Posted in Blue Diamond, Products Tried

Crafted Gourmet Almonds – Blue Diamond \ new

Steve and I are big fans of Blue Diamond. Their smokehouse almonds are tops. I make crumbs out of them that I put on everything that likes a crushed nut topper. Their Almond Breeze Milk is the same – tops. Their gluten-free smokehouse Nut Thin crackers yup the same –  tops.

Now this. Of course Steve had to buy some and of course he loved them. They’re almost delicate.

I’ve got some new teeth and the dentist said, “no rocks or nuts”. I handled these pretty good. Next time I’ll buy some vegan block cheese to serve with them, only because of my fragile teeth.

I’m happy to see them branching out. How about a couple more animal-free cracker flavors? A lot of stores don’t carry the smokehouse flavor. I blame that on the vendor. Still…so many animal flavors and only one non-animal. I’ll keep looking for non-animal #2. Thanks. Good thoughts going your way. No pressure. You already know how to do it. That’s always a good feeling for me.






 

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Posted in Blue Diamond, Products Tried, Tofutti

Creamy Caponata Spread (GF)

CREAMY CAPONATA SPREAD (GF)

Already made to order this special eggplant appetizer takes a creamy leap into never-never land to land on top of the heap! Mix with Tofutti gluten-free, dairy free cream cheese, and serve with gluten-free Blue Diamond Nut-Thins! Off the planet delicious!! A perfect spread with a perfect cracker. Add a few toppers and the celebration has already begun! Happy New Year to the world!

Makes 1-1/2 cups

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Posted in Blue Diamond, TODAY'S INGREDIENTS

Today’s Ingredient(s) Fri. 11-16-2018

GOT THE GOODS

Made from the ingredients on display by YOU KNOW WHO!

And you know where to come for the best!

At CHEF SHARON’S Animal-Free Kitchen! That’s where it all happens!

INGREDIENT: BLUE DIAMOND SMOKEHOUSE ALMONDS makes a perfect Smokehouse Almond Crumble

Sprinkle over salads, veggies, even dessert (minus the garlic of course).


SMOKED ALMOND GARLIC GREEN BEANS

Not your typical green beans almondine. Better. Easy to make. I could make a main dish out of these beans and feel like I had a complete meal. Yet they go well with other main dishes, especially holiday ones. If you’re serving a crowd, this is a perfect side dish vegetable, requiring little effort!

Serves 6-8






 

Posted in Blue Diamond, Lightlife Plant Meats, TODAY'S INGREDIENTS

Today’s Ingredient(s) Fri. 2 November 2018

GOT THE GOODS

Be looking in a couple days for the recipe(s) links right here kiddo. Made from the ingredients on display by YOU KNOW WHO!

You know where to come for the best!

At CHEF SHARON’S Animal-Free Kitchen! That’s where it all happens!

1- Wishbone Russian Dressing

2- Almond Breeze unsweetened original Almondmilk

3- House Of Herbs Hickory Liquid Smoke

 

SMOKY RUSSIAN DRESSING low-fat

Steve likes bottled dressing and sometimes so do I. Wishbone Russian is one of them. To reduce the calories this time, I add a low calorie unsweetened Almondmilk by Blue Diamond (Almond Breeze), a few drops of liquid smoke, a little garlic powder, salt, then whisk till smooth. Perfect! I love the transformation to creamy!

Makes 1-3/4 cups

1 c. bottled Wishbone Russian Dressing

3/4 c. Almond Breeze AlmondMilk – unsweetened 30 calories per 8 oz.

sev. drops liquid smoke to taste

1/2 t. garlic powder

salt to taste


Combine all ingredients in bowl and whisk till evenly dispersed and smooth.

Use over green leaf and cabbage salads or serve with fried rice dishes, heated.

Serve heated or chilled, whatever your preference.


Notes: Wishbone Russian is Steve’s go-to salad dressing for work. To reduce the calories he drizzles the dressing over the salad, then drizzles Balsamic vinegar around the edges of the salad, without mixing the two. He gets the benefit of the full-strength Russian without using as much of it. And, he likes how the Russian dressing mutes the acidity of the Balsamic vinegar, when the two collide on the plate. Perfect again!

Add the amount of Almondmilk that suits the thickness you want for the dressing. I prefer mine on the thin side, while still creamy-textured.

To increase the protein content in one of the salads I used with this dressing, I sliced a chilled veggie hot dog and tossed with lettuce, tomato, onion, carrot cabbage and red pepper. Tasted great for lunch!






