Easy Balsamic Dressing



This homemade dressing is such an awesome, easy, inexpensive alternative to store bought.  With only five ingredients that you likely have on hand, you’ll get great taste along with the satisfaction of knowing exactly what you’re feeding yourself and your family.




  • 1 teaspoon each of garlic powder, salt, and pepper
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil

Choose a container that shuts tightly, since you’ll need to vigorously shake the dressing before each use.

Add the garlic powder, salt, pepper and pinch of sugar to the bottom of the container.  Add the vinegar and mix.  Add the oil and mix well.  This dressing is best enjoyed the next day.

Store in the fridge

  • salad
  • grilled vegetable marinade
  • drizzled on salmon
  • sandwiches and wraps
Switch or Ditch
  • This dressing is just as good with red wine vinegar, instead of balsamic
  • Some people always use olive oil when a recipe calls for raw oil.  I do really like the dressing with olive oil, but it becomes difficult to use when refrigerated, so I am in the habit of using vegetable oil.



Grilled Vegetables


It doesn’t get any easier than this:  no recipe required!

Chop up whatever vegetables you like, mix with a dressing, or even just plain oil for the purists,  throw it all in a BBQ wok, and toss frequently.  There  are no rules (though I do recommend a bit of oil, that’s not even necessary!)

I use this basic balsamic dressing.


Here’s how it looks done!

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A Smoothie…With More

smoothieI LOVE smoothies and have always relied on them to get fruit into my kids.  My daughter says she hates milk, but when in a smoothie, she will temporarily put aside her disdain, and fully enjoy the sweet, cool, creamy goodness.

I don’t use protein powder or almond or soy “milk” but I have recently started adding a handful of baby spinach leaves.  I was amazed to see that, once blended, there is absolutely no sign of the green leaves. So simple, and best of all, a very healthy boost of vitamins and nutrients.

This Basic Smoothie
  • Frozen blueberries, about 1 cup
  • 1 scoop of Greek yogurt
  • Milk, amount depends on how thick you like your smoothie
  • Handful of baby spinach leaves
Switch or Ditch

SO many options!

  • My daughter’s favourite smoothie is made with strawberries, bananas and mango.  I buy frozen mango and strawberries (when not in season) and freeze peeled banana in chunks so she can grab them from the freezer and pop them in)
  • regular or Greek yogurt…I prefer Greek because it’s creamier, and has more protein
  • sometimes I will add dried powder milk, when I have concerns that my daughter has not been drinking enough milk