Happy April Fool’s Day! My day has been filled with little pranks being played out by my kids on me. One of my daughters had a friend sleepover. And when she woke up, she came down to the kitchen with a sad face. She looked up at me and said, “Mom, one of my guinea pigs passed away.” My mind began to race with all the things to say, “I’m so sorry!” I began. Then I remembered she had a friend sleep over, and how terrible for this to happen with a friend over too! She quickly said, “April fools!” with a big smile and laughed, “Got ya! That wasn’t easy for me to say, but I knew it would be a good one.”
“Oh! Thank goodness.” I said laughing with a sigh of relief.
Now I was on the look-out. But, still taken a few more times by some very clever pranks. One was a mug turned upside-down near the clean dish rack. As I was cleaning the kitchen, I went to turn the mug right-side up. Gurgle! Splash! Water went all over the counter and ran down the side of the cabinet, onto my feet. “What was that?” I exclaimed.
“Ha,ha! Got you, Mom. I was waiting all day for you to do that.” A voice across the room said, and another one of my children claimed the prank. Somehow she was able to fill the mug with water, and placed it upside-down.
“Wow..I was not expecting that!” I said, as we wiped the counter together, laughing.
My day has been filled with these small and fun pranks, but the recipe below is real. It is one of the dressings recommended for the Women’s Health Study by Dr. Fuhrman. It has no oil in it on purpose, although you might think I was ‘fooling’ you by omitting it, haha! This dressing is delicious, has healthful ingredients, and you can find more like it on drfuhrman.com.
So enjoy it on your next big green salad or with raw vegetables…no-joke!
DIJON DATE DRESSING/DIP
- 1 cup water
- 1/3 cup raw cashew butter or 2/3 cup raw cashews (I have used almonds…or can omit to be nut-free)
- 4 tablespoons Dr. Fuhrman’s Riesling Raisin Vinegar or balsamic vinegar (I have used apple cider vinegar and other vinegars when I’m out of the Balsamic )
- 2 tablespoons Dr. Fuhrman’s VegiZest or other no-salt seasoning (I use garlic powder and dried parsley)
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 4-6 dates, pitted
- 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
Blend all the ingredients in a food processor or high-powered blender until smooth and creamy.