We are excited to welcome Danielle Rouse, our newest contributor. Danielle has lots to share with us, we know you’ll enjoy her posts and her recipes.
It’s January and if you are like me, you’ve set some healthy eating goals for the New Year. Today I want to give you a little encouragement in *not skipping out on the little steps*…or avoiding recipes that seem complicated due to the time it takes to soak something etc.
I am also excited to share a wonderful Creamy Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing with you!
I had an experience over the holidays when we hosted a family get-together. My brother and his Girlfriend both follow the Paleo Diet. I made a salad and my favourite Creamy Dill Dressing. My soon-to-be Sister-in- Law said, “we can eat this? I am so tired of the same old oil and lemon on a salad!” I said, “yes, absolutely!”
I went on to talk about soaking the hemp seeds for a few hours before you use it and everyone present complained because: that step crosses the convenience line. It appears that they are not alone; my other sister piped in to talk about how it is too complicated. I started to wonder how many other people are missing out on amazing food because of these types of steps in the recipes?
I know it seems complicated or time consuming, however if you can train yourself to think ahead about some of these little steps, eating a somewhat restricted diet can still offer plenty of variety. The reality is, you are only putting seeds in a cup and covering it with water…from there, it is only time.
I promise once you have crossed this line, it totally becomes something doable and routine.
Keep reading for Danielle’s time-saving tips and her recipe for Caesar Salad Dressing
I have a new favorite cookbook and it just so happens to be from one of my favorite cookbook authors (and fellow Canadian), Dreena Burton.
Dreena is the hardworking vegan Momma behind Vive Le Vegan (among others), which I bought about 7 years ago. It’s definitely my most-loved cookbook. Her newest cookbook Let Them Eat Vegan is perfectly titled since you could serve these recipes to just about anyone!
I instantly loved Dreena’s new recipes – they’re kid-friendly (she’s the mother of three young girls), they’re easy, they’re nutrient-dense, and they use ingredients I love and usually have in my pantry.
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Though the fall is technically my favorite time of year when it comes to the food calendar, I do love breaking out our serving bowl (known as “the big bowl”) in the spring and filling it with a jumbo salad for one. This tradition starts as soon as the snows melt in April, and occurs nearly every day at lunch until the snow flies again in October. My love for warm weather salads is threefold: The fresh taste of the produce, the energized feeling I get after consuming all of those greens, and the desire to not look worse than the year prior in a swimsuit. Come on, I know I’m not the only one!
Anyway, as amazing as salads can taste, the dressing really is the icing veggie cake. I like to use a lot of it, but don’t love the heavy oils. So, I’m always mixing up oil-free blends that still satisfy my cravings for something a little rich. One of my favorites is honey dijon.
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