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Garden Salad

August 19, 2017

E: Let’s talk about salads today. I’m sitting here in my living room watching “Defenders” on Netflix on an early Saturday morning. It kind of reminds me of the days I used to wake up early as a child to watch x-men. I love superhero movies, don’t you? Anyways.. it’s going to be a beautiful sunny day. We are going to my nephew’s birthday party today. It’s middle of August and summer is almost over! So sad… I didn’t even go to the beach one time. Sigh. Actually, wait, I just remembered we went to southern California to Newport Beach in early May. We went to Balboa Island- such a cute place! Anyways, what I wanted to say was that although summer is almost over, my vegetable garden is still kind of just starting out! Weird right. I have an abundance of cherry tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers.  This is one of my favorite combinations of a salads. It has sweetness from the corn and grapes, crunch from the cucumbers and pumpkin seeds, and a burst of tangy sweet juice from the cherry tomatoes. Salads are so easy to prep and I’m trying to get my fill before summer ends, because then I crave hearty warm food. I’ll have to see how I adjust to eating raw/vegan once the season changes. Wish me luck!

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Pear Super Salad with Raspberry Dressing

August 14, 2017

Pear Super Salad with Raspberry Dressing

yields: 1 serving

 

E: We resurrected this salad recipe from a few months ago. This was before I stopped eating dairy products and meat. I would still make this salad, but I would add  some walnuts, and maybe some stonefruit like nectarines and maybe some apples, and a tiny bit of thinly sliced red onions. That’s the beauty about salads, you can add whatever you like. 

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Elena’s Lite Zesty Mexican Salad

August 9, 2017

E: My sweet parents visited a few weeks ago. My mom made this side salad which also has jicama and cucumber in it. You’ll see from the picture of my mother that we had the jicama,cucumber next to the salad bowl. We didn’t mix it in because my husband doesn’t like jicama or cucumber. Weirdo. But let me tell you, the jicama was crunchy and sweet. The tomatoes, cilantro and avocado were perfect for the tacos we were eating too. Enjoy.


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Kale-Basil-Parsley Pesto with Toasted Nuts

November 12, 2015

Kale-Basil-Parsley Pesto with Toasted Nuts

 

E: I got home around 7:10 pm today. I didn’t have to cook because I have spaghetti and fajita leftovers. But I was in the mood for a vegetarian dish that incorporated kale. I got the idea to make this recipe once I saw the pine nuts in my pantry. I haven’t made pesto in over four years, so I kinda forgot how to make it. I started googling kale pesto and I found several recipes that used kale instead of basil and walnuts instead of pine nuts.

One recipe from epicurious  from Fifty Shades of Kale, by Drew Ramsey, M.D. and Jennifer Iserloh mentions that kale-walnut pesto has high amounts of folate capable of producing a pound of serotonin in one hour- which they say translates into good sleep and a smile in the morning. Umm. .. sold!  

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Protein Packed Mexican Style Eggs

September 9, 2015

Protein Packed Mexican Style Eggs

E: I knew I was going to have a long-day today and possibly skip lunch. I started off with this baby. I used small organic eggs. We bought a 5 dozen pack from Costco, but the eggs are smaller than usual. I had salsa on hand as I usually do. If you don’t already have that then you are going to want to make that first which may take time. I ate these eggs with half a piece of toast and some papaya. It’s much like huevos rancheros without the tortilla and more egg whites for extra protein. Hope you like. 

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Summer Frittata

September 7, 2015

Summer Frittata

Serves 2

E: It’s Labor Day Weekend! I hope you had the chance to do absolutely nothing. Sam and I went furniture shopping and we picked up a few things for our Kauai trip. I got a cool hat. I did not run or lift weights, and I feel very guilty about it. But at the same time, I don’t remember the last time that I slept in until 10:30 am. I actually woke up after Sam, which rarely happens. Usually I’m back from my run, and have gotten started on breakfast by the time he gets up. Anyways, I’m glad I was able to escape from my work-life and relax on this extended holiday weekend.  

I made this frittata in about 15 minutes. I start it off on the stovetop then finish it off in the broiler. It is savory and sweet from the cheese and warm juicy cherry tomatoes. Enjoy it with some coffee and your favorite toast. 


