When I decided to quit my full-time job a few months ago, I think my husband had this sweet little vision that dinner would be ready an hour earlier each night and that evenings would be spent cuddling on the couch with him, not my laptop. I admit, I had a good feeling that might happen too. At least sometimes.

Two months later, I’m still ever attached to that computer in the evenings, rattling off recipes, editing photos and catching up on my friends’ blog posts. The problem (or blessing, as it truly is) is this little thing called flexibility.

Flexibility gives me the option of firing up the grill at 9 in the morning for chicken and veggies for a not-so-ordinary salad, and packing it up in the car for an afternoon visit to my bestie and her 3-week-old baby boy. That essentially leaves the grunt of the workload for “after hours” but who could resist?

For this layered beauty of baby spinach, lemon-herb chicken, grilled asparagus, sweet potatoes, mini sweet peppers, red onions, grapes, walnuts, and blue cheese, I whipped up a super easy low-fat dressing that I’ve since become addicted to. It’s a combination of ripe summer berries, zesty mustard and sweet, syrup-y balsamic vinegar tempered with NuNaturals Orange-Flavored Liquid Stevia. A touch of flax seed gives it a good dose of healthy fats and a creamier mouth-feel. Speaking of not being able to resist, my bff and I scooped up every last bite from that giant bowl. Maybe because grilled vegetables on salad are one of the most delicious things ever, or maybe just so we could taste more of the salad dressing.

This all-natural sweetener is one of two new liquid stevia products from NuNaturals. The other is a lemon flavor, which is great for flavoring my water for a little change of pace. But the orange, oh my- let’s just say that as a recovering orange-soda addict, I could quickly chug my way through an entire 2-liter bottle of club soda as long as I have my orange stevia around (a splash of lime juice helps too.)

I made this salad dressing again this weekend for a family bbq and my Aunt Jane made it crystal clear to me that I better post the recipe soon. Or else! So like the well-behaved niece I’ve always been (*smirk*) I happily obeyed. I think you’ll appreciate it too

What would you like to do with these new flavors of stevia from NuNaturals? Let me know for a chance to win one of each! Please see full contest rules after the recipe.

And if you’re really feeling the giveaway mood, don’t miss my Attune Foods & Bob’s Red Mill #wholgrainbrunch giveaway!

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Low-Fat Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette with Citrus and Basil

Yield: 18 servings, 2 tablespoons each

Ripe summer berries, sweet citrus, zesty mustard and syrup-y balsamic vinegar tempered with a touch of stevia. Flax seed adds a good dose of healthy fats and a creamy mouth-feel.

Ingredients:

1 cup chopped strawberries (140gm)
3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup grainy mustard (120gm)
1/4 cup basil leaves
2 tablespoons minced red onion
1 tablespoon orange-flavored stevia
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons ground flax seed

Directions:

Combine all ingredients except for flax seed in a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Add the flax seeds last and process to combine. Pour into a glass jar and store covered in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts:

Amount Per Serving
Calories 20.0
Total Fat 1.0 g
Saturated Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 100.2 mg
Potassium 19.1 mg
Total Carbohydrate 2.3 g
Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
Sugars 2.4 g
Protein 0.3 g

Cara Lyons, www.carascravings.com

For a chance to win one bottle each of the new lemon and orange flavored liquid stevia from NuNaturals, please complete any/all of the following tasks and leave a separate comment for each one. Winner will be chosen at random from all entries received by Wednesday, June 6th at 11:59pm EST.

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No purchase necessary. The contest will close on Wednesday, June 6th at 11:59pm EST, at which point a winner will be chosen via random number generator. Winner must reside in the United States and supply a valid email address in the commenting form. Winner will be contacted and have 3 days to respond, at which point s/he forfeits the prize and another winner will be chosen. Winner will provide name, email address, shipping address and phone number and give me permission to supply this information to the sponsors of the giveaway items.