This post was written by Madeline Rizzuti, registered dietitian with The Foundling
All too often we go grocery shopping without checking what’s available to us at home first, leading to excess and inevitable food waste. By getting more creative in the kitchen with the ingredients we already have on hand in the pantry or in the refrigerator, we’re able to maximize the nutrient quality in our diets while also being more efficient with a grocery budget. Learning how to manage your kitchen at home better will help you and your family “go further with food!”
Ever need just a few leaves of parsley or basil, but find yourself purchasing an entire bunch to be cost efficient? We are often left with a surplus of herbs when recipes only call for a small amount. Don’t let those herbs go to waste.
Fresh Mixed Herb Green Dressing
- 2 cups total of loosely packed fresh herbs (A combination of basil, cilantro and parsley work well)
- 1 clove garlic
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1, 6 oz. container or ¾ cup of plain Greek yogurt
- Juice of a fresh squeezed lime or lemon (according to preference)
- Salt and pepper to taste
OPTIONAL (add whatever flavors that inspire you):
- 1 small jalapeño
- ¼ – ½ fresh avocado for creaminess (can substitute for the yogurt)
- 1 tsp. of apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar (to add acidity)
- 1 Tbsp. of honey for sweetness
1. Add all ingredients into a food processor or blender and pulse until well mixed/pureed.
2. If thinner consistency is desired for a dressing, add 1-2 Tbsp of water at a time until desired consistency is achieved. Enjoy over salad, as a sandwich spread, or as a dip!
This recipe is from The New York Foundling’s team of dietitians, who work with individuals in our Developmental Disabilities division as well as women in our Young Mothers program. Through meal planning, nutrition consulting, kitchen overhauls, creative menus and regular check-ins, individuals across these programs have been losing weight, making healthier meal choices, and feeling empowered in their health journeys. Learn more about their work here.