Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Dressing

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Don't forget to visit last week's post with the PiYo giveaway! I hope y'all took advantage of the Black Friday specials at Beachbody. Some really amazing deals. I added Pump to my collection and I'm excited to give it a try.

You know that feeling when you cross something BIG off your to do list? And then to cross TWO big things off your list? Ya'll! (run with the southern accent-I'm feelin it).  To be finished with big stuff is life changing. Tonight is my last class for my licensing grad work. Consequently, two of my biggest assignments were due today as well. I may have waited until Sunday to begin procrastinated a tad bit. End project was {drumroll please} 41 pages. Never ever in my life have I written that much BS educational rhetoric. Ever. It sure does feel good to have it done. When I started this semester I told myself I only need to get a C in the class. That's laughable now. Over achiever much? Um... Maybe?

Thanksgiving was really nice. Of course it started off well with a win Wednesday night in our home opener! J played well. Coach instructed well. It's always an interesting game because we play our HS alma-mater. The coach of the other team is one of our HS classmates and friends which always makes for an interesting situation as well. It was a well played game, I didn't die of nerves or heart failure, and no one came home with hurt feelings. Whew!

Our family gatherings were tension free fun for everyone. I was glad to see everyone and spend quality time with my siblings, nieces and nephews. The food was spectacular. My stomach didn't agree so much after two days of it, however. By Saturday my gut was a mess! It doesn't take long to be reminded why eating clean works. Energy depletes quicker, nerves frazzle quicker, and fitful sleep all take hold. We were all welcoming our real foods on Sunday.

Segue into this week's Tasty Tuesday feature: salad dressings. Have you ever read the food label on a bottle of salad dressing? Even the "good" ones have added preservatives and sugars. I'm not saying adding a little sweet goodness isn't ok. I'm simply choosing not to include much sugar in my diet (less than 25 grams per day). When I do use sweeteners, I'm using raw sugar, raw honey, or stevia.

The basis for salad dressing is very simple. Base + Acid + Allium + Flavor
What does this mean, you ask? Mini science lesson coming up!
Base: Oil, Fat, Yogurt
Acid: Vinegar, Buttermilk, Lemon Juice
Allium: garlic, onion, shallot, chives, scallion, leeks (pretty much any kind of onion)
Flavor: herbs, spices, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese, seeds (celery, poppy, sunflower, etc), nuts (pecans, walnuts, etc), fruit, honey, and so many more. The possibilities are endless!

Here is one of my favorite dressings. This one is really really good on cooked veggies as well as with salads. It has just the right amount of heat to make things zesty, but not blow your eyeballs out of your skull, if you know what I mean. I love it on Brussels sprouts and with as a marinade for fish and chicken. And it's super easy. What's your favorite homemade dressing?



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