Garlic and Lime Marinated Flank Steak

Ready for delicious, flavorful, and JUICY STEAK? This super easy garlic and lime marinated grilled flank steak recipe infuses tons of flavor and results in a super tender piece of meat! Cooked perfectly on the grill every single time!

grilled flank steak cut against the grainEasy Grilled Flank Steak Recipe

Grilling season is HERE! And so are easy dinners that don’t require a lot of ingredients or prep work. But we still want all that flavor, right?! Enter in this Garlic and Lime Marinated Flank Steak. It has only 5 ingredients and takes just barely 15 minutes of hands on prep and cook time! This marinade is a favorite because it’s so easy to put together but really packs a punch of yum. 

Why Flank Steak if the Best

Flank steak is a tougher, leaner cut of meat that does well when marinated (to help tenderize it) and cooked quickly at a high temperature. It does exceptionally well on the grill and happily takes on many flavors, like this garlic and lime marinade. If prepared correctly, with a tenderizing marinade like this one, flank steak can be a flavorful, melt-in-your-mouth cut of meat. We love this cut of meat because it’s relatively inexpensive and easy to find.

flank steak in an easy marinade

How Long Can it Marinate For?

Marinate this flank steak for at least an hour. If you are really pinched for time, 30 minutes will still give it some flavor and tenderizing. However, the longer you let this marinate, the better off your steak will be. You can leave this up to 12 hours overnight. The steak will change color because of the acid from the lime juice, this is normal! Make sure that you place the steak in a non-reactive bowl such as glass. Non-stainless steel metal will leave a metallic taste in the steak.

What temperature to cook a steak to

  • If you like rare steak, stop cooking at 125°F.
  • If you like medium-rare steak, stop cooking at about 130°F.
  • If you like medium steak, stop cooking at 140°F.
  • If you like a well-done steak stop cooking at 150ºF-155ºF.

What does cutting agains the grain mean?

If you look closely you can see that the muscle of the steak generally goes in one direction. In a flank steak it is really easy to see because it’s a tougher cut of meat with more defined muscle fibers. It’s important to cut the grilled steak in the correct direction. By cutting against the grain, you are making the muscle fibers short, therefor resulting in a tender piece of meat.

To cut against the grain: cut the steak in the opposite direction of the muscle fibers. If the grain goes from right to left, cut  from the top to the bottom. If possible, cut at a diagonal.

grilled flank steak with sides to serve

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Garlic and Lime Marinated Flank Steak

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:08 Inactive Time 01:00 Total Time 01:13 Serves 2

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a large non-reactive bowl add the flank steak, garlic, salt, lime juice and pinch of red pepper flakes. Turn to coat the steak in the marinade, cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour (or up to overnight) turning the steak at least once.
  2. When read to cook heat the grill, or the grill pan on high. Cook the flank steak on each side until the meat has reached the desired temperature, about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare.
  3. Let the steak rest for 5 minutes. Slice agains the grain and serve warm with your favorite sides like cauliflower rice, cucumber salad or a pasta salad!

Recipe Notes

  1. Alternatively you could also cook this steak in a broiler. Preheat the broiler and broil on high for 4-5 minutes per side, or until it has reached the desired temperature.
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4th of July Blueberry Pie (Gluten-Free)

This Gluten Free Blueberry Pie is the perfect dessert to serve or bring along to your 4th of July celebrations, or to have all summer long! It’s juicy and sweetened just right (using unrefined sweeteners) and will be a hit with everyone! It’s gluten-free, with dairy-free options and can be made with either fresh or frozen blueberries. Let’s get baking!

gluten free blueberry pie on cooling rackGluten Free Blueberry Pie Recipe

It’s PIE SEASON! And this Gluten-Free Blueberry Pie does NOT disappoint! And nothing says Independence Day like digging into the juiciest blueberry pie, and maybe having it topped with a little bit of ice cream won’t hurt either! This blueberry pie is so delicious, perfectly balanced and made gluten free and without any refined sweeteners. We know you’re going to love this one! You can make it festive for the holiday with decorative stars and and stripes, or you can just top it with a double crust and it will still look beautiful.

