Friday, 24 May 2019

While I’ve definitely been showing the blueberry some love lately, I’ve actually been going through a phase with other fruits as well.  Strawberries, apples, grapes, bananas – I’ve been craving them all.  Years ago when my husband and I were on our honeymoon we had brunch at a small little cafe in downtown Waikiki.  I had the most amazing french toast but even better was a fruit salsa they served with cinnamon sugar tortilla chips.  They used fresh, in season fruits from the island and it was so unbelievably delicious that I licked the bowl clean!  So what better way to indulge my fruit craving than with some homemade fruit salsa?

I LOVE asparagus.  Just type asparagus in our search bar and you’ll see all the ways we enjoy it.  After eating this dish I might never eat asparagus any other way.  Truth be told it’s the dressing that makes this meal.  It’s so delicious I want to grab a spoon and slurp it all up.  While it is perfectly paired for asparagus it would also be delicious over roasted or grilled veggies, a green salad, pasta, rice and more. Enjoy!

“Why are those people dipping chips in mushy carrots?”  This was the question my 5 year old daughter asked me this weekend while we were waiting for our movie to start (we saw the movie Brave – super cute!).  I explained that it wasn’t ‘mushy carrots’ but a nacho cheese sauce.  She asked if we can have  some and before I could reply, Caleb answers with  ”No!  But she’ll make us some at home.”  Gosh, they know me so well!

Castroville California is known as the artichoke capitol of the world. Did you know Marilyn Monroe was once crowned the Artichoke Queen in 1947? What does this bit of trivia have to do with this recipe? Nothing really but some good to know trivia about artichokes would be that the artichoke is a low-calorie, nutrient-rich vegetable that is an excellent source of fiber and vitamin C, and a good source of folate and magnesium. Artichokes also are a natural source of antioxidants.

“Summer lovin’ had me a blast. Summer lovin’ happened so fast” (Grease-Summer Nights). I love summer. I love summer salads. I live on salads all year round but I especially enjoy salads in the summer with the fresh seasonal produce that isn’t available in the winter. Corn is one of my favorite summer ingredients so I paired it with a few other favorites like sweet potato and leeks and as if that isn’t enough to cause some summer lovin’ then the creamy, tangy dressing will make you want to break out in a chorus of “Hopelessly Devoted to You”.

Say hello to my newest obsession.  I have eaten this salad every single day for almost 2 weeks now and some nights I even have it again for dinner.  I just can’t stop eating it!!!!  It needs it’s own Facebook page where people can come and say nice things to it and how much they enjoy it’s crunchy texture and delicious balsamic glaze.  If Bull Testicles can have a Facebook Page then my Krunchy Kale Salad can too!  And it’s such a polite salad, letting you add in your favorite veggies or seasonings – it doesn’t mind, it’s cool like that.  It just wants to fill your belly with yummy goodness – isn’t it sweet?!  Maybe it will trend on twitter – #krunchykalesalad.  Make it happen people!

Purple pepper, purple pepper, purple pepper!  I like saying it as much as I like eating them.  This last week my local grocery store was bursting with peppers- red, green, orange, yellow and of course, purple.  I might have gone a little pepper crazy but I put them to good use!  I had some limes that I needed to use up so I threw together this delicious pepper inspired salad.  I put some on top of salad greens for lunch one day, later my husband and I enjoyed it as a dip with tortilla chips and the other night I used the last of the salad in quesadillas.

It might be the end of summer but it’s the peak of many fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmers market. Cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, onions, apples, peaches, pears and so much more. This salad is comprised of many of the seasons peak ingredients tossed with the most creamy, mouthwatering and to die for vinaigrette that you will ever taste.

I’m a crackers and dip kinda girl.  When I made my Rawesome Crackers last week for Vegan MoFo, I knew I would need a tasty dip to go with them.  Normally I would whip up a batch of Homemade Hummus but I was out of chickpeas so I had to get creative.  I literally threw this recipe together by mixing a few of my favorite things.  I love sweet potatoes and the Asian flair added such a great flavor.  While I used this as a dip for my crackers and veggies, it would be perfect as a healthy alternative to traditional mashed potatoes too.

Aren’t these beautiful?!  I had a version of these a few weeks ago that were made by my very good friend, Chef Matthew Purnell from Living On The Veg.  He made these during a raw foods class that he was teaching and they were amazing!  The original recipe featured a wrap made of coconut meat that was created by dehydrating it until it was a pliable wrap.