Tag Archives: summer

Chard & Mango Salad (or, “Chard Day’s Night”)

In my pantry today:

  • 1.5 c kaleidoscope chard, chopped
  • 1 c spinach, chopped
  • 1/3 c parsley, minced
  • 1/3 c mango, diced
  • 1/2 c walnuts, toasted
  • 1/3 c sweet onion, diced
  • 1/2 c feta cheese, crumbled or whatever
  • 1/3 c-ish vinaigrette of choice

chardmangosaladChop, mince, dice and toast! Once the prep is out of your way, these are all handy-licious things to grab out of the fridge and throw together. I might have overdone it on those walnuts, but who doesn’t love their healthy Omegas?

Advertisements

“Best So Far” Pops

In my pantry today:

  • 1 banana
  • 2 c strawberries
  • 1/2 c blueberries
  • 1/2 c sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 c ground flax
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp  cinnamon

As has been previously discussed, my regard for fruit is mostly a resigned complacency toward the importance of nutrition. Getting all my “colors” in a daily diet is difficult (as is unanticipated alliteration), and making popsicles has put a new spin (food processor shout out!) on the issue. Throw all of the above into a food processor/blender and chew your nails while they freeze, for indeed they will bring a mighty wind of happy flavor. 5 spoons!

Blueberry and Mango C’s-cake Popsicles

In my pantry:

  • 1 mango
  • 1 lg carrot
  • 2 c blueberries
  • 6 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 c ground flax
  • 1/4 c unsweetened almond milk

Healthy! Well with the exception of the sweetened condensed milk, of course… but even still I’m banking on the vitamin content to nullify any sugar/dairy-related missteps. This pop-cipe tries to cover the vitamin A B C’s as well as omega-3s, and fiber ‘n junk. This will be an excellent daytime snack — between the heat and the phytonutrient content, I nearly expect to start sprouting oranges outta my armpits! 5 spoons!

 

3 Recipes in One Meal! (or, “Tuber Good to be True”)

In my pantry today:

  • 3 leaves of kale
  • 2 tbsp onion slivers
  • 6-10 white grapes
  • 2 tbsp raw walnuts

Sweet potato bites:

  • 1/2 medium-sized sweet potato
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp hot red chili powder

Mandarin orange vinaigrette:

  • 1/2 c drained mandarin oranges
  • 1/3 c olive oil
  • 1/4 c apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp garlic paste
  • 1/4 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/4 tsp hot red chili powder

The weather is starting to get warm. Not summer’s “Blast Y’all from Face to Anus” hot as South Carolina will soon prescribe, but warm enough for me to start thinking about cold showers in the afternoon.* Warm enough that soup weather has gracefully exited the stage so quietly that I didn’t even get to have a season’s finale recipe for it. When soup weather departs, it’s salad weather.

So to inaugurate this climatic change, de-stem and chop your kale; set aside. Sliver off some onions; set aside. Peel and finely chop your sweet potato into little fork-size chunks, then toss with olive oil and hot red chili powder then put on a baking sheet and into a 400° oven for 15-20 minutes.

To make the vinaigrette, I measured everything in a Pyrex glass then dumped it all into the food processor and blended; just pour it in your serving apparatus and chill until dinner. Like many, but not all, things, it will taste better with a little time under its belt.

When the sweet potatoes are done, spatula them onto a plate and let them cool while you gently but thoroughly massage your kale with a little of the vinaigrette. Halve the grapes then twiddle your thumbs for about 15 more minutes before assembling kale, onions, sweet potato, halved grapes and walnuts. Top with another small dollop of mandarin vinaigrette and give the sun your first middle finger of the season (if’n you hadn’t already). 5 spoons!

*When my core body temperature rises, even when not from physical exertion, I can expect pseudo-exacerbations and Uhthoff’s Phenomenon. A cold shower can help dissuade these noisemakers.