I’m a little sad the long weekend is over already, but I’ve made some real progress in office organization, helped friends out with computer issues, and had girl time with my sisters and mom. I also got in a 6-mile training run yesterday that was a little slower than I hoped thanks to a stuffy nose.
And it was 30 degrees for the run, what a dirty trick when the high for the day was in the 70s!
Then I had a fun girls day shopping and eating out with my mom and sisters in midtown. We started at Fleet Feet for running shoes and accessories, I grabbed new running socks and finally warmer running gloves with smartphone capability! And they were on sale!
Then we headed to 24K Cafe for brunch which is an interesting cafe located on the lower level of a sanctuary and has an impressive menu of teas and dessert items. Not a huge vegan selection on the menu, but prices are reasonable, there was live music, and we had a great time chatting. I went with a tofu curry potato cake with a pretty salad.
It was tasty, but also on the lighter side compared to the non-vegan dishes my mom and sisters ordered. Cheaper too which is a plus.
I’ve also had time to work on recipes this weekend and came up with a simple dressing were many of the ingredients can be changed out depending on what you have on hand and/or are in the mood for.
Customizable Creamy Dressing
- 1/2 cup shelled hemp seeds (or almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, avocado, etc.)
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tbsp. lemon juice (or apple cider vinegar, rice vinegar, balsamic vinegar, etc.)
- 1 tsp. dried parsley (or 1 tsp. dried herb of choice or 1 tbsp. fresh chopped herb of choice)
- 1 tsp. smokey seasoning blend (or seasoning blend of choice)
- 1 tbsp. white miso paste (or 1/2 tsp. plain salt or seasoned salt
Place all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend to a smooth and creamy texture. Serve and enjoy! Makes 4 servings.
I used hemp seeds and a smokey seasoning to coat a simple kale and sprout salad.
And it coated the salad nicely with a tangy, creamy, and savory texture. Avocado in place of the hemp seeds will add a lighter, whipped texture to the dressing which is fun too.
And it’s a fun foundational recipe that you can change up and play with each time for an impressive homemade dressing.
Tonight I need to work through some leftovers for dinner then sink into a bubble bath to get ready for another work week!