Vegan Caesar Salad recipe (with seasoned polenta croutons!)

by Emily from Frugal Living NW on August 28, 2015

Vegan Caesar Salad Recipe -- This simple and delicious caesar salad recipe includes the dressing and croutons recipe!

Vegan Caesar Salad

In an effort to put together some pieces of a heath puzzle, I decided to do an elimination diet. After doing extensive research (Google.) and talking to my doctor it seemed more effective and recommended than a full food allergy panel.

Before taking the plunge, I didn’t really know anything about elimination diets. I assumed it was pretty simple: just eliminate all the fun food you formerly put in your mouth. (Turns out, that wasn’t too far from the truth.)

In the last week alone, I have turned down some of my very favorite junk food: Oreos, Pirate’s Booty, S’mores, and the hardest of all… coffee. Oh, delicious, creamy caffeine-laced coffee. If dreaming about coffee is wrong, I don’t want to be right. Sugar, gluten, dairy, caffeine. All gone.

But I will admit this whole process has been incredibly helpful. It feels good to be disciplined and intentional about what I put into my body. It has made me pay more attention to how food makes me feel. And it has forced me to get more creative in the kitchen which is never a bad thing. I never thought I would say this about a vegan recipe, but I really loved combining ingredients in a new, unusual, delicious way.

Vegan Caesar Salad (dressing & crouton recipes)

I usually run the other way when words like vegan or Kardashian are thrown around, but this recipe grabbed my attention when it ran in the Oregonian’s Foodday section back in June. The dressing ingredient list was pretty basic. I love a good Caesar salad, and this rich, creamy dressing left nothing to be desired. (And not a single anchovy paid me to say that.)

I’ve always been curious about polenta but never actually cooked with it before. These crispy, spicy croutons replace those teeth-shattering cubes of stale bread found in most Caesar salads. They are best eaten fresh off the baking sheet. If you have leftovers, they’ll soften up so just heat them up again before serving.

If you aren’t the vegan type, just throw some grilled chicken and Parmesan cheese on top. I’m cool with that. Hey, while you’re at it, have an iced coffee and a pack of Oreos for me.

Vegan Caesar Salad (dressing + crouton recipes)

Cheesy Caesar Dressing
adapted from a Foodday recipe
This dressing will thicken after refrigeration. You can thin it by stirring in 2-3 t. of milk or water.
Yield: about 1/2 cup

1/3 c. soaked and drained raw cashews
1-2 T. nutritional yeast
1 t. whole chia seeds
1/2 t. salt
1 t. capers
1 clove garlic, chopped
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/3 c. plain, unsweetened nondairy milk
2 T. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 t. maple syrup

  1. Using a blender, combine all ingredients until very smooth.
  2. Serve tossed into romaine lettuce, along with Seasoned Polenta Croutons.

Seasoned Polenta Croutons (recipe)

Seasoned Polenta Croutons
adapted from a Foodday recipe

1 tube (18 oz.) prepared organic polenta
1 T. nutritional yeast
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t. paprika
1/8 t. pepper

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the polenta into 1/2-inch cubes and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with the nutritional yeast, salt, paprika, and pepper. Pick up the edges of the parchment paper and gently roll back and forth to lightly toss and coat the cubes.
  2. Bake for 30-35 minutes, flipping once or twice, until golden and crispy on the edges. Remove from oven, let cool slightly, and serve warm over salads and soups.

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Both of these original recipes come from Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes by Dreena Burton (Amazon).

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Amazon has the LEGO Ultra Agents Riverside Raid for $8.39 right now. This is the lowest it’s ever been on Amazon and would make a good addition to the gift closet.

  • Includes 2 mini figures with weapons: Agent Max Burns and Adam Acid. Includes 2 crates, each containing a toxic compound
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Dollar Tree Deals for August 26 – September 2

by Angela Davis on August 28, 2015

Here are this week’s Dollar Tree deals. Product availability varies by region and by store, so your store may not have the same selection. Find the full list of this week’s Dollar Tree deals, plus a printable list feature, here.

Lime-A-Way priced at $1
Use $1/1 coupon from 8/9 SS insert
FREE after coupon

Splenda (50 ct) priced at $1
Use $1/1 coupon
FREE after coupon

Swiffer Duster priced at $1
Use $1/1 coupon or  $2/1 coupon
FREE after coupon

Infusium 23 Leave In Treatment (16 oz) priced at $1
Use $1/1 coupon from 8/16 SS insert (exp. 8/30)
FREE after coupon

Right Guard Extreme 72 Hour Spray Deodorant (6 oz) priced at $1
Buy 2
Use $2/2 coupon from 8/2 RP insert
FREE after coupon

Maybelline New York Eyeliner priced at $1
Use $1/1 coupon
FREE after coupon

Maybelline New York Great Wear Lip Color priced at $1
Use $1/1 coupon
FREE after coupon

Wet n Wild Foundation priced at $1
Use $1/1 coupon from 8/16 SS insert (exp. 8/29)
FREE after coupon

L’Oreal Gloss Burst Lip Gloss priced at $1
Use $1/1 coupon
FREE after coupon

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Get a one-year subscription to Prevention Magazine for just $6.99 through tomorrow only (8/29). Use the code FRUGALNW at checkout and your total will drop from $33.45 to $6.99.

