Easy Homemade Mayonnaise

Today I want to share with you a simple recipe to make homemade mayonnaise.  Confession: I really like am obsessed with mayo.  It’s so delicious.  So creamy.  And so great to add on burgers, as a dipping sauce, or as a base for salad dressings.  The problem with store-bought mayo is that it’s full of disgusting additives and has a ridiculously long shelf life (months or years, depending on what you read).  So, for a while now I’ve made my own homemade mayonnaise.

But here’s the problem with traditional homemade mayonnaise.  It takes forever to make and is so easy to ruin.  Either my right arm would get tired from whisking.  Or my left arm would get tired from holding the measuring cup while it drip…drip…drip….drips oil into the mixing bowl.  Or I would get 3/4 of the way through making it and suddenly the mayonnaise stops emulsifying and done – your mayonnaise is a sloppy mess.  So frustrating!

So, I happened across this ridiculously easy way to make homemade mayonnaise that literally takes less than 30 seconds.  Maybe even less than 15.  It was so quick that I didn’t bother to count.

Ingredients for Homemade Mayonnaise

Ingredients for Homemade Mayonnaise

Ingredients

1 cup oil (I use equal parts avocado oil and olive oil)

1 egg

1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp grainy mustard

Kitchen Tools

1 immersion blender

1 large mouth mason jar (you could use a bowl I suppose but this way I just screw the top on the mason jar and stick it in the fridge)

Directions

1.  Put all ingredients into mason jar.

2.  Place immersion blender into the mason jar so that it touches the bottom.

3.  Start to blend but keep the immersion blender on the bottom until half of the mayonnaise is emulsified.

4.  Start to slowly move the immersion blender up and down until all mayonnaise is made.

5.  You’re done.  How easy is that?

I threw together a video because it was this easy!  And also because I promised myself I would make more videos this year.  I’ve made two.  Which is two more than last year so I’m reaching my goal.  🙂

Want to amp it up a bit with your mayo?  Here are some great ways to make mayo an “any day event” in your home.

  • mix in a little sriracha sauce for some heat as a great dipping sauce for meats or seafood (mmmm, shrimp)
  • add in your fav spices for a veggie dip sauce
  • use it as a base for a creamy salad dressing
  • throw it in either a potato, chicken or egg salad
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I made it until day 26.

26 days of no sugar and no grains was pretty cool.  The intent was to make it to 30.  But today I stopped.  Today I had both sugar and grains.  Am I disappointed in myself?  Actually, no.  Do I feel gross right now?  Yes, most definitely.  But would I end another 30 day challenge early?  Yes, and here’s why.

My oldest daughter, who is 7, had a fundraiser for her Brownie troop this morning.  They were taking orders, serving, and cleaning up a breakfast of flapjacks at a local restaurant.  $10 per ticket, much of which goes towards sending her to a rally at Canada’s Wonderland this spring.  So, of course, Tom and I went to the fundraiser and enjoyed some pancakes.

Yes, I could have just given her the money.

Yes, I could have bought tickets and not eaten the pancakes.

But there are some things that are bigger than 4 more days of not eating sugar nor grains.  There is the pride on my daughter’s face as she came around the corner with two plates of pancakes for her dad and I.  There is the smile on her face as she delivered our cups of tea.  And there is the look of intent on her face as she diligently cleaned up the tables of drips of syrup and pancake crumbs.

I happily gave up on day 26 so that my daughter recognized that above and beyond a challenge, is the love and support she has from both of her parents at whatever she does.

The two cutest breakfast servers!

The two cutest breakfast servers!

And what I did learn from the 26 days is awesome.  I no longer enjoys sugar like I used to.  I’m sure that yes, I’ll have it again, obviously.  It’s really tough to completely eliminate it from one’s diet.  But I feel bloated and exhausted today after the massive sugar rush this morning.  And it’s not something I want to experience again on a regular basis.

Still on Track

Well, it’s January 3.  Which means that a good percentage of people are already off their resolutions.  Why is this?  Why is it that people have such good and firm intention to change their life for the better just three days ago and now, poof,  it’s gone.  That resolute just disappeared.  I think it has to do with one major misstep in their planning – their goals and resolutions do not support their values.  They don’t place a large enough priority on the change they want to make and instead they allow the old behaviours to continue to rule their life.  

For example, starting on January 1, I made a choice to cut out processed sugars and grains for 30 days.  Coming off of Christmas, I had indulged more than I normally would in sweets.  A few dark chocolate covered almonds here, a chai latte from Starbucks there, and a few Christmas cookies in-between.  I still stuck to my Paleo food choices otherwise but there were a few treats snuck in from time to time.  I didn’t feel gross by the end of December, but I didn’t feel myself either.  So, I made a call to cut out the sugars and grains for the next month.  Done.

