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Tracy F.
Krystle V.
Jennifer C.

Weekly Healthy Living Series (Week 1) - Vinaigrettes

Tracy F. 6 years ago

We are kicking off a weekly recipe series starting on Saturday, July 13th.  Each Saturday, we will have a rotating guest expert here to give you nutrition advice, cooking and shopping tips and recipes to help you achieve healthy meals for your family.  

Tell us the topics you are most interested in and share with other moms cooking tips and recipes that have worked for your family.

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Krystle V.
Krystle V. 6 years ago

Would love some healthy meal ideas for a 16 mth old! I feel like I give the same thing over and over! Looking for easy ideas!

Tracy F.
Tracy F. 6 years ago

We are excited to introduce this week's expert - Jennifer Smigelski.

Jennifer Smigelski is a Family Nutrition and Wellness Expert and the founder of WELLthy Families, a (virtual) wellness center dedicated to helping families make lasting changes to their health and wellbeing – from pre-conception to postpartum and beyond. She combines her unique background as a Certified Holistic Health Coach (CHHC), a Human Resources executive for top Fortune 500 companies, an executive coach, and a trained life coach to help families develop healthy habits that STICK. 


Jennifer is a graduate of Cornell University and lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, Owen, and their two energetic young boys. 

 

Learn more about WELLthy Families at www.wellthyfamilies.com.

Connect with Jennifer Smigelski on Twitter at twitter.com/wellthyfamilies and Facebook at facebook.com/wellthyfamilies.


Jennifer C.
Jennifer C. 6 years ago

Thank you for the introduction, Tracy!


This week's topic is vinaigrettes.  I chose this recipe for a couple reasons:

1- They are incredibly simple to make and there are endless variation possibilities.  

2-Knowing how to make vinaigrettes means you can ditch the bottled dressing, many of which contain high fructose corn syrup, stabilizers and preservatives.  

3-Making your own vinaigrette means you can tailor it exactly to your taste!


The secret to success when making vinaigrettes is to start with quality ingredients.  Use a high quality oil, such as organic extra virgin olive oil, and high quality vinegar, such as white wine vinegar.


Basic recipe for vinaigrette:

1 tablespoon acid (vinegar, lemon juice, etc.)

3 tablespoons oil

salt and pepper to taste


Steps:

- Add your vinegar to a small bowl

- SLOWLY drizzle in your oil, while whisking vigorously 

- Once oil and vinegar have thoroughly combined and there is no separation, emulsification has been achieved

- Season to taste with salt and pepper


Notes:

-Vinaigrettes will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.  Whisk well before using.

-An alternative method is to combine ingredients in a mason jar and shake vigorously to combine.  May also be stored in the mason jar in the refrigerator.


The possibilities:

-Vary the vinegars, try red wine vinegar, champagne vinegar, raspberry vinegar, balsamic vinegar - whatever suits your fancy!

-Whisk in 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard to the vinegar before adding the oil (it helps emulsification!)

-Try adding vegetable or fruit purees, such as roasted garlic, roasted peppers, raspberry puree

-Add some chopped fresh herbs like basil, dill, mint or parsley

-For some sweetness, try adding a little drizzle of honey


For more recipes and inspiration, visit WELLthy Families blog (click here)


Happy eating!

Jennifer


Tracy F.
Tracy F. 6 years ago

Thanks Jennifer!  We are looking forward to trying this out and reporting back on our creations.   We would love to hear about everyone's cooking experiences this week.   Happy sharing!

Krystle V.
Krystle V. 6 years ago

thanks that sounds nice and easy!