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 batches of gluten-free use either the almond flour pie crust or the oat flour pie crust
  • Frozen or fresh blueberries
  • Tapioca starch
  • Maple syrup
  • Coconut sugar
  • Lemon zest
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • 1 egg, for egg wash (optional)
  • Raw sugar, optional

gluten free blueberry pie filling

Tips for baking this Gluten Free Blueberry Pie:

  1. Make the crust 1-2 days ahead of time. Check out this gluten-free almond flour crust recipe and this gluten and nut free oat flour recipe to figure out which one you’ll want to use!
  2. Roll the crust out ahead of time. Place the bottom crust in a tin and cover with plastic and chill until ready to use. Place the top crust on a parchment lined baking sheet, and cover with plastic wrap and chill until ready to use. This ensures it doesn’t dry out. You can do this a day ahead or a few hours ahead of time. It also makes it easier to work with the crust since it’s already cold. If you are choosing to make the stars and stripes design, or weave a lattice, do so on a piece of parchment paper.
  3. You can make the blueberry pie filling ahead of time, up to 2 days.
  4. Make the whole pie a day ahead of time! You can leave it at room temperature, covered, for 24 hours. Simply place in the oven at 350 for about 10-15 minutes to warm up, if desired.

stars and stripes for blueberry pie decoration

How to Decorate for the 4th of July

To make this into a stars and stripes pie you’ll need a star shaped cookie cutter or stamp and either a pizza wheel or a knife to make the stripes. Make sure your pastry is chilled when you are are working with it. If at any point the dough is too soft, place it in the refrigerator to chill for about 10-15 minutes.

  1. Roll out dough.
  2. Using a pizza wheel cut 6 strips of dough. Place them on the pie evenly, using scissors to cut them to the correct size in order to make the stripes of the flag. Don’t forget to leave a space in the upper left corner.
  3. Stamp out 8-12 stars, depending on the size of your cookie cutter and place them in the upper left corner.

gluten free pie crust rolled out

Other Ways to Decorate it

You could also top this pie with:

  • a plain double crust with a few holes cut into it for steam to escape
  • a lattice; use bigger strips of pastry for this gluten free crust. See this post for more information on making a lattice.
  • a crumble topping! Use this recipe for making a crumble topping.

Slice of blueberry pie gluten free

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Slices of gluten free blueberry pie

Gluten-Free Blueberry Pie

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:50 Total Time 1:00 Serves 8-10

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Make pie crust. Choose between our gluten-free almond flour crust or gluten-free oat flour crust.
  2. In a large pot, add 4 cups blueberries, tapioca, maple syrup, coconut sugar, lemon zest, cinnamon and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until the blueberries are cooked and thickened up, about 5-8 minutes. Set aside to cool briefly. Add in the remaining cup of frozen blueberries to help the pie cool down faster.
  3. Pre-heat oven to 375ºF.
  4. Between two sheets of parchment, roll out 1 batch of dough to fit the size of a 9 inch pie tin and place in the pie tin.
  5. Roll out remaining dough disk to 10" circle, either to stamp our design to make the stars and strips pie or top the pie with a double crust, making sure to poke some slits into the crust to let steam escape.
  6. Pour the slightly cooled blueberry pie filling into the pie and either place American flag design or top with 2nd crust and seal it.
  7. If you'd like to egg wash the pie, whisk together egg and a splash of water and brush on to the crust. If desired top with raw sugar.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes in the lower-middle oven rack, or until the crust is is light golden all over. If the edges are cooking too quickly cover them with foil.
  9. Let the pie cool completely before serving.
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How to Make Pecan Milk

This Pecan milk recipe is creamy and rich and is so easy to make! It can be used in almost any recipe calling for almond milk, but it also just taste delicious on its own. We’re walking you through how to make this pecan milk recipe with all the tips and tricks you need!

pecan milk recipe in a bottlePecan Milk Recipe

Everyone has heard of almond milk these days, but did you know it’s possible to make milk out of most nuts? Pecan milk has a nut forward taste and so super creamy and delicious; it’s similar to cashew milk. Like most other nut milks it is also simple to make at home. Actually, pecan milk is one of the easier nut milks to make homemade because it doesn’t require any straining. Pecans are soft nuts, so as long as you soak them and use a high-speed blender, no straining is necessary and the resulting milk is so thick and creamy.

pecans soaking in a jar

How do you make pecan milk?

