Saturday, January 21, 2012

Vegan ranch dressing

Why did I never think of making it? It has changed my life. I use the recipe below. Easy, fast, yummy.


1 cup vegan mayonnaise
1/4 cup soy milk
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 tsp fresh chopped parsley
1 tbsp cider vinegar
1/2 tsp fresh chopped dill or 1/4 tsp dried

Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth and creamy.
To use your ranch dressing as a dip, just add a bit extra mayonnaise and a bit less soy milk to make it thicker. Place the dip in the fridge; dressing will thicken and set as it cools.

Enjoy your homemade vegan ranch dressing.

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Another try

So I disappeared from my blog. I never forgot it, but I was hesitant to come back. I know I don't have any sort of following, but I felt like in some ways I set the idea that this was a vegan cooking blog and well, I'm not vegan anymore. Why you ask? Well, I came to the conclusion that I really needed to stick to avoiding my allergens. Most of them I could do and easily still be vegan but the big one was wheat. No bread, no wraps, no faux meats that use wheat, no soy sauce. No pizza crusts, no breaded items like onion rings. No bun for your veggie burger or veggie dog. No croutons on your salad. It's hard to be a nut free wheat free vegan. Not impossible but difficult. My eating choices were extremely limited. On top of that, we were in family planning mode and I wanted to be able to give my baby all the nutrients she needed.

So now I eat meat. There's still lots I don't eat (dairy, egg, nuts, shellfish, and the wheat thing) so lots of times my cooking is creative, and it is often vegan. I sometimes feel guilty about it but for the most part I'm ok with the choice I made.

Oh yeah, as part of my disastrous domestication, I have a daughter now. She is 5 months old and I have to say, she is amazeballs.