Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Spring Break Mental Vacation and More Crazy Chia Seed Dressings

Greetings everyone! I'm writing from New Jersey, where my kids and I are visiting with my parents for Spring Break. I didn't quite know whether or not I would be up for blogging while I was here, and what I have found is that I need a mental vacation! So I'm using this time to catch up on my sleep and some well needed down time.

But before I sign off for the rest of the week, here are two more recipes for those awesome Chia Seed salad dressings. Enjoy!

Crazy Indian Chia Seed Dressing

1 cup Eden Extra Soy Milk
1 ½ Tbsp Chia seeds
3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp white distilled vinegar
½ inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and diced
3 large dates (Medjool), soaked in water
¼ tsp ground cumin
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 pinch asafetida (optional)
1 pinch ground cloves
1/8 tsp mango powder (Amchur powder) (optional)
1 tsp salt (can use pink Himalayan salt)
¼ tsp pepper

If your dates have not been soaked yet, begin by placing pitted dates in a bowl and covering them with water. Set aside as you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Place all dressing ingredients, including soaked dates, in a blender and blend for at least 1 minute. Refrigerate to firm up.

Crazy Balsamic Chia Seed Dressing
submitted by Wendy Polisi

1 Tbsp Chia Seeds 
½ cup water or broth 
½ cup high quality balsamic vinegar 
up to 6 cloves of garlic, minced (more or less to taste) 
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard 
¼ tsp crushed red pepper 
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper 
1 tsp sea salt 
optional: 1/2 ripe avocado, capers or olives

Combine water and chia seeds in your blender. Pulse a few times. (Or you can put it in a plastic container with a lid and shake it.) Allow to sit for 15-30 minutes until gel forms. Pulse a couple of times every 5-10 minutes. (If you prefer to make the chia gel in bulk it will last up to a week in the refrigerator.) 

Add remaining ingredients through sea salt to your blender. Pulse until thoroughly combined. Add optional ingredients and blend again.

Do you ever need a mental vacation? Have you ever taken a mental vacation? Do you take them regularly? How often? What do or did you do? To view the comments or leave a comment, please click on the title of this post (the orange text above).
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