I’m sure glad I have a new salad dressing recipe to share with you, because I am still fighting with my pressure cooker (read more below). I am officially obsessed with making hemp seed-based dressings and sauces now. Here are my reasons. Hemp seeds can be used raw so you don’t have to worry about any acrylamides or AGEs. Also, hemp seeds don’t seem to be as allergenic as nuts and are a great source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids (see this article). Therefore, I am making all kinds of dressings and sauces with hemp seeds.
About two weeks ago, I posted a recipe for a Tangy Green Hemp Sauce that I’ve been pouring over water-sauteed veggies and greens. The sauce looks like this:
I love this sauce but wanted to try a slightly different version for a salad dressing. Also, I wanted to make it raw (except for the nutritional yeast, that is) and I’ve been wanting to experiment with apple cider vinegar. The ingredients are pretty simple: hemp seeds, vinegar, basil, nutritional yeast, onion, dates, more herbs and some non-dairy milk. It all got combined in my high-speed blender:
Ohhhh, it was so yummy! I used it on my salad yesterday for lunch:
Here’s the recipe:
Pesto Hemp Dressing – Makes 6 servings
1/2 cup hemp seeds
1/3 cup fresh basil leaves
4 dates, pitted
1/4 cup unsweetened, non-dairy milk
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons no-salt seasoning or dried herbs of your choice
1/4 cup chopped onion
Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Store in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days.
Now onto my less-than-successful experience with the pressure cooker. What IS it with this appliance that keeps befuddling me? Well, I know one reason why I keep messing up my pressure cooker meals and that is because I’m not following all of the rules (rules…who needs rules?!?). Yeah, I’m not a big fan of rules, but I’m gonna have to start following them, I guess. <sigh>
I broke this one last night by not meeting the “minimum” requirement:
As a consequence, my pot did not come up to full pressure and the lentils I were trying to cook did not get cooked all the way (pressure cooker: 1, Carrie: 0). The good news is that I was just able to finish cooking the soup on the stovetop. Ha ha, take that pressure cooker (pressure cooker: 1, Carrie: 1)!
Bad news: I did not end up saving much time and I was frustrated by the whole experience (pressure cooker: 2, Carrie: 1). But, the soup ended up tasting really good and dinner was salvaged.
Final score: even.
Don’t worry, I’m not even close to giving up using my pressure cooker. The stories about time savings and delicious meals are too enticing for me to stop now. Besides, I just spent a lot of money on this new set which is probably my biggest motivation. I will prevail! Have a great Friday and I’ll be back either tomorrow or Sunday with a new post.