Lemon Chive Vinaigrette

dressing

This is the perfect dressing for a simple green salad in a spring menu.  It’s best with freshly picked chives and mixed baby lettuces.

2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
sea salt or Pink Himalayan salt
1 teaspoon raw honey
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1-2 Tbs. finely chopped fresh chives
freshly ground pepper

Thoroughly whisk lemon juice, honey, and a pinch of salt in a small bowl. slowly add oil and whisk until emulsified.  Stir in chives and a few turns of pepper.

Chia Seed Pudding

chia seed pudding

This is a very satisfying snack or dessert.   This makes one serving but could easily be multiplied.

2 Tablespoons chia seeds

½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or coconut milk, or a blend of both

2-3 drops liquid stevia, such as SweetLeaf’s Vanilla Creme Sweet Drops or a teaspoon raw honey

Optional additions:  sprinkle of cinnamon, unsweetened flaked coconut, chopped toasted pecans or slivered almonds, fresh organic berries or a few organic raisins, raw cacao nibs

Mix chia seeds with non-dairy milk of choice and a few drops of stevia or raw honey.  Stir again after 10 minutes.  Refrigerate up to 10 hours until ready to serve. Top with cinnamon, unsweetened flaked coconut, few organic raisins, or raw cacao nibs.

My Favorite Breakfast Smoothie

 

blueberry smoothie

12-16 ounces, almond, coconut, or almond-coconut milk

1/3 cup frozen, organic, wild blueberries (Trader Joes has good prices)

½ banana (Frozen banana makes for a thicker, creamier texture.  I cut bananas into 1-inch chunks and freeze on a cookie sheet lined with plastic wrap.   Store frozen banana chunks in a zippered bag.)

1 serving Vanilla Protein Powder of your choice (I’ve tried all sorts of brands, but I prefer Nutrameal™ Free because it’s gluten, dairy, and soy-free, with no nasty after-taste. It also has fiber and a balance of carbs, protein, and fat which sticks with me longer than a protein-only powder.)

1 Tablespoon fiber powder blend

1 handful organic baby spinach (the dark blue of the blueberries hides the green and you really don’t taste the spinach)

Optional additions: maca powder, flaxseed oil, chia seeds (soaked for at least 10 minutes in your non-milk of choice) and/or hemp seeds

Pulse for a few seconds in blender and then blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.

Mashed Cauliflower a.k.a. Fauxtatoes

fauxtatoes

Mashed potatoes have always been a go-to comfort food, but this recipe has become my new favorite side dish. Even my husband prefers them now to potatoes.

1 head cauliflower
2 tablespoons grass-fed butter (I like the Kerrygold brand)
1-2 cloves garlic, peeled (optional)
coarse ground sea salt and pepper, to taste
chives (optional )
2 tablespoons grass-fed butter (I like the Kerrygold brand)
1-2 cloves garlic, peeled (optional)
coarse ground sea salt and pepper, to taste
chives (optional)

Cut the cauliflower in half. Remove the stem and coarsely chop or divide the cauliflower into florets. Add cauliflower and garlic (if you are using) to a large pot and add about an inch of water.  Cover.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and steam until tender. This may take 12-15 minutes. Drain.  Transfer to food processor along with butter, salt, and pepper. Process until fully combined and it’s reached your desired consistency.  I prefer a velvety smooth texture, but you might like it chunky.  Garnish with fresh chives if desired.