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Esme’s Turkey Chilli

August 30, 2015

Esme’s Turkey Chilli

Serves 6+

slow-cooker
(4 hours cook-time)

 

E: It’s Sunday, and I am not feeling well. I went on a run this morning and ten minutes in I got a migraine. My head started throbbing and I started to lose my vision. I made it back home and immediately iced my head, and closed my eyes. A few hours later Sam helped me pull myself together. He went to get me aspirin, and some lunch. I decided to make this chilli which takes about 30 minutes to make if you don’t think about the 3.5 hours it sits in the slow cooker without supervision. We had it for dinner, and we will have it tomorrow as well. This is my original recipe, and I hope you like it. I added brown rice this time, because it reminds me of albondiga soup which always brings me comfort.

 

During my time “relaxing” I caught up on some blogging. I’m going to get ready for a new day tomorrow, and hope this migraine and tension headache goes away.


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Esme’s Chunky Guacamole

August 30, 2015

Esme’s Chunky Guacamole

E: We loooove avocados! Sam’s parents gave us an avocado tree as a housewarming present. We are considering planting a second-type of avocado tree, and one that is not a dwarf like the one we currently have. I cannot wait until we have them in stock. The obvious thing to make with avocados is guacamole. However, once we have them in stock I’ll be exploring with avocado soup, avocado ice cream, and other weird recipes I’ve come across.

 

For now, this particular recipe for guacamole is my default. I make this recipe for special occasions, or for get-togethers. I should warn you that I make my guacamole in a molcajete using the tejolote (mortar and pestle). You should too, you will not regret it. If you don’t have one I’ll provide substitute instructions.

 

This last friday night, I prepared this guacamole recipe along with a pico-de-gallo, and grilled zucchini from the garden. I served it with whole-grain crackers and a raspberry margarita. Glorious.

 

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Broccoli Salad with Sesame Dressing

August 27, 2015

Broccoli Salad with Sesame Dressing

E:  One way to get back on track with your health goals is to make this salad. Broccoli is a superfood. It fights cancer, maintains your metabolism, serves as a detoxifier, is filled with fiber, lowers cholesterol, protects your eyes, it is extremely high in vitamin C, has calcium, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B-6, magnesium, folate, and many more. Studies show eating broccoli decreases obesity, diabetes, heart disease, promotes healthier complexion and hair, increase energy and weight loss. It’s great steamed, roasted, in a soup, raw with yogurt dip.

My mother-in-law gave me this recipe. She made it for a get together once and I fell in love. I love the crunch of the peanuts/ pumpkin seeds and raw broccoli; and the acid from the rice vinegar. I like eating broccoli in a form different than typical steamed with salt and pepper. It’s Sam’s favorite vegetable, specially when I make it with beef- ha! 

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French Omelette with Tomatillo and Avocado

July 19, 2015

French Omelette Topped with Tomatillo Salsa and Avocado

 

E: This is a lazy Sunday morning. I’m catching up on some food blogging and doing chores around the house. I’m getting ready to go to Mexico next friday with my sister, her hubby and my parents. I’m so excited.  One of the towns near my mom’s hometown was recently flooded by a dam that broke. My aunt’s home was rendered uninhabitable and she lost everything. I am going through my closet to see what I can bring with me to donate.  I’m looking forward to seeing my mom’s family and also visiting with my dad’s parents. They are the only grandparents I have left and it makes me sad I don’t see them or know them enough. It will be a great trip, I know it. 

Anyways, as I was doing some of my chores I started craving this omelette. The french omelette is like a crepe, it’s thin and you fold it in as it cooks. I like the savory parmigiano-reggiano inside. I topped this french omelette with some homemade tomatillo salsa and some avocado. It is light and healthy. If you don’t already have tomatillo salsa, you would want to make that first.

I first experimented with french omelettes when I was watching a cooking episode with Julia Child and Jacques Pepin. The entire 30 minutes episode was about cooking eggs for breakfast. They each shared how to make scrambled eggs, french omelettes, poached eggs, sunny side up eggs, etc. It was actually very educational. Plus how can you not like Julia and Jacques’s accents. 

Anyways, for my hubby’s omelette I used 3 eggs as the recipe suggests. However, for mine I only used 1 egg and an additional egg white, less cheese and more avocado. I love avocado. We planted an avocado tree and can’t wait until the day I can just pick them from our backyard.

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