Until I gave up dairy, I had no idea the many ways nuts can actually be used to mimic dairy favorites. To top it off, I would have never dreamed how easy it actually is. Take this vegan sour cream recipe, it is one step...that's it. All you have to do is blend all the ingredients in the blender. It is seriously that simple. After blending, you will have a lusciously thick and creamy spread that can be used anywhere you would typically use sour cream. I challenge anyone to try this out in place of traditional dairy sour cream. I guarantee it will be a strong competitor on taco night!
Vegan Sour Cream Recipe
vegan, gluten-free, plant-based, refined sugar-free
This recipe is a fun twist on the traditional hummus dip. The smokey flavor is a wonderful complement to the sweetness of the carrots. As with most of the recipes I share, it is also quick and easy to make. For my tastes, I prefer a thicker dip and use chickpeas, but really any light colored bean will do, e.g. pinto beans or cannellini beans. With pinto or cannellini beans the dip will be a little thinner, which can make it more ideal for use as a sauce instead of a dip.
Roasted garlic is a must for this recipe to come together, but the onions can be kept out if you like. I also love to roast the carrots and onions along with the garlic, but you can of course steam the carrots and onions. This dip pairs well with green peppers and cucumbers but my favorite way to enjoy is as a topping on homemade bread, fresh out of the bread maker!
Carrot and White Bean Dip Recipe
vegan, plant-based, gluten-free, refined sugar-free
I’ll be the first to admit it…I have a problem. I cannot stop making this recipe! Each week I tell myself I will try something different with the broccoli in my refrigerator, but it never fails, I end up making this. In all honesty, there are worse things. But since I love this recipe so much I wanted to share it with all of you who might be looking for a healthy, delicious alternative to the notorious onion ring.
The idea for this recipe came while I was preparing the onion topping for my green bean casserole. I just added broccoli to the onion mix to have added health benefits, and I was hooked. Of course you can just use this recipe to make healthy onion rings if you so desire. These are not only vegan but even gluten-free, if you can believe it. Be sure to make extra cause these puppies won’t last long!
Oven-Baked Onion Rings and Broccoli Recipe
vegan, gluten-free, plant-based, refined-sugar free
*Note: The mixture may need a little additional moisture to stick, but don't worry if not all of it sticks well, just add it to the top on the baking sheet and you will get a nice crispy top layer.