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Trim Healthy Tuesday – Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing (S)

Trim Healthy Tuesday – Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing (S)

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I’m not an eBook kind of girl. I like REAL cookbooks that I can put my hands on…that I can thumb through…that I can get tomato sauce all over in the kitchen…that Annie can color on when I’m not looking. But, I’m still cooking through my eCookbook stash here because I have collected quite a few from friends and fellow bloggers. And plus, I know some of you are REALLY into eBooks.

Caesar Salad Dressing

This week I’m talking about one of the first eCookbooks that I ever BOUGHT. Yes – I bought this one…most of my eBooks were given to me, but I did purchase this one. And I am so glad I did! I was new on the “real food scene” and had no idea what I was doing. Trina knew…and I bought her book. One of the best things I ever did. Real Fast Food is a GREAT cookbook…even if you’re “old” to the real food scene. (All Real Fast Food links are my affiliate link – and I have to tell you that to cover my behind.)

Trina Holden is a great cook – she’s a great person – she’s a great mom – and she’s a good friend. :-) Real Fast Food will teach you what you need to know about real food without overwhelming you. It’s full of great tips and fabulous recipes (her ranch dressing is delish!). And it’s easy to read…and it’s printable – as you can see I did print mine. And you’re not surprised.

Caesar Salad Dressing

I chose Caesar Salad Dressing to share with y’all today (with Trina’s blessing) – even though I had the option of sharing NutButter Brownies.  But since I shared Almond Flour Brownies last week, I didn’t want to overdo the brownie thing. Now that I think back – that might have been stupid. Overdo brownies? Yeah, right. Like that would EVER happen.

What did I change in this recipe? Not much – as I said, Trina’s book is about whole-foods already. I just sorta made this recipe more STACYFIED. I need to trademark that phrase. I did use Greek yogurt instead of mayo and changed a few of the ingredient amounts.

BONUS for this recipe? No anchovies. Anchovies give me the willies. *Shiver* You did know Caesar dressing usually has anchovies in it…right? If not, sorry I told you. Spoiler alert!

Caesar Salad Dressing

This recipe is so easy. You just put everything in a jar and shake it. I mean, really. Even a caveman could make this dressing – and by the way, I don’t get those commercials. Trina says this recipe will keep about a week in the fridge.

I’m not really a fan of Caesar dressing, but Barry LOVES it! So, I made this for him. I did taste it and it tastes just like the stuff from the store…but homemade with no “added ingredients.” Barry said it was really good! So, another winner for Cooking Through Stacy’s Stash!

Buy Real Fast Food HERE for only $6. Also available in paperback for $15.

Caesar Salad Dressing

Now, head on over to Gwen’s Nest for Trim Healthy Tuesday where she’s sharing Low Carb Lime Tortilla Chips (FP).

Before you link up below, please make note of these two things:

  1. PLEASE link to our Trim Healthy Tuesday posts when you link back, instead of our home pages. If someone clicks the link, it takes them to the main page and that might not be the top post. Thanks!
  2. If at all possible in your post, please include a link back to the Trim Healthy Mama website. We want to show them as much love as possible.  :-)


My top three picks from last week were:

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Parfait (S) from Natural Homemade Mama

Are you picking up on the fact that I enjoy peanut butter and chocolate paired together? Or maybe it’s just chocolate…or maybe it’s just peanut butter. I’d likely eat dirt if you mixed it with peanut butter and chocolate.

pb cheesecake parfait

Louisiana Bayou Chicken Pasta (E) from Beatitudes, Blessings, and Broadcasts

We love, love, LOVE hot food around here! I pinned this one ASAP and can’t wait to try it. I would likely serve it over brown rice instead of with noodles. Yummo!

bayou chicken pasta

Broccoli Salad (S) from See the Blue Sky

One of my favorite vegetables is broccoli and I’ve always LOVED broccoli salad. I’m tickled pink to see that it’s easy adaptable to THM. Make sure to use unsweetened dried cranberries for this one.

broccoli salad

The TOP pick by YOU guys was:

This Week’s Trim Healthy Mama Menu from Counting All Joy

Trim Healthy Mama Menu

Now, link up! Guidelines are posted below.

Guidelines for Linked Posts:

  1. Accepted post topics will be: Trim Healthy Mama-related recipes, kitchen tips, weekly menus, ‘how to’ articles, or exercise tips. MODEST before and after photos may be attached to any of the above.  Please do not link personal progress reports or non-THM recipes.
  2. You may post links from YOUR blog to recipes that are Trim Healthy Mama friendly. They can be S (satisfying), E (energizing), FP (Fuel Pull), or Crossovers. Please note which of these categories your recipe falls under.  Nutrition information for your recipe is helpful, but not mandatory. 
  3. Please respect the copyright of the book, and do not post recipes from the Trim Healthy Mama book on your blog or in this link up. You MAY post recipes that you’ve changed to make your own, but nothing verbatim from the book.
  4. Please link your post back to one of the hosting blogs above: Gwen’s Nest or Stacy Makes Cents.  Your link will show up on both blogs! DO NOT LINK TO THE HOMEPAGE – instead link directly to the Trim Healthy Tuesday post to which you are linking up to.
  5. Please post no more than 3 links each week.
  6. Post new links from your blog each week – do not post the same link each week.
  7. You may include recipes with “Splenda” and other similar products or foods that are considered “compromise foods”, but please note that in the recipe, and either make them optional or offer substitutions for on plan items if possible. Please do not use ingredients that are off plan…like white potatoes.
  8. No giveaways or advertising-only type posts are allowed. You may post about cookbooks that you like and you may include affiliate links, but the post MUST be THM friendly.Example – posting about an eCookbook that you like is acceptable when telling how it can help with THM. Posting about a cookbook just so you can sell it is NOT acceptable.
  9. Any post that does not meet the guidelines outlined above will be considered Spam and will be deleted.
  10. Though it’s not required, it would be polite if you would link directly to the Trim Healthy Mama website in each of your posts – they’ve done so much to help us all, and we’d like to increase their traffic.
  11. For help with determining where your recipes fall, visit Gwen’s THM Quick Start Guide.