  1. Soak 1 cup of pecans
  2. Blend pecans and fresh water continuously for 1-2 minutes
  3. Pour into a jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days

Why You Don’t Have to Strain Pecan Milk

Pecans are such a soft nut that after you are finished blending, there isn’t any pulp that needs to be strained away. And because of this pecan milk is ultra creamy comparatively to other nut milks. Don’t have a high-speed blender? It’s possible to make it without one, but you may have to strain it in order to get it really smooth.

pecan milk in a blender

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How to Make Pecan Milk

Prep Time 00:05 Inactive Time 04:00 Total Time 04:05 Yields 4 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw unsalted pecans
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • Pinch salt (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)

Directions

  1. Soak your pecans in cold fresh water for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse the pecans.
  3. Place pecans, 4 cups fresh filtered water, pinch of salt and maple syrup (optional) in a high-speed blender and blend continuously for 1-2 minutes, until the nuts are finely ground.
  4. Pour into a jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, though it is better the fresher it is. Separation is normal in non-dairy milks, just shake it up before using it.

Recipe Notes

  1. These nuts are soft so they do not need to be strained. If however your blender is not able to get the milk fine enough, or to a consistency you are happy with you can certainly strain it! Do this with a clean thin kitchen towel or a nut milk bag.
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How to Make Cashew Milk

Cashew milk is creamy and rich and is so easy to make! It can be used in almost any recipe calling for almond milk, but it also just taste delicious on its own. We’re walking you through how to make this cashew milk recipe with all the tips and tricks you need!

pouring finished cashew milk recipe into a glass jarCashew Milk Recipe

Have you ever had cashew milk? Cashew milk is becoming more and more popular as an alternative dairy-free milk and available in stores, but did you know it’s super simple to make at home? Cashew milk is actually one of the easier milks to make at home because it doesn’t even require any straining. Cashews are very soft nuts, so as long as you soak the cashews and use a high-speed blender, no straining is necessary and the resulting milk is so thick and creamy. Don’t have a high-speed blender? It’s possible to make it without one, but you may have to strain it in order to get it really smooth.

soaking cashews in a jar

How do you make cashew milk?

  1. Soak 1 cup of cashews 
  2. Blend cashews with fresh water continuously for 1-2 minutes
  3. Pour into a jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days

Why You Don’t Have to Strain Cashew Milk

This is one reason why we advocate making your own cashew milk, it is really really simple, even more so than the other alternative milks. Cashews are such a soft nut that after you are finished blending, there is no pulp that needs to be strained away. And much like our beloved cashew cream, cashew milk is ultra creamy comparatively to other nut milks.

How much does it cost to make your own cashew milk?

It costs, at most $3.75 to make one batch of this cashew milk, depending on your brand of cashews! The milk that you make at home is extremely different than any cashew milk you will buy at the store. Store-bought cashew milk is in comparison watered down, so while the cost of the store-bought cashew milk might be around the same price or less than what it takes to make at home, you make up for in high quality for the homemade version.

So with everything, you have to weight the benefits of whether it not it makes sense to make it at home. We recommend at least trying it if you are interested to see where it might make sense in your routine. Fresh cashew milk really tastes totally different and it is worth making it at least once to see for yourself!

blending cashew milk in blender

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How to Make Cashew Milk

Prep Time 00:05 Inactive Time 01:00 Total Time 01:05 Yields 4 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw unsalted cashews
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoons maple syrup (optional)

Directions

  1. Soak your cashews in cold fresh water for at least 1 hour, or up to 8 hours overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse the cashews.
  3. Place cashews, 4 cups fresh filtered water, pinch of salt and maple syrup (optional) in a high-speed blender and blend continuously for 1-2 minutes, until the milk is fully blended and creamy.
  4. Pour into a jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, though it is better the fresher it is. Separation is normal in non-dairy milks, just shake it up before using it.

