Celebrating honey during national honey month
In its time, honey has been heralded as a wonder food - and rightly so. With its medicinal properties, inability to spoil, and natural sweetness, it's not difficult to fathom why.The key, however, is to only purchase and consume raw honey or non-pasteurized honey so key nutritional benefits are not destroyed. Purchase local if you can.
To replace sugar with honey in recipes, the appropriate replacement is a 2:1 ratio, meaning, for every one cup of sugar that a recipe calls for, only use ½ cup of honey. Doing this will reduce sugar consumption, which has very little nutritional value. Honey does cause foods to brown more quickly, so compensate for this by reducing cooking temperatures by 25 degrees.
Tips for using honey in meals:
- Drizzle onto yogurt, cereal or oatmeal
- Drizzle over fresh cut fruit
- Add a few drops to coffee or tea
- Utilize in dressings or marinades
If you've never tried using honey in salad dressing, you are missing out! With just a few ingredients and in no time at all, you can take what's typically the least healthy part of a salad, the dressing, and make it instead a sweet, guilt-free topping!
- 1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Whisk together vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper.
- Add olive oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly until smooth.
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