2011 New Year’s Resolutions | Don’t be stupid….

Wooden Bowl, Luscious Salad
Wooden Bowl, Luscious Salad

1) Only give advice if I’m asked for it. If one of my girlfriends is stressing over her man, it’s my job to hear her woes…not badmouth her boyfriend. She might agree at the time…but once she and her squeeze are back-on-track, she will resent me calling him an asshole.

2) Take care of my brain. Omega-3 fatty acids play an integral role in brain function, promoting sharpness and clarity. That’s nothing to shake a stick at. Flax seeds and walnuts are a primary plant-based source for DHA, and I’m bound and determined to build-up my mental muscles. Which brings me to my mains: Spinach Salad & Homemade Honey-Dijon Dressing.

Spinach has got bite. Plus, it’s damn good and antioxidant-rich. I incorporated some roots-n-fruits with a coined Carrot and sliced Granny Smith Apple…..and got situated with seeds: Sesame Seeds, for calcium; Hemp Seeds, for brain-boosting omegas; and Flax Seeds, for mega-omegas, man.

It takes less than two minutes to prepare homemade dressings and sauces. Everybody should do it. Why? The process is fun and empowering–you’ll never have to buy off-the-shelf again! It also sounds really impressive–whether you’re serving it up for your significant other or at a fabulous dinner party with friends.

Looting the Leftovers
Looting the Leftovers

My homemade honey-dijon was improvised. I began with a small bowl of Straus Creamery Plain, Whole Yogurt. This small, family-owned creamery is nestled in nearby Tomales Bay and adheres to sustainable, organic, small carbon-footprint practices. Their yogurt is divine, and their farming practices convinced me that I didn’t have to eat 100-percent vegan in order to eat ethically.

To this, I added several big spoons of Honey (which I sort of swiped off my roommate’s shelf) and several much-smaller spoons of Dijon Mustard (courtesy of my boyfriend’s vast mustard collection….no joke, he also collects gourmet hot sauces).

Root-'n'-Fruit
Root-'n'-Fruit

Using a whisker, I blended to taste, sampling at every turn to ensure that I was creating perfect proportions. And, at some point, I knew it was utterly perfect…if only I added a generous pinch of Pepper and a smidgen of Salt. Voila!

This salad coupled nicely with my leftover, homemade Sweet Potato & Hemp Seed Pizza. Do you have a favorite DIY dressing? Leave a comment and tell me how it’s done–I’d love to feature it on Eating with Abs! xx

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