healthy Chinese "Chicken" Salad

Healthy Chinese Chicken Salad | Recipe Makeover | Vegan

Oh boy, I think I just created a new weekly staple. This Healthy Chinese "Chicken" Salad will not only leave you satisfied but it will have your taste buds jumping for joy! There are so many different flavors and textures; it's like a party in your mouth. Ok, yeah, that sounds a little weird, but I'm totally serious. There is a little peppery flavor, some hot spice, a little sweet, tons of different herbs, toasted oils and nuts and a touch of salt all combined with the fresh crunchy flavorful cabbage, carrots and greens. 

Chinese Chicken Salad | Vegan Recipe Makeover
Chinese "Chicken" Salad | Vegan Recipe Makeover | Detox Friendly!  #puremamas #purekitchen

This recipe not only tastes delicious but is easy to make - takes only 15-20 minutes max - and requires not cooking. I love Tofurkey's vegan oven roasted "chicken" that my local health food stores sells. The texture is like chicken but the flavor is better (of course), the ingredients are pretty clean and there's tons of protein. This healthy vegan Chinese "Chicken" Salad is filling and would be a great pot luck dish. 

Fresh & Tangy, this Chinese Chicken Salad will knock your socks off and have you coming back for seconds! It's a perfect New Year's Resolution Detox meal! enjoy this delicious Recipe.
Recipe Makeover: Chinese "Chicken" Salad Recipe now vegan! Enjoy! #puremamas #purekitchen

I have so many friends on a detox right now after the indulgent holiday! If that's the case for you as well, you need to make my healthy Chinese "Chicken" Salad recipe! It is guilt-free, high in fiber, high in protein and healthy fats but also abundant in antioxidant rich veggies. The dressing combines fresh ginger, lemon and garlic (great for cold prevention) with almond butter and toasted sesame oil. What are you waiting for - grab these ingredients while you're at the store and make this salad - you'll be so happy you listened to me! (wink)

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Healthy Chinese "Chicken" Salad
The Chinese Chicken Salad has a fresh new look and feel: no real chicken meat in this recipe; just tons of veggies and mock chicken protein. You'll love the tangy yet toasted flavor with the crunchy raw vegetables.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup, finely sliced or grated purple cabbage
  • 1 cup, finely sliced or grated green cabbage
  • 3, julienned carrots
  • 2 cups other greens of choice (i.e. romaine or arugula)
  • 2 thinly sliced and chopped radishes
  • 1/4 cup, chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup, chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup, shredded or chopped (I use Tofurkey Brand) "chicken"
  • 2, finely chopped green onion (scallions)
  • 3 Tbsp toasted almonds or peanuts
Instructions
Prep veggies by chopping, slicing and shredding. Add to a large salad bowl. Toss well. Add chicken and nuts, then toss again. Dress the salad when ready to serve. Toss well. Serve immediately.
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Chinese "Chicken" Salad Dressing
This dressing is so tangy, not too sweet, and a touch spicy! Makes a perfect dressing for any Asian style salad.
Ingredients
  • 3 cloves, minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp, grated fresh ginger
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp almond butter
  • 3 Tbsp tamari
  • 3 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp (or to taste) honey or agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes or tabasco
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice
Instructions
Place everything in a high speed blender or large measuring cup. Whisk until completely well combined or blend on medium until well combined. Dress the salad when ready to serve. Toss well. Serve immediately.
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: dressing for 1 large salad