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Here's an absolutely delicious recipe for a Maple Dijon Vinaigrette!As Bruce shared in a recent post, most bottled salad dressings are full of refined, unhealthy oils, and sweeteners. And even organic dressings may contain questionable ingredients acting as thickeners, stabilizers, or emulsifiers. But nasty ingredients aside, homemade salad dressing just tastes SO much better! And it’s really easy to make. In fact, if you’re just beginning your transition away from processed foods, ditching the store-bought salad dressing in exchange for your own homemade version is a great place to start.

My Maple Dijon Vinaigrette salad dressing is one of my all time favorites. I’ve served it multiple times for dinner guests and potlucks, and it always gets rave reviews. This probably has something to do with the fact that it contains a little pure maple syrup. If you’re struggling to get your family members to eat their leafy greens, this dressing just might turn your salad snubbers into salad lovers. It’s that good! Continue Reading >>

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Simple Tips for Growing Herbs in Container Gardens

Simple Tips for Herb Container GardensOkay, I admit it. I’m not much of a gardener. I just don’t have a green thumb. That’s why I had a seasoned gardener share her years of experience on how to get started with a quick and easy organic garden.

But even though I’m not a great vegetable gardener, I do love growing herbs in containers. Thankfully most herbs are pretty hardy and kind of tough to kill. :-) So I thought I’d share my 8+ years of experience growing herb container gardens and ask others to pitch in with any additional advice they might have. But please remember … let’s give up on getting it perfect and just get our hands dirty! Continue Reading >>

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Recipe: The Best Ever Classic Italian Salad Dressing

Bruce Bradley's Absolutely Best Italian Oil and Vinegar Salad Dressing RecipeWhat’s in your bottled salad dressing? Unfortunately it’s not a pretty picture for most store-bought options. The good news is making your own homemade salad dressing really doesn’t take much time or skill. And not only are they usually a whole lot cheaper, but homemade dressings also taste better and contain real ingredients.

My son and I used to use Girard’s Champagne dressing. I thought because it was premium that it had to be “better”—boy was I wrong! With MSG, caramel coloring, preservatives, and lots of other processed ingredients, I ultimately decided to make a change. So when we started our real food journey we gradually made the move to homemade.

After a bit of experimenting I finally came up with my own homemade option that’s delicious and versatile enough for a lot of different tastes. Just choose your preferred vinegar for the base, and you’ve got an oil and vinegar dressing that’s tailor-made for your family. :-) Continue Reading >>

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What’s In Your Salad Dressing?

What's In Your Bottled Oil and Vinegar Salad Dressing and 4 tips to choosing a healthier option.Oil and vinegar based salad dressings are some of the most common types of dressings. Simple and classic, this flavorful combination has been used since Ancient Greek and Roman times as a way to season and dress vegetables and greens. Despite their relative ease to make, bottled salad dressings have become increasingly popular since their introduction in the 1940s. But what’s really in these bottles, and is their convenience really worth it?

What’s In Your Oil and Vinegar Salad Dressing?

If you’ve shopped for bottled, non-refrigerated salad dressings lately you’ve experienced the overwhelming nature of this category firsthand. With approximately $2 Billion in annual retail sales 1 the salad dressing aisle goes on and on with a seemingly endless number of varieties. While ranch dressings are the most popular flavor segment, oil and vinegar based dressings are also big sellers. And even within the oil and vinegar segment there are tons of options including different flavor profiles, full fat, fat free, light, and most recently organic.

To help illustrate what’s in these oil and vinegar based salad dressing, I’ve assembled a list of some of the more popular dressings and their ingredients below: Continue Reading >>

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  1. ACNielsen 2013

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This post is by blog team member, Kelly. To learn more about Kelly, check out our team page!


 

How To Create a Home Food Prep StrategyIn a recent post I shared my #1 tip for transitioning to a real food cooking habit … planning ahead. Having a weekly menu plan is great, but only if you can actually stick to it. :-)

One way to ensure your success is to prepare some of your food ahead of time. Setting aside an hour a couple times a week to prep some of your food goes a long way towards alleviating the stress that can accompany the dinner hour in a busy household. Imagine not only knowing what’s for dinner, but also having some of it already made! Continue Reading >>

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