Monday, August 18, 2014

Summer Italian Salad

"Summer" because of the seasonal veggies (kale, parsley, green beens, chickpeas, zucchini, tomatoes, and onions) used and "Italian" because of the bottled dressing and olives.

That's it... Cook beans, cool beans, toss with a pile of vegetables and Italian dressing.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Bullet Blender Hack

I like my high-powered blender a lot, but it is inconvenient for small batches of "cheese," dips, and dressings. At least half of the batch is impossible to clean out of the blender.

A bullet-type blender is perfect for preparing these foods but I was not about to splurge on yet another appliance. With a simple adaptation, your old broken-pitcher blender can become a convenient bullet blender.

Incidentally, most blender pieces fit on a mason jar. It is perfect for mixing small batches of dressings. Flip it over, add a lid, and it is already in a refrigerator container.

Remember not to put anything hot in bullet blenders... It could explode! This raw alfredo sauce was the perfect recipe to try

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sweet Corn Boil

The bar where I work had a sweet corn boil last night. It included a burger and potato salad, with all the corn you cared to eat for $7.50. And, just to clarify, I cared to eat a lot of it!

If you're not from Iowa, or at least the Midwest, it is hard to imagine that a vegetable can be so sweet. But it is and it's fantastic!

Some rambling drunk guy came over and was impressed at my pile of eaten cobs. I let him believe they were all mine, and didn't clarify that I skipped the burger and salad. A girl with a healthy appetite is an attractive thing 'round these parts.

Worth noting as well... A plant-based diet has given me guts of steel. Back in the day I wouldn't have eaten more than two ears of corn for fear of the mcgurgles to come later. No problems here!