Bust it Up (and Sassy Sesame Dressing)

Recipe: Sassy Sesame Dressing

The Sassy Sauce

How do we change? We change by doing something new or doing the same thing differently. If we’ve gone and painted an ideal life in our mind, there can be times when that vision seems a long way off and we default to a “why bother!”, resigning ourselves to the circumstances (painful or otherwise) that we wish were different. We exist in the discrepancy between where we are and where we want to be, frustrated and discouraged. And maybe this place is comfortable and familiar and—let’s face it—easier. Or this constant striving and failing is working for you. Who am I to judge? But if you are seeking change (and I suspect you might be, or you wouldn’t be reading this blog), then let’s break it down:

Remember cognitive distortions? We shy away from change when we think it’s got to be all or nothing and that if we aren’t there now, we never will be. It’s time to BUST that cognitive distortion right now. That’s right, bust it up! How does change happen? Change happens when we change! If you want something, START doing it! Think of every single thing in your life as an opportunity to start putting your goal into action—no matter how lofty or unattainable you think your goal is. You want to write a book? Write a sentence! You want to find a partner? Start practicing unconditional love with the people already in your life! You want to make healthier lifestyle choices? Park a little further from the entrance to the store next time. Catch my drift? It’s not all or nothing! Bring the change to you, in the present moment—through small actions and/or a tweak in the way you view your current circumstance. Simply viewing your current situation as an opportunity to act “as if” can completely alter the course of your path. Didn’t someone famous once say “Be the change?”(just kidding, Mr. Gandhi!). It’s time to get creative and start identifying the opportunities you are being given right this very moment to embody the life your heart yearns for. What does that look like for you?

Amid all of the sweets and treats this time of year, eating fresh just feels good. And it doesn’t taste so bad either! This dressing came out of a strange craving I had for something creamy but not rich, tangy but not vinegary, and flavourful but not over-garlicky. It’s wonderful poured onto your favourite kale and left to marinate for ten minutes. This recipe makes a little over a cup of dressing, but you may want to double it up and keep some in the fridge for a repeat visit or two.

Sassy Sesame Dressing

  • Juice of one lemon
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 – 2 tsp of agave
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp high quality miso (I like brown rice miso)
  • 1 small clove of garlic
  • 2 tbsp unrefined (raw) sesame oil (I’m sure olive oil would work just fine)
  • 1 heaping tbsp raw tahini
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar

Combine all ingredients and blend with an immersion blender or in a blender. The salad I made to go with this (pictured below) consisted of kale, apple, grated beets and carrots, toasted pumpkin seeds, avocado and hemp seeds. A-MAZING! Let the kale soak up the dressing, and then top with the remaining ingredients.

ala Kale Salad


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