Posted in Blue Diamond, Bush's Beans, Daiya Dairy Free, Featured Recipes

Saffron Pesto Rotini

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SAFFRON PESTO ROTINI

This is just one of the uses for SAFFRON WALNUT PESTO:

Sauteed celery, red pepper and onion mixed with cooked tri-color rotini pasta, then tossed with Saffron Walnut Pesto that was heated till bubbly with a can of Bush’s Vegetarian Baked Beans! All the more creamy with the beans! You won’t believe how flavorful and textural this dish becomes! Tossed with fresh cut grape tomatoes and topped with a fresh combo of chopped mint, basil and sage!

Makes 9 cups

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Posted in Blue Diamond, Featured Recipes, Match Meats, Products Tried

MUFFINS and GRAVY – match meats

MATCH PORK

MUFFINS and GRAVY

You know biscuits and gravy? This is muffins and gravy! English muffins, the greatest biscuit in the world! Topped with Match Meat Italian Sausage without the Meat Gravy! Made with Pinot Grigio wine, almond milk, mushroom, sweet onion and celery. What more could I ask for? 

Makes 4 cups gravy

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Posted in Blue Diamond, Featured Recipes, Spiralizing

CREAMY ASPARAGUS PEA SOUP WITH CARROT SPIRALS

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CREAMY ASPARAGUS PEA SOUP WITH CARROT SPIRALS

Simple, easy, tasty. We combine canned foods with fresh for a great result. Give it a try. You won’t die if you eat something from a can. Pick a good quality canned asparagus and a good quality canned pea!  

Makes 4-1/2 cups

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Posted in Blue Diamond, Juicing & Beverages

FRESH FRUIT COCOA SMOOTHIE

CHOCOLATE FRUIT HEALTHY SMOOTHIE

FRESH FRUIT COCOA SMOOTHIE

Strawberry, blueberry and banana blended with walnut and flax seed in almond-coconut milk with dark cocoa and ginger juice! This is about the speed of my power drinks!

Makes 3 cups

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Posted in Blue Diamond, Featured Recipes, Juicing & Beverages

STRAWBERRY BANANA PROTEIN DRINK

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Every now and then I make myself a protein drink. I’ve had this container of pea protein from NOW SPORTS for about a year, that’s how seldom I make one. And I have a back up in the pantry. This one is almost empty, however, so at least I’m using it, albeit slowly.

Recently I decided to increase the amount of exercise I do, so thought I’d have one of these maybe once or twice a week.

So,  about 8 oz. Almond Milk – Almond Breeze is good – plus a banana, a bunch of fresh strawberries and 1 scoop protein powder. Blend till smooth, then top with a little nutmeg.

I keep my bananas in the refrigerator. They last longer that way, plus they make the drink colder.

I get two glasses out of this amount, one for now and one for later.

When I first started using the protein powder, I felt stronger, but I also felt hungry all the time, so I wasn’t using the drink to replace a meal, I used it between meals, so naturally I experienced some weight gain. I also noticed a little slowing in the brain department, and wondered if high protein diets can do that. Mine wasn’t so high, but maybe it was high for my needs.

Anyway, here I go again, restarting an old practice, this time as I want it, not as I think I need it. That seems to work better for me.






Posted in Blue Diamond, Featured Recipes, Products Tried

JAMAICAN ME CRAZY FLAN

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JAMAICAN ME CRAZY FLAN

Do you like cocoa, coffee, coconut, caramel? Then you’ll love this smok’n Jamaican Me Crazy flan!

Serves 6

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Posted in Blue Diamond, Featured Recipes, Jif

SMOKED ALMOND TRUFFLE ICE-CREAM

SMOKED ALMOND TRUFFLE ICE CREAM CONTAINER

SMOKED ALMOND TRUFFLE ICE-CREAM

Nutty, smoky, salty, sweet. The texture of a decadent truffle – all wrapped up in an animal-free ice-cream. Enjoy the pleasure while it lasts. Then save some for tomorrow – you’ll be glad you did!

Makes 4-1/2 cups

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Posted in Blue Diamond, Featured Recipes

BLUE DIAMOND WASABI PESTO

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BLUE DIAMOND WASABI PESTO

Blue Diamond Almonds BOLD Wasabi & Soy Sauce flavor blended with garlic, fresh cilantro, grape seed oil and vinegar! WOW! Serve over pasta, pierogi, ravioli, green beans or as a thin hors d’oeuvre dipping sauce for Authentic Italian Pasta Chips!

Makes 2-1/4 cups

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Posted in Blue Diamond, Featured Recipes, Silk Milk Dairy Substitutes

NEFERTITI SALAD

NEFERTITI SALAD

SMOKED ALMOND BUTTER

Smoked almonds, raw almonds, almond milk, brown sugar. Easy, creamy, delicious!

Makes 4-1/2 cups

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