Monday, February 11, 2013

Simple Avocado Dressing & Weekly Meals

When I was little, my mom used to make salad dressing with fresh squeezed lemon juice. I was not a fan as the lemon was too bold for my taste buds at the time. I kept thinking, “Why can’t we have the cool bottled dressings my friends get to use.?” But there was no convincing my mom to buy those “chemicals.”

While I didn’t understand my mom then, I have come pretty much full circle and now make as much as I can from scratch, especially something as simple as salad dressing.

The other day I quickly mixed together the following and everyone loved it.



Simple Avocado Dressing

Ingredients
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbsps olive oil
  • 2 tsps Dijon mustard
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 - 1 stevia packet
  • 1/2 small avocado
Instructions
  1. Mix the lemon juice, olive oil, mustard, salt, pepper, and stevia together. I like to put them into an old jar and shake the jar vigorously.
  2. Cut the avocado into small pieces and put it in the bottom of a salad bowl and smash it with a fork
  3. Pour the dressing over the avocado and mix well.
  4. Add your greens and dress your salad.
And here is what we are going to eat this week. I did a lot of cooking yesterday (broccoli soup, ribs, black rice, and Brussels sprouts), so many of the meals are already in the fridge ready to assemble:

Meal 1: Broccoli soup with black rice. I sautéed some onions, two carrots, and two celery stalks for a few minutes. Then I added some garlic and the broccoli. Next I added vegetable stock and cooked everything for about 15 minutes. Then I pureed the veggies with my immersion blender. Last, I added salt, pepper, and a couple tablespoons of unsweetened almond milk.
Meal 2: Braised ribs with roasted Brussels sprouts.
Meal 3: Lemon chicken with a salad. I’ll poach a couple chicken breasts in lemon juice and olive oil and season the chicken with salt and pepper. So simple, but so good as the chicken really gets infused with the lemon juice.
Meal 4: Salmon with a salad.
Meal 5: Leftovers. There should be plenty of leftovers this week.

Questions: What’s on your menu this week? What’s your favorite salad dressing?
 
Be well,
Andrea

40 comments:

  1. Hi Andrea! I love eating avacados. So that's a super great idea to make dressing out of them.<--One more way to eat something I want to eat more of.

    :-) Marion

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    1. I love avocados, too, and I love that if it's in a dressing, I get a bit with every bite... :)

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  2. This sounds really good and I always prefer to make my own dressings. Your mom is a smart lady!

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    1. Yes, I'm starting to realize that my mom is pretty smart! :)

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  3. The dressing sounds wonderful Andrea! I love dijon mustard, seriously, love it. And your weekly menu? Sounds perfect.
    Do you get Clean Eating Magazine? They had some really great and simple recipes for how to use avocado leftovers in this month's issue. The recipes sounded right up your alley.

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    1. I've seen Clean Eating Magazine mentioned on your blog before, but I have never read it. I'll have to look for it.

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  4. Greta,
    ich habe am Samstag Broccolisuppe gekocht mit Gemüsebrühe und
    Gemüsefond,nur soviel Flüssigkeit wie notwendig,dann pürriert,
    mit Pfeffer und etwas Knoblauch abgeschmeckt.Ich koche einige Röschen immer extra,al dente, und hebe diese vorsichtig unter.
    Dazu etwas Creme fraiche oder Schmand und Baguette.Guten Appetit!

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  5. Avocado is a very healthy fruit and I'm sure it tastes well as salad dressing too.I will try this salad dressing recipe, but I have to check if there's are avocados in the supermarket today. I'm not sure if the fruit is in season.

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    1. It's my understanding that avocados are now harvested year round in California. I bought mine at the local Farmers' Market from a local farmer.

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  6. Good story about the dressing Andrea! It is funny how we do come full circle once we become adults and have children.

    No meal plan here yet as we are eating off the leftovers from the weekend!

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    1. Yes, we do come full circle... :)

      I LOVE leftovers. Enjoy!

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  7. I'm really trying to be better about using less bottled dressing! I love the idea of adding avocado so I will definitely be pinning this to Pinterest (my obsession) so I can come back and look at it later!

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    1. Give it a try. The little bit of stevia takes the "edge" off the lemon, and it's nice and creamy.

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  8. I definitely would like this dressing, there's something about avocado and lemon that makes it magical! :)

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  9. I make a homemade guac by adding TJ's sweet & hot mustard, salsa & some spirulina powder - pretty good & you can change the flavor by changing the salsa flavor. :)

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    1. Your salsa sounds good! I have yet to try spirulina powder. It's on my "must try" list! :)

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  10. That's cute about you as a kid wanting fancy salad dressing bowls. Your menu this week sounds wonderful. It never ceases to amaze me how similar are our tastes in food!

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    1. Yes, we do have very similar taste in food! Hope you'll stop by soon for a meal! :)

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  11. This sounds so good. I'm with you, if I can make something fresh, I prefer it over the ready made. have a great day Andrea.

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  12. Growing up my Dad used to make homemade thousand island dressing - full fat mayo, ketchup, pickle relish - I am pretty sure it negated any healthy veggie we put this dressing on, but it was so good!

    Bottled dressing was Green Goddess, I am not even sure they make that anymore!

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    1. I'm sure you dad's dressing got you to eat your veggies though! :)

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  13. What a great dressing! Love anything with avocado in it. And lemon chicken sounds amazing!

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    1. The chicken dish is so simple yet so good. It's everyone's new favorite dish! :)

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  14. Ooh, I LOVE the idea of avocado in this salad! That's very clever! I'm also a fan of homemade salad dressings, although I have to agree with you on the tartness of lemon sometimes (although I'm much more used to it now!).

    I'm not sure what's on the menu this week (I'm traveling), but I'm looking forward to some homemade food when I get back :) Have a great rest of your week, Andrea!

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  15. Nice avocado dressing...I have one avocado in the fridge and I think this recipe just pop in my computer at the right time :)

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  16. I love making my own dressings too. This one sounds excellent.

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  17. Sounds like a super yummy and healthy dressing!!

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  18. Love this dressing idea, and it's pretty much one thing we {almost} always make from scratch-so much better than bottled! I was travelling last week, and again this weekend, so my menu planning has been put on hold, but after the next trip I will definitely be getting back in the swing of it. Looking forward to trying your dressing! Happy Valentines Day :-)

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    1. Hope you had a nice Valentine's Day!

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  19. YUM! I love the healthy creaminess of this! and dig the Korean bottle =)

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    1. Yes, the creaminess of ripe avocados is amazing. A lot of my spices are in Korean bottles... :)

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  20. It's so funny how we come full circle with certain things. I would always envy friends who had white bread on their sandwiches, because I was the odd man out with the whole wheat bread.
    This dressing looks delicious! I love fresh lemon in the mix!

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    1. Yes, it's funny (and sometimes scary!) how we turn into our parents... :)

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