Friday, February 8, 2013

Healthy Vegan Friday: Tangy Almond Sauce On Everything and Some Nutrient Dense Food Pics

Hi there, and happy Friday!  This week for Healthy Vegan Friday I'm sharing my recipe for the Tangy Almond Sauce that's found it's way into most of my lunches and dinners this week.  It's a spin-off of the tahini tamari sauce I posted about on Wednesday, and I think you'll like it. 

I'm also going to share some pics that I snapped of the nutrient-rich foods I've been eating this week.  Today marks day six of focusing on whole foods, unprocessed meals high in leafy greens, vegetables, fresh fruits, beans, grains, and mushrooms.  In case you're wondering, I feel great.  My body thanks me for the favor.

As usual, I've been starting every day with a smoothie.  This one had berries, spinach, banana, apple, coconut milk, and ground flax seeds.  I try to make my smoothies thick, so the straw stands up.

This smoothie is the same combo, but a little darker because I added spirulina.  I think spirulina smoothies are my favorite.

I drink the smoothie right before work, then during my first break I have some fresh fruit.  This week I've been enjoying gala apples, minneolas, and grapefruit.

This is where the almond sauce comes in.  Lunch.  Lunches have been greens, veggies, beans, and almond sauce.

Oh, and sometimes avo and nooch.  

I almost didn't post this one because the avo didn't look perfect.  See the little brown areas?  Well, you know what?  Perfect doesn't exist, and that avocado was tasty.

Dinner time, featuring greens, quinoa, mushroom, and more of my not-so-perfect avocado. And almond sauce.

Another dinner, this time with steamed kale and broccoli.  I really like this combo.

Ok, are you ready for the almond sauce recipe?

Tangy Almond Sauce

1/4 cup almond butter (I use raw, unsalted)
1/4 cup lemon or lime juice 
2 tablespoons tamari or Braggs liquid aminos or coconut aminos

Stir together with a spoon.  Refrigerate.  Eat on anything you want to taste delicious. 

This thickens a little as it sits. I can't decide if I like the lemon or lime version better.  I've made both and can't come up with a favorite.   Also, this recipe is really tart and tangy, which I think is a nice compliment to the fat in the almond butter.  You can decrease the amount of lemon/lime juice if it's too much for your taste and replace it with water.

Weekend time is here.  I'm hoping to get outside for a few long walks around my neighborhood if the weather cooperates.  And of course I'll be spending some time writing a paper and reading books.  What kind of fun stuff do you have planned for the weekend?  Whatever you do, I hope it's great.  See you Monday!


  1. Thick smoothies are the best. Hope your weather does cooperate. I know it can to tough the time of year. Almond sauce sounds simple and delicious!

    1. I got lucky... Portland is sunny and warm today. I went for a long walk :)

  2. That dressing sounds intriguing...I'll definitely give a try sometime!

    Love your food pics---my kind of eats! I too need my smoothies to be thick. I eat them with a spoon actually. Do you use a straw to protect your teeth?

    1. I use a straw because I'm messy. Haha. When they're so thick they tend to plop out of the jar onto my face when I try to drink them. I should try a spoon. :)

  3. I must try your sauce! I've been making something similar with cashews! So good! Your meals look so healthy and yummy!!

  4. Wow, your smoothies are super thick! I love them really thick too, yours looks amazing. Your meals look so perfect and I'm so excited about this sauce recipe! It sounds like the perfect addition to any meal. It looks like it's ACD friendly too (if using coconut aminos) so I am going to douse everything in it when I start ACD :)

    1. Looking forward to seeing your ACD eats!

  5. That is one thick smoothie! I think Lisa from Raw on $10 calls them cements! I covered my salad tonight in yr tahini-miso dressing. Can't fail with that one, and I'm pretty sure this is similar. It makes everything so much more delicious. Looks like really gorgeous, healthy stuff.

    1. Thank you! Yep, this one is similar to the tahini-miso, but way more tart.

  6. I prefer thick over thin smoothies as well. :) I also do a lot of green juices, but sadly, they are so expensive to purchase.

    1. I love green juices, too. I wish my juicer would clean itself, then I would drink more! :)

  7. Tangy almond sauce on everything, indeed. Or tahini. What is it with those two? Well I guess all nut butters in general tend to be pretty awesome. Your smoothies always sound great, I need to remember to pick up some frozen berries for realz! And I want to eat all of that food, so good.

  8. Wow! Really gorgeous food you eat there.

  9. I adore my smoothies thick (hence green thickies) and your meals look amazingly healthy, so colourful. Wow, very inspiring. Your sauce sounds great too. I must make another batch of almond butter so I can try this.
    Thank you for sharing this with Healthy Vegan Fridays. Check back on Friday to see if you were one of the Top 3! We hope to see you again this week. You can submit a post from Friday to end of Tuesday:

  10. 1. Broccoli is MY FAVOURITE!
    2. I would eat every single one of these meals.
    3. Your almond sauce sounds awesome.
    4. What have you been marinating your mushrooms in?? I've been wanting a good recipe for this for ages, as I love marinated mushies! <3

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