Easy Cheese-y Black Bean Dip

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of salad dressings.  I do however love salads, so I usually dress them up with hummus or something of the sort.  Today I made some Cheese-y Black Bean dip and added that to my spinach salad and was quite please with the result.

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Here is the recipe:

Easy Cheese-y Black Bean Dip

Easy Cheese-y Black Bean Dip

What would you pair this dip with?

1 can of black beans

5 drop doTERRA lime

2 or 3 Tbsp nutritional yeast

Hot sauce to taste

Directions: 

Combine all ingredients and whizz in blender.

Essential Oil Giveaway – Lemongrass

Essential Oil Giveaway – Lemongrass

This past week Lennox and I, along with my business partner Amy had a very successful yet exhausting trip to Arizona.  We met some of the most amazing people and formed great friendships along the way.

To celebrate our success I decided to do a giveaway for one of my favorite essential oils – lemongrass!  Simply click on the link above to enter! Contest ends Saturday, April 21st.

Lemongrass Information Sheet

This powerful oil can be taken internally, applied topically or used aromatically! It's simply divine!

Raw Red Pepper Dip

Since I ate all the kale chips I was planning to bring to my family dinner I had to come up with something.  I had three red peppers that needed to be eaten so I thought a dip would be nice.  Served with carrots sticks, most of the family gave it a try.  I added it to my salad instead of dressing and it was yum.  We all agreed it would be best served on bread or crackers.  There were leftovers so I’m gonna have to come up with something manana.  Stay posted for that one…

Raw Red Pepper Dip

1 cup raw sunflower seeds (soaked for an hour)

2 red peppers chopped

1/3 cup nutritional yeast

1 clove of garlic

1 drop of doTERRA oregano oil

sea salt

cayenne pepper

Directions:

Add all ingredient to food processor and whizz. Salt and pepper to taste.

Learn about the benefits of soaking nuts here.

Strawberry Lemongrass Smoothie

Yesterday I finally made it to the gym. Yay!  These days I’d choose an hour at the gym over an hour at the day spa (well really I would pick both).  Lennox doesn’t particularly like the day care at the gym and I’m right there with him on that, so I sneak off to the gym when my family is available to hang out with the little dude.  Unfortunately, because I don’t get to go as regularly as I would like, I tend to go a little overboard.  Yesterday was no exception.   In my book there isn’t much that is better than that day after soreness from a good workout…to a point.  So to combat what I felt was a little too much of a good thing I made this smoothie.

Strawberry Lemongrass Smoothie

1 banana

7 strawberries

1 cup coconut milk

1 handful of ice

1 tsp chlorella(high in protein and B12)

1 tsp chia seeds (helps speed recovery)

1/2 tsp to 1 tsp agave nectar (or sweeten as you choose)

4 drops doTERRA lemongrass

Directions: Whizz in blender and thank me later!

As an athlete, lemongrass is one of my favorite essential oils.  Not only does it smell divine (at least I think so), it is awesome in so many ways.  It’s an anti-inflammatory, after exercise it promotes relief of lactic acid build up (great for rubbing on sore muscles), it can increase athletic performance by increasing blood circulation, and it enhances energy.  Lemongrass is a mild diuretic and cleansing to the bladder and kidneys.  It can reduce cholesterol, relieve chronic fatigue symptoms, it stimulates and strengthens the nervous system.  Lemongrass is a great way to wake up the lymphatic system and it invigorates and strengthens the entire body.  Doesn’t is sound like the perfect addition to a morning smoothie?  I thought so too!

Now, be careful though.  Not all essential oils are safe to take internally.  Even most therapeutic grade essential oils clearly state on the bottle – not safe for consumption.  That is why I only use doTERRA’s CPTG (certified pure therapuetic grade) essential oils.  doTERRA’s oil are beyond therapeutic grade, they are beyond organic and 100% safe to take interally for this reason.  They even have a FDA supplement facts label on the bottle.  I get my oils at wholesale prices, if you are interested in finding out more about doTERRA’s fabulous oils message me at veganfamila(at)gmail(dot)com.  I’ll happily send you some to try out in your own recipes.

xoxo,

Crystal

Herbed Green Hummus

Green is my favorite color…when it comes to food.  I add greens to almost anything…why not pack in some extra nutrients here and there, right?! Using organic greens is key see what produce you should also buy organic here.

Herbed Green Hummus

1 can garbanzo beans

2 handfuls organic baby spinach

1 Tbsp sesame oil

1 Tbsp tahini paste

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

4 drops doTERRA thyme oil

4 drops doTERRA lemon oil

Salt and Pepper to taste

Water to achieve desired consistency.

Directions:

Place all ingredients in food processor and whizz!  Easy peasy!

Personally I love dipping broccoli and cauliflower in hummus…bell peppers are also delish too!  Oh, also I love adding a few spoonfuls to my salads.  Yummmy!

(You easily make this recipe raw by using sprouts chickpeas instead.)

Raw Lemon-y Bites

Last night I was craving something lemony… It was late and didn’t have much time so here is what I came up with.  It was indeed lemony and satisfied my craving.

 

Raw Lemon-y Bites

1/2 cup raw cashews

1/2 cup raw almonds

12 dates

3/4 cup coconut shreds

12 drops doTERRA lemon oil

Whizz in food processor and press into tray.  I used a small serving tray, anything will work.

Enjoy!

Raw Vegan Brownies

I served these tonight at our Essential Oils 101 class and they were a hit!  Nearly everyone asked for the recipe and not a single vegan in the group!

These were inspired by something I am almost never without…if you know me you’ve probably seen me eat one or try to get you to try one.  Peanut Butter Cookie Lara Bars.  So simple, so delicious!  Three ingredients: Peanuts, dates and salt.  I’ve always wanted to try using dates and today I did.

Raw Vegan Brownies

1 1/2 cups walnuts (soaked overnight)

10 dates

3/4 cocoa (more or less depending on how rich a flavor you would like)

dash of salt

1 tsp. vanilla

Optional: Crushed cacao nibs and shredded coconut

Directions: Rinse walnuts and whizz in food processor.  Add dates and whizz some more.  Add a bit of water to the mix, it’ll be quite sticky.  Add cocoa, salt and vanilla and more water if necessary.  Should be a little stiffer than regular brownie like consistency.

Spread in 8×8 pan and put in fridge to set.

I sprinkled some crushed cacao nibs on the bottom of the pan before spreading the mix and on the top for added richness and coconut shreds for decoration.  Would totally work without.  Next time I am going to try adding some doTERRA peppermint essential oil for a mint chocolate treat!  Yum!

Serve straight from the fridge and impress your non-vegan friends!

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