Prep and clean-up time: one hour 3 minutes
Yield: about one liter
The mylk is delicious. I made two batches, one with the carob and stevia and dates and one just with dates. I prefer the pure, creamy natural version without the carob and sweetener. Was it worth it? I asked myself this because an hour of work seems like a lot just to produce a couple smoothies worth of deliciousness. There are store bought alternatives. My usual smoothie is based on the unsweetened Almond Fresh I buy at Capers for $4.99 - but you cannot compare the fresh, frothy flavor of the mylk version. I imagine this is what dairy farmers say when they try pasteurized milk and compare it to the fresh from the utter version.
The sunflower seed mylk does have a slightly milder taste then the almonds. I will have to do a comparison of nutrients and food value to see whether it is even worth it to make my own almond milk or carry on with the sunflower seeds (Almonds are about 10 x more expensive).
One side anecdote: Julie had recommended we purchase the organic green stevia from Suede Hills, a BC-based company. I ordered it online and it came within 2 days. This is the start of a great relationship with a supplier. The package they send comes with a bunch of goodies including some test PH strips to test your body PH, a sample of olive leaf tea with stevia bark and best of all a bunch of "You're Awesome" messages in handwriting. This is great marketing and my first impression is that they really have their act together.
Today, it seemed like I spent my entire day either prepping for a recipe, cleaning up after a recipe and very little time actually eating. I don't mind doing dishes at all. But let's look at my inputs and outputs:
Recipe # 2: Tuscan Rosemary White Bean Dip:
shopping time (including drive to and from): 40 min
prep time: soaking, draining and cooking: 2 hours (but most of that was just cooking, so let's say 30 min for prep)
Actual recipe making in food processor: 30 min
Clean up: 20 min
Total: 2 hours give or take
Yield: approx 2-3 cups of rather garlicky dip (OK - I didn't mention, I am not a big fan of garlic - its just too strong for me, not a very social food)
I'm not complaining, this is a great experience, but...choose between spending $10 on ready made organic equivalent or repeating the above...
Ian is one of 7 Vancouver participants testing my new e-book Everyday Healthy Italian. This is a one week menu plan designed to help you integrate whole plant-based into your everyday in a way that is delicious, easy, convenient, quick and affordable. Coming soon, stay tuned!
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