The NOLA Locavore’s 30-day Eat Local Challenge kicks off Monday, with the challenge to eat all (or mostly - or at least more) foods that have been grown, raised, or caught within a 200-mile radius for the month of June, so today we’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on 5 easy ways to make the Eat Local Challenge work for you!
There's the easy stuff, like local seafood, dairy, produce, but a few of our everyday staples can be a challenge to source locally... here are 5 ways to make the Eat Local Challenge even easier:
- DIY Mayo
Make a batch for sandwiches and spreads, plus use it for local salad dressings, remoulade, chicken salad, and dips.
1 large raw egg yolk
1 ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon distilled vinegar
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon table salt
¾ cup pecan oil
Combine egg yolk, lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, and salt in medium bowl. Whisk for 30 seconds until blended and bright yellow. While whisking constantly for 4 minutes, add 1/4 cup pecan oil a few drops at a time to the yolk mixture. Gradually add remaining 1/2 cup pecan oil in a very thin slow stream, while whisking constantly for 8 minutes, to the yolk mixture until mayonnaise is thick.
- Pecan Butter: Local alternative to peanut butter & almond butter
Blend 1-1/2 cups of pecans (raw of lightly roasted) with a tablespoon of pecan oil and an (optional) teaspoon of local honey or sugar in a food processor until smooth.
- Pecan Oil: Local swap-out for olive oil
- Cajun Grains Brown Rice Flour: In place of wheat flour
Added bonus: Higher smoke point than olive oil, so can be used to sauté, fry, etc.
It’s not “local” by the strictest definition of the Eat Local Challenge, but Swerve is a locally-owned New Orleans company, and our closest-to-local option for no-calorie plant-based sweetener for the Eat Local Challenge.
MORE ON THE EAT LOCAL CHALLENGE:
The Eat Local Challenge is divided into 4 tiers, from Ultra Strict to Ultra Lenient; find out more + register at www.nolalocavores.com
Benefits of eating local:
- More real, whole, unprocessed foods
- Less reliance on processed, packaged foods
- Benefits local community, economy, & environment
Eat Local Resources include tours + classes and shopping guides to locally-sourced foods