This is my daughter’s favorite salad, she literally licks the plate clean when I make it. I love it because it is crisp and refreshing and comes together easily. The combination of flavors is really nice – the sweetness from the sugar, tartness from vinegar, a little salt and a hint of spice. Continue reading “Refreshing Cucumber Salad”
The Asian pack has always been one of my favorites! I love to make up large batches of egg rolls and wontons ( some fried and some raw to use for wonton soup) and stock my freezer. Who doesn’t love a wok full of colorful stir fry? Continue reading “Summer Asian Slaw”
“Cool as a cucumber….”
Cucumbers are so refreshing! Cucumber salads are fun to make and can be flavored to add to your entree or to eat alone. I had lots of oranges and wanted to make a sweet cucumber salad. I added some thinly sliced almonds and celery to give it some crunch. I hope you will enjoy this salad! Continue reading “Cucumber Citrus Salad”
I love using hummus in wraps! Spreading hummus on the spinach or herb wraps makes a tasty base for any add ons. You can add turkey or ham slices or just make them veggie. I like to spread on the hummus and add chopped black olives. You can be inventive and add your own ingredients to these! Enjoy!
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If your kids (especially the teen set) are anything like mine, they have one thought when they walk through the door after school…food. They cannot be compelled to share tales of their day, prepare for evening activities, or certainly start on homework until the growling stomachs that have been functioning on the brink of starvation since lunch are satisfied. Led by their empty guts and parched throats the newly returned scholars begin a systematic search of the kitchen cupboards, fridge, and freezer pulling out just about anything crunchy, sugary, salty, or wet.
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Now that school has started I’m back to making lunches for the kids because let’s face it cafeteria food is…well cafeteria food! My children have never been picky eaters because we’ve never dumbed down their food. What we eat they eat! This ol’ gal doesn’t do multiple meals. Because of that our kids are much more open to trying things most of their contemporaries won’t touch and quite honestly it makes my life much easier. I do have to be honest with you though. Our food philosophy has created borderline food snobs, but hey, worse things could happen ya know?!
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The radishes are staring at you, and you are staring at them. What in the world will you do with 6. You can slice one or two up in a regular green salad with dinner, or perhaps use them in some coleslaw with the cabbage you received this week, but better than that you can get rid of the whole bunch plus your cucumber and any stray carrots left in the ‘fridge with this zesty sweet salad! (You can really tell we focus on 100% basket consumption around here!)
A couple that I know just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. The key to their success? Well, according to the husband their happy marriage is all because his wife has packed him his lunch every work day for their whole married life. At first, this revelation made me feel really…guilty. I can honestly say that in 13 years of marriage I have never sent my husband off to work with a homemade lunch. Sure, this has meant he has some extra candy machine visits or drive-through stops, but how can I squeeze in making lunch for a man who leaves the house at 5:45 each morning? Already I have a house to clean, meals to cook, four kids to home-school, and sometime in there I have to get a shower (really, won’t he appreciate a clean wife more than lunch?) The old man’s marriage advice was fresh in my mind when I saw pictures of layered, jarred salads on the Bountiful Basket’s Facebook page. These seemed healthy, fresh, and most importantly easy. And so, in an effort to keep our happy marriage happy, and armed with an arsenal of salad-in-a-jar recipes, I have decided to try packing lunches this year.
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“Put the lime in the cucumber…”. Okay, not quite, but close. And delicious.
I recently read a recipe for a cucumber lime smoothie and it took the top spot on my “must try” list. And then, AMAZING! We got both cucumbers and limes in our basket today! I came home and immediately threw the ingredients into my blender. I changed the recipe a little bit (it’s a compulsion) and I’m sure you could adapt this pretty easily to your preferences. I love the simplicity of the ingredients, and it tastes light, refreshing, and happy. Today might be the first day of fall, but it still feels like summer and I’m soaking in every minute of sunshine, in the sky or in a smoothie.
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