Last week, as you know, we lost two pets. Your comments helped so much. Thank you! Normal life has pretty much resumed here...though our hearts will always remember those little ones.
So, let's move along and talk about yummy things to eat. Cause that's most usually a good thing. We eat well around here, but I'm not always interested in making meals. Luckily, The Brad is almost always interested in making meals! But. Guess what: when I first met The Brad I saw he had a boxes of "food stuffs" in his cupboard that I personally did not connect with. I was like: Ew. Let's just say his pantry wasn't in line with the fresh, organic, whole food diet I was used to. These days,while Brad still does have a taste for some down home Mid-Western cooking (which I have learned to appreciate a little bit too) he has gotten really excited about things like dehydrating food and making the worlds best and healthiest dessert in the Champion Juicer! And I love that about him.
But, let's start back at the beginning with that salad you see. That is what I call Cindy K. Salad. I was over at my friend Cindy's house the other day and she had picked a bunch of amazing veggies from her huge garden and was throwing them all in the Cuisinart. She essentially created a chopped salad this way- including things like: beets, carrots, kale, cabbage and zucchini in the Cuisinart and chopping up softer ingredients like cucumbers and tomatoes by hand.
When I tried it a few hours later for our dinner I added a few other things- roasted sunflower seeds and sprouts. And both Cindy and I LOVE this dressing. My kids are into this salad cause it's easy to eat with a fork and there are no big bites of boring ol' lettuce leaf. You could add virtually any veggie you wanted and it's super fast to make, eliminating lots of hand-chopping time.
Next up is that Champion Juicer Frozen Dessert I told you about. Our raw-foodie neighbor and friend has been telling us about this for years and we finally got into it last week. Now, I won't go into full detail because I want to do a whole post on it. But you need what is called the "blank" for the juicer which inserts where the screen would be. (The screen allows the juice to be extracted and separated from the pulp. The blank is a plastic sheath that ensures that nothing is extracted and everything comes out "whole.") So..when you push through a frozen apricot- you get ...creamy frozen apricot. Same with blueberries, bananas, peaches...the list goes on. Our neighbor told us to peel, quarter and freeze freshly picked oranges to push through. YUM!
You could push through nuts as well, frozen chocolate milk, anything you want! The result is not what you think...an icey sorbet type of dessert. NO! Stop thinking that way right now! Something about the way the Champion masticates the frozen fruit makes it creamy. I tried to explain it to a friend the other day who wasn't getting it...until she came over last night for dinner. Then she was fully shock-and-awed and I was saying...Seeeeee.....I told you! And her 11-year-old- went home begging for a Champion juicer.
So. there's that.
ALSO. My plans this week are to make two things from this book. I think I'm doing the sauerkraut and the toaster pastries. They won't be good together, of course. Silly you!
Ciao bella. Off to the Farmers Market to get a ton of fresh summer fruit to freeze!