Thank you Penzeys for making my food taste better

I want to shift the focus of my posts for the next few weeks from my struggles with weight loss and stuff in the news to more practical information about what to eat. One of my most-read posts is What I Eat to Lose Weight. Message sent and heard! I want to tell you about my food to inspire you to eat well!

Pitcher of Salad Dressing

Dressings are a great source of healthy fat

One of the keys to eating well and losing/managing weight–with protein, carbs, and fats in balance–is to eat foods that taste really good. That’s where Penzeys spices come in. Over the past few months, I have been experimenting with various spices to make my food taste better and be more satisfying. Needless to say, I am so impressed with how good their spices make the most common of dishes taste.

My salad dressings in particular had become so boring, I had almost stopped eating salads all together. I discovered Penzeys salad dressing starters about a month ago–and salads are again a big part of my diet. I love their Green Goddess dressing (most store-bought green goddess dressings are horrid slurries; this starter helps you make one that is divine), and their ranch is to die for.

What is so great about these starters (really just herb mixes) is that you can mix them with healthy fat (like Hain mayo or olive oil), to make them unlike the gross soybean oil and trans fat-laden dressings at the grocery store. They taste so good with cut up veggies as a dip (add 2 ounces of protein and you have a perfect balanced snack).

I can’t tell you how much of a difference it has made for me to have really tasty, well-seasoned meals and snacks to look forward to. It helps me stay on track and not feel like I am missing out. When people have to give up gluten, dairy or other foods to improve their health, they often feel somewhat depressed about it. But when you start to experience how wonderful vegetables and meat can taste, those foods seems much less appealing.

Share your favorite dressing recipe by leaving a comment!


4 Comments on “Thank you Penzeys for making my food taste better”

  1. Stacey says:

    I adore the Penzeys dressings! I have just tried the Peppercorn and the Country French Vinaigrette but now I cannot WAIT to try the Green Goddess!

  2. Jessica says:

    Here is our family’s preferred Ranch dip and dressing is a homemade. It’s the combination of dill and garlic that makes it ranch. So easy, so good.

    1/2 c sour cream
    1/2 c mayonnaise (I make my own, but if you don’t want to, then use Hain mayo)
    1 garlic clove, crushed (please, please, please use fresh)
    1 teaspoon Penzey’s Green Goddess salad mix OR Pampered Chef dill seasoning (OR 1 TB fresh-chopped dill)
    1 pinch salt

    Mix well. Allow to rest for 5 minutes. Will keep for 1 week in the fridge if it lasts that long :-).
    Note: If you’d like a “looser” mix for dressing, then add 1-2 TB vinegar OR 3-4 TB buttermilk. (I use red wine vinegar).

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