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Unassisted birthing, atheist, poly, bi WOHM to 4 wonderful, smart homeschooling kids Wes (14) Seth (7) Pandora Moonlilly (2) and Nevermore Stargazer (11/2012) Married to awesome SAH DH.
Cristeen ~ Always remembering our warrior ~ Our is 3, how'd that happen?!?!
We welcomed another warrior in May 2012!!
2012 Decluttering challenge - 575/2012
one can of black beans, drained and rinsed
one can of mexi-corn, rinsed
2 stalks of celery, chopped
I also love broccoli, peas, pasta and caesar dressing.
This week we like:
fine diced cucumber
fine diced tomato
(optional fine chopped sweet pepper)
diced boiled eggs
with rice vinegar and olive oil, salt and pepper-- the egg yolks kind of melt in-- yummy.
We also have a rotating "grain and garden" salad:
choose a cooked grain (I do mine in the crockpot in large batches then refrigerate, so we don't have to heat up the house or wait for it to cook and cool)
add whatever is ready in the garden at the moment (or farmer's market)
dress w vinaigrette
add extras like potatoes, boiled eggs, nuts and seeds, cooked refrigerated beans, dried or fresh fruit, cheeses
I've made salads with couscous or quinoa. Just prepare as usual and let cool. Add in chopped cucumbers, bell peppers, carrots and other veggies, and dried raisins or cranberries or other fruit and nuts or seeds. Dress with a vinaigrette.
Any kind of greens,we use romaine hearts
Cooked Pinto beans
Your favorite Dressing mixed with a little chili powder and lime
Mix everything then add corn tortilla chips
You can also add cooked ground beef or chicken
And since you mentioned grains I also do a quinoa (you can cook it in broth for more flavour). Then toss with black beans, cut up tomatoes, green onions, and I usually toss in some frozen peas and corn (they thaw quickly if you mix it in with the warm quinoa). The vinegarette for this is lime juice/zest, a little olive oil, honey, and salt. You could also top it with avocado slices or chunks, but I wouldn't add these too early so it doesn't go brown.
½ large cucumber
1 tablespoon scallions
8-10 mint leaves
2 slices onion
1 tablespoon coconut oil
chop and dice all ingredients and make vinaigrette with juice of 3 limes and 1 T coconut oil.
And of course horiatiki salad is one of my favorites too, feta, tomato, cucumber, red onion, lemon juice and olive oil with fresh herbs and sometimes bell pepper.
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 fennel bulb
8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
1 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked
Handful chopped fresh chives
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
Put the shallot and vinegar in a ramekin, and set aside to macerate.
Cut the fingers off the fennel bulb, and discard, and then peel the bulb. Slice the bulb very thinly into rings. Toss with the mushroom slices, and parsley leaves. Dress the mixture with olive oil, and season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice, to taste. Serve with Parmesan curls on top.
5 ears of corn, shucked
1/2 cup small-diced red onion (1 small onion)
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup julienned fresh basil leaves or cilantro
Toss the corn kernels in a large bowl with the red onions, vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper and the fresh basil or cilantro. Chill for about an hour to let the flavors meld and serve.
I do a cucumber salad where I slice the cukes very thin and then mix with rice vinegar, a pinch of sugar and salt and thin sliced onion. It's good with sesame seeds on it too