Secondly, I started the 100 Day Burpee Challenge.  The plan is to complete a number of burpees based on what day it is.  On day one, it was just one.  Today, being day 3, it will be three.  Easy, right?  Well….on April 10 (day 100), I will be doing 100 burpees.  Unsure as to what a burpee is?  Watch the video.  It’s one of the most dynamic exercises you can do for both conditioning and strength.  

Obviously resolutions can be made at any time of year.  I am constantly adding to my list of things I want to do as I tick off the things I’ve already accomplished.  However, there is something fresh about starting a new year.  Maybe it’s just an easy measuring point from where I was last year that makes it easy to get wrapped up in making resolutions.   The thought of 365 blank days to be filled with what I want is inspiring and exciting.  It’s very similar to my children’s bedtime routine – I can do anything I want to do.  

Allright then.  Off to the basement to do my three burpees and a home workout.  What are you doing to increase your level of awesomeness today?

Six months

It took six months.
Six months of making zucchini noodles with my spiralizer. I would make them once every couple of weeks and smother them in the most delicious homemade meat sauce.
Six months of Tom and I slurping up the bottoms of our bowls of the deliciousness.
Six months of watching Blake and Caleigh turn up their noses at the thought of noodles that were made from zucchini. (“Why do other kids get to eat spaghetti and we get zucchiniiiiiiiiii????”)
Six months of telling myself (and them) that one day they would love it.
Six months of zucchini noodles going into our fridge as leftovers for Tom and me.

Then today happened. TODAY. Today Caleigh ate zucchini noodles and loved them.
Moral of the story? Patience. One day soon your kids too will eat vegetables they so vehemently are against this evening. Even if it takes months.
Apparently with Blake, we’re still waiting.

Zucchini noodle pic courtesy of Against All Grain.

Zucchini noodle pic courtesy of Against All Grain.

the magic of girlfriends

Ack.  It’s Thursday after lunch and I’m only just writing about what was for dinner on Wednesday now.  I have a good reason though.

Last night I had an awesome date night with seven amazing ladies. We went out for sushi, which is totally NOT by design but is totally delicious.  I needed this ladies night.  It was the first time I’d been out with girlfriends in a long time and it was just good to have a laugh.  And lots of laughs we had.  About our relationships, our kids, and our lives.  I realized how grateful I am to have amazing female relationships.

Looking around the table, I realized that I was surrounded by fantastic women.  Intelligent, funny, interesting, and insightful women.  Collectively, we are a force to be reckoned with (apparently a loud force…we may have drowned out the nearby diners with our laughter).  All incredible leaders in our chosen professions and many of us being moms, we all bring fascinating back stories to the table.  I enjoy getting to know more about them, what makes them “them”.

So, while I was enjoying sushi with the girls, my family was eating a meal I put together earlier in the afternoon.

Roasted Pepper & Tomato Soup

Ingredients

5 peppers (red, orange, or yellow), cut in half w/ seeds removed

10-12 roma tomatoes, halved

2 c chicken stock

8 cloves of garlic

1/2 c heavy cream

oregano

basil

s&p

olive oil

Method

1.  Preheat oven to Broil.

2.  Put tomatoes and peppers on cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.

3.  Place in oven for about 20 minutes, keeping an eye to see when they look “roasted”.  Add garlic cloves with five minutes to go.

4.  Heat chicken stock while veggies and garlic are in oven.

5.  Add veggies and garlic to chicken stock and bring to boil.  Boil for 5 minutes.

6.  Using immersion blender, blend until smooth.  (add more liquid to desired consistency)

7.  Add in herbs and s&p (to liking) and heavy cream.  Reduce to simmer.  Serve when ready.

Roasted Pepper & Tomato Soup

Roasted Pepper & Tomato Soup

Potato Salad

Ingredients

4 c small potatoes, halved

12 slices bacon, cooked

3 stalks celery, diced

1/2 red onion, diced thinly

8 hardboiled eggs, diced

dill

homemade mayonnaise

 

Method

1.  Boil potatoes 10 minutes until able to be pierced easily with knife.

2.  Drain and let cool.

3.  Add celery, onion, bacon, eggs, and dill together in bowl.

4.  Halve potatoes and add into bowl.

5.  Mix together with mayonnaise.  Serve immediately.

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30 Second Parenting Vacations

I love my job.  I get to work with the best people.  Not only the people who work IN our office but also the people who I get to work with, helping them express a greater life potential through chiropractic care and living their life by design. In fact, the people that come into our office to get adjusted are seriously awesome.  We share stories, share successes, share in heartache, and are often laughing at some point during each visit.  Case in point with Dave this morning.

