Cashew-Based Vegan Ranch Dressing

Have you ever know anyone growing up who literally put ranch dressing on everything?

Yep. That was me.

I kid you not if it was dippable I was dipping it in ranch. Carrots, pizza, chicken, you name it. I ranched it.

Anyways, flash forward to now. It has been years since I ranched anything 1. due to my wonderful dairy intolerance and 2. because ranch dressing on everything isn’t exactly the best thing for you.

BUT. I recently decided to embark on a Bailey-friendly version of ranch dressing to dip my veggies in because I’ve been eating way too much hummus and frankly I’m just ready to have ranch dressing back in my life. Soooooooo, I introduce to you, the MOST delicious and easy cashew-based ranch dressing EVAAAA!!!!!

Not even being dramatic guys, this is so good. I made a whole batch and we finished the entire thing that night. There wasn’t even time for a picture. Oh well, that just meant I had to make another batch to photograph (and then eat soon afterwards). So, my fellow ranchies out there, please enjoy this delicious healthified dip and have a fantastic day.

Cashew-Based Vegan Ranch Dressing

  • Servings: 1 cup
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup raw cashews
  • ¾ cup cashew milk
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¾ tsp onion powder
  • 3 Tbsp fresh dill

Directions

  1. Soak your cashews in hot water for 30 minutes.
  2. While your cashews are soaking, add the lemon juice and apple cider vinegar to the cashew milk and let it sit for at least 10 minutes.
  3. Drain and rinse the cashews three times, then add to a blender with the milk mixture, water, salt, garlic, and onion powder. Blend until smooth.
  4. Add the dill and pulse to gently blend it in, but be careful not to overdo the blending or your sauce will turn green!
  5. Store in the fridge and enjoy!

Advertisements

The Easiest Pickled Veggies

Okay you guys. If you all are mostly plant-based eaters like me, I know you have the same struggle I do of using all my veggies up before they go bad in the fridge. Whenever I’m grocery shopping, I’m always SO over eager to buy allllllllll the veggies (I can’t help it, I love them all) and inevitably I end up with some unused little guys in the bottom of my crisper drawer feeling left out and worthless.

BUT. I’m putting an end to the unloved veggies right freakin’ now because ya know what you can do with those stragglers right before they’ve reached the end of their shelf life?

PICKLE THEM.

That’s right people!!! Pickled veggies are like the easiest thing ever andddddd did I mention the gut health benefits? Uh, ya. Happy gut galore here guys. Since pickling is a form of fermentation, during the pickling process good bacteria breaks down the cellulose and natural sugars thus creating probiotics. AND you get the health benefits of whatever veg you’re pickling, too, whether that be vitamins, antioxidants, preventing blood sugar spikes, you name it. Pickling also keeps the food from spoiling so it saves you lots of moolah since you don’t have to waste those veggies that were otherwise destined for the trash can.

Okay, so now that I’ve convinced you that pickling is something you just HAVE to do now, you may be asking, “But Bailey, what the heck do I do with my pickled veggies?”

Good question. While I personally think these guys are good enough to just be eaten straight outta the jar, they can also be used as the ultimate topping. Throw ’em on a sandwich, in a salad, or even in tacos (or whatever you’re eating that could use a trip to flavortown) and BOOM instant deliciousness. You can even use the leftover brine as a tasty, vinegar-y salad dressing! I’m telling ya, the options are endless here. There’s no down side.

So head on over to that fridge, pull out those leftover veggies that are being neglected, and get to pickling!!! You’ll be a pro before ya know it. Happy pickling my peeps!

The Easiest Pickled Veggies

  • Servings: 4 Jars
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Ingredients

  • 500 ml white wine vinegar
  • 500 ml water
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • ¼ cup salt
  • ½ red onion, sliced
  • 4 Tbsp mustard seeds
  • 4 Tbsp black peppercorns
  • 1 cup dill
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 4 sterilized mason jars
  • 4 cups total of whatever veggies you’d like to pickle (I did 1 cup each of radishes, carrots, red onion, and cauliflower)

Directions

  1. In a large pot, bring the vinegar, water, honey, and salt to a simmer over medium heat.
  2. Meanwhile, split the red onion, mustard seeds, peppercorns, dill, and garlic cloves evenly amongst your jars. Then fill them with your veggies.
  3. Once the salt and honey has dissolved, pour your brine into the mason jars and seal. Place them in the refrigerator for at least a week before using.


Nutrient Packed Pumpkin Spice Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

pumpkin spice roasted pumpkin seeds

Okay guys. I’m a firm believer in making my own versions of stuff otherwise purchased already made for you, soooooo when I decided to make my own pumpkin puree from an actual pumpkin as opposed to buying the storebought canned stuff, I had lotsa leftover pumpkin seeds.

*Insert lightbulb popping up above my head*

I hadn’t even thought about the seeds before that moment, but obviously I wasn’t going to waste them! And since it’s pumpkin spice season, I had to keep the trend alive. Thus began my new tradition of pumpkin spiced pumpkin seeds on just about everything. TBH I think my next project with them will be a granola, but we’ll see. But I’m getting off topic here.

