Today was beautiful except for the 45 MPH windy gusts! My car tends to handle like a billboard in those conditions while my hair turns into a ratted poof. Thank goodness I used an entire can of hairspray to plaster it back into a bun … okay, only half. To add to today’s challenges, I’m completely out of protein powder for my smoothies – the horror! I was supposed to receive more Monday, but the shipment was delayed a day and I had to get MacGyver with my smoothie this morning. I could have just threw in additional hemp and chia seeds, but I pulled the bag of Trader Joe’s Peanut Flour from my pantry instead.
It’s protein to calorie ratio isn’t too shabby compared to hemp protein powder, so I dumped 1/4 cup into this mornings smoothie.
Along with collard green leaves, carrot, frozen banana chunks, stevia and a little cacao powder to make it a chocolate peanut butter-like smoothie.
The end result wasn’t bad, it had a mild peanut and chocolate flavor that was slightly sweet while still being a well rounded breakfast. This isn’t something I’m gonna do a lot, I’m actually reducing my peanut intake and finally received my Vega shipment today. But, hey – it worked to bridge the gap.
After eating heavy leftovers for lunch and snacking today, I was craving a light dinner which usually means a monster salad and a great opportunity to try a new dressing – Gena’s Savory Sunflower Seed Dressing.
Instead of the agave nectar, I used a pitted medjool date which made the dressing a little darker in color. I also opted for dill seasoning over basil because I adore dill in salads.
It was perfect for coating a monster salad.
Looks a lot like a creamy ranch dressing, but tasted way better I’m sure!
The verdict? Wow, it was wonderful with a rich savory and slightly sweet flavor and just perfect with dill. My husband also liked it and even packed some of the leftovers for his lunch tomorrow. It was simple to throw together in the Vita-Mix, I always have sunflower seeds and the rest of the ingredients on hand. So, if you haven’t yet – give this dressing a try!