Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Salad & Son

I'm not gonna lie, I think my 3 year old and 6 year old are pretty terrible eaters. But one thing that I have found to hold true is that if you engage children in the preparation of healthy food, they are FAR more likely to taste something new. Like lettuce. Max is not a salad eater, yet, but get him engaged in the preparation of a salad and he's a pretty sure bet for eating some romaine.

I think he likes it!

As for the adults in this household, we prefer our salads with some dressing on it, so when a friend of mine mentioned yesterday that she had made a delicious "goddess" dressing from Mama Pea at the Peas and Thank You blog, I thought I would search out the recipe. I was excited to find that I had all of the ingredients on hand, including the avocado, lemon, tahini and xanthan gum (yes, xanthan gum--I keep it in the freezer). Get the full recipe here. It's garlicy and full of flavor and oh-so-yummy. And no guilt involved! Just how I like my food.

What's your favorite salad dressing these days? Do you stick with the same one(s) or do you try new one(s) regularly?

Is it from a bottle or do you make it yourself?


JL goes Vegan said...

I'm a make it yourself gal. Much more control on the nutrients and flavors I like!

Anonymous said...

The other day I whizzed up 1/2 C. raw cashews w/ 3/4 C hot water, fresh garlic, salt, pepper & Sriracha in my $20 blender. Creamy, garlicy, spicy & yummy! Love your blog by the way.

Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day said...

You are so right about getting kids involved in the kitchen..

I make all my dressings.. I have a yummy goddess recipe on my blog too.. but my favorite go to dressing uses chickpea water and flax meal to replace oil. I have several versions of dressings.. sesame ginger, balsamic vinaigrette. For less than 20 calories per T!

the Cleveland Cupcake Company said...

Oh my, this is my go to dressing, very similar to Caesar!!!

1 clove garlic
1/3 c low fat cottage cheese
1/2 plain non fat yogurt
1/4 parm cheese
5 tsp white wine vinegar
1/2 tsp worchestershire
salt pepper

Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner said...

You little guy is SO cute! :D

I used to only use ranch on my salads, hehe, but then I took a look at the ingredient list. Also, since I am lactose intollerant, it's a little harder to find a good salad dressing. I really want to make some of my own, but I don't really know where to start. I think I'll just have to go with trying olive oil or something. :)

Sherry said...

Hi Wendy: Love your pics. I agree with the comment of if your children help in the prep, they will eat it. I have always had my kids in the kitchen helping and it is true. Although we are eating healthier these days, we have always had better eating habits and lifestyles than many families.
As far as dressings, for many years I used the Good Seasons mixes. While on WW I started making my own. My favorite is a Balsamic vinaigrette I used to make with BV, honey, dijon and garlic. Now that I have tried to eliminate fats and sugars, I mix BV, fresh orange juice, garlic and some ground cashews or walnuts. It is really awesome! Never use bottled, yuck!

JL goes Vegan said...

If Anonymous is reading -- love that cashew dressing recipe-- I'll be trying it soon!

Donna said...

Thanks Wendy, I feel like you did this blog post just for me! I'm looking forward to all the new dressings I get to try. The hardest part of the plant based diet for me has been salad dressings.

Mama Pea said...

Your son is adorable! I'm glad you liked the "goddess dressing"! Thank you for the link love :)

Virtually Vegan Mama said...

what a cutie you have!

funny you should ask...but I just came up with a new dressing today! I will post tomorrow =)

Jess - The Domestic Vegan said...

Cute photos!! That salad looks yummy.

My current FAVORITE dressing is my own variation of the Living Caesar Dressing from "Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan." It is AMAZING (and raw)!


(I use sesame seeds instead of pine nuts, and a few pieces of nori instead of kelp sometimes. Also a little less lemon juice & no olive oil. It is FANTASTIC & makes me want to eat salad all day everyday!)

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