Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Remove veggies from skillet, place into large bowl and put in the fridge until they are chilled. (usually around 20 minutes) Once they are chilled toss cooked pasta with veggie mixture, and add the olives. Next add the lemon juice, oregano and more salt, pepper and basil if desired. Add another splash of olive oil and toss till well mixed.
Serve on top of spinach and top off with a few chopped scallions.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Place cooked spaghetti in a plate and top with the saucy sausage mixture sprinkle with nutritional yeast and serve.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
The cocktail I had was made with SquareOne Organic Cucumber vodka. Unfortunately for me, it proved difficult to find. And though I love me a good drink, I couldn't see myself driving 45 mins to the closest retailer.
And then my AH HA moment came!
I'm sure I could make my own! I headed down to the liquor store, picked up a bottle of plain vodka (Tenure is one of my fav bangs for the buck) and then headed to the grocery store and picked up a cucumber. I dumped the vodka into this canister , washed the cucumber, sliced it up and put them into the vodka with two small lemon peels. I let it sit for 3 days, then I put it back into the original bottle and put it in the freezer to chill.
It made the best cocktail!
Cucumber Infused Lemonade
Equal parts Cucumber Vodka and Newman's Own Organic Lemonade.
Serve in a highball glass over ice, with a slice of the marinated cucumber. I'm sure a sprig of fresh basil would be good in there as well!
Now that I know how easy it is to infuse your own vodkas I cant wait to try more variations!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
It breaks down the different hazardous and often carcinogenic chemicals and toxins in most household cleaners and their linked effects on the human body, ranging from asthma to infertility. It's TERRIFYING how few chemicals have been tested by the FDA before the allowance of their use in our household products.
This book is associated with "Seventh Generation" and though I LOVE their products, they can get a tad expensive. Soooo... I decided to put together a few recipes for some of the natural household cleaners I make to clean my house.
I know a lot of people use AJAX or some other form of a bleach based cleaner to clean their tubs and sinks, here is a recipe for an alternative that requires a little elbow grease, but your hands and respiratory system will thank you.
Tub and Sink Scrub
1 cup of baking soda
1/2 cup of fine sea salt ( coarse may score your tub finish)
couple of squeezes of fresh lemon juice
Equal parts water and white vinegar added to a spray bottle
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Since when did air conditioning become a prerequisite for sleeping in the summertime in NH!?
Needless to say I got no sleep last night, tossed and turned literally ALL night, and finally decided to get up at 3:00. Yes, 3 AM! GRRRRR! I went downstairs, turned on the lights (GOD only knows the last time I needed to do that in the morning) and thumbed through a cook book, figuring this is the PERFECT time to cure my baking fix during this heatwave. My pantry was pretty barren, but I found a recipe requiring what little items I have left. The recipe was from How It All Vegan by Sarah Kramer and Tanya Bernard. It was their "Anything Goes" muffins. Ha! Perfect I thought- anything does go as long as I have it in my pantry. Still a little bleary eyed from the lack of sleep, I wasn't quite sure how they would turn out, but they ended up being delicious! I added some leftover vegan chocolate chips, and some blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. They were like a whole wheat chocolate jam muffin- in fact that's what I will call them! A nice breakfast treat for the sleep deprivation. Now that Ive tried the basic "anything goes" muffin recipe, ill have to experiment with more variations. ( The next sleepless night/morning I suppose)
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Another 4th of July has come and passed. My family celebrated with the usual annual family cookout/pool party. I think its safe to say that thanks to the heatwave we are having here in good old New England, the pool was the most honored guest at the party.
I had some great simple food, my mother makes a killer pasta salad that tastes so good, you wouldn't believe how easy it is to put together.
Mom's Red Wine Vinegar Pasta Salad
- 1 box rotini pasta, cooked and drained
- 1 cucumber chopped
- 1 pkg shredded carrots (or four carrots if you are shredding them yourself)
- 3 stalks of celery chopped
- 1 can of black olives (optional)
- 1 can artichokes chopped (optional)
- 1 bottle red wine vinegar dressing
Add all ingredients together in a large bowl, toss with red wine vinegar dressing just before serving. (if you mix it in too long before you serve it, the pasta and veggies will become soggy) Serve extra cold
I know some people out there are very sensitive to soy products, this weekend I tried a new vegan sausage that was delicious, with NO soy. I actually almost spit it out because I thought I took a real sausage by mistake! Fieldroast is an amazing vegan sausage ! I tried the Italian, but I'm eager to try the others! I should have taken a picture of my sandwich before I ate it, but I had the sausage in a sub roll, with some onions, peppers and mushrooms roasted with olive oil on the grill. It was out of this world! In fact I'm craving one now, even thought its only 10 AM and I haven't even finished my coffee yet.
In light of the heatwave and my lack of air conditioning, I'm looking for some recipes that require little to no cooking. (I think if I turn my oven on this week I will literally VOM) Lets see what I can find !