Looking for a really good dressing to go with those croutons? Look no further, because this one's a hit. I don't know if any of you watched the Dr. Oz show about the documentary Forks Over Knives, but they had a doctor on there named Dr. Neal Barnard. I've heard of him before, but wasn't exactly sure who he was. I guess he's the President and Founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. PCRM promotes a vegan diet, preventive medicine, alternatives to animal research, and encourages what it describes as "higher standards of ethics and effectiveness in research." Can't complain about that right?
Anyway, he was on Dr. Oz about a week ago when they were discussing Forks Over Knives. He brought along a few recipes that I thought looked pretty good, so I had to give them a try! The first was this "No Oil" Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette. Barnard is a proponent of eating as little processed foods as possible and he includes oil as a processed food. Not to argue with a doctor, but I'm not going to be giving up oil any time soon. I don't see the harm on cutting back a little so I decided to try the dressing first since I made those yummy croutons the other day. It was really good! I love roasted red peppers anyway, so this was the perfect dressing for me...I just think I might add a little oil next time.
Also, can we talk? Dr. Barnard said that he didn't eat any processed foods yet he showed the viewers a salad that contained tofu. He also had a bowl of Whole Wheat pasta on there with a sun dried tomato sauce (which I have to try soon!) Last time I checked, tofu and pasta were processed foods. That sort of put me off a little, but I like the guy and he think he does really great things for animals and for the world, so I didn't get too upset about it.
*Makes enough for 1 large salad or 2 medium salads*
- 1 large roasted red pepper
- 1 clove of garlic - chopped
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp thyme leaves
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