While these guys are absolutely da bomb (and great for packing in lunches *hint hint my parents out there), I was more shocked to find out how absolutely amazing pumpkin seeds are for our oh-so-important bodies! While my pumpkin seeds were roasting, I took the liberty of looking up their health benefits, and I was absolutely floored. Did you know that pumpkin seeds are absolutely loaded with healthy fats, magnesium, zinc, potassium, calcium, protein, AND fiber?! Oh, and antioxidants. And they contain tryptophan. And I could keep going, but I think you guys get the hint.

So now I’ve decided that once this Fall is over, pumpkin season will never be over because I will 100% be keeping this trend alive year-round for my health’s sake. And you should too. So start with me by making thess super simple and super scrumptious pumpkin seeds!

 

Nutrient-Packed Pumpkin Spice Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

  • Servings: 1 cup
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh pumpkin seeds (I used the seeds out of a pie pumpkin)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp of each: nutmeg, ground ginger, ground cloves
  •  

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Add all your ingredients together in a bowl and mix until all the seeds are evenly coated.
  3. Spread them out evenly on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and roast for 10-12 minutes until they’re crisp and golden. Enjoy!
  4.  

     

     

     

     

     

 

 

 


Quick and Easy Homemade Oat Flour

oat flour

You guys.

I LOVE oat flour.

I’ve been using it as a flour substitute for absolutely errrythang lately from Banana Pancakes to Dark Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies to Dairy and Gluten Free Maple Glazed Donuts. Not to mention some recipes coming soon like Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes and Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Balls (stay tuned for these bad boys).

I love the oat-y, nutty flavor that oat flour gives to things, but what makes it even better is how freakin’ healthy it is for you! Oats are packed with fiber, healthy carbs, a surprising amount of protein, and tons of other nutrients. Andddddd, it takes your body longer to break down oats which:

1. Helps you feel fuller longer

2. Won’t spike your blood glucose levels

3. Will give you long-lasting energy throughout your day

So yeah, I’m a big oat fan.

So why not use oat flour for everything?! AND you don’t need to be buying already made out flour from the stores because all they’re doing is jacking up prices for some blended up oats. No thanks. Just make your own!! It takes two seconds and all you need is a blender.

YOU GOT THIS.

And don’t forget to tag me in all your oat flour creations so I can try them too!!!! Have a lovely Monday y’all.

 

 


Quick and Easy Homemade Oat Flour

  • Servings: about 3 cups flour
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Ingredients

  • 4 cups organic old-fashioned rolled oats (gluten free if you’d like)

Directions

  1. Add your whole oats to a high-powered blender or food processor and blend until your oats are a fine powder.
  2. This step is optional: If your blender isn’t super high-powered or you see little oat chunks in your flour, you can pass your oat flour through a fine sieve.
  3. Store the fine oat flour in an airtight container and store the chunks that your sieve catches in a separate container (hint: you can use these to make delicious instant oats!)

 


Dairy Free Turkey Pesto Quesadilla AKA The Ultimate Adult Quesadilla

turkey pesto quesadilla 1

Napoleon, make yourself a dang quesadilla!!!

I don’t think Napoleon’s grandma had this quesadilla in mind when she said that, but she should’ve because this is basically the best quesadilla of all time andddd it’s cheeseless so all my dairy-free peeps out there can rejoice right now! The flavor combo in here is a party in yo mouth in every bite, not to mention all the nutrients you’re getting. You’ve got your complex carbs, grains, leafy greens, lean protein, healthy fats, and so much more. Talk about a complete meal, y’all.

I shall dub this the ultimate adult quesadilla.

So all the stuffings for this here quesadilla would taste delicious on their own in a bowl, but there’s just something magical about squishing it all between two delicious, crispy, warm tortillas that gives it that extra oomph, ya know? And who woulda thunk pesto would taste so good in a quesadilla!? But really pesto on anything tastes good so really not that surprised.

OK now I’m just rambling because hungry so I’m gonna go eat one of these right now. Who’s with me?

 

Dairy Free Turkey Pesto Quesadilla AKA The Ultimate Adult Quesadilla

  • Servings: 6 half or 3 whole quesadillas
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once it’s hot, add your ground turkey and cook, while stirring occasionally, until it’s fully cooked throughout. Drain and set aside.
  2. Clean your skillet out and heat it again over medium heat. Add the coconut oil and sweet potato. Cook, while stirring occasionally, until the sweet potato is just about tender (about 5-7 minutes).
  3. Add the chopped kale to the sweet potato and cook while stirring until the kale is wilted and the sweet potato is tender (1-2 minutes more).
  4. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. Decide whether you want to make half-quesadillas or whole quesadillas and divide your ingredients accordingly. Start by spreading the pesto on the tortilla then add the ground turkey, sweet potato, and kale. Fold over the other half of the tortilla (if you’re making halves) or place another tortilla on top and press down to make it stick.
  6. Clean out your skillet and heat it over medium-low heat.
  7. Add one quesadilla to the skillet and cook until slightly browned on one side (about 45 seconds), then flip and repeat on the other side.
  8. Repeat for the remaining quesadillas.
  9. Once all quesadillas have been cooked, slice them and serve. Enjoy!