Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

King Garlic Hemp Dressing

by Kristen Suzanne in raw dressing

I wanted food today that contained plenty of chlorophyll, nourishment, and was EASY to make.

Monday’s Menu
Super Shake

4 Brazil nuts

1 quart Cucumber Plant Blood

Super Shake

Huge salad featuring King Garlic Hemp Dressing (pictured here, recipe below)

Large bowl of Spicy Thyme Bisque

For dessert? DATES!

I whipped up a super easy and delicious dressing, King Garlic Hemp Dressing. I use the word “King” before “Garlic” because in my mind, garlic is indeed the king of spices. (Ginger is the queen.) Garlic is loaded with antioxidants, and it’s one of the world’s oldest medicinal foods. Back in the old, old days, garlic was given to soldiers to keep them healthy and fight infection, as well as to Egyptian slaves building the pyramids to give them stamina. It’s also been said that it helps ward off vampires… but, ehem… we, Twilight fans, know that notion is so silly.

Here are a few ways garlic could help you
Lower cholesterol
~ Prevent blood clots ~ Anticancer properties
Fight the common cold ~ Lower blood pressure
Antibiotic ~ Antiseptic ~ Antifungal ~ Antimicrobial

But! In order to get the opportunity to reap any of these benefits, the garlic should be consumed Raw (yeah, that’s right up our alley) and you have to smish (yes, that’s a technical word – ha!), chop, blend, or crush the whole thing (don’t go swallowing a whole clove, not likely to do you any good). When you smish, chop, etc., you release the amino acid alliin, which mixes with the enzyme allinase, yielding allicin – responsible for most of garlic’s super powers.

Storing Garlic
The best way to store your garlic is in an open container in a cool, dark place (or in one of those cute garlic jars, as pictured above). No refrigeration needed. If you properly store it, unbroken garlic bulbs could stay fresh for up to 6-8 weeks. However, once you break off a clove from the bulb, the clove will last about 3-10 days.

Odor Issues
Yes, when you consume garlic, it sticks by you for hours… sometimes it seems like days! Sure, you can chomp on parsley to help (a little). But, you want to know the tested, tried and true way to make sure no one smells garlic on you? Simply make sure the people around you are eating garlic. Seriously… that’s the sure-fire way.

Recipe Time
For a super, nutrient-packed dressing loaded with essential fatty acids, nutrients, and chlorophyll, whip this up in about 3 minutes and you’re all set!

King Garlic Hemp Dressing
Kristen Suzanne of Kristen’s Raw
Yield 1 1/2 cups

1 cup hemp oil
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

3 large cloves garlic

1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan crystal salt

Blend it all thoroughly (I let my high speed Blendtec run 30-45ish seconds). Stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator, King Garlic Hemp Dressing will stay fresh for up to five days.

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