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You may get up to a four year subscription at this price (new or renewal). This deal will expire tomorrow at 8:59 pm Pacific.

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Here are the best deals at New Seasons this week. The New Seasons ad runs Wednesday-Tuesday.

Organic Caulifower on sale $1.49/lb

Local Organic Canteloupe on sale $.99/lb
*grown in Yakima, Wa

Free Range Whole Fryer Chicken on sale $1.99/lb

Ground Pork on sale $2.99/lb

95% Lean Ground Beef on sale $5.99/lb

Bulk Organic Pumpkin Seeds on sale $5.99/lb

Ninkasi 6-packs on sale $7.99

Veri Organic Low-Calorie Soda on sale $3.99
Use $1.50/1 coupon
$2.49 after coupon

Back to Nature Cookies on sale $3.50
Use $1/1 coupon
$2.50 after coupon

Back to Nature Cereal on sale $3.99
Use $1/1 coupon
$2.99 after coupon

Once Again Sunflower Seed Butter on sale $5.99
Use $1/1 coupon
$4.99 after coupon

 

Are you on a restrictive diet plan that adds extra cost to your grocery budget? Find out how to coupon on a special diet here.

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These amazing towels have dropped in price! 

Amazon has the Keeble Outlets Kitchen Dish Towels, White With Royal Blue Stripe, 25 Professional Grade pack of 12 for $17.49 right now. This is a fantastic low price on high-quality kitchen towels. I know it’s just a kitchen towel but if you’re into buying a quality set and hoping it last for a very long time this is the set for you. This would also be a great house-warming gift or wedding present.

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Walmart Deals as of August 28th

by Brittany from Frugal Living NW on August 28, 2015

Here are the best deals for Walmart and Walmart Supercenters. These prices have been confirmed in Portland, Oregon. As with all Walmart deals, prices vary a bit by region. Find a full list of Walmart deals, including a printable list feature, here.

REFRIGERATED

Challenge Cream Cheese on sale $1.98
Buy 1, Get $.50 Ibotta offer
Use $1/1 coupon direct link
Pay $.98, Get $.50 from Ibotta
$.48 after coupon & Ibotta offer

GROCERY

Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer Water (12 pack) on sale $3.33
Buy 2
Buy 2, Get $2 Ibotta offer
Use (2) $1/1 coupons – direct link
Pay $4.66, Get $2 from Ibotta
$1.33 each after coupon & Ibotta offer

Evol Entrees on sale $3.38
Use $2/1 coupon – direct link
$1.38 after coupon

Ken’s Dressing on sale $1.98
Buy 1, Get $.75 Ibotta offer
Use $.75/1 coupon from 9/8 SS insert
Pay $1.23, Get $.75 from Ibotta
$.48 after coupon & Ibotta

GoGo Squeeze Pouches (4 ct) on sale $2.28
Buy 1, Get $.50 Ibotta offer
Use $1/1 coupon from 8/2 SS insert
Pay $1.28, Get $.50 from Ibotta
$.78 after coupon & Ibotta

Tai Pei Wrap on sale $1.76
Buy 2
Buy 2, Get $1.75 Ibotta offer
Pay $3.52, Get $1.75 from Ibotta
$1.77 each after Ibotta offer

Dr Pepper (12 ct) on sale $3
Buy 3, Get $3 Ibotta offer
$2 each after Ibotta offer

Hinode Rice (2 lb) on sale $1.78
Use $1/1 coupon – direct link
$.78 after coupon

HOUSEHOLD

Bic Round Stick Pens on sale $.75
Buy 2
Use $1/2 coupon from 8/2 SS insert
$.25 after coupon

HEALTH & BEAUTY

Secret Body Spray on sale $1.97
Buy 2
Use $2/2 coupon or $.75/1 coupondirect links
$.97 each after coupon

Old Spice Deodorant on sale $2.54
Use $1/1 coupon – direct link
$1.54 after coupon & Ibotta offer

Bic Razors (12 ct) on sale $2.68
Use $3/1 coupon from 8/2 SS insert (expires 8/29)
FREE plus $.32 overage after coupon

Eucerin Lotion (3 oz) on sale $4.46
Use $2/1 coupon
$2.46 after coupon

PET

Beneful Dog Food (3.5 lbs) on sale $4.98
Buy 2
Use BOGO coupon – direct link
$2.49 each after coupon

Regular Walmart stores have a limited food section. You must go to a Walmart Supercenter to get many of the grocery, frozen, and refrigerated items. New to couponing?  Check out the Ultimate Guide to Couponing here.

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