Saturday, November 23, 2013

daddio will only eat salad with french dressing - what a turkey!

do you have your thanksgiving meal planned out yet?  here's a food revolution inspired salad for your turkeys.  looking for other real food recipes for thursday or any day for that matter?  check out the global ambassador pinterest board - i dare you to stop pinning!

i really want to get my family eating colorful salads more often.  chris will only eat salad greens with the uber sweet red french dressing.  we used to buy the catalina french dressing and i can still remember throwing out the expired bottle when i cleaned the fridge out a year ago.  i have just never looked to replace it.  so i found a basic french recipe and made it my own.  

here is the back and forth after i served up a bowl and daddio picked at it a bit:

chris: "holy !~*$ is this dressing good.  but next time honey, hold the veggies... i just want the lettuce & sweet nectar, mmmm-kay?"
me: "what the heck is wrong with the veggies i picked!?!?!?!?"

chris: "there are just too many textures for me to handle in each bite."

see what i mean vern!?  my kid #4.  baby steps lindsey, baby steps... deep breaths... i love my kids.

so, i served him up plain romaine lettuce with his sacred french dressing.  bam.  how did the kids do with their colorful salads?  abbie came in first with two helpings, tommy and mac battled through one.

not too shabby!  

A Thanksgiving Chopped Salad with Homemade French Dressing 

2 heads romaine lettuce chopped
1/2 head small red cabbage chopped finely
1.5 c cucumber sliced 
1.5 c carrots sliced
2-3 pomegranates seeded
2 persimmons diced
1 carton cherry tomatoes halved
1/2 c raw pumpkin seeds (optional)

toss all ingredients together or bowl separately for guests to build their own individual chopped salads!

The Mullies Homemade French Dressing 

1 c avocado oil (or extra virgin olive oil)
2 T flaxseed oil (optional)
1 c organic ketchup
1/2 c coconut nectar (or maple syrup)
1/4 c red wine vinegar
1/4 c water
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp sea salt

place all ingredients in a food processor and whiz.  (i halved the recipe for my family of 5 and i still had some leftover).

they had the best time destroying (and eating) the pomegranates... my little kitchen helpers:) 

cheers to a cozy thanksgiving full of lots of love, laughter and lovely food - gobble gobble!



oh dearie me my fellow pinterest addicts.  have you checked your pin totals lately?  i just realized i have over 5300 pins... i am a sick sick girl:)

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