Check out this really great article and recipe ideas that use zucchini.
Zucchini is super cheap right now and can be used in so many different ways. My personal faves are grilled (simply seasoned with salt, pepper, and olive oil), as fries (especially from Zinburger – yum!), and grated and turned into pancakes. I have yet to use them as noodles but it is on my list of things to try out. How do people get them all curly and noodle-y? I’ll figure it out. Probably some cool kitchen tool is all I need.
Yesterday, I visited the San Agustin Farmers Market for the first time. It was great. I really miss the farmers market crowd. Anyway, I picked these great herb starters for a great price. Plus, the lady that sold them to me gave me these great tips for when I plant them.
First, she said to put the chives in the middle and the basil around because the basil will die with the frost in the winter but the chives will survive. Then, she said once the basil died out to replace them with cilantro and parsley. In fact, she said, cilantro prefers the cold. Who knew? Also, she warned me that Tucson soil and water is very alkaline so it helps to add old coffee grounds to the top to increase the acidity.
I woke early this morning to make sure they get a good start.
It’s been a while since I’ve paid attention to this dear blog but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been cooking. We finally had our housewarming party and I made all the food right down to the sangria.
This brings me to today. I have had an itch to make some turkey lettuce wraps since I had this ground turkey in my fridge. I had never made them before so I did what most people my age do. I looked on Pinterest! I made my own recipe based on a few good ones I saw. The only thing I wish I had is ginger… I would definitely add some fresh ginger next time! See my recipe page for ingredients and how I did it.
Next post: Orange chicken
Went hiking for the first time in forever near Rose Canyon Lake and had a blast! It was so amazing to be out in nature on a beautiful sunny day. Even got lost, and you know what? Had fun doing that, too. We were out there for about 2 and a half hours – not in any rush, took lots of breaks, and took lots of pictures. Afterwards, I was exhausteddddd. Ate this fantastic lunch then passed out for a 2 hours. Felt good.
For the salmon: seasoned simply with salt, pepper, and canola oil – then seared for a about 4 minutes on each side in a hot cast iron skillet
For the kale salad:
Tuscan Kale (Trader Joe’s)
Broccoli slaw (Trader Joe’s)
small grape tomatoes
All tossed together with lemon juice and olive oil to taste
Garlic fries from Trader Joe’s and followed the package instructions
I’ve been away for a while and I have missed my blog world. I have been busy buying a house, starting school again, and just dealing with life in general. No excuse, though. I kept telling myself that I would compose some fabulous post with lots of pictures and tips when I did return but never got around to it. So here I am eating breakfast when it occurred to me, “what better time than now?” This has for a lot of things lately – buying a house, getting a Masters degree, and interviewing for that promotion at work (which I didn’t get). There really is no better time than now to live our lives one day at a time. There is no better time than now to let go, love people, and eat good food.
The thing about getting back to my normal diet of rabbit food and beans is that I am always hungry! It sucks! I put a half cup of rinse and drained cannellini beans on top of my salad so I’m hoping it hold me over at least until after the gym.
Either way, I am already feeling lighter and that’s what I really want.
The recipe is as follows:
Two three handfuls of baby spinach (romaine would have been good, too)
Handful of fresh flat leaf (Italian) parsley
Half cup of cannellini (aka white kidney) beans
For the dressing:
Juice of half a lemon
1 tsp Olive oil
Salt & pepper
I tossed all except for the beans in a large bowl and tossed. Then I piled the beans on top. That’s it!
I did a calculation using myfitnesspal.com and this huge salad is only 210 calories! Not bad! With the calories that low, guess who’s having a homemade chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich later?
I was going to my Amazon Instant Videos to watch Forks Over Knives again when I stumbled upon this gem of a documentary that I haven’t seen before.
The following is the synopsis (taken from the website above):
Part sociological experiment and part adventure comedy, Vegucated follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Lured by tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover the hidden sides of animal agriculture that make them wonder whether solutions offered in films like Food, Inc. go far enough. This entertaining documentary showcases the rapid and at times comedic evolution of three people who discover they can change the world one bite at a time.
So basically, if you have seen Forks Over Knives; Food, Inc.; Fast Food Nation; Supersize Me; or any other of the many movies/documentaries out there about what we put in our bodies every day, you might like this documentary, too. Check it out!
What other movies have I not seen? What other good ones are out there other than those I listed above?
Ok, it’s day 2 of the new year and I’m starting out on a good note. It was a vegan dinner tonight made with a no-recipe recipe because they were almost all leftovers! Yes! On the right side of my plate, I have leftover couscous from the lunch I made on Saturday (see previous post). After I stuffed those acorn squash, I had a bunch leftover and I couldn’t let it go to waste. In the middle are some lovely green beans that I bought at Sprouts yesterday. I steamed them in the microwave (about 5 minutes) then melted some Earth Balance over the top and added salt and pepper. Then, on the left, are leftover Brussels sprouts and potatoes from our New Years Eve dinner at Union Public House. It was hearty and satisfying and delicious and I am feeling good about myself right now! After eating these Brussels sprouts tonight, it reminded me how much I absolutely love them. I am going to have to get some to make more this week.