Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Healthy Italian Dressing Recipe!

So not only did I grow up with a mother who lived a healthy lifestyle, which trickled down to me - whether I liked it or not! - and luckily it has rubbed off on me tremendously!  I haven't been a health conscious freak all of my life, but since ordering my first Challenge Pack from Beachbody, it make me realize that I was already wired with (most of) the fundamentals of a healthy lifestyle as far as knowing how to cook and bake, most already being from scratch and healthy -- because that is how Mom always did it!  So all I really had to add in was the determination and motivation to follow my FOCUS T-25 work out schedule .. plus of course continuing and bettering myself in the kitchen!

We had an extremely long winter here in Michigan this year, so spring sprung late.  But as soon as it did, we started grilling out and having friends over for BBQ's!  And of course all winter I was looking at delicious food on pinterest, making plans and salivating waiting for all of these delicious summer meals!  And one of them ... PASTA SALAD!!  I went grocery shopping, and got all of the ingredients EXCEPT for the Italian Dressing.  I have never been a fan of many dressings, usually just Catalina or French when I was young.  Ranch disgusts me, so I usually just had vinaigrettes or oil & vinegar.  So back to why we are here ...... Healthy, Homemade Italian Dressing!!  I looked up some recipes, kept a couple things out, but I already had everything I needed in my spice cabinet!  So here you go ... !

Italian Dressing Mix

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt 
  • 1 teaspoon thyme

Shake all ingredients together, and store in an air tight container.  (I absolutely love all of my Mason Jars for stuff like this!)

To Make Italian Dressing

  • 2 Tablespoons dry mix
  • 1/4 cup vinegar (I prefer red wine vinegar)
  • 2 teaspoons water 
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Stir (or shake if you use a Mason Jar!) all ingredients together and enjoy!

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