Having grown up in a fat-free everything household, it took me a while to really own the idea of having an added fat at every meal. I mean, of course, I was willing to throw a delicious sauce, ghee or homemade almond butter on my plate, but I wasn’t sure I knew the real benefit of having a plated fat with every meal.
Fast-forward over two years and I am one of the people explaining what a plated fat is to strangers and why it is important. Fat keeps you full and happy! More importantly, there are so many delicious budget friendly recipes out there for sauces and dressings! So, why not explore something other than olives, cashews, or avocado?
There are some truly amazing pre-made products and sauces out there that make Whole30 extra delicious (Thank you, The New Primal!) but there are also lots of opportunities to jazz up your regular old dish with an easy, homemade, budget friendly sauce/dressing. I am a major fan of making a dressing with a mayonnaise base.
Mayo is so easy to make, easy on the wallet, and incredibly delicious. I will often make one batch to use as straight-up mayo and another to create one or two sauces or dressings.
I wasn’t always into homemade mayo. I am pretty sure for my first Whole30 and numerous subsequent months of Food Freedom followed by more rounds of Whole30, I relied on only almond butter and dump ranch for my fat.
But then I started exploring recipes a little bit more and finally found the courage to try Frank’s Red Hot in my mayo (thanks to my fellow EverydayWhole.com blogger, Judith) and my mind was blown. I had always been afraid to try Frank’s as I imagined my mouth having flames beaming out of my throat, but to my surprise, it wasn’t spicy. It was super flavorful.
Here are some of my favorite budget-friendly Whole30 compliant mayo-based recipes to sauce and dress even the most mundane “I’m sick of cooking” plate, and the food I pair it with. Start with my basic mayo recipe, and then go from there!
I try and keep my cooking simple, my prep time short, and make something that at least someone in my family will enjoy.
Homemade Mayo (Basic Base)
1 c. Extra light EVOO
1 large pinch of salt
1 good splash of apple cider vinegar
Combine all ingredients in a jar (I always use the wide mouth pint size mason jars). Place immersion blender in and hold it down to the bottom of the mixture for about 25 seconds. After that, slowly move the immersion blender through the rest of the ingredients to incorporate the remaining oil. The blending itself takes about 1-1 ½ minutes. Cover with a lid and store in the fridge for up to one week.
My favorite homemade dressings/sauces and how to use them:
Dump Ranch by The Whole Sisters (basically goes with anything) but my 3 -year-old prefers putting her whole hand in the jar, it’s that good)
This is a Whole30 and Food Freedom staple for me. I love having an added fat that brings great flavor and I eat tons of side salads (basically spring greens and dump ranch with a few tomatoes) at almost every meal. It increases my veggie intake and makes meal prep quick. I have it along with the other food on my plate. My plates are often half salad.
Waldorf salad dressing with Waldorf Salad (The Real Food Dieticians)
In this recipe they use pre-made mayo, but you can use your homemade mayo perfectly (and it saves money!) The dressing is easy to make and combined with the salad, this is my new favorite recipe and holds up well if you make a larger batch. If you are making it for a couple meals, keep the lettuce, dressing, and toppings separate to keep them from getting soggy. Then throw them together and toss.
Creamy Cilantro Avocado Sauce (The Defined Dish) paired with Taco Salad
Taco salad is a favorite in my household. It is super adaptable based on likes, dislikes, and dietary needs. Because I don’t use sour cream on mine, this dressing is a great way to create a flavor explosion.
Creamy chili sauce is another way to dress up various recipes like Egg Roll in a Bowl. 40 aprons has a great recipe for creamy chili sauce using homemade mayo. If making the Sriracha sauce is not something you have time for, Franks Red Hot Original is compliant and filled with spice.
We all want tasty food while on Whole30 or in living our Food Freedom! So, why not jazz it up with one of these delicious sauces all while sticking to a budget?
What homemade sauces are your favorite?