So, I started this whole "clean eating" thing back in February 2011, after being really intrigued about a plan called the Whole30 . I decided to give it a go, but quickly realized that I needed to make it more adaptable to the way that our family eats and lives. I like my glass of wine at night. I don't think a piece of gum is going to sabotage me. I think that a DQ Blizzard is a good thing every once in a while. If my friend makes the most awesome jalapeno poppers you've ever had, you know I'm going to have one. But I also know that I feel pretty darn good when I'm eating quality proteins, fats, veggies, fruits and nuts, while leaving out dairy, grains, legumes (including soy and peanuts) and the big one, sugar, at least most of the time.
Here are some of the ways to do just that....

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Easiest Mayo Ever and Garlic Dill Ranch Dip

I can't take the credit for this one, but I needed some mayo for a Ranch dip I was making for the Super Bowl.  So many of them want you to "baby" the recipe, but this one is as easy as it gets.  The Ranch dip is delicious as well.  My kiddos and husband loved it!

Easiest Mayo Ever (from

1 large egg
1 cup LIGHT tasting olive oil (make sure it's light!)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 pinches of salt
*Immersion blender and small jar that will fit the blender*

Crack the egg into the jar.  Add the lemon juice and salt.  Pour in the olive oil.  Let it sit for a minute or so to let the egg settle underneath the oil.  Insert your immersion blender and push it all the way to the bottom.  Push the power button and do not move for a full 20 seconds.  Suddenly, your mayo will start climbing to the top of the jar.  Slowly start raising the blender until you get to the top.  Move it around a little to get all of the oil mixed in (be careful not to pull it out too much!).  Easy peasy.  It will last for about a week in the fridge.  Makes about 1 cup.

Garlic Dill Ranch Dip (from

1/2 cup paleo mayo (see above recipe)
1 small (5.46oz) can (or 1/2 cup) of full fat coconut milk
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 large clove garlic
salt and pepper to tast
2 TBS fresh dill (I used about 2 tsp dried dill and it turned out just fine).

Wisk mayo and coconut milk together.  Wisk in apple cider vinegar.  Crush the garlic clove with a little bit of salt to form a paste and add to mayo mix along with salt, pepper, and dill.  Refrigerate for at least an hour to let flavors meld.  

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