Root Beer Dressing Sauce

ROOT BEER DRESSING SAUCE

Barq’s Root Beer and Canada Dry diet Ginger Ale mixed with cocoa, dark brown sugar, Balsamic vinegar, coriander and allspice! Different but Delicious! Serve over salad, fresh sliced fruit (I like banana) or as a dipping sauce for veggie chicken nuggets! How about all three? That’ll put a smile on your Fat-Free Animal-Free Friday!

Makes 4-1/2 cups

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Fat-Free AF Orange Mayo Sauce

FAT-FREE AF ORANGE MAYO SAUCE

Winner Winner Animal-Free Dinner! Jackpot! An Animal-Free (AF) mayo and sauce combined, depending where you want to use it – on sandwiches, salads, plant meats, veggies, over rice, beans or pasta. Hot or cold. Is that cool or what? Lots of flavor and lots of smooth. Don’t forget to use smoked paprika – that’s the magical flavor ingredient here!

Makes cups 3-1/2 cups

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Cranberry Coconut Frozen Custard

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CRANBERRY COCONUT FROZEN CUSTARD

Smooth as custard. Rich as cream. Perfect scoop. An easy make!

Makes 3-1/2 cups


14 oz. can whole cranberry sauce – I used Ocean Spray

11 oz. container SO Delicious Dairy Free Culinary CoconutMilk – Original, chilled till thick

1/2 c. Rich’s COFFEE RICH Non-Dairy Creamer

16 oz. POM Blueberry Pomegranate juice

2 T. vanilla – I used imitation

1 c. light brown sugar

1-1/2 t. malic acid

1 t. guar gum powder

2 t. xanthan gum powder

1/2 t. pink Himalayan salt


Combine cranberries, culinary coconutmilk and Rich’s creamer in food processor and process till smooth.

Add pomegranate juice, brown sugar, vanilla and malic acid and process again till smooth.

Add guar gum, xanthan gum and salt, then process again, this time till thickened. Let set for about 10 minutes, then process again till silky smooth and thickened.

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Blueberry Pudding Jam

LOW FAT TOPPING FOR TOAST OR DAIRY FREE ICE CREAM!

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BLUEBERRY PUDDING JAM

Do you like pudding? Do you like jam? Then how about a pudding jam? Amply spread it on your favorite toasted breads or spoon it over your favorite dairy free ice-cream! It sounds good because it is good! Blueberries, pineapple and prunes cooked with almond milk, cinnamon and coriander. Thickened with unmodified potato starch for a smooth gelatinous texture!

Makes 4 cups

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AFC Chew Cupcakes / Mint Carob Chocolate Chip

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AFC CHEW CUPCAKES / Mint Carob Chocolate Chip

This is my decadent cupcake! Eat it like a popover!

Makes 2 dozen

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Purple Asian Slaw

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PURPLE ASIAN SLAW

Red cabbage, carrot matchsticks, celery and scallion dressed with an AFC Asian Coffee Dressing! A different interpretation of coleslaw!

Makes 5 cups salad – 3-1/2 cups dressing

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Imperial Chicken Salad

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IMPERIAL CHICKEN SALAD

Not your run of the mill chicken salad! I know I said I wasn’t going to cook on Christmas day, after cooking holiday dishes for two weeks, but Steve bought Lilly Belle five pounds of vegan popcorn nuggets for Christmas and I just had to make a chicken salad out of a portion of it. Technically I didn’t cook – I assembled. Like I said, not your ordinary chicken salad. Imperial!

Makes 8 cups

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AFC Asian Pineapple Snowball

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AFC ASIAN PINEAPPLE SNOWBALL

A creamy Asian-Style Pineapple Mousse frosted with an Asian cream. Sprinkled with black and white sesame seeds and sliced scallion rings. Served with sesame crackers. If you want to impress your Asian guests, this will do it! Lots of Asians are lactose intolerant, but they still like creamy. Again, this will impress!

Serves a crowd

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Side Effects & Benefits Of Malic Acid

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by SARAH DAVIS
Malic acid is an organic compound that is naturally found in fruits such as apples. It is often taken as a supplement, especially for the treatment of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Malic acid is known for its ability to increase energy and tolerance to exercise. This is because it is an essential component in the Krebs cycle, which is how our bodies convert food into energy, according to the “Journal of Nutritional Medicine”.

Generally Safe

Since malic acid is naturally occurring and is found in many fruits that we eat safely every day, it is generally regarded as safe. There are no serious or dangerous side effects known or reported regarding malic acid in regular recommended doses, but it is still a good idea to speak with your doctor before taking any new supplements.

Gastrointestinal Problems

Although they are a rare and mild side effect, gastrointestinal problems such as bloating or cramping have been reported by some people who have utilized malic acid supplements, states the Journal of Nutritional Medicine. To avoid gastrointestinal side effects, take malic acid with plenty of water and continue drinking to stay hydrated throughout the day. To prevent gastrointestinal problems, don’t take any dose of malic acid higher than your doctor recommends.

Reduction of Pain

For people who suffer from fibromyalgia and/or chronic fatigue syndrome, eating foods high in malic acid or supplementing with malic acid has been shown to reduce muscle pain and muscle soreness, according to the Journal of Nutritional Medicine. This reduction of pain has been noted to be increased by the addition of a magnesium supplement, along with the malic acid. Some patients with fibromyalgia have noted a relief from pain as early as within 48 hours of taking a malic acid supplement.

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