Best Balsamic Salad Dressing Recipe… Ever!

Ok, I know you won’t believe me but I have never had a such a delicious salad dressing in my life and I’m giving you the recipe! That’s right – you should feel honoured. This recipe is SO simple too! Even though I try to stay as vegan as I can, my one weakness (especially when it comes to salads) is goat/feta cheese. This dressing becomes even more heavenly when mixed with goat cheese.

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Ingredients:
– 1 tablespoon of Dijon Honey Mustard (or just plain old Dijon works fine too)
– 2 tablespoons of Agave Nectar (if you use the plain Dijon than use Honey instead of Agave Nectar)
– 1/2 teaspoon of ground sea salt
– 1/2 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper
– 1 clove of crushed garlic
– 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
– 3/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil

Directions:
– Whisk first five ingredients together in a small bowl until combined.
– Stir in balsamic vinegar.
– Slowly add oil in until completely combined.
– Keep refrigerated in a jar/container with a tight lid.
– Enjoy!

Can you even believe how simple this recipe is?! It seems way too good to be true but it really is amazing! Thick with just the right amount of sweetness. Try this dressing with a spinach salad mixed with strawberries, cucumbers and toasted walnuts. Yummy… Please try this recipe and tell me what you think!

Based off the recipe from: http://www.chinesegrandma.com/2010/11/balsamic-vinaigrette/

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Very Berry Antioxidant Packed Smoothie Recipe

This easy tasty smoothie is a must try! With a lovely thick texture and full of rich berries and Greek yogurt, it’s loaded with antioxidants and protein. All frozen fruits used for this smoothie would preferably be organic.

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Ingredients:
– 1/4 cup frozen pomegranate arils
– 1/2 cup frozen cherries
– 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
– 1/4 cup frozen blackberries
– 1/2 tablespoon agave nectar
– 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
– Optional: 1 tablespoon organic ground flax seed

Directions:
– Thaw out all frozen fruit for at least 30 minutes, then add all ingredients to blender.
– Blend on high for at least 2 minutes until desired consistency is reached.
– Enjoy!

Note:
– If smoothie is too thick, add and blend with a dash of vanilla soy or almond milk.
– Ratios of the fruit can be changed around or played with.

If you tried this recipe or have any questions, please let me know in the comments section below! Thanks!

Credit to: M.P.

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Vegan Lentil Soup Recipe

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This recipe is not only quick and easy, but it’s vegan and super delicious!! It’s packed with a plant-based protein power house, lentils! Lentils are in-expensive, easy to digest, low in fat and full of nutrition. Enjoy this hearty soup!

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Ingredients:
– 1 cup of green organic lentils (soak for 1 hour)
– 4 cloves minced garlic
– 1 large onion chopped
– 1 – 28oz can diced or crushed tomatoes
– 4 cups veggie stock (or water)
– 1/2 teaspoon pepper
– 1/4 teaspoon coriander powder
– 1/4 teaspoon cumin

Directions:
– In a large pot, sauté garlic & onion in olive oil until translucent.
– Add other ingredients.
– Cook for 1 hour or so, on medium or medium high uncovered occasionally stirring.

Note:
– Add extra water or veggie stock as it cooks if it gets too thick.

If you tried this recipe or have any questions…

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Vegan Lentil Soup Recipe

This recipe is not only quick and easy, but it’s vegan and super delicious!! It’s packed with a plant-based protein power house, lentils! Lentils are in-expensive, easy to digest, low in fat and full of nutrition. Enjoy this hearty soup!

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Ingredients:
– 1 cup of green organic lentils (soak for 1 hour)
– 4 cloves minced garlic
– 1 large onion chopped
– 1 – 28oz can diced or crushed tomatoes
– 4 cups veggie stock (or water)
– 1/2 teaspoon pepper
– 1/4 teaspoon coriander powder
– 1/4 teaspoon cumin

Directions:
– In a large pot, sauté garlic & onion in olive oil until translucent.
– Add other ingredients.
– Cook for 1 hour or so, on medium or medium high uncovered occasionally stirring.

Note:
– Add extra water or veggie stock as it cooks if it gets too thick.

If you tried this recipe or have any questions, please let me know in the comments section below! Thanks!

Credit to: D.S.

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