My entire life I have had a love affair with condiments. In fact, I probably I have more condiments in my fridge than actual food at any given time. Dressings, dips, sauces, syrups, spices, 8 kinds of mustards (sweet, hot, sweet and hot, honey, yellow, dijon, whole grain, spicy brown. My hubby doesn’t even like mustard!). You name it. I have it.
Condiments are so versatile and liven up any kind of food (or non-food… I’d probably eat cardboard dipped in ranch dressing!). So while we’re on the subject of ranch dressing let’s just cut to the chase. I’m obsessed. I mean, who isn’t? (My husband, the weirdo!) I LOVE this Best Ranch Dressing EVER recipe from Alanna over at Planks Love & Guacamole. I throw in whatever spices I feel like (or have) to change it up a bit. I put this on salads and use as a dip with just about anything. Our kids go nuts over it! This keeps in the fridge for about 2 weeks but ours is usually gone before the week is up.
Now, my second obsession is mayo (yet another one my husband could care less about! I’m beginning to think he’s not human). Most store bought mayonaises have soybean and vegetable oils that are unhealthy for us (yes, even the olive oil ones! They contain more “other ingredients” than olive oil anyway). I adore this recipe from Melissa Hartwig over at whole30. http://whole30.com/2014/05/mayo/. I have to say that the first time I tried to make my own mayo I nearly gave up because I had 2 batches that wouldn’t emulsify, one in my ninja blender and the other with my $5 hand blender. Anyone that knows me, knows that I hate to waste food (how do you think I got to 321lbs in the first place?!?). Third time was the charm when I used my giant food processor which I despise cleaning because it takes up half my dishwasher with all it’s pieces and parts.
Enter the Cuisinart hand blender which can be found here (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ARQVKUG/ref=sr_ph?ie=UTF8&qid=1431371103&sr=1&keywords=cuisinart+hand+blender). This magical device (which I chose red because it was the cheapest color, shocking it wasn’t purple I know! Yes I am THAT cheap that I will save $4 for a color I really could care less about.) is absolutely the answer to my mayo and ranch prayers. I can quickly make a batch in less than 5 minutes and have the device and cup in the dishwasher that takes up no more space than 2 pint glasses. Thank you very much Cuisinart!*
You know that song “You Are My Sunshine”? Well you’ll be singing it as you are tasting Melissa Joulwan’s Sunshine Sauce (http://theclothesmakethegirl.com/2009/07/21/sunshine-sauce/) from the Well Fed cookbook again. Because we don’t consume legumes (which includes peanuts, read more about why here http://whole9life.com/2012/09/the-legume-manifesto/ ) and I can’t get enough peanut sauce EVER this made a fantastic doppleganger. This is another one that our kids went nutso over and can be eaten with practically any protein or veggies. I made this sauce this week for paleo pad thai with spaghetti squash and the hubby completely missed that there weren’t actual noodles!
Another family favorite (and all 3 kid approved!) paleo condiments is BBQ sauce. We love the one from the Well Fed 2 cookbook from Melissa Jouwan (do you see a pattern here? I’m in LOVE with these cookbooks! http://www.amazon.com/dp/0989487504/?tag=googhydr-20&hvadid=31590901637&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=15808111151404178955&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_2fhr80a3zl_e) You’ll have to go here to get a copy to get this recipe but this one is pretty yummy too! http://xinesbattleofherbulge.com/2014/01/21/bbq-sauce-recipe/
Making your own condiments can be a time consuming and messy job, but the taste alone makes it worth the hard work. I think if you really took the time to read the labels on the store bought variety you’d be shocked at the sugar and sodium content alone. Don’t even get me started on the hidden MSG (and it says NO MSG on the front of the label. Shame on these companies!) I will NEVER buy ranch or mayo again after knowing what fresh homemade tastes like. After making it weekly for 5 months it literally takes me minutes with minor clean up (thanks again Cuisinart!) Knowing that I’m giving my family whole, fresh foods is so much more important than the quick fixes at the grocery store. You can do it, I promise!
* I was not compensated for my review and all my opinions are my own.