You know your mama was right when she said don’t judge a book by its cover, don’t you?
Because it’s true…especially when it comes to food! There’s a good chance you’re looking at the photo below with your head ever-so-slightly cocked to one side and the corners of your mouth pursed as you debate what exactly this green cup of goop could be. A new variant of pink slime? An all-natural pore-unclogging face mask? Ummm…baby throw-up?
But it’s not! It’s tangy, creamy, I-want-to-eat-this-straight-up-with-a-spoon avocado dressing.
And it’s kinda perfect.
Lately, I’ve been making a conscious effort to simplify. Because life can be pretty insane and like this dressing, look all gross and messy on the outside, I’m finding it increasingly imperative to simplify on the inside. To minimize, streamline and enjoy exactly what I need…and no more. The kick in the butt I needed came when I was listening to NPR a couple months ago and learned the average American household is filled with more than 300,000 things. THINGS. Um, horrible.
It also started getting me thinking about what I actually need and what things bring me joy versus what provides that short-lived pleasure and how the debt that I carry is totally NOT okay and how I need to stop eating out so much (*cough* more than $200 last month *cough*) and how I need to not deal with stress by online retail therapy. The unavoidable, un-fun adult things.
Like everything in my life, this will be a work in progress.
Maybe my house won’t look super cute and my clothes will be totally last season and my car will be so old it could be auctioned off in an antique car show, but I’ll keep reminding myself that I’ll still have the good stuff. Food. Friends. Family. This blog. My health. A sense of humor.
In other words, the avocado, lemon, tahini and nutritional yeast of it all.
Easy Avocado Dressing
adapted from Mama Pea’s Sunshine Kale Salad
Prep time: 5 minutes
1 small to medium avocado
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 T tahini
1 t dijon mustard
1 t minced garlic
salt + pepper, to taste
In a food processor or blender, blend all ingredients until smooth.
Add more water for a thinner dressing.
Makes 1/2 cup dressing
And I highly suggest you dump this dressing over a head of chopped kale and mow.on.down.
I’ve eaten it for three days straight now.