Creamy Herb Dressing

I  made a salad for dinner tonight. I normally don’t like creamy dressings, but I wanted a dressing that was a bit more substantial than my usual vinaigrette!  I did some experimenting and came up with this healthy and delicious dressing that I thought I’d share!

The salad I made to go along with it had romaine lettuce, red peppers, red onion, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, feta cheese, sunflower seeds, and shredded carrots. It was the perfect pairing!

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Apples, Apples, and More Apples!

I received an email last week from our farm share letting us know that Farmer Pete was on his way back from Hendersonville, NC with a truckload of honey crisp apples! I nearly jumped with joy! I immediately ordered a half bushel so we could pick it up with our delivery last Thursday! Since then, we’ve been eating apples like it’s going out of style!
Now that the weather is finally cooling down, I am ready for some apple butter!!! In an effort to take the sugar out of our diets, I made a healthier, homemade version, of apple butter using our honey crisp apples!! I started by scrubbing all of the apples and cutting them into quarters. I removed the cores and stems. Then, I put them into the bowl of my slow cooker and threw in the rest of my ingredients!
As the hours go by, the apples just melted and caramelized. I stirred the apples every few hours to keep them from burning on the bottom.

After 20 hours on low, I ladled the apples into my Vitamix and blended it up. I spooned it into a mason jar with a lid and popped it into the fridge, after tasting it of course! It was DELICIOUS! Rich, thick, and appley!
I adore everything fall. As an added bonus, this recipe made the house smell so good! It’s perfect for slathering on our spelt toast, mixing into oatmeal and smoothies, or even eating it by the spoonful! Happy eating!

Healthy Apple Butter

10 honey crisp apples
1/2 cup Coconut Sugar
1 cup organic apple cider
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
pinch ground clove

Wash all of the apples. Cut apples into quarters, and remove the stem and core. Place apples into the bowl of your slow cooker. Add in the rest of the ingredients. Give it a stir. Turn the slow cooker on low for 20 hours, stirring every few hours. Use a ladle to place the apples into a blender (or use an Immersion Blender). Blend until smooth. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer for up to one month.

Red Wine Vinaigrette

Why buy dressing when you can make your own?! It’s so easy and SO much better for you! You actually know every single ingredient in the dressing. The garlic paste in a tube is my secret weapon. I use it when I want the garlic flavor but not chunks of garlic (or quite frankly when I’m too lazy to chop garlic). It has a VERY strong flavor so you don’t need much. You can find it in the refrigerated section at any grocery store. This dressing is full of flavor and will make you and your salads very happy! 

Red Wine Vinaigrette –makes 1 cup

2 Tbsp lemon juice (1/2 lemon)

2 Tbsp red wine vinegar

1 tsp grainy mustard

1/2 tsp garlic paste (or 1 clove garlic minced)

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/4 cup olive oil

Combine all ingredients in a jar with a lid and shake until combined. A little goes a long way flavor wise. You’ll never buy dressing again!