Salad Dressing

In search of the perfect (or better) salad dressing that does not consist of sugar, high calories or processed ingredients, I have found my best option. You can never go wrong with making your own. Recently, I found this glass container at a Home Goods store and was immediately excited about all the different recipes I could try. This container came with recipes printed on it and they were great options. I did some research and decided to try my own. Here I’ll leave you with two I found online.

Garlic Vinaigrette

1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar
1-2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 garlic cloves, minced
generous pinch of sea salt and black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh herbs or 2 teaspoons dried (basil, oregano, chives, and thyme are all nice)
scant 1 1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil

Combine all ingredients except olive oil in a jar. Stir well with a fork.
Add olive oil, cover tightly, and shake well until combined. You can also use a blender and drizzle the oil in slowly while it is running.

Balsamic Vinaigrette

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram (or oregano)
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Combine all ingredients except olive oil in a jar. Stir well with a fork.
Add olive oil, cover tightly, and shake well until combined. You can also use a blender and drizzle the oil in slowly while it is running.

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Quest bars

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Recently I posted a picture of my quest bar on IG and I got a few questions about, so I thought to share here as well.

Although I tend to stay away from these kinds of products, quest bars have been the exception. They have a decent list of ingredients making them my number one choice. Why have them?? I use them when I’m on the go and food may not be accessible. I never leave the house without one in my purse or bag. Hey, better than skipping a meal and ending up with junk food instead.

The other reason is this helps me when I’m craving something sweet and don’t want to have an actual cheat or treat. I have a quest bar instead. And after discovering the wonders of cooking these little bars, I’m hooked!

Downfall, well they have a lot of fiber. I’ve known some people who can not tolerate them, giving serious stomach cramps. I try not to have more than two a week at most and not every week either.

What to do? I bake them at 350 for 5 minutes and then broil for 1 minute. The outside gets crispy while the inside of the bar melts and becomes moist.

There are many flavors but my favorite are cookies and cream (the best), apple pie, cinnamon bun and cookie dough.

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