Hello friend! I hope you’re feeling safe, warm, and loved wherever you are. In NB we just imposed some new restrictions so I’m flying solo with my kitties for the next couple of weeks. It’s given me an opportunity to recommit to my project of turning my house into a cozy and beautiful space as part of my plan to stave off the winter blues. The benefits of this project are two-fold: it gives me something to focus on that isn’t work or world related and it turns my space into a place I want to be.
I’ve been buying lots of plants off Marketplace and filling my space with green. Since I don’t have a natural ability to keep plants alive, this awesome website has been a real help. I’ve even picked up some adorable live edge wooden shelves and a mid-century ceramic flamingo that I’ve named Niles (and with whom I’m super obsessed).
Along with beautifying my space and keeping busy with little projects, I’ve been spending lots of time in the kitchen. I had a surplus of garlic and was wondering how I was going to get through it all and remembered that most food is merely a vehicle for delicious sauce, so I figured why not just turn it into a super roasty-toasty sauce that I could literally pour over everything.
It’s a pretty easy-squeezy recipe; the hardest part is separating the garlic and roasting it in the oven. It also lasts quite a while (though I’m sure it won’t, if you know what I mean!) and you can jazz it up with fresh herbs, some lemon, or anything else your heart desires.
I’ve talked about the immune-supporting benefits of garlic before, so I won’t get into it again here. But if you’re interested you can read all about it in this post or this one.
So, without further ramblings from me, here you go!
This recipe is packed with the healing power of garlic, calcium-rich tahini, & probiotic apple cider vinegar to create a delicious sauce packed with nutrition to support your immune system.
- 1 bulb garlic
- 2 tsp. avocado or olive oil
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp. mustard (ground, dijon, regular)
- 1 tbsp. maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
- 1/2 cup olive or avocado oil
- 2 tbsp. water
Preheat oven to 375F and line a small baking sheet with parchment paper.
Separate garlic cloves but DO NOT PEEL.
Toss garlic cloves in avocado or olive oil then spread in a single layer on the baking sheet.
Roast for 15-20 minutes until garlic peel is brown and the clove is squishy to the touch—use a fork to test!
Once roasted, remove from oven, peel, and add to a mixing bowl or small food processor.
Add tahini, apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar, mustard, maple syrup, and sea salt to garlic. Blend thoroughly using a handheld blender or small food processor.
Once smooth, slowly pour in oil while blending until fully combined. Can add the water here to help with blending. Taste and adjust seasoning. You may want a little more salt, sweet, oil, or acid depending on your preference.
Store in a glass jar in the fridge. This dressing tastes best when allowed to sit in the fridge overnight!
This recipe tastes great as a salad dressing or on top of Garlic Lime Pork Burgers, Crispy Quinoa Cakes, Sesame Salmon Burgers, Veggie Pakoras, Grain-Free Fish Cakes, or Crispy Tofu. Or use it as a dip for veggies. Whatever your heart desires!
And remember, if you need any extra support to help start 2022 feeling strong and healthy, you can contact me right here to see whether private or group nutrition coaching might be right for you.
I’m registered with the Canadian Association of Naturopaths & Naturotherapists, so I can offer insurance receipts to folks with Naturopath coverage who live in New Brunswick, PEI, Quebec, or Newfoundland. The only companies I can’t issue receipts for are Blue Cross and Industrial Alliance.
Personalized Wellness Planning: Best for folks who have specific health conditions they want to focus on such as PCOS, hormonal imbalances, inflammatory bowel diseases, IBS, etc.
Foundations of Nutrition Private Coaching: Best for folks who want to learn about the foundational concepts of nutrition such as blood sugar balance, probiotics, leaky gut syndrome, inflammatory vs. anti-inflammatory fats & oils, and anti-inflammatory eating. These private sessions will offer an opportunity for use to dig into your personal questions and find some targeted areas to focus on.
Foundations of Nutrition Small Group Coaching: Best for folks who want to learn the foundations of nutrition as mentioned above, but who don’t necessarily need personalized recommendations. It’s also an affordable 4-week option. The price is lower since you don’t get the same level of personalization, but you do get the support of a group.
One-And-Done Check In: I don’t have an official page for these sessions, but they are 1-hour check in sessions. I take a look at your food and mood journal and an intake form you fill out prior to our session. We figure out areas that you’re rocking and support areas that could use a little bit of lovin’. These sessions are $100/hour and include a follow up action step plan with everything we discussed during our session, plus any additional tweaks that I think would help.
As always, thank you for your love and support and have the best 2022!!