R is for Rancho

IMG_1207 I was all set for R is for Relaxing (this is a pre-school and pre-work morning hot tub yesterday!), when our RANCHO arrived!

Rancho Nuts, Seeds and Dried Fruit are simply amazing. They ship wholesale orders for free, the case goods come vacuum packed and fresh as can be. For this family that tries to go easy on dairy & grain, these nuts & seeds are a staple. And dried fruit is such a treat! This year we went for the dried mango and apricot. I budget for this over the year (roughly about $100/month). The best part is I don’t have to go out and shop, which I much appreciate. Here is the order, as it arrived this year:

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We have been ordering for a few years now, can’t recall exactly when I started this. Now we have an entire freezer dedicated to store just our Rancho products… particularly as things warm up in the spring it is great to keep them cool and fresh, and of course pest free! More and more over the years I am being drawn into the organic products – and at the case prices this becomes more affordable for sure. Here are the organic pumpkin seeds:

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Soak these for 6 hours, and they make an awesome dip mixed with cilantro or parsley! (recipe below). Tonight we also opened the vacuum sealed pack of cashews (blended with coconut milk & coconut flour & eggs makes amazing waffles!). Janelle was quite amazed hearing the air suck into this bag after it was cut! And, finally, the pile headed for storage tonight in the freezer.

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Pumpkin Seed Dip (better than it sounds by the ingredient list, trust me!): 1c pumpkin seeds (presoaked 6 hours!), 1c parsley (I have subbed cilantro with great success!), 1 garlic clove, 1/4 tsp sea salt (I am probably more generous), pinch of cayenne, juice of one lemon and 2 Tbsp olive oil (I might be more generous here too). Original recipe calls for 1 inch fresh ginger too but I have never gone that route yet. Drain seeds and mix all in food processor or good blender until as coarse/smooth as you like.

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