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Rosemary Pecan Spread

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Sometimes it’s a blessing to run out of a crucial ingredient in the middle of preparing a meal. I came up with this rich spread while making a lunch of Apple Sandwiches with Celery Pesto and found that I was out of parsley. Desperate I racked my feeble brain and came up with using pecans in place of the parsley. So here it is – enjoy!

Process in food processor until as smooth as possible but still a bit rough

1 cup chopped inner celery stalks with leaves if possible
1 cup broken or chopped toasted pecans
2 medium cloves garlic, smashed
2 to 3 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary (1/2 to 1 teaspoon dried)
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Pulse in 1/2 cup mayo or lo-fat cream cheese until blended.

Taste and adjust seasoning to taste. Place in fridge to thicken up.

Use as a spread on these sandwiches:

  • apple
  • cucumber
  • cucumber & tomato
  • soy sausage & apple
  • chicken, roast beef, or turkey with Protein Bread or other bread substitute

Or thin with extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar to dress a green salad.

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Protein Powder – Find the Right One

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I like to have a vanilla and a chocolate protein powder in my cupboard at all times. Besides all the benefits cited by health professionals they are simply a quick and easy way to make a meal when I’m hungry, when I’m losing weight, when I’m on the run, when I feel like a sweet snack …

UnDiet Tip:

Save $$$’s by using any of the following in your protein drink:

  • fruit that won’t make it to the next day in your protein drink
  • the last bit from a sugar-free jam jar
  • any fruit or sweet potato puree that your baby refuses to eat

There’s a protein powder out there for everyone

Organic Protein Powders

Isagenix has one of the best tasting organic and refined sugar free protein powders out there.

Muscle Building Protein Powders

Joey Vallancourt gives readers 5 ways to choose the right protein powder to match your weight lifting goals.

Vegan Protein Powders

One Green Planet has 7 Must-Try Vegan Protein Powders which they have tried and tested. They also have some great suggestions for how to use protein powders in things other than smoothies.

 

Gluten Free Protein Powders

Thank you to FitSugar for sharing these five gluten free protein powders with us.

Sugar Free Protein Powders

Whether I’m looking for a muscle building protein powder or a vegan or organic powder, as far as I’m concerned it should definitely be free of refined sugars. The Celiac Diva has the lowdown on sugar free protein powders.

Beverages Recipes Vegetarian

Vegan “Egg” Nog

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I LOVE this smoothie. It’s as close to egg nog as a vegan can get :)

Grind in blender 2/3 cup raw almond, cashew, or macadamia nuts, soaked overnight and drained or add 2/3 cup nut butter. When finely ground, add 6 dates, pitted or 1/2 cup chopped dates and continue processing until dates are finely chopped.

Add to blender and puree until smooth

2 cups nondairy milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 – 3 frozen bananas
Beverages Recipes

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

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This smoothie is like drinking pumpkin pie!
Place all ingredients in a blender & hit the puree button. Done!

  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 cups nondairy milk
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons unrefined sugar or sweetener
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 banana
  • 1 apple, peeled and cored or 1 cup silken tofu

I put measurements in my recipes to make it easier for readers, but if your comfortable guesstimating you’re more than likely to end up with a perfectly edible smoothie :)

Beverages Recipes

The UnDiet Basic Fruit Smoothie

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For each smoothie put 2 cups of fresh or frozen Fruit or mix of Fruit into a blender, add enough liquid to barely cover the Fruit and puree. Adjust the amount of liquid to suit your taste or mood.

If you have fresh Fruit juice on hand you could and should use it in place of nondairy milk. Low-fat coconut milk would be a good choice also, although the canning process means that the milk has been cooked.

Optional additions:

  • vanilla and/or other flavored extracts
  • carob powder
  • cocoa powder
  • unsweetened shredded coconut
  • decaf coffee
  • date or maple sugar
  • honey
  • agave nectar
  • maple syrup (use the real thing not high-fructose laden brown water)
  • nut butter
  • canned pumpkin
  • spices: cinnamon, ginger, mint, anise, apple pie spice blend, pumpkin pie spice blend, allspice, clove …
Beverages Dessert Fruit Recipes

Make It Your Way

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Any of The UnDiet Fruit Smoothie recipes can be made into ice-cream, popsicles, gelato or slushies.

Ice-cream: Any of the Fruit shake and smoothie recipes can be served as a mock ice-cream or sorbet simply by using all frozen Fruits, or a mix of fresh and frozen Fruits and reducing the amount of liquid to just enough to puree the Fruit. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the freezer. You could also simply pour the smoothie into an ice-cream maker.

Popsicle: After pouring the Fruit shake or smoothie into a popsicle mold, cover with plastic wrap, then poke a popsicle stick through the center of the plastic wrap. The plastic wrap will help to hold the stick in place while the popsicle freezes solid.

Gelato: Pour pureed smoothie into flat metal or plastic pan. Don’t use glass as glass placed in the freezer can crack. Place the pan in the freezer. After 30 minutes remove from freezer and scrape with a fork to break up any frozen bits. Place back in the freezer and repeat the scraping process every 30 minutes until smoothie is completely frozen and fluffy. Serve immediately. If you serve it later you will need to let it sit out for about 30 minutes and scrape and stir with a fork to re-fluff the gelato.

Slushy: Use frozen versions of some of the ingredients to make your Fruit shake thick and cold.