Creamy Cauliflower Soup

What you need
• Cauliflower
• Coconut oil
• Homemade broth
• Raw cashews
• Onion, chopped
• Garlic, chopped
• Himalayan salt, to taste
• Freshly ground pepper
• Seasonings of choice (I sprinkled a little but of cumin, coriander, and cinnamon in mine)

What you do
Sautée cauliflower in coconut oil on medium heat in a pot. After about 2 minutes, throw in the garlic and onion. Sautée for another minute. Add broth and bring to a rolling boil. Transfer ingredients to your blender and add your seasonings, cashews, and more coconut oil. Blend until you get your desired consistency. Serve hot. (I garnish with a sprinkling of paprika and a sprig of parsley.)

How do you make cauliflower soup? Which seasonings did you use?

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The Falafel Experiment

Today I made falafel for the first time. It came out ridiculously delicious! Allow me to share with you how I made it…

Ingredients:
• Garbanzo Beans (not from a can!), soaked overnight and rinsed well
• Fresh Parsley, roughly chopped
• Garlic, minced
• Onion, roughly chopped
• Turmeric
• Cumin
• Cayenne Pepper
• Sea Salt
• Grapeseed Oil

Directions:
In a food processor, blend all ingredients (except oil) together until mixture is finely processed. Using a spoon and your hands, make balls out of mixture squeezing as much liquid out as possible. Heat enough oil to cover balls in a deep skillet on high heat or use a deep fryer. Once oil is hot enough to fry, place balls in the oil and fry for about 8 minutes. Remove from oil and allow to slightly cool.

*I served this with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, and tahini dressing on warm pita bread.*

Tahini Dressing
Ingredients:
• 1 cup Tahini
• The Juice From 1 Lemon
• Sea Salt
• 1/4 cup Warm Water

Directions:
Whisk all ingredients together until well combined. Pour on top of your falafel prior to serving.

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Indian-Style Lentils

What you need
• Lentils
• Homemade Chicken Stock
• Garlic, shredded
• Ginger, peeled and shredded
• Tomatoes, diced
• Mint, chopped
• Plain Greek Yogurt
• Lots of Butter or Ghee
• Hot Chili Peppers, finely chopped
• Himalayan or Sea Salt
• Turmeric
• Cilantro, finely chopped
• Paprika
• Cumin
• Scallions, chopped

What you do
Rinse and soak the lentils overnight. Cook them in chicken stock, ginger, garlic, turmeric, cumin, paprika, and salt until tender. Add all the other ingredients. Mix then lower the heat and allow lentils to simmer, adding more stock and stirring every now and then. You decide when you’re ready to serve. I allow this to cook for hours before serving.

*I serve this dish with homemade naan bread.*

Do you make Indian food? What are your favorite Indian recipes?

Lamb Chili

What you need
• Ground Lamb
• Shallots, chopped
• Onions, diced
• Garlic, chopped
• Pinto Beans, soaked and rinsed
• Chili Peppers, chopped
• Bay Leaf
• Thyme
• Oregano
• Cumin
• Cayenne Pepper
• Himalayan Salt
• Black Pepper
• Homemade Chicken Stock
• Stock Pot or Crock Pot

What you do
Using a crock pot or stock pot, cook the beans in chicken stock until tender. Brown the lamb in a skillet with the garlic, onions, chili peppers, and shallot. Add the browned lamb and all of the juices to crock or stock pot. Add all seasonings and stir well. Let simmer for a few hours before serving.

How do you make chili?

Chicken Tortilla Soup! Oh, my!

What you need
• Vegetable, Canola, or Grapeseed Oil
• Onion, diced
• Garlic, minced
• Serrano Peppers, finely chopped
• Cilantro, chopped
• Tomatoes, puréed
• Whole Chicken, giblets discarded
• Cumin
• Chili Powder
• Oregano
• Bay Leaf
• Sea Salt
• Corn Tortillas, cut into small strips and fried until crunchy
• Stock Pot
• Water
• Avocado, sliced
• Queso Fresco, cut into cubes
• Scallions, finely chopped

What you do
• Turn your stove on to medium heat.
• Place stock pot on burner and add a small amount of oil.
• Lightly sauté onion, garlic, and peppers with sea salt.
• Add chicken to the stock pot then pour water in until it covers the chicken.
• Add more salt and all of the other seasonings.
• Add tomato purée, more oil, then stir well.
• Once soup starts to boil, partially cover with lid and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for about 1.5 hours.
• Remove chicken and place on a cutting board. When cool enough to handle, remove and discard the skin and bones, then hand-shred the meat and return the shredded chicken to the soup. Let simmer about 15 more minutes.
• Pour soup into bowls and add cilantro, scallions, cheese, avocado, and fried tortilla strips right before serving.

How do you make chicken tortilla soup?

Cilantro Salad Dressing

What you need
• Cilantro, finely chopped
• Lots Of Fresh Lime Juice!
• Avocado Oil
• Garlic, minced
• Serrano Peppers, minced
• Sea Salt

What you do
Blend all ingredients together. Transfer to bottle. Store in fridge for two hours before serving. Shake well before each use.

Salad Fixings
• Crisp Lettuce, chopped
• Green Onions, finely chopped
• Tomatoes, cubed
• Queso Fresco
• Avocados, sliced

How do you make cilantro salad dressing? How do you make salad?

100% Homemade Ranch Salad Dressing

What you need

Homemade buttermilk:
1 tbsp of white vinegar or fresh lemon juice to 1 cup of milk. Mix milk and acid together then let stand at room temp for 15 minutes prior to use, or until milk curdles.

Homemade mayonnaise:
•1 cup of olive oil
•1 egg
•1-2 tbsp fresh lemon juice or white vinegar
• Sea salt

Separate egg yolk from white. Save white for recipes- there’s no wasting here! Beat yolk and salt together using a hand mixer. Add lemon juice or vinegar and continue to beat. Slowly add oil, drop by drop (very important), while mixing. If your mayo is too thick you can add water to thin. You’ll know when you’re done when you get creamy, fluffy, white mayonnaise.

Other ingredients:
• Dill, finely chopped
• Parsley, finely chopped
• Thyme, finely chopped
• Paprika
• Chives, finely chopped
• Garlic, minced
• Sea salt

What you do
Combine mayo, buttermilk, herbs, spices, garlic, and salt then mix well to incorporate ingredients. Transfer to a bottle for storing. Let sit in fridge for 2 hours before serving.

I only make this to use as ranch dressing, not dip. I have a yogurt dip recipe (very similar to ranch) posted on my blog under the title: Simple Dips Anyone Can Make.

Do you like ranch dressing? Have you made your own version of this recipe?