**See this post for more about this Trim Healthy Tuesday link up.


This post is linked at: at Works For Me Wednesday on We Are That Family, at Healthy 2Day Wednesday on Authentic Simplicity,  at Allergy Free Wednesday at Whole New Mom, at Welcome Home Wednesday at Raising Arrows, Cast Party Wednesday on Lady Behind the Curtain, at Wednesday Whatsits at White Lights on Wednesday, at Fresh Foods Link Up at Gastronomical Sovereignty, at Show and Share Wednesday on Mostly Homemade Mom, at Wonderful Food Wednesday at All She Cooks, at Gluten-Free Wednesdays on The Gluten-Free Homemaker, at Pennywise Platter at The Nourishing Gourmet, at Proverbs 31 Thursday at Raising Mighty Arrows, at Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage,  at Frugal Food Thursday at Frugal Follies, at Thrive at Home Thursday at Live Called, at Simple Lives Thursday at My Humble Kitchen, at The Project Stash at Seven-Alive, at Fantastic Thursday at Five Little Chefs, at Thriving on Thursdays at Domesblissity,  at Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch, at Thursday’s Treasures at Chocolate, Chocolate, and More, at Fellowship Friday at Christian Mommy Blogger, at Natural Living Link Up at Little Natural Cottage, at Homestead Barn Hop at The Prairie Homestead, at Make Your Own Monday at Nourishing Treasures, at Better Mom Monday,  at A Round Tuit at Creating My Way to Success,  at Mix It Up Monday at Flour Me With Love, at Melt In Your Mouth Monday at Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms,  at On The Menu Monday at Stone Gable, at Trim Healthy Tuesday, at Marvelous Mondays at This Gal Cooks, at Recipe Sharing Monday at Jam Hands,  and at Clever Chicks at The Chicken Chick.

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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her three children, Annie (June 2009), Andy (August 2012) and Eli (September 2014). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.


  1. kimi @ Seethebluesky says:

    Though I do like my little anchovies, this looks like a good staple to keep around.
    Thanks for the blog love too!

  2. Thanks for another opportunity to link up! I didn’t think I’d make it this week, but I shared my super easy, super healthy summer breakfast for this week.

  3. I use this e-cookbook more than any of the others I have. I love it! I pretty much only use her blender pancakes recipe for pancakes anymore…they’re so light and fluffy and easy, and the grains have been soaked to boot! And I just made the nutbutter brownies the other day. They didn’t last long. :) I tried her Salisbury steak last night. Yum. And the chicken and cheese casserole is so good. I’m eager to give her pizza dough a whirl tomorrow, because I haven’t had much success with finding a homemade whole-wheat pizza dough we like. If what she says about her pizza dough is true, then I will have found a winner. There have been a few recipes we haven’t cared for, but it’s that way with any cookbook. Everyone has different tastes. But this is definitely a go-to cookbook for me, and I’m eager to try many more recipes out of it!

  4. I just wanted to say when Annie colors in your cookbook, just write the date next to it and then your cookbook can double as a scrapbook :)

  5. Thanks for taking them time to link up with us, Debbie!

  6. :-) It’s a good one for anchovie lovers and haters! Today I discovered that Worcestershire has anchovies in it!!!

  7. Heidi P says:

    Looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it :)

  8. How fun that you featured one of my recipes. That was a fun surprise to see when I went on the computer today. I’ve been having fun with these every week. Thanks for doing this.

  9. I miss Cesaer Dressing!! Definitely need to put anchovies in it 😉

  10. Hi, this is my first time adding a link. And I wonder, is it possible to edit my link? I saw the “name” section, and put my first name instead of the name of the post. Big face palm! Can you tell I usually don’t do these link-ups?! I feel so silly… Anyway, thanks for hosting this, Stacy and Gwen!

    • I see that you got it fixed! :-) You are able to delete your own entries. Thanks so much for linking up!!

  11. Do you think when you order a salad at restaurants say a low end like olive garden uses anchovies?

  12. I don’t like the idea of anchovies either, but I use anchovy paste in my caesar dressing (and in a dip recipe that I found on called Addicting Chip Dip), and it makes all the difference! This recipe looks great though, and I’m going to try it subbing the anchovy paste for worcestershire sauce :)

    • Here’s the crazy thing – I had some Caesar salad a week or so ago (it was the only thing offered and I was hungry, lol) and it was SO GOOD! I might be re-thinking my anchovy paste thing. 😉

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