Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Vegan Cashew Ranch Dressing

This cashew ranch dressing won't fool anyone, but it's delicious, very healthy, and offers some variety for those looking for some DIY dressings.  I've noticed that the longer I cook, the less I can stand using premade dressings, sauces, dips, etc. and because of this I've started making more and more of our own dressings.  I'm hoping in the future to restructure the website to include sections for dressings, side dishes, breakfasts, lunches, dinners, smoothies, and desserts, but to make it worthwhile we need to have more dressings!  Which salad dressings do you want to see veganized?  I'm considering trying a Caesar-- what do you guys think?

Anyways, this recipe requires a good blender.  A good, small blender, if possible.  The magic bullet is perfect for this one, especially since of how small of a recipe you're making.  This will make you about 1 2/3 cups of ranch dressing.  Well, probably 1 1/2, because you be taste-testing it once it starts to come together!

1/4 cup raw cashews, soaked
1 1/4 cup plain, unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used Earth Balance)
2 tsp chia seeds
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
1/4 tsp salt (optional or to taste)
1 tbsp minced fresh parsley
1/2 tsp dried chives
1/2 tsp cilantro
2 tsp nutritional yeast

Place all ingredients except parsley and chives into blender and process on high until smooth and creamy.

Add parsley and chives and blend on low only long enough for them to mix in.

Check seasonings and add more as needed, but it's crucial to remember that the flavor will get more pronounced over time. Refrigerate for at least an hour to allow flavors to blend. Stir or shake before serving.

My guess is that this will last a few weeks, but I haven't really tested it out (so far, it hasn't lasted longer than about 10 days without getting eaten).  Good luck with your vegan ranch dressing!

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