Appetizers

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Fancy Pineapple Salsa

By |December 9th, 2016|

This pineapple salsa recipe is full of health the benefits of pineapple adding excitement to your party food, snacks or even a meal with this very tasty recipe.

Ingredients: 

2 cups diced fresh pineapple
2 tomatoes, chopped
3/4 cup chopped sweet red onion
1/4 cup, chopped fresh cilantro
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped (optional)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon ground coriander
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt

Directions

  1. Put all ingredients in a large bowl and mix.
  2. Put in Cover and refrigerate until serving.
  3. Serve with vegetable or tortilla chips.

Another pineapple recipe:

Pineapple, Banana Turmeric Smoothie

More Healthy Vegan Dip Recipes:

Avocado Vegetable Dip

Creamy Butter Bean Dip

Yogurt Dip

Healthy Party Beverages

Easy Cheezy Vegan Nochos

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Authentic Middle Eastern Hummus

By |October 28th, 2016|

This is a traditional Middle Eastern dip; it is a blend of garbanzo beans, garlic, olive oil, and tahini.

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked chickpeas
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons tahini
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice (from 1/2 lemon), plus more to taste
1 small clove of garlic, roughly chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Paprika
Salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Drain the chickpeas, save some of the water to use later. Keep a few chickpeas for a garnish.
  2. Put all ingredients in a blender or better is a food processor.  You can add some of the saved water if it needs it for blending.
  3. Blend until it is very smooth which will be 1 to 3 minutes. You may need to scrape the inside of the blender to blend large chunks.
  4. Taste to see if this is the hummus you enjoy. You can add more lemon juice or olive oil to make the hummus creamier.
  5. Put into a bowl, drizzle a little olive oil, sprinkle with paprika and cilantro leaves. Or garnish with few chick peas or olives.
  6. Serve with pita chips or raw vegetables. It will keep for up to a week in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Hummus Variations:

  • Cook your own chickpeas from scratch: How to Cook Beans
  • Add more cumin for more flavour.
  • For a lemony hummus, add more lemon juice.
  • Make an olive hummus, mix in 1/2 cup of chopped green or black olives.
  • Create a nutty hummus by blending in some walnuts or pine nuts.

If time and patience allow, pinch the skins from each of the chickpeas; this will make your hummus smoother. I never do it as it does not make it taste any different and for me it is all about taste.

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Guacamole Recipe

By |July 29th, 2015|

 

It is so easy to make this and so delicious too!

Ingredients

2 ripe avocados
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan or sea salt
1 Tbsp of fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp minced red onion
2 tablespoons cilantro (leaves and tender stems), finely chopped
1/2 ripe tomato, seeds and pulp removed, chopped 

Directions: 

  1. Cut the avocados in half, remove seed, scoop out avocado from the peel, and put in a mixing bowl.
  2. Mash avocado.
  3. Add onion, cilantro, salt and lemon juice and mix in well.
  4. Gently mix in chopped tomato.
  5. Serve with corn chips or slices of vegetables.

Try this one too: Avocado Vegetable Dip

Tasty Vegan Chickweed Pesto

By |July 22nd, 2015|

This chickweed pesto is vegan, is easy to make and tastes great! Toss with pasta or serve with bread or crackers for an appetizer.

Easy Cheezy Vegan Nachos

By |January 26th, 2015|

Nachos were one of my favourites when I was simply a vegetarian because you could find them without the beef.  When I became vegan, nachos were no longer on the menu.   All that cheese just does not work for me.

Ingredients:

2 cups tortilla chips
1 cup black beans, cooked
1 cup Vegan Cheese Sauce
1 avocado, diced (tossed in fresh lemon juice)
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 tomatoes, diced
1 lime, sliced
10 sliced olives
1 medium red onion, chopped
1/2 jalapeno, chopped finely (optional)

Directions:

  1. Arrange tortilla chips on a large serving platter.
  2. Warm up cheese sauce.
  3. Drizzle on top of tortilla chips.
  4. Sprinkle black beans on top.
  5. In a bowl, mix together avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, onion, olives and jalapeno.
  6. Now sprinkle this mixture on top of the beans.
  7. Dollop on some Vegan Sour Cream and garnish with slices of lime.
  8. Enjoy!

