There are some ingredients that I tend to use on a regular basis. Ingredients that, way back when, I may have had to run to the store to purchase. And then, it would have been next to impossible to find healthy versions with no additives or preservatives.
This week, I am posting six important building block recipes. Recipes you’ll use over and over again. And recipes that three of the recipes are egg based: mayonnaise, sour cream, and ranch dressing. I was once a little squeamish about eating raw eggs, let alone make my own mayonnaise. It seemed like a daunting task. And I did have to work on my blending technique a bit to get consistent results. (I found using either an electric whisk or a stick blender works wonders.) I also found that sourcing eggs was not an easy task. We use only pastured eggs from a farmer. One farm I went to was frequently out of eggs. Another was often out by the time I got to the farmer’s market to purchase his eggs. And once market season was over, I was out of luck. I finally found a great source that delivers close to home—but even those eggs are in limited supply. Try to find a great local source that you can trust.
The ketchup recipe is surprisingly good. I was never a fan of ketchup so I did not purchase it frequently. But ketchup is a key ingredient for things like barbecue sauce and meatloaf. Many people starting out on paleo or doing a Whole 30 really crave their condiments. Here is the answer. The paleo ketchup recipe is delicious and can literally be made in about 10 minutes.
Worcestershire sauce is one of those ingredients that is often used in ground meat and steak recipes. This super fast recipe will give your meals just the kick they need—and it really takes only five minutes to prepare!
And lastly, I am posting the caramelized onion recipe that changed my world. Who would have thought that the vegetable that makes you cry could so easily convert into a delicious, sweet treat. This recipe is also super easy, but you don’t want to rush the caramelizing process, so make it when you are going to be hanging out at home for a couple of hours. If you haven’t made the burgers with butternut squash and caramelized onions yet, what are you waiting for?