Tomorrow we celebrate Super Hero’s, yes for Mother’s Day! My mom is extraordinary, she is loving, caring, generous, creative, compassionate, patient, kind, sweet, funny, I could go on for hours! I feel so truly blessed to have such a pillar of faith to look up to. She is my role model and has helped me grow into the woman I am today. She gives of her time, talents, and is always looking out for the good of others. As I write this, I get teary eyed because God has been so good to me and I can’t thank him enough for the gift that she is in my life. She has been there for me through my darkest hours, through the happiest times of my life and in the little daily things that seem irrelevant, but matter the most. Some of my first memories are of her and I in the kitchen. Usually baking cookies and me sneaking cookie dough. We had an oven in the basement and I am sure she knows this but every time she went down stairs to put a tray in, I snuck a spoon of cookie dough!
My mom is a creator and experimenter with food which is where I’m sure I get it from. This salad dressing recipe is one she came up with over 10 years ago. She always liked to put it on this combination of salad ingredients (baby spinach, red onion, blue cheese, almonds and strawberries). -Before strawberries were socially expectable to top salads with! The first couple of years we used honey to sweeten but have since switched to stevia to keep carbs lower. I crave this salad dressing, its so good! The combination of flavors might sound odd, but when you eat them, you know they all belong together!
I love going to visit my mom because she’s always up to something new, ready to tell me about her latest concoction! Its fun to bounce ideas off back and forth. She too, limits carbs and sugar, she looks and feels fabulous! I think mom looks younger now then when I was a kid!
If you have children or nieces & nephews, I hope you include them in cooking and get them in the kitchen. Studies show that kids who participate in meal prep, gardening and cooking are less likely to be picky eaters. Guess what, if they grow their own fruits and veggies, they will eat them! Ok, they’ll at least try them, but they usually like them because they were involved. I believe one of the reasons I cook for a living is because my mom made it fun for me and engaged me in the process.
So MOM the secret is out, your recipe is in print! We no longer have to “eye ball” ingredients, I actually measured it out, my mom and I have a bad habit of creating recipes and then forgetting what we did! I want to thank all you moms out there for all you do to raise your children. MOM, this is for you and I love you more than chocolate:)
This is a sweet and savory blend of flavors
- 2 T balsamic vinegar
- 3/4 cup sunflower or extra virgin olive oil
- 10-12 drops liquid stevia extract
- 1/2 t sesame oil
- 1/2 t salt
- 1/2 t ground black pepper
- baby spinach and or field greens
- red onion
- crumbled blue cheese
- sliced or chopped almonds
- *grilled chicken optional
- whisk all ingredients together except oil
- then slowly whisk in oil
- serve on salad
5 Net Carbs for entire batch of dressing