There are two dishes that I simply must have around in the laid-back, warmed up season of summer: hummus and guacamole. Both of these easy-to-make dishes are diverse in their delicious uses. Both can be used to add flavor and nutrition to salads, sandwiches, toasts or basic snack platters for dipping!
Today I share my favorite trick for lightning up my summertime guacamole. My Cool Summer Guacamole with diced cucumber and lemon adds cool texture and flavor, while easing out the caloric impact of each bite, which basically means I can eat more guac. And that makes me very happy. Get the recipe for my Cool Summer Guacamole!..
Sitting at my desk, sipping a morning turmeric-strawberry smoothie, still in my pajamas and surrounded by napping kitty cats, I am reflecting on the busy long weekend I had. It was all a fantastic blur as I packed my Blendtec (and two blender containers!) in my suitcase, darted off to Connecticut via a red eye flight, met up with my sister and her cuties, took a stopover in NYC and had a rushed trip back home. But it was all exhilarating, fun, amazing and totally worth all the planning and travel stress because I was able to complete my very first TV appearance featuring a fun trio of smoothies demo on Connecticut Style, on ABC WTNH Channel 8, New Haven. Check out my whirlwind trip, hear my ten happy things that happened and watch the video as I blend smoothies from my book 365 Vegan Smoothies!
Ginger carrot dressing is one of my all time favorite salad toppers. I love when it is creamy and thick with a spicy-sweet flavor. So when I sliced up a few giant white peaches and was summer salad inspired, I knew I needed a ginger carrot dressing to complete my dish.
This Ginger Carrot Dressing is super rich and creamy from cashews. I also added in a hint of cayenne, turmeric, pepper, apple cider vinegar and optional nutritional yeast if you want a cheezy accent. (Yes, this Ginger-Carrot dressing could totally double as a quirky sweet-and-sassy vegan cheeze sauce if you add some nooch.)
Fresh summer peaches or nectarines are the perfect fruit for this dressing. Craving a heartier entree-approved salad? Add a generous dollop of hummus, some chickpeas, brown rice or even grilled tofu triangles or tempeh skewers! Summertime in a salad..
My 5-Step Protein-Taco Bowl with Fiesta Rice and Beans is a delicious go-to meal that is exploding with cravable flavors. Creamy vegan refried beans, corn or rice shredded tortillas, fiesta-spiced rice with Southwest style Beyond Meat Vegan Chick'n, avocado and citrus. Tonight's dinner just got easy..
Traffic jams: annoying. A sudden rain shower when you just left the hair salon and have no umbrella: annoying. Chatty talkers when you are trying to relax at a spa: annoying. The takeout delivery guy forgetting something in your order: annoying. Loving animals, saving the planet, enjoying yummy vegan food: not annoying. Vegans are Not Annoying: Here are 10 Reasons Why.
So, why this post instead of a recipe today? Today I listened to this awesome interview on NPR about how a new breed of boys, including two of my faves, Joshua Katcher and Dominick Thompson, are claiming their masculinity by embracing veganism.
After I listened to the audio, I started reading the webpage comments and was shocked to read such negative replies after such a rockstar, easy-going interview .. and on NPR. I would expect as much on say, BuzzFeed or even YouTube. But NPR? One of the oddest comments was how someone insisted that vegans are annoying. Why? Well his google search suggestions confirmed it for him. Well OK then. I was so mind-boggled that people are STILL so discriminatory towards vegans, calling them (me) annoying, that I decided to comment back here on my blog.
(This seems like such an obvious thing to me, but I guess I live in my happy Los Angeles, vegans-are-super-cool bubble. So for everyone outside the bubble, lets go now..)