Popping in with a quick recipe post here, it’s been a crazy week at work and I’m preparing for an upcoming training trip. Sometimes balancing blogging and everything else during a work week is challenging and I had a great talk about that with a blog reader at our Halloween party last weekend about trying to write a good post when feeling fried after a busy day. With so much going on during the week lately, this blog has become more about simple and fast healthy plant based recipes that can be whipped up faster than going through a drive thru because that is my typical weeknight lately. But I think a lot of people can relate, I love looking at elaborate and impressive recipes, but they’re not gonna happen after a long day if they take more than 30 minutes in the kitchen and require a long list of pricey ingredients.
Simple, whole foods meals are where it’s at during the week which means salads, oil free stir fries, one pot meal quinoa dishes, etc. But an ingredient I always have on hand is hemp seeds, I love them for nutrient dense creamy sauces and they’re a versatile ingredient I can always grab from the pantry or freezer to toss into the blender, top a salad, or shovel into a smoothie. This 5 lb. bag of hemp seeds may seem pricey, but it’s really not when I can get 6 months out of it for tons of dressings and toppings. Here’s 6 more reasons to consider keeping hemp seeds in your pantry.
And here’s another simple dressing recipe that packs a tangy, cheesy herb flavor.
Simple Hemp Herb Dressing
- ½ cup shelled hemp seeds
- 1 sprig of fresh rosemary
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
- 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- ½ cup water, as needed
- salt and pepper to taste
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend to a smooth and creamy texture. Serve and enjoy! Makes 2 to 4 servings.
The texture is smooth and creamy like a decadent dressing, but minus the oil and preservatives.
I added cooked pinto beans to this spinach salad for a hearty meal.
The dressing does a great job of coating with a rich, savory garlic flavor.
And Miko was ready to share it with me even after I told him garlic is a no-no for dogs.
Don’t worry, he had plenty of plain carrot snacks with us.