Get the Skinny on the Eat Local Challenge!

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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:


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. Pecan Oil: Local swap-out for olive oil

Inglewood Farms and Kinloch Pecan Oil are two local brands available at local markets, Rouses, and Whole Foods.


  1. 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.


  1. Swerve Sugar Replacement:

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.






The Eat Local Challenge is divided into 4 tiers, from Ultra Strict to Ultra Lenient; find out more + register at


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


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