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Dairy & Soy-Free Garden Ranch Dressing & Primal Palate Review

Ingredients

1 cup of light tasting olive oil

1 egg

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp spicy brown mustard

Pink salt & ground peppercorns or Super Gyro from Primal Palate

Full fat coconut milk (top white layer)

1 packet Garden Ranch Mix from Primal Palate

Instructions

In a blender add 1/4 of the oil, egg yolk, mustard, lemon juice, and seasonings. Keep blender on low. If it’s too fast, the whole thing will break once you start to add the rest of the oil. Blend until it begins to thicken. Don’t shut off the blender. Open the circular part of the lid at the top of the blender and slowly pour in the rest of the oil.

Once blended in shut off the blender and stir.

The next part is the creation of the dressing. Open the can of coconut milk. On top there will be a thick layer of white, spoon out half of the white. Some of the liquid underneath make seep out, and that’s okay. Add it to your mayonnaise. You will not use the entire packet of ranch mix. I sprinkle it in until it covers the top of my mayonnaise and coconut milk in the blender. I also add a dash more of salt and pepper. Blend on low to medium until all is mixed thoroughly.

Everyone’s palettes are different, and I always encourage to taste as you go. Also, if you prefer a looser ranch add a bit of the liquid from the coconut milk. This method allows you to gauge and create your take on this recipe.

How did I come upon Primal Palate?

I was searching for Low FODMAP seasonings, and their company was the first to come up. Also, all seasonings are soy-free. There are seasoning out there that contain soy or natural flavors, which is scary because the FDA doesn't recognize soy as a threat; therefore, companies do not need to list possible food allergies.

Photos from their website

The only issue with Primal Palate is once you try out a set of their seasonings you'll keep purchasing more and more. They are awesome! I've never used a seasoning I didn't love. Super Gyro, Garlic & Herb, and Curry Powder. You can purchase them in bundles; I usually do the create your own bundle. You can also order them individually through Amazon. Every seasoning is fresh and fragrant, and I trust their product 100%.

On their website, they have recipes for autoimmune protocol and free of FODMAP's.

I highly encourage you to give them a try.

The Primal Palate

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PB&J Smoothie

This smoothie recipe is simple and fast.

Most protein powders are a no-no for me; peanut butter is my preference. As is frozen fruit, no chunks of ice and I love a nice chilled smoothie after a workout or morning walk in the warm Florida sun.

I grew up on peanut butter and jelly, and this smoothie takes me back. It’s delicious and satisfying. Nothing fancy, plus its soy and dairy free.

Ingredients

1 cup coconut unsweetened milk

Frozen mixed berries (Simply Balanced Cherries & Berries Fruit Blend from Target is my favorite)

A spoonful of chunky peanut butter (Smucker's Natural Peanut Butter Chunky)

Local honey

Directions

Combine coconut milk, berries (I pour in about a cup), peanut butter, and honey. I drizzle the honey on top. It doesn’t need a lot.

Blend on low. Stop. Stir. Taste.

At this point, determine if you’d like more peanut butter or honey. My husband prefers a bit more peanut butter, for his, I add two spoonfuls.

And you’re done.

The cold, the sweet & salty, and the texture are lovely!




Dairy & Soy Free Chocolate Chip Pancakes

The best thing about cooking is the creation of a recipe and the joy it brings to my family and friends. These pancakes are fluffy and delicious. Easy but does have a few ingredients and ones that can be used with other recipes.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

3 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder

1 teaspoon Himalayan pink fine salt

1 tablespoon sugar

1 1/4 coconut milk (Califia Farms Go Coconuts: coconut milk and coconut water blend)

3 tablespoons of Earth Balance Soy Free butter spread (melted)

1 egg (free range)

Nestle Toll House Allergen Free Simply Delicious Semi-Sweet Baking Chips (optional)

Directions:

In a large bowl sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. In the center of the dry ingredients add the egg, coconut milk, melted butter. Whisk until smooth. Add chocolate chips. I used somewhere between 1/2 to a 1 cup.

Heat cast iron skillet to 3. I have an electric stove therefore temps will vary. Also, you can use a griddle or frying pan, medium heat for those. I add a bit of butter in the pan. I scoop about 1/4 cup of the batter. Spread it about if you want a thinner pancake. Once the sides start to brown ever so slightly, and the mixture bubbles a bit in the center it’s time to flip. Cook until golden brown. This recipe makes between 6-8 pancakes.


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Paleo Cucumber Dill Ranch Dressing - Tzatziki Inspired

I stand with the refrigerator door open. What to make? Not in the mood for chicken or fish. I want something light. Salad? Yes but I don't want a vinegarette. I made mayo the following day, my eyes move to the fresh dill, lemon, and cucumber. 
Tzatziki inspired. 
In my pantry, I have organic lite coconut milk. A staple for our family. 
I've made this ranch before but not with cucumbers.  

Oh. My. Goodness. 

I could live off this dressing. Dip jicama fries in it. Or turmeric chicken nuggets in the air fryer.

The added cucumber reminded me of my favorite gyro place in North Carolina. Perhaps, my next recipe. Hmmmmmm.

Let's get to the deliciousness.  

Ingredients

For the mayo

1 cup of light tasting olive oil

One free range egg

1/2 teaspoon of dijon mustard

1/2 of a lemon

CampMIX or Simply Organic All-Seasons Salt (I use both) or any seasonings of your choice. 

For the dressing

1/3 cup of the paleo mayo

1/4 cup full-fat canned coconut milk (I use Thai Kitchen)

1/2 lemon

2 tablespoons of fresh dill

1 clove of garlic

1/2 medium peeled cucumber

Instructions

Make the mayo: In a blender add 1/4 of the olive oil, egg, mustard, squeeze in lemon (watch out for those seeds), and seasonings. Blend on low. Once blended open the central part of the blender and slowly pour in remaining olive oil. It will start to thicken. Stop the blender. Give it a little stir. Taste and decide if you want to add more lemon or seasonings. Put the mayo in a container, cover and put in the refrigerator.  

Make the dressing: In a food processor, I use the KitchenAid Mini Food Processor, add mayo, coconut milk, lemon, dill, garlic, cucumber, and seasonings. Pulse a few times until the cucumber is chopped into tiny bits. Taste. Add any additional seasonings. If you want a thicker dressing, add a bit more mayo.

I like mine thinner. Reminds me of the homemade ranch I had as a child. 

My husband added a homemade pita triangle and turmeric chicken to his salad. Can't forget the sliced black olives. Another family staple.

This dressing is soy, gluten, and dairy-free. Vegetarian-friendly. Versatile. Simple and delicious.

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