The question of salad dressing always comes up over the 30 days because there is a lot of emphasis on vegetables. We’re used to salad, and we’re also used to dressing. What’s one to do on paleo for salad dressing? Well, here are a few options:
-Olive oil, lemon juice, and pepper. At first people typically turn their noses up at this one, but once your taste buds start adjusting, this is actually quite nice.
-Mashed up avocado, olive oil, lemon juice, and pepper. This one adds more fat and if you mash enough, even some of the creamier texture.
-Salsa by itself or with one of the aforementioned options. This is one of husband’s favorite. If you cook the meat on your salad with some more Mexican-esque spices, this is an especially good option.
-Mayo or ranch made from mayo…but you have to make it yourself. It’s actually kind of fun because mayo seems to be it’s own little science experiment.
-1 egg at room temperature
-2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar
-1/4 teaspoon of mustard powder
-Dash of paprika
-3/4-1 cup of olive oil–NOT extra virgin or a combination of olive oil and another oil such as walnut. EVOO doesn’t really taste right.
-Combine all ingredients except oil with either an immersion blender or a Magic Bullet-like device.
-Slowly add in oil and continue to blend until thick. This is the part where some magic science thing happens. It can go wrong at this step, and I have had to throw out my mayo and start over more than once.
-Refrigerate and use within 5-7 days since there is raw egg in the recipe.
I’ll admit, I haven’t actually tried this, but here’s what I’ve read.
-1 cup aforementioned mayo
-1 cup coconut milk
-1 tbs finely chopped green onion or chives
-1tbs minced parsley
-1 garlic clove, minced
-Pepper, cayenne, and paprika to taste
-Mix all of the above together.
There you have it. If you try the ranch, let me know how it turns out.
My food, Day 4:
Breakfast: Large bowl of spaghetti squash with ground beef, mushrooms, spinach, and pesto.
Lunch: About a pound of roast beef and some collard greens.
Dinner: Steak, green beans, and a cup of coffee.
I’m feeling AMAZING. I forgot how good it feels to eat so clean for so many consecutive days. Currently, I’m SERIOUSLY considering never eating ice cream again. This makes my heart sad, but my stomach happy. There’s still coconut ice cream, which is definitely a cheat, but it’s better for me than any real ice cream or frozen yogurt. We’ll see what I decide in February.
Have been to the gym twice this week already with plans for a third time on Friday. That’s going well. Yesterday we did a Max Effort Black Box weight-lifting routine, but will be adapting that programming next week. Altogether there have been 85 assisted pull-ups this week. Yesterday I couldn’t extend my arm all the way to reach the top of my board in my classroom…good times. It’s good to be back!
Happy day 5!