July 2017 - Simply Samantha
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Chickpea Tuna

8:33 AM

I love tuna. Wild caught, canned goodness, is one of my favorite things to add to my daily salads, thrown in a wrap, or even make into tuna burgers.

I saw Hot For Food make this chickpea tuna and I was super intrigued. I'm trying to eat less and less poultry and fish from week to week and this is a great substitute for my tuna cravings at lunch!

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Chickpea Tuna
A great vegan alternative to your tuna consumption.
  • 1 - 15oz can Chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup Sweet Relish*
  • 1/3 cup Chopped Celery
  • 1/4 cup Red Onion
  • 1/3 cup Just May (or other vegan mayo)
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 tsp (more to taste) Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Pepper
Drain chickpeas pat dry with a paper towel.In a food processor, chop the chickpeas to the consistency you want. I like mine with a little chunk.Mix chopped chickpeas and the rest of the ingredients together in a bowl.Serve on toasted bread or on top of salad!
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 5

*her original recipe calls for dill pickle. I found sweet relish gives it a nice little sweet kick
If you have not checked out Hot For Food yet, you should! Her recipes are my ultimate go to because they are simple and easy, just like this Chickpea Tuna!

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5 Easy - Dairy Free - Salad Dressings

9:11 AM

I get asked a lot how I change up my salad from day to day and my answer is always with dressing.
Dressing, Dressing, Dressing.
If you're not careful the more dairy based dressings are not the healthiest and take away the nutritional value of your salad. 
I love a good DAIRY FREE salad dressing. They tend to be less calories, healthier, and perfectly light for the salads! 
I collected together 5 of my favorite Dairy Free Salad Dressing Recipes. Two are my personal recipes while the other three are from some of my favorite food bloggers! 

1/2 cup of any type of Mayo
1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Dried Dill
1 Tablespoon Dried Chives
1 Tablespoon Dried Parsley
to taste Salt and Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder
as needed, to thin Almond Milk

Mix all the ingredients together except the milk.Add almond milk and thin to you get he consistency you want. I tend to like mine thin for salad dressings but if you want it a little thicker for a more dip consistency add little to no milk.

1/2 Cup of Vegan Mayonnaise (I used Just Mayo)
1/4 tsp of Worcestershire Sauce (this is the only NON-Vegan ingredient, you can easily use a substitute)
2 tsp of Dijon Mustered
1 1/2 TBLS of Lemon Juice
Salt and Pepper To Taste (heavier on the pepper)
Dairy Free Parmesan, as much or as little as you want (see below)
Dairy Free Milk (cashew is preferred but soy and almond milk is fine. Just make sure its not flavored)

  • Mix all the ingredients together except the milk. 
  • Use the dairy free milk to thin it into the consistency that you'd like.
  •  I usually end up adding a tad bit more Worcestershire and lemon to get that tangy taste.
To make the dairy free parmesan: Chop up 1/4 cup of cashews in a food processor and add nutritional yeast to taste (start out with 1tsp just to be safe and then add more to get the cheesy taste)
Honey Mustard from Eating Bird Food
1 lemon, juiced
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons honey (or maple syrup for a vegan version)
2 Tablespoons dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
ground pepper, to taste
1/4 cup olive oil
Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until combined or add to a mason jar and shake to combine.

Creamy Balsamic from Hot For Food
1/4 Cup of Olive Oil
3 Tbsp of Balsamic Vinegar
1 tsp of dijon mustard
1 tsp of coconut nectar or agave
1/4 tsp of garlic powder
sea salt and pepper to taste. 

1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
Add everything to a clean jar, screw on the lid, and shake like crazy until mixed well.

What are some of your favorite dairy free dressings?? 

I'm always looking for a new recipe to try! 

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Healthy No Oven Sumer Meals

7:00 AM

Does your house heat up like mine in the summer? Do you dread running the oven and adding to the heat? Me too!
I hardly ever turn on my oven in the summer. It is just to dang hot out for my little house to take any more heat from our oven.
I've complied quite a lot of stove-top (even crock pot) recipes over the past couple of months that are helping us get through dinners during the summer.
Below are some of my personal favorites and some from my dear blog friends who were so kind as to share their favorites!
As always these are gluten free (or can be made gluten free), and mainly plant based (with a few healthy meat based meals)

photo from Pexel

Meaty and Meatless Dinners

  • StoveTop Tuna Casserole 
  • Black Bean Taco Skillet
  • Gluten Free Skillet Chicken
  • Sweet Potato BBQ Burgers
  • Cannellini Bean Salad with Basil and Sun Dried Tomato
  • Chicken and Rice Casserole
  • Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes
  • Crock Pot Lentil Taco Meat

  • Noodles Noodles Noodles

  • Sticky Garlic Noodles
  • Pad Thai
  • Creamy Tomato Avocando Pasta Sauce 
  • Kung Po Spaghetti 
  • Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

  • And for desert

  • Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Cups with Bananas and Dark Chocolate
  • 3 Ingredient Vegan Fudgesicle Bites
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter POWER Bite's 

  • THANK YOU Happy Helper Blog, Food Pleasure and Health , Summer Price, and Abbey's Kitchen for sharing your recipes!