Improvising Can Lead To Something Great.
There's nothing better than getting together, and hanging out with friends. But, can you really pull of a last minute party? If you want to spend less money and time in the kitchen, you throw a potluck. Our friends host a music night once a month, and everyone shows up with their instrument of choice, (mine's a ukulele!) and a dish to share. Looking at the buffet table, we laugh at the fact that each of us really seems to "get" the art of a good potluck. All the dishes are mostly vegan, or vegetarian, and there's always plenty of variety. I really think we have the healthiest, and most satisfying dishes at our get togethers! You won't find the typical health boobytraps that are packed with meat and served with extra cheese. And it's a super simple process, with no last minute calls to the host, which makes it easy to be spontaneous.
Deciding what to bring to the potluck was pretty easy for me. We have a lot of kale in the garden right now, and I had some beets from the farmers market. What I didn't have on hand was olive oil. Somehow I had run out, and had no back up in the pantry. I usually prep my kale with lemon juice and olive oil to help break it down so it's not so impossibly crunchy. I had enough for a light drizzle on the kale, but none for my dressing. Thinking how I can concoct a salad dressing with no olive oil, I came up with the idea of using avocado for the fat. With dill in the garden, and lemons galore on the tree, I figured I couldn't go wrong. Yes, avocado, dill & lemon dressing! Improvising sometimes pushes you to come up with ideas that you wouldn't normally embrace. So, next time you run out of a key ingredient, try improvising with what you have on hand. It may just come out better than what you had in mind in the first place.
Avocado, Dill & Lemon Dressing
1-2 Cloves of garlic, chopped
1 Cup of loosely packed fresh dill
1 Lemon, juiced
1/4 tsp agave nectar
Salt & pepper to taste
If it is too thick, add water 1TBS at a time until desired thickness
- Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and process until it is completely pureed. My dressing came out very thick, so I added 4 TBS of water to thin it.