Cashew Cream for Dairy-Free, Vegan Dressing

Cashew Cream, Vegan dressingI recently committed to eat less — or no — meat (gasp!).

And since I don’t do dairy, my diet is feeling more Vegan-y than ever before. And I needed a Vegan dressing in my life. I am not Vegan — I happily eat an egg-white omelette every AM, and you would be hard-pressed to convince me to do otherwise — but the new meatless-me has been searching for a replacement to my regular chicken-over-salad dinner go to.

My solution? Make a better salad.

My ordinary lettuce, tomato, cucumber combo — with some rando special guest appearance like a poached egg or olives — just wasn’t cutting it without it’s meaty counterpart. So I got a little more inventive with my salad creations, and it helped, but I was still bored.

My solution? Make a better dressing. A better, Vegan dressing.

Bingo. That did it.

But it wasn’t easy, as half of the deliciousness of a good dressing is in it’s creaminess, which comes from the dairy.


Cashew cream.

It’s amazing. So creamy and you can use the standard cream — just water and cashews — as your base and spice it anyway you want. Add lemon and garlic for a alfredo-like sauce; or add fresh pepper and olives; honey mustard and miso paste; whatever works. My ultimate favorite combines capers, coconut aminos, black pepper, salt, honey mustard and raw garlic. Delish. And its an exact replica of a Cesar dressing. Yum.

Go ahead, give your salad new life.

P.S – I’ve been plowing through cashews since going “Vegan”. Thrive market has a good deal on raw cashews in bulk.

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Banana-Sunflower Seed Butter Easy, Healthy Kid Snack Bites

Healthy Kids Snacks, Sunflower Seed Butter and BananaMy kid never met a banana he didn’t like.

He would — and has — eaten “na-nas” in every meal; including snack.

Always and in all ways. Banana bread. Banana raw. Banana chip. Banana waffle. Banana pancake. Banana muffin. Banana smoothie. You add banana to it, and he’s eating it.

And considering my clean-eating obsession crossed over into how I feed my little dude — I was able to keep him off all things processed and sugar-loaded until his 1st birthday cake — I’m always looking for yummy but healthy kid snacks that he can get excited about but that aren’t the equivalent of the kid-targeted, dyed, sugared, processed snacks that are on every shelf at every super market. No thanks.

These little finger-food snacks are perfect for my little banana-loving nut. They are sweet, filling, easy-to-make, and their main ingredient?… you guessed it.. banana. Duh.

Eat up, little ones 🙂

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Paleo Super Bowl Sunday: Loaded Chili-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

paleo super bowl, loaded sweet potatoSuper Bowl Sunday means getting stuffed.

Or stuffing sweet potatoes.

Or both.

Whichever works.

Either way, it will be good — as long as you pass on the cheese whiz and say “yes” to super-fun Paleo Super Bowl apps and treats that aren’t totally processed and predisposed to make you feel like complete and total crap. It’s never worth it.

This is super easy. Super clean. Super yum.

And it’s also super customizable. Add or subtract whatever toppings you like. Make it your own.

Enjoy. And go PATS!

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Dark Chocolate Chip Paleo Banana Bread Recipe

Paleo Banana Bread RecipeBanana bread takes me back to my childhood. I love it. It reminds me of my grandmother. And it’s also one of those desserts that for whatever reason it’s totally acceptable to eat it for breakfast. Love that.

This Paleo banana bread recipe is a lot cleaner than the Entenmann’s boxed banana bread that my grandma always had on hand, but it is still delicious. The dark chocolate is optional if that isn’t your thing, but I love, love, love the combination or dark chocolate and banana. Yum.

Eat this with a cup of coffee in the AM or with a scoop of dairy-free ice cream in the PM. It knows no time-appropriateness, which only makes it more appealing. Eat up.

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Healthy Paleo Desserts: Chocolate, Pistachio-Covered Tangerines

Tangerine Pistachio, Healthy DessertsTis’ the season to eat a ton of crap.

Sadly, it’s true.

But try to resist the urge, as it’s not always worth it. One piece of cheesecake has me feeling like shit for a full 24 hours, so I always try to steer clear of dairy-heavy and processed desserts, no matter how tempting the options are.

