While I have always known that what we eat has an impact on how we feel, the more I read and the closer I get to this subject the more I feel that eating foods that can be made in my own kitchen are the best things I can eat. I do try to get organic, locally grown food whenever possible and grass fed beef is a must.
One of the first condiments that I tried, when making this change was salad dressing. I wanted something my husband will eat and he only eats blue cheese dressing. Most of the wonderful healthful cookbooks I have have no recipes for homemade blue cheese dressing. I did find one online from the Whole Food site. I tried it, just to see. It tasted great and it was quite easy.
There were a number of things that aren’t perfect about it. It uses Worstishire Sauce, which is probably not optimal given that I really have no idea what’s in it. It also calls for buttermilk , which I can only find pasturized (or worse, ultra-pasturized). It also requires sour cream.
I have discovered that I can tell no difference in taste from changing from buttermilk to my raw whole milk. In an ideal world, I would make my own but I haven’t yet. I could also make my own sour cream but I haven’t yet managed that either. I am sure I could find something healthier to substitute for the Worshtishire sauce but I have yet to do that.
It is not perfect but it is better by far than anything I would buy in the store. There are no preservatives. I use raw blue cheese. I use organic ingredients for everything else that I can. I use fresh ingredients as well so now my salad has some real protein.
Yes, I could do better but this is start and gives me confidence to continue into my forays into making condiments. Since my first attempt at this I have made some lacto-fermented salsa and I have hopes of doing so one more time to use the last of our tomatoes. Who knows what I’ll have tried before this time next year?
Many people think they don’t have time to do this. It takes me all of about five minutes to make the blue cheese dressing. Perhaps it took me 10 the first time. It went fast and it lasts for several salads. Who knows what I’ll try next. Now I have the confidence to keep going, knowing that many of those things I thought I’d never try are actually easier and faster than I could possibly have imagined.
Branching out and trying is what’s important. It may be easier to make changes than we think, particularly about food.
This post is part of Food Renegade’s Fight Back Friday.