The kids and I enjoyed a creative lunch today, using a variety of olive oils, an aged balsamic vinegar, Parmesan seasonings, cheese, basil, lettuce, red onion, orange bell peppers, tomatoes and marinated cucumbers, paired with freshly baked tomato basil or rosemary baguette slices. Hummus and avocado sauces would have also been a great addition. Needless to say, the kids had a great time experimenting with presentation and trying new combinations.
Marinated Cucumbers – Use balsamic vinegar, EVOO, salt and pepper
Posted in Avocados, Basil, Bread, Garlic, Grains, Lettuce, lunch, Marinated, Red Onion, Red Pepper, Rosemary, Sandwiches, Tomatoes, tomatoes, Vegetarian
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Wraps are a nice change from afternoon sandwiches, and this one looks like a great addition to our menu. EatingWell.com has posted a wrap recipe using red cabbage, white beans, avocado and other items frequently found in our weekly boxes. … Continue reading
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The CafeSucreFarine.com has posted a mouth watering salad using avocado, cilantro and almonds with a white balsamic dressing. I’ve never tried a white balsamic dressing before, so this will be a new experience I’m eager to test out.
My most recent adventure has been the addition of quinoa in my everyday dishes, adding protein to my dish makeover. In this ‘makeover’ I simply added red quinoa to my black beans (sauted with garlic and onions) and placed them on top of a bed of greens, tomatoes, salsa and bell peppers. It was quite delightful and very filling.
Consider adding quinoa (red or white) to your dishes. It is super high in protein and tastes like cous cous. 🙂
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Jen Marvin, one of our members and dedicated volunteers, introduced me to Heidi Swanson’s cookbooks and recipe blog (101 Cookbooks). I’ve been hooked ever since.
In Heidi’s latest cookbook, Super Natural Every Day, she introduces The Little Quinoa Patty. With a quick search online a friend of mine found another recipe blogger has been raving about these little delights on Sparrows & Spatulas.
I follow Heidi’s recipe pretty closely, using my own bread crumbs from our previously posted Multi-Grain Bread, choosing only egg whites, and adding 1 to 2 TSP of smoked paprika to the mix before forming and cooking the patties. (See Heidi’s book or Sparrows and Spatulas’ site for the recipe details.) My only kitchen note is that forming the ball/patty is tricky. I’ve found the best method is to scoop two large spoonfuls of mix into the oiled pan and then use a spatula to flatten and form the patty. An additional note for reference, I use a cast iron skillet with a metal spatula, on medium-low heat.
The new creation with this dish is the Orange Avocado Sauce. I simply mix a little of this and a little of that… 🙂 Here’s a summary:
1 Avocado, smashed
0.5 Orange, juiced
1 TBSP Fresh Parsley, chopped
0.5 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
0.5 TBSP Honey
Dash of Salt
Dash of Pepper
1 TSP Smoked Paprika
Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and add a sprinkle of Smoked Paprika on top.
*This is a great basic recipe to build on. You could easily add mushrooms, peppers, herbs, various cheeses, black beans, etc.
*These are great with a variety of sauces. The kids tend to enjoy them with ketchup and barbeque sauce. Heidi recommends a spicy sauce.
*Quinoa is high in protein (14g per 100g)… making them a great meat alternative.
Our Best Bites highlights many of quinoa’s benefits and how to incorporate it into your every day dishes in a May 2011 post.
*Heidi has several other quinoa recipes on her blog. Check them out.
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I’ve been meaning to post this for 3 weeks now! It is currently my family’s favorite dish. Every time I make it I make larger portions assuming we’ll have leftovers, and end up with an empty dish. I hope your … Continue reading
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Full and Half Shares (a mix of the following): Green Bell Peppers (from our CSA – Bell, FL) Arugula or Raab (from our CSA – Bell, FL) Green or Red Leaf Lettuce (from our CSA – Bell, FL) Sweet Potatoes (from our … Continue reading
Creamy Avocado Salad is a very quick and nutritious snack or side dish that bring a little summer to the table.
1 or 2 Roma Tomatoes, diced
1 cup of Creamy Cucumbers (prepared at least 1 day ahead)
1 Avocado, diced
Simply mix the above 3 ingredients and serve. It’s that easy.
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Full and Half Shares (a mix of the following): Asparagus Eggplant (from our CSA) Cucumbers (from our CSA) Chiogga Beets (Candy Cane Beets) – Full Shares Only Broccolini Spinach Rainbow Carrots with Tops – Full Shares Only Shallots Acorn Squash … Continue reading
1 Red Onion, Chopped
2 Ripe Avocano, Chopped
3 Red Peppers, Chopped
6 Roma Tomatoes, Deseeded and Chopped
1/2 Bunch Cilantro, Chopped
1 Tspn. Minced Garlic
Lemon, Lime, or Red Wine Vinegar – to taste
Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir gently until combined.
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