This super easy little dessert/appetizer can help to satisfy that holiday sweet tooth. It’s super yummy and sweet but without all the processed crap that is in so many other holiday treats.

Three ingredients. And you can easily switch out the fruit and nut combo to your liking. I also sometimes throw in a little diced dried fruit with my nuts for some added flavor; play around with it. Fun. Easy. Healthy.

Happy Holidays!


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Warm Bacon, Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Potato Hash Recipe

Brussels sprout sweet potato hashWhen the temperature drops and the leaves begin to turn that’s my cue to make a switch from cooking my light summer salads to making entrees that are warmer, fuller and more conducive to the weather outside. This root vegetable hash is like a warm sweater. It warms my soul — or at least my belly.

It’s the perfect fall dinner — or breakfast — in my humble opinion. It’s hearty — with or without the chicken if your a vegetarian or would just rather nix it — and it is just the right amount of slutty without going completely off the reservation, thanks to the bacon and pouched egg.

So. Yum.

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Healthy Paleo Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

healthy pumpkin spice latte, paleo pumpkin spice latteTis’ the season for putting pumpkin spice flavor on every. dish. imaginable. And I love it. Well, within reason. I’ve seen pumpkin spice-flavored popcorn. I just can’t get behind that one. But coffee, more specifically, lattes, I’m in love.

Nothing reminds me more of fall — which would be my favorite season if it only lasted longer — than a hot, creamy pumpkin spice latte, and a flannel; I love a good flannel, too. The only problem? If you get a pumpkin spice latte from a coffee shop there is really no pumpkin in it — or anything else that isn’t processed sugary crap.

So, I make my own and enjoy it on the reg for breakfast or dessert. And I don’t miss the Starbucks version. Truth.

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5-Ingredient Dairy-free Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Recipe

dairy-free ice cream, paleo ice cream, Ice cream. Yum.

I have a little bit of a sweet-tooth, and as a result of that, I’m always on the lookout for a non-dairy ice cream copycat. And, yes, you could do a coconut milk or almond milk version — I know you’ve seen them in your supermarket — but they are still loaded with refined sugars. Not feeling that.

This dairy-free chocolate banana ice cream recipe is actually healthy. Minimal ingredients, only natural sugars, no crap. It’s not as sweet, of course, but it’s still delicious and it is 100 percent clean eating.

You can make this your own by throwing in whatever toppings you’re craving. I sometimes add dark chocolate chips for a little added crunch and sweetness. Dried cherries and chopped nuts are also delicious.

Yum. Pass me a spoon.
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Refreshing Cherry Paleo Sorbet Recipe

Paleo ice cream, paleo shaved iceThis recipe is kind of a cheat. It’s really just a frozen juice/smoothie that I’m trying to pass off as some form of glorified Paleo ice cream, but who cares? It’s delicious, good for you and reminds me of ice cream every time I eat it, so I don’t care if I’m “cheating.” You’ll be happy I did once you make it 🙂

The recipe is actually similar to a traditional sorbet recipe, hence the name, which are mainly composed of fruit and a ton of added sugar. This is obviously without all that processed sugar, which is completely unnecessary anyway as the fruit is naturally sweet on its own.

You can do this with almost any smoothie or juice recipe. Things that incorporate starchier fruits like bananas tend to have a more ice cream-like consistency, while a straight-up juice — more watery, less smoothie-like in liquid form — will have more of a shaved ice feel, but honestly, either way is really yummy and will totally satisfy that craving of wanting a frozen dessert.

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Quick and Easy Paleo Vegetable Stir Fry

paleo stir fry, healthy stir fryCabbage is one of my favorite greens. I love its mild flavor and texture when cooked, and it’s loaded with health benefits.

This is my go-to when I forgot to go to the market, the fridge is looking pretty bare, and a salad with a protein topper isn’t going to cut it. And also when I’m feeling lazy, as this dish is quick, easy and nearly impossible to mess up. Everything in here you will likely have in your fridge at any given time, and even if you don’t, you can work with whatever vegetables you have lying around. Easy peasy.

You could sub out red cabbage for the green, as well, but I definitely prefer the green. Additionally, you could switch out the ground chicken for turkey, steak or beef. This is totally interchangeable with protein and veggies; that’s the beauty of it! Enjoy 🙂

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