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Orange balsamic vinaigrette; Quick and easy homemade salad dressing recipes

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Learning how to cook healthy does not mean reinventing the wheel.

Consider making your own saucy, flavorful dips and dressings as an indispensable way to sweeten or spice up whole-cooked grains, salads, or steamed vegetables.

About homemade dressings:

  • Some sauces freeze beautifully for later use.
  • Increasing the amount of greens in your diet by learning to pair homemade salad dressings up with vegetables and salads is a tasty alternative to going without.
  • This heart healthy recipe can be used for marinades, dipping sauces, glazes, or tasty dressings.

Health benefits:
Sauces are one of my favorite ‘sinful’ foods, but if I avoid process /bottled items, I can avoid sugar or artificial, unhealthy sweeteners. Homemade foods ensure a way to eliminate (or moderate) sugar in-take with our diets.

Reducing sugar cravings for those battling high blood sugar and diabetes is always a concern due to the added (and hidden) sugars found in bottled dressings.

Ingredients:
3 T. extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 t. orange zest
2 t. balsamic vinegar
1 T. chopped fresh fennel tops
¼ t. salt
¼ t. cinnamon

Mix all ingredients in a bowl; whisk together until smooth.

Tips:
• Agave may be added for additional sweetness (or substituted for a lower the glycemic count).
• Watch the video for further information on homemade salad dressings.
• Always consult your physician if you have special diet or health related issues.

For additional information and local places to shop for healthy foods, click on any of the following links:
Boise Co-Op
Whole Foods Market
Brown Box Organics
The Organic Store Locator

From my home to yours, another favorite recipe - enjoyed with nutrition in mind.

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