Vegan Caesar Dressing

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I am not a Vegan but I do know that many vegan recipes will leave out the crap, and by crap I mean dairy.   This recipe is great with traditional romaine lettuce or by doing a kale Caesar salad. 

1 Avocado 

1/4 cup water 

4 cloves of garlic minced/chopped 

1 tablespoon of dijon mustard 

2 tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast 

1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar 

1/2 lemon juiced

1/4 tsp sea salt pepper to taste

Throw in vitamix or blender until smooth. You can also add this all to a food processor and get the same results.  

Add to finely chopped romaine for a healthy Caesar Salad

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*photo courtesy of pinterest. 

Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup

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Butternut Squash Soup. 

Tonights facebook live is a recipe i have had in all of my cleanses.  It is great for super cold days like today and also great when you need a sweet comfort food, so to speak. 

Most of the work comes from prepping the squash. You can now buy the squash already prepped if you are in a pinch in most grocery stores. You may pay a little more but it is worth the time if you don't have it to spare. 

cut both ends off and slice down the middle, remove seeds. 

cut both ends off and slice down the middle, remove seeds. 

Remove shin on both pieces.

Remove shin on both pieces.

Once this work is taken care of the rest is pretty easy sailing. 

Recipe:

1 pound peeled butternut squash, cut into chunks

1 medium onion, sliced 

 red apple cut into chunks  

1 1/2 cups of veggie broth

1 tsp sea salt  

Pumpkin spice or cinnamon, cloves, or even Italian herbs or dill · 

1/2 cup of canned coconut milk 

option of honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar for a sweeter version. 

Stick all the ingredients into a high speed blender except milk and herbs. Blend on high for 10 min ( if you want it hot and steamy) then mix in milk and herbs when done.  Play with your flavors and spices to get it exactly where you want it.  If you are choosing to keep it raw, you will need to blend it for a good amount of time in your vitamix to get it warm and creamy.   Enjoy! 

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Recipe: Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

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Cauliflower Buffalo Bites
1 cup of paleo flour ( almond, coconut, cassava) 
1 large head of cauliflower cut into bites
1/2 cup of non dairy milk
1/4 cup water
spices for flour: turmeric, salt, pepper, paprika
Paleo Hot wing sauce, or any hot sauce

Make your flour mixture with spices.   begin mixing in the liquid. this is the time you may need a little more or less depending on the type of flour you chose.  Once you have a consistency almost like pancake batter, begin dipping your cauliflower pieces in the batter.   Place coated cauliflower on a lined or greased baking sheet.  Place in the oven on 425 for 10-15 min.  Remove from the oven and place your buffalo sauce on the cauliflower.   Place back in the oven for another 10 min until you begin to see or feel it is crispy. Remove and allow to cool.  Enjoy! 
(paleo sauce I used: Steves Paleo Goods Wing Sauce) 

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Recipe: Zoodles with Pumpkin Seed Pesto

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I hope you have already been playing with Zucchini noodles. They are super easy, nutritious and a great way to get more veggies in and avoid the starchy carbs.  You can find a single spirulizer in most grocery stores. I enjoy using one I purchased at Bed Bath and Beyond. I will place a link to it below.  

I like to use a pumpkin seed pesto on mine. Pumpkin seeds replace the traditional pine nuts. It gives it a wonderful flavor and a nice punch of zinc.  

What you will need: 

Spirulizer

2-3 Zucchini

1/2 cup Raw Pumpkin Seeds

1 large handful of Fresh Basil

Olive OIl

Sea Salt

1-2 small cloves of Garlic

Follow instructions on how to use your spirulizer.  Make noodles.

In a food processor combine the remaining ingredients and blend. Test consistency with olive oil based on how thick you want your pesto to be.  You may also want more sea salt.  Once pulsed to a consistency you will enjoy, combine what you like to your zoodles. Eat alone or add any protein you enjoy!  

Let me know if you make it and how you like it!!

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Recipe: Chocolate Avocado Mousse

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When my schedule allows on Wednesday night the kids and I do a Facebook live recipe.  Addi enjoys helping me out and it allows me to show that I do teach healthy eating, but don't have time to blog recipes since I am with clients and my kids all day.  

