Unlike most of the U.S., I don’t watch a whole lot of television. I turned it on last night and was bombarded by commercial after commercial, first it was the apple spot, then that damn annoying one about broccoli, and then squash. If I hear one more summer squash commercial I think I am going to shoot myself. Oh, wait, that must have been some bizarre dream where the world righted itself, there weren’t severe weather events caused by global warming and Big Food was not ruling the airwaves with clever and entertaining spots for horrible food products. Big food spent 1.6 BILLION dollars last year advertising their junk to kids. Some say it was as much as 10 billion.
I came across a great article in U.S. News (One of those hippy left leaning publications) 10 Things the Food Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know. Some damning stuff about processed food products and the companies that peddle them. Have a look if you are interested in how these companies are bombarding us every minute and especially our kids. Look out for something called The Center For Consumer Freedom. This is a group funded by the food companies to, among other things, fight against obesity-related public health policy. One of their tactics is to try to discredit activists like Marion Nestle. Marion is one of the brightest, most informed and educated food nutrition experts on the planet. She is fair and measured both in her research and in her commentary. She never jumps to conclusions and always vets sources and gets her facts straight. She just happens to tell the truth and this is a very dangerous threat to companies whose bottom line is based entirely on misleading the public into believing that their products are somehow either harmless or even good for you. There is nothing in a box, plastic bag or can that is good for you, period. Food should not require a list of ingredients. Broccoli does not require a label because it is the only ingredient.
Last night, when I wasn’t dreaming, I saw a commercial for salad dressing saying, “Olive oil, balsamic vinegar and Italian herbs are just a few of the ingredients in…” I fell off of the couch laughing. Those should be the ONLY ingredients. What else do you need? Make your own salad dressing, they just gave you the recipe. Make it as you need it so it doesn’t sit taking up space in your refrigerator.
Here is how you make it.
This makes just enough to dress one salad or some vegetables.
- 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
- 3 Teaspoons Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 Teaspoon Fresh Rosemary, finely chopped
- 1 Teaspoon Fresh Thyme, finely chopped
- 1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
- Pinch of Salt
- Pinch of Pepper
- Squeeze of Lemon
- Chef’s Knife
- Mixing Bowl
- Add all ingredients to bowl and whisk until emulsified.