EASY CHEMICAL-FREE RECIPES:
DIPS, SAUCES & DRESSINGS
(for On-the-Go and Dining In)
From The Food Hacker’s Handbook: A Guide to Breaking the Processed Foods and Additives Addiction
The most important first step in eating clean is to learn how to prepare tasty snacks and dishes from scratch—food that you will quickly learn tastes far better than the packaged, processed foods many Americans have grown accustomed to. An easy way to make amazing tasting dishes is to create your own dips, dressings and sauces. They can be used in stir-fries, drizzled over steamed vegetables, as sauces for organic turkey, chicken or fish, as dressings for salads, or as standalone dips for pita, organic chips (like homemade potato, kale, or yam chips) and raw vegetables. Once you become comfortable with the process you can experiment with your own organic spices and herbs to customize these dips, sauces and dressings to your own personal taste.
The following section offers some quick, easy, basic recipes to get you started. Most fall into the standard popular category—the type that get passed between coworkers, friends and relatives. They can be readily found in cookbooks, on the Internet, and in magazines. The point is that just about any recipe—including your favorites—can be converted to become a “chemical-free” recipe.
Our credo: We will never buy costly pre-made, prepackaged food containing additives, preservatives and unknown, unlisted mystery ingredients when we can so easily (and affordably) make our own fresh, clean versions in minutes!
Sinfully Easy Salsa
Breath in deeply…This highly aromatic, homemade organic salsa smells and tastes so amazingly fresh you will be unable to resist it. Why not make some this week? It’s so easy it’s a sin not to!
Dice into small pieces (approximately 1/4-inch cubes): 1 lb. fresh organic tomatoes boiled/cooled/peeled (or one 16 oz. BPA-Free can of peeled organic tomatoes*)
(*Due to high acidity in tomatoes increased levels of BPA may leach from cans into the food so if you choose the canned version be sure to get tomatoes in cans marked, “BPA-Free”)
1 medium onion
1 clove garlic
¼ cup organic green olives
3 jalapeno peppers
1½ cups loose cilantro leaves
freshly ground black pepper and sea salt** to taste
(**Skip the industrialized chemicals common in commercially processed table salt.)
1/8 cup freshly squeezed lime juice***
(***Never bottled! Avoid sodium benzoate and other preservatives common in commercially bottled citrus juices.)
Mix together all ingredients.
Store in a glass container and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Stir and bring to room temperature before serving.
Posted by: Rizzie