Garlic Orange Dressing~
This is one of my favorite dressings to use. It is super versatile and if you don’t happen to have an orange lying around you can use a few tablespoons of OJ or use a lemon instead.
My favorite toppings to use with this dressing are the following:
golden or red beets (no surprise here…I could eat these on my oats for breakfast)
chicken or salmon (see BBQ salmon salad recipe)
Making your own salad dressing is a much healthier option than your average store-bought version. It is simple to do and if you just have a few ingredients on hand at all times, you can easily whip up your own version in just a few minutes. I suppose you could also make a whole bottle at a time, but I find making it on the spot works best for my taste buds. I can adjust the flavors by changing up one to two ingredients and also I don’t have to worry about it going bad if I don’t use it.
Here is a list of things to keep on hand so you can make your own dressings too~
fresh acidic fruit (lemon, orange, lime)
fresh herbs (parsley, basil, mint, rosemary)
Just experiment with flavors YOU like. Be ADVENTUROUS with your cooking. Be healthy. Add a little GOOD fat (EVOO, flaxseed oil, nuts, almond butter, fish, avocado) to your meals and mix up your protein choices. You CAN change your eating habits one choice at a time!
Check out the new USDA’s new food icon, MyPlate, that was revealed yesterday. (replacing the food pyramid) http://blogs.usda.gov/2011/06/02/usda-unveils-new-simple-tips-to-stay-healthy-active-and-fit/ I am not sure that I like it. Most people do not eat this way every meal. I don’t eat veggies for breakfast, do you? Granted, I sometimes put a little spinach in my smoothies, but in general, there are not veggies on top my steel cut oats in the morning. There is also no emphasis on fats, and personally I think too much of the plate is taken up by grains. I would rather it focused on fresh fruits and vegetables. AND being active! What are your thoughts on the change?