Dave is about to become a dad for the first time.  We were talking about all of the adventures he will have with his new baby (who I believe, for the record, will be a girl….I have a keen ability to determine the sex of babies before they are born.  Seriously.  I have like a 92% success rate which considering there is a 50/50 chance of me guessing correctly, I’m way ahead of the average).  How his life would change in so many wonderful ways.  How there will be so many lessons, so many responsibilities, so many emotions, and so many experiences.  Being a parent is seriously the best job in the world and it comes with the best paycheque – unconditional love.

I was sharing with him that regardless of how much being a parent rocks, there are days that I look at a glass (okay, sometimes a bottle) of wine and think “yes”.  I never used to understand why some parents would tell me they would relish the times they could lock themselves in the bathroom just to get a moment or two of silence.  Now I understand that feeling.  Because when I lock myself in the bathroom (whether or not I have to go), within 22 seconds I often have little hands knocking on the door and little voices asking why I locked the door.  Then the fingers appear in the crack beneath the door.  And all I need and want is a couple of minutes to just breathe. In peace and quiet.

He shared with me a story from his friend’s idea of a thirty second parenting vacation.  It’s the thirty seconds of quiet from when you secure your child in their carseat, close the passenger side door, and slowly walk around the car to the drivers side door.  You breathe in a long deep breath.  You appreciate the view of wherever you are (even if it’s the garage).  You relish in the silence.  And then you open your door and your 30 second parenting vacation is over.

Oh, how I laughed. Because I know that feeling.

Anyhow, onto my Wednesday night ritual.  Tonight’s dish is directly from one of my favourite paleo/by design websites, Health Bent.  I actually tried two recipes from them this evening but the first was a disaster.  A disaster because I tried substituting thickened coconut milk for coconut cream.  In other recipes, this has worked.  In this one it did not.  Sooooo, with high hopes of trying the gingerbread squares again, I will continue my search for coconut cream in Ontario.

The second recipe, and my official dinner recipe for tonight, rocked my world.  Pork Fried Rice and in lieu of rice, the recipe calls for cauliflower.  Delicious!  The only challenge is that it was spicy and when the kids tongue hit their spoonfuls of goodness, I got violent reactions to the level of spiciness.  So, they had scrambled eggs in the end and I get pork fried rice leftovers for lunch tomorrow.  (double bonus)

Pork Fried "Rice"

Pork Fried “Rice”

This picture, by the way, doesn’t do it justice.  It looks blah.  The dish is the bomb.  And while I like spice myself, I would suggest that if it is a family meal, that instead of two tablespoons of the chili sauce, you use one.  🙂  Get the recipe here at Health-Bent!

Mondays = Reset Button

I sometimes fall into the trap of using Monday as a reset button.  Living a life by design can be hard sometimes.  It can occasionally feel as though there is a lot of thought that has to go into a healthy meal, let alone a by design day or week that includes clear a chiropractic adjustment, daily training or mobility, keeping inspired and on track with my purpose and more.  Often this overwhelming sensation culminates on a summer weekend when I’m at a cottage or spending glorious days outside at a friend’s BBQ where I don’t have 100% control over what is on the menu.

For the most part, I can make it work.  BBQs usually include grilled meat.  That’s an easy way to get my protein as long as I don’t get the obligatory bun or pasta salad on the side. And often there are veggie trays, salads, and fruit trays which I can load up on.  Delicious. Satisfying.  By Design.

However, there are meals that I can’t always make work.  For example, this past Sunday Paleo By Design Almond Flour Pancakes
morning at the family cottage our breakfast menu was waffles.  Not the kind I make at home – delicious waffles made of almond meal and loaded with fresh fruit in lieu of maple syrup- but the kind that are traditionally made of regular flour.  Delicious?  Yes.  By Design?  No.  I chalk this meal up to my 80/20 rule and recognize that these waffles are going to taste fantastic, I’m going to enjoy them, and the next day’s breakfast will be on target again.  (It was – scrambled eggs, green beans, and blueberries!)

Bottom line is, don’t beat yourself up.  Monday doesn’t have to be your reset button.  It might be Thursday.  It might be Tuesday dinner after a lunch at friend’s where they served wrap sandwiches.  It doesn’t matter when your reset button is hit, just as long as you hit it.  Know that when you get back on track with your eating (or training, or chiropractic adjustments, or goal setting, or….), you’re going to RELISH the small victory and recognize your success.

We can’t always be perfect, but we can be striving for excellence.