Isaac disappeared outside for a while and came back in with a handful of english peas and a nice bunch of baby carrots from our garden. It is amazing to me that my five year old can grow his own food. He knows how to plant, water seeds carefully, weed and harvest. I did not formally teach him, he has just been there with me and helped, year after year until finally this year I gave him his own little plot. I've also noticed his habit of going to the garden when he wants a snack. It makes me hopeful that these experiences will provide a solid foundation for healthy food choices throughout his life. I want to encourage parents (and non parents) to try growing some of your own food. It is an important thing to consider, especially when basing ones diet around plants...right? Currently we have an overabundance of lettuce and cilantro in our garden. This has inspired me to create many new salad dressings. I finally wrote one down and it has become a favorite around here. We use it on salad greens and massaged into shredded cabbage for a nice slaw. Enjoy!
Tangy Cilantro Vinaigrette
Juice of 3 limes
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup flax oil
1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 cup packed cilantro leaves
3/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
1/2 teaspoon nutritional yeast (optional)
Place all ingredients except cilantro in blender and blend until smooth. Add cilantro last and blend again until you can see small green specks.