Recipe Notes

  1. If you are making this in a standard blender you may not be able to get it creamy enough. If you want it completely smooth you can strain it out in a thin kitchen towel or a nut milk bag.
  2. We love getting our nuts cheaper in bulk online or at Trader Joe’s!⠀
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How to Make Almond Milk

Have you ever thought to make your own almond milk? It’s unbelievable easy and truly tastes so different than the store bought stuff. We’re walking you through How to Make Almond Milk with all the tips and tricks you need!

homemade almond milkAlmond Milk Recipe

Making almond milk is easier than you think! All you need is two ingredients (raw almonds and water) and three kitchen tools (a blender, a dish towel and a strainer). After that you get delicious, full-flavored homemade almond milk which tastes so different than anything you can buy in the store! Making it at home is great because you get to control what ingredients are in it which means nothing unnecessary. Most store-bought almond milks contain all sorts of additives to stabilize it and keep it fresh. We’re not saying we never buy it, because we certainly do, but we’re saying it’s worth it to make it yourself at least once to give it a try and see where it might fit in your life.

How do you make almond milk?

  1. Soak 1 cup of almonds
  2. Blend almonds and fresh water continuously for 1-2 minutes
  3. Pour blended into a nut milk bag or a thin, clean kitchen towel and squeeze out nut milk.
  4. Pour into a jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days

how to make almond milk from whole almonds

How much does it cost to make almond milk at home?

It costs, at most $3.10 to make one batch of this almond milk recipe, depending on your brand of almonds! That can stretch to make anywhere from 3 cups to 5 cups of it. Depending on the type of nut milk you are buying at a store, this could either be more or less than store-bought. BUT here is the argument here: there are not artificial ingredients or gums or stabilizers in this. The ingredients in this almond milk are in it’s basic form: almonds and water. There are some store-bought versions (which in all honesty, we do LOVE them) containing only almonds and water but they are significant more expensive than what it costs to make yourself. As with everything, you have to weight the benefits of whether it not it makes sense to make it at home.

Fresh nut milk really tastes totally different and it is worth making it at least once to see for yourself!

How many almonds do you need to make almond milk?

This is a frequently searched question on google! If you’ve never made almond milk you have to be wondering how many almonds does it actually? The short answers is that this recipe is based off of 1 cup of almonds. You can blend that 1 cup of almonds to make about 3 cups of milk or up to 5 cups of milk. The lesser amount makes a more full-flavored milk, and of course the higher amount of water added makes a thinner almond milk. You can always size up the recipe, depending on the size of your blender. Though, fresher almond milk tastes the best, so we recommend doing it in small batches to ensure it isn’t sitting around for a while.

squeezing homemade almond milk in a strainer

Do you need to buy a nut milk bag to make it?

No! You can if you want, but it can be made in a clean, thin kitchen towel, as seen on the picture above. If you want to test to make sure that your towel will work hold it tight and run some water and see if it drips out of the towel!

Check out these recipes that use nut milk:

Also, use homemade almond milk in:

  • Smoothies
  • Cooking (think curries and soups)
  • Baking
  • Drinking straight from the glass
  • Coffee and teas (hello, matcha latte or golden milk latte!)
  • Overnight Oats (like these)
  • Popsicles

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How to Make Almond Milk

Prep Time 00:10 Inactive Time 08:00 Total Time 08:10 Yields 3-5 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw unsalted almonds
  • 3 cups filtered water (see note)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoons maple syrup (optional)

Directions

  1. Soak your almonds in cold fresh water for at least 8 hours or up to 12.
  2. Drain and rinse the almonds.
  3. Place almonds, 3 cups fresh filtered water, pinch of salt and maple syrup (optional) in a high-speed blender and blend continuously for 1-2 minutes, until the nuts are finely ground.
  4. To strain it either pour blended nuts in a nut milk bag and squeeze into a bowl, or line a strainer over a bowl with a thin kitchen towel squeeze the nut milk into the bowl.
  5. Pour into a jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, though it is better the fresher it is. Separation is normal in non-dairy milks, just shake it up before using it.

