Chow Bella Facebook page what their favorite dressings without sweeteners were, and I got some comments about making mayo. I love making mayo in my immersion blender...it really is the best tool for the job. I used Mark Sisson's Primal Blueprint recipe, which is pretty good. I prefer fresh lemon juice to vinegar because I like the freshness of the lemon. I also made some applesauce in my crockpot. The apples I used I picked from a tree that grows in a horticulture garden near my gym. I don't usually park near that tree, but when I did the other day I noticed there were a bunch of little green apples on the ground, so on my way back home I used my shirt as a basket and picked up about 20, which ended up to be nearly 3 lbs, so they were quite small! I also had 2 mangy-looking Gala apples to add to the mix, which made 3 lbs. I added them to the slow cooker with a couple of cups of water, 6 dates for sweetness because they were really tart, and a cinnamon stick. I cooked them on high for 4 hours, removed the cinnamon stick, then blended them with my immersion blender with a little more ground cinnamon. I didn't even bother to peel the apples because the peels were so tender and unwaxed. The final product was so creamy! I ate a few spoonfuls of it as I was packing it away. I ended up with over 4 cups of applesauce that cost next to nothing...all I had to do was take the effort to pick up some apples off the ground!
For dinner I wanted something really satisfying, and I remembered a recipe for sweet potato fries with chili on top from PaleOMG, so I stopped by the store to get the few ingredients I was missing and made it. It was amazing and really satisfying. I made a couple of alterations: I didn't have vegetable broth and the ones in the store had MSG and sugar in them, so I just used 14 oz of crushed tomatoes and a cup of water and it turned out to be a nice, thick chili. I know it might seem weird to want to eat something so filling and hot in the summer, but I was getting really tired of salad and wanted something different. I topped it with a little bit of avocado and it was a great dinner.
I'm looking forward to my leftovers. 22 days left!