Even after a year of diving into traditional real foods, I'm still amazed at what I can create on my own. We as a society are so programmed to search out products that are already made for us. So when I started looking at the ingredients on salad dressings I was appalled to find that not one out there was suitable for my new diet.
Here are the ingredients for Kraft's Ranch dressing:
It really isn't hard to make your own salad dressing. I whipped this up in under five minutes without a recipe. I just started throwing things together and kept tasting until I liked what I had. Here's what went into it: milk kefir, fresh parmesan, fresh basil, fresh garlic, sea salt, raw honey, dried dill, pastured egg yolk, 1/2 an avocado, tumeric, and dried parsley. It's absolutely delicious and I call it 'Green Goddess'. ;)
Here's the lunch I made with it. Green salad topped with canned wild salmon, avocado, and green goddess dressing. With a side of sourdough english muffins topped with homemade raw chevre cheese. This is a lunch that I felt good serving my husband. I had a much smaller version without the bread and cheese.
I'm still after the perfect loaf of sourdough bread. It's not that there aren't good recipes out there. The e-course lesson this week has a great tutorial on sourdough bread. I followed it, but still ended up with a dense, flat disc. I put 10 minutes of kneading energy into these loaves along with hours of waiting time. Do you really think I'm going to toss this?? Heck no!
I transformed them into croutons. Cut the disc into cubes, toss with parmesan cheese, sea salt, garlic powder, italian seasoning, and olive oil. Bake until crisp. Wonderful on salads!