Category Archives: Sauces and Dressings

Maple Kombucha Salad Dressing

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist October 27, 2014

 

kombucha salad dressing

Salad dressings have gotten a bad rap in recent years due to confusion about fats, and this has led dieticians and nutritionists to frequently advise against them entirely – suggesting either lowfat dressings or lemon juice as alternatives.

The problem is that salads dressed only in lemon juice are tasteless and unappetizing!

Lowfat commercial dressings are loaded with neurotoxic MSG in the form of hydrolyzed vegetable protein or hidden away under the “natural flavors” label.

Regular versions of bottled, commercial dressings are made with cheap, low quality oils that have been made rancid with high temperature processing. Stabilizers, preservatives, artificial flavors, colors and belly-bulging corn syrup add further insult to injury.

Even organic healthfood store dressings made with canola oil should be avoided. Canola oil is high in brain boosting omega 3 fat, but is usually genetically modified (GMO) if not organic and goes rancid very easily, requiring manufacturers to deodorize the oil to hide the off smell.

If that isn’t bad enough, the deodorizing process required to manufacture canola oil forms a dangerous form of transfat, not listed on the label of these supposedly healthy dressings.

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Egg Free Mayonnaise Recipe and Video How-to

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist January 29, 2013

One of the very first videos I ever filmed for this blog was how to make healthy, homemade mayonnaise. In the nearly three years since this video was first published, I have received numerous requests for an egg free version.

At long last, here is a delicious egg free mayonnaise that I have devised after a bit of experimentation.  The recipe not only uses no eggs but can also be dairy free too if desired.  Egg free mayonnaise definitely comes in handy if you are out of eggs and your local farm pickup is still a few days away!

If you have an egg allergy, making your own egg free mayonnaise is really a must because the ingredients in the commercial egg free mayo brands that I’ve examined are nothing short of frightening!  Even homemade egg free mayo recipes typically use soy milk or tofu which are certainly far from desirable ingredients especially if you value the health of your thyroid!

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Video: Fewer Nutrients Absorbed When Using Lowfat Dressing

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist August 14, 2012

There is nothing quite as refreshing and delicious as a beautiful bowl of organic salad.  Perhaps the vegetables are freshly picked from your own garden or sourced from a CSA or farmer’s market.

While there is no doubt that salads, particularly organic, are a healthy complement to just about any meal, it may surprise you to learn that you won’t be absorbing many of the vitamins and minerals unless you top it with a full fat salad dressing.

In a recent Purdue University study published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, 20 participants were fed salads topped with dressings consisting of either saturated, monounsaturated, or polyunsaturated fats.  Their blood was then tested for absorption of fat soluble carotenoids such as lycopene, beta carotene, and zeaxanthin.

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Video: 8 Homemade Salad Dressings and Sauces

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist August 10, 2011
Galena Canning Co. Endless Hot Sauce Aisle

What Bottled Sauces are in Your Fridge?

Want to take a very decisive step toward health?

Ditch those MSG, rancid vegetable oil, additive filled dressings and sauces from the store and start making your own!

No bottled sauces or dressings compare to the flavor and quality of homemade salad dressings and sauces – even the organic brands. Not only will you be doing your health a huge favor by taking this step, but you will be saving quite a bit of money too!

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Homemade Thousand Island Dressing (Fermented)

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist April 30, 2011

homemade thousand island dressing

One of my very favorite salad dressings is Thousand Island. Unfortunately, the bottled versions purchased from the grocery store don’t do it justice.  Not by a long shot.

Homemade thousand island dressing is definitely the way to go!

The rancid vegetable oils like soy or canola, chemical additives, artificial thickeners and even high fructose corn syrup in store versions can quickly turn your healthy salad into a bowl full of indigestion and inflammation!

Even organic salad dressings leave much to be desired as canola (short for “Canadian Oil”) is typically used – a hybridization of the poisonous rapeseed oil.   Why bother paying the premium for organic salad greens if the dressing is unhealthy?   It would be better to buy non-organic salad greens and get the dressing right.

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