Recipe Notes

  1. We loved how flavorful the almond milk was when it was blended in 3 cups of water. If you would like a less pronounced flavor and thinner almond milk you can blend in up to 5 cups of water.
  2. We love getting our nuts cheaper in bulk online or at Trader Joe’s!⠀
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Vegan and Dairy Free Milk Guide

We tasted and tested so many dairy free and vegan milks to find the BEST and EASIEST ones for you to make at home! Scroll down for our Vegan and Dairy Free Milk Guide that dishes out all the details.

lineup of dairy free milkVegan and Dairy Free Milk Guide

We drank a lot of non-dairy milk for you all! And we’ve got our favorites for sure! We’ve created recipes for all of them so you can try them at home. Even if you don’t need to be dairy-free, these milks are nutrient dense and a great addition to any diet. They are free of any gums or stabilizers and truly all quick and easy to make. We hope you’ll give some of them a try.

Here are our favorite dairy free milk choices and how to make them:

Almond Milk:

This is of course the most well known alternative milk. A simple process of soaking raw almonds and blending with fresh water. Homemade almond milk has tons of flavor, and you can concentrate the flavor by increasing or decreasing the amount of water it is blended with. 

Cashew Milk:

Cashew milk is so rich and creamy. It’s also one of the easier nut milks to make because after you soak and rinse the cashews, you blend it with fresh water until creamy with no straining necessary.

Pecan Milk:

Pecan milk is darker in color than the rest, and has a very nut forward taste. Similar to cashew milk this is a simple nut milk because it also doesn’t need any straining.

Oat Milk:

Oat milk is a pretty neutral tasting milk, and we suggest adding a bit of salt and sweetener to help bring out the flavor. Oat milk is super creamy and thick, and our recipe doesn’t require any soaking.

Coconut Milk:

Who knew you had other options for coconut milk than buying it in the can? Coconut milk is made by quickly soaking unsweetened shredded coconut in hot water, blending and then straining. It’s naturally sweet and creamy. It will separate and have a harder layer on top just like the canned coconut milk after it’s been chilled.

nuts soaking to make dairy free milk

Tips for Making Alternative Milks:

  • Make sure to soak the nuts as directed and then drain and rinse them! Always blend with fresh water.
  • If you don’t drink your tap water for any reason, do not use it to make this recipe. Alternative milk recipes call for filtered water, making the assumption that you do not drink your tap water. You’ll be drinking the water you use to blend it, so make sure to use filtered water if you do not drink your tap water.
  • Finished alternative milk separates after it is chilled since there are no stabilizers or preservatives. Give it a good shake before you use it.
  • You can increase, or decrease the batch amount as needed. Nut milks are best when they’re fresh, so to minimize waste make a smaller batch if you won’t use it up as quickly. Most nut milks will last up to 5 days, but try to use them up quicker than that.
  • To prevent spilling the nut milk when transferring to a jar, use a ladle and funnel. Ladle the nut milk from the bowl into a funnel in the jar you plan to store. Nothing is worse than spilling half your precious milk!

pouring vegan milk through a strainer

Mix and match!

It’s totally okay to mix and match these milks, especially the nut milks. We love the blend of almond milk and pecan milk, or cashew and almond milk together. Experiment and see what works best for you! Making them together is okay, even though technically you don’t have to strain some of the milks. For instance, when making almond and cashew together we do blend and strain both of them at the same time.

Other alternative milks not mentioned, but available to purchase in store:

  • Soy milk
  • Flax milk
  • Rice milk
  • Hemp milk
  • Macademia milk

dairy free milk poured into a coffee

Recipes to use with alternative milks:

Other ways to use milk:

  • Smoothies
  • Cooking (think curries and soups)
  • Baking
  • Drinking straight from the glass
  • Coffee and teas (hello, matcha latte or golden milk latte!)
  • Overnight Oats (like these)
  • Popsicles

NOTE: We love getting our nuts cheaper in bulk online or at Trader Joe’s!

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