These videos stay up on my business Facebook page, Sarah Moore Health, but I am also going to start sharing them here.  I hope you enjoy, make them, share, tag and have fun with getting healthy! 

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Chocolate Avocado Mousse

2 ripe Avocados

1/2 tsp of vanilla extract 

1-2 tsp of coconut oil

1.5 tablespoons of cacao powder

1 dropper full of vanilla stevia (or use coconut sugar or maple syrup)

dash of sea salt 

Remember avocados come in different sizes, adjust the flavor accordingly.

Open avocados remove seed scoop into a food processor. Add remaining ingredients. You might have to adjust cacao powder and stevia to your taste preference as you blend.   You may want it darker or sweeter.   Place in whatever cute dish you would like, top with goji berries and cacao nibs and dig in!    

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Don't wait for Easter

Really when you think about it, this has been the best 4 months for candy makers!  Christmas, Valentines Day, Easter, all fill the shelves everywhere with candy. Lets be honest, if you have eaten real chocolate or the kind some of my friends make that are sugar free and also give you amazing herbs and superfoods, it is not hard to ignore the crap candy.  

one of Addi's kitchen "experiment" she was dissecting a lemon she said :) 

one of Addi's kitchen "experiment" she was dissecting a lemon she said :) 

First I am a mom, and as any moms know sugar draws your kids in. Addi my oldest I say could live off cheese and sugar.  So I have to monitor and limit it.  Yes, we only carry organic of both but they are still sugar and dairy.   So for me to indulge her I let her make these awesome superfood eggs and she doesn't have to ask to eat them.  

 

 Here is her recipe, and it will make 24 eggs, depending on the mold you use. 

1 cup of raw cacao powder.

1 cup of coconut oil (virgin unrefined) 

2 tsp of spirulina 

1/2 or less of pure maple syrup

nut butter of your choice. I use almond and Addi uses peanut butter 

any other superfoods you want to add to the chocolate.  Chia seeds work great or other powders that will mix well like Maca. 

Mix the above ingredients until it is smooth. Your coconut oil may chunk up if the maple syrup is cold so you will need to place your glass bowl next to a burner on the lowest heat to smooth it all out.  

We then place a small amount in the bottom of each egg and throw it in the fridge or freezer. Once it is hard add in a small amount of nut butter, or a large amount :). Place in fridge.   Remove once it is hard and add your top layer of chocolate.  Place back in fridge and you are done once they are hard, usually around 10-15 min.  

As you can see you are only getting maple syrup that is a "negative". You could sub with stevia, honey, or xylitol.   These are perfect to replace a standard chocolate egg, or the cadbury. You have just given Reeses a run for their money.   Enjoy! 


Sugar Free Chocolate Mousse

So today in Middle Tennessee its a snow day. This doesnt mean much for me as far as the kids go because we homeschool. It does however having me wishing I was living in California.  I love the beauty of snow but do not like to have my freedom taken away, if that makes sense.   

But, what can you do so I started making yummy food.   I juiced turmeric and ginger for shots and made my raw kale salad, and now I am sharing with you the vegan chocolate mousse that I like that is also sugar free! 

I am not a huge sweets person, I like a good piece of chocolate now and then or a bite here or there, but I do not crave sugar.  I will add stevia to my tea and thats about it.  This dessert is decadent, fulfilling, nutritious and can also have you back away from the chocolate cake.  And when the need does arrive it will fill the dessert craving for me :) 

You will need:

Vitamix or food processor

1 organic ripe avocado

1-2 tsp coconut oil

1/4 cup raw cacao powder

1.5 packets of stevia, or xylitol 

1 tsp organic vanilla extract

touch of sea salt

approx 1/4 cup of nut milk 

optional toppings:  cacao nibs, goji berries, hemp seeds, vegan chocolate chips 

Place all ingredients in the mixer of choice and blend. You may have to scrape the sides a couple times or add more nut milk if you would like it smoother. Place in fridge until cold throughout, then eat!   If you are not worried about sugar you can use honey or pure maple syrup instead of stevia for a nice flavor change. 

Now since my pictures are so fancy ( sarcasm) I hope it shows you how yummy this is. Really think chocolate gelato with a hint of avocado.