Arugula Pesto Recipe – Healthy and Dairy Free

By |June 26th, 2014|

This arugula pesto is a favourite of mine and it is great to be able to use walnuts instead of the wonderful pine nuts with are so expensive. Usually, cheese is an ingredient when making a  pesto recipe but there is no cheese in this and it still has a cheesy flavour thanks to the Nutritional Yeast used.  […]

Curried Popcorn

By |January 9th, 2014|

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This has become my current favourite popcorn recipe!
I like the curry flavour in my vegetables so I thought why not in popcorn.  It is so yummy that I can easily eat a large bowl full all by my self!

Ingredients:
Popcorn (organic)
Curry Powder
Turmeric
Coconut Oil or Ghee (clarified butter)
Vege salt

Directions:

  1. Make popcorn in preferred method.
  2. In a saucepan put in some coconut oil or ghee.
  3. When hot add curry powder, turmeric and salt.
  4. Heat for only a minute, then remove.
  5. Then sprinkle on popcorn

Note:  This snack is an alternative the typical microwave popcorn.  Butter flavored microwave popcorn is one of the Five Top Foods to Avoid.

Creamy Butter Bean Dip

By |December 2nd, 2013|

This butter bean dip is a very tasty, healthy and vegan.  The creamy texture makes it good for as a dip. Also, very easy to make.

Ingredients:

1 cup butter beans (cooked)
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1-2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Himalayan Salt to taste
A few sprigs of fresh parsley, chopped
Green onions or olives or parsley for garnish

Directions:

1.    Mash butter beans until smooth and creamy.*
2.    Add rest of ingredients.
3.    Mix together until well-blended.
4.    Adjust seasoning to taste (salt, Lemon juice, olive oil, garlic).
5.    Put into a decorative bowl and garnish with green onions or olives or parsley.
6.    Serve with corn chips or wholemeal crackers.
* you could use a blender when I developed this recipe I did not have one by choice!

More Healthy Vegan Dip Recipes:

Fancy Pineapple Salsa

Yogurt Dip

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Yogurt Dip

By |August 8th, 2011|

This yogurt dip is nutritious with no additives that you get in store bought dips. Also, it is simple and easy to make.

Ingredients:

½ cup yogurt (almond, coconut, soya, goats or cow’s milk)
½ tsp Spike Seasoning
1 tsp dill weed
1 tsp chives, chopped
½ tsp mustard
Few drops of stevia

Directions:

1.    Pu all of ingredients together in a jar.
2.    Mix well with a fork.
3.    Keep refrigerated and use within 5 days.

Note: do not make this in a blender; it will become runny like milk.

More Healthy Vegan Dip Recipes:

Creamy Butter Bean Dip

Avocado Vegetable Dip

Easy Cheezy Nochos

Fancy Pineapple Salsa

Avocado Vegetable Dip

By |August 6th, 2011|

What I like about this raw avocado vegetable dip is that it is full of vegetables; adding the celery makes it crunchy and not so rich as well as healthier.
There are so many dips available to buy at the grocery store but this is one is healthier with it’s low sodium content,  monounsaturated fat and a good source of lutein, an antioxidant that may protect vision. Best of all it is fresh and tasty. Also, I enjoy this mixture is on mixed green salads.

Ingredients:

1 ripe avocado, peeled & pitted
1 tsp. onion, finely minced
1 stalk of celery, finely chopped
1 – 2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tomato, chopped
Nori & Dulse seaweed flakes to taste

Directions:

1. Mash avocado.
2. Add onion, celery and lemon juice and mix in well.
3. Gently mix in chopped tomato.
4 Place in serving bowl on a plate surround with cucumber rounds, slices of radishes and corn chips.

More Healthy Vegan Dip Recipes:

Fancy Pineapple Salsa

Yogurt Dip

Creamy Butter Bean Dip

Easy Cheezy Nachos

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Healthy Party Dips

By |December 22nd, 2009|

Most of the party dips are full of unhealthy ingredients. These dips are full of healthy ingredients and very delicious.