Food / Sauces & Dressings

Cilantro Vinaigrette

08.06.14

A fresh and light dressing to add an extra zing to your green. Combine with our Green Apple Coleslaw or Mandarin Coleslaw and you’ve got yourself something worth drooling over. At the Green Glam party this St. Patty’s Day, this was truly the party favorite.

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Cilantro Vinaigrette
 
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Recipe type: Dressing
Cuisine: Vegan
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • ¼ cup raw apple cider vinegar
  • ¾ cup olive
  • 2 Tbls. raw honey
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Hot sauce of choice to taste (I used Tapatio)
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Consume immediately or save for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

 

Food / Soups & Salads

Spring Roll Salad

08.03.14

Do you ever think about a meal so long you start making it in your dreams?

Well, I (Sam) do! In fact, I frequently invent new recipes in my dreams! It’s not uncommon for me to spend my nights chopping away, sifting ingredients, or mixing up delicious recipes. I’ve definitely been an imaginative dreamer since I can remember. (The difference between Bee & Sam- Sam is the dreamer & creator, Bee is the doer). Although, we can agreed that many of life’s dilemmas can be solved while asleep.

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When I dreams about recipes, they only STOP once they become reality!

The meal I have been dreaming about recently is a Spring Roll Salad. I love spring rolls; especially the ones we used to order at Novo, one of her  favorite restaurants in San Luis Obispo (Bee of course got the pleasure of trying them on a road trip up to SLO). But making them is terribly time consuming and eating them can be a little messy. So, while in mid-dream, she decided that a spring roll salad would be a great solution.

Now, at this point you might be muttering, “Wow, Sam, you’re so creative…you got rid of the rice paper. Cool, you really invented something new,” sarcastically under your breath. Well, okay, you have a point. BUT, in Sam’s defense, it is the the dressings/sauces that “dream Sam” thought of that make this recipe worth trying.

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My mom makes this delicious ginger dressing that she got from the chef at The Mustard Seed, one of our favorite Asian restaurants. In her dream it tasted so good on the spring roll salad. To spice things up, she  made another dressing using lemongrass, an ingredient I had never even used before.

The reason I dreamt about it was because it was one of the items in the box on the show Chopped that I had watched recently (Bee & Sam’s guilty pleasure, there are so many re-runs!). The fresh flavors of the lemongrass dressing paired with the ginger dressing was the perfect combination! Also, who ever heard of spring rolls being served with just one sauce for dipping? Not me!

With that, she set out to create a lemongrass dressing that resembled the one that she had tasted in my dream…..

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Even though this salad isn’t made of  “dream” calories, it contains so many fresh, healthy ingredients, these are the kind of calories your diet dreams about! In addition, many of the ingredients in this salad help to promote good sleep, including the fresh herbs (basil, mint, and cilantro), the lean protein (shrimp), complex carbohydrates (all the veggies), and the heart healthy fats (olive oil and avocado).

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Take a few minutes to think outside of the “rice paper” and enjoy this salad as much as my family did!  And, as always, we send you LOVE and PEACE without GREASE!

Spring Roll Salad
 
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
Salad
  • 1 daikon radish, quartered and diced
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced ( julienned)
  • 1-2 cucumbers, cut in half then sliced thin lengthwise
  • 2 carrots, shredded or julienned
  • 2 ripe mangos, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2-4 avocados, halved and sliced
  • 1 handful each of basil, mint, and cilantro, chopped
  • 2-4 green onions, chopped
  • ½ package mung bean noodles, cooked according to package instructions
  • 1 cup pre-cooked shrimp (optional)
Instructions
  1. Prepare all vegetables and herbs by peeling, chopping and/or dicing.
  2. If using pre-cooked shrimp, prepare according to package instructions.
  3. Place each ingredient into a separate container so that salads can be assembled according to personal preference. Happy Eating!

Desserts / Food

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Sandwiches

06.26.14

It’s my (Sam) first summer ever in San Luis Obispo (SLO), California. College years have been fun, but SLO particularly in summer seems to possess a relaxing, care-free, enjoyable quality that she has fallen in love with! Frequent trips to the farmer’s market, Avila beach, mt favorite coffee shops and the tip-top of SLO mountains, makes me a happy girl. Last Thursday, my boy friend and I decided to go to the farmer’s market last-minute… so glad we did. As you know, I would go on and on about all the nutritious wonders we picked up (but actually we will, read more here: “A SLO Summer“!) But first we’ll getting to the sweets they whipped together using farmers market strawberries! Who can resist?

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We could have just eaten them as they were as they were, in their pure and natural form, bursting red sugar drops. The simple pleasure of  just eating handfuls of strawberries, allowing the juice to drip down your arms-my absolute fave! Adding it to cereal, yogurt, or making it into a smoothie are all good options, too. BUT who doesn’t want to have fun when you have such delicious ingredients? So, these bad boys were whipped up in a jiffy to become what literally tasted like strawberry shortcake!

Warning: You may want to find a friend to share this with because it is very big! Or maybe you don’t want to…it’s your choice. We would recommend cutting it in half to make it easier to eat, whether you are sharing it or not. The waffle is perfect for this dessert because it is much less sweet than a cookie that is traditionally used in ice cream sandwiches. The ice cream is made from coconut milk which is high in lauric acid, a component required to make your metabolism run efficiently. Additionally, the ice cream is made with agave instead of refined sugar, meaning that it is considered low glycemic index and, as a result, should not spike your blood sugar as much as a product that contains refined sugar.

As always, we send you LOVE and PEACE without GREASE!

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Sandwiches
 
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The bursts of fresh, juicy, perfectly sweet strawberries surrounded by vanilla bean ice cream is heavenly. If you are gluten-free and have missed eating strawberry shortcake, this is a fun and creative way to enjoy an old favorite.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten-Free
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • SoDelicious Vanilla Coconut Milk Ice Cream, softened
  • Van's Original Gluten-Free Waffles, toasted and cooled
  • Fresh strawberries, sliced
Instructions
  1. Toast the waffles according to the directions.
  2. Allow the ice cream to sit and soften while the waffles are toasting.
  3. While the waffles are toasting and cooling (about 10 minutes total), wash and slice as many strawberries as your heart desires. (I used 5 whole strawberries)
  4. Gently spread a half-inch layer of the ice cream onto one waffle using a large spoon.
  5. Add the sliced strawberries and another half-inch layer of ice cream. Place the other toasted waffle on top.
  6. Garnish if desired with sliced strawberries and mint.
  7. *These taste best when eaten immediately because the warm, toasted waffle juxtaposed against the creamy cold ice cream is just everything you could ever wish for! However, you can put them in the freezer for a little to firm them up but I would not suggest leaving them in long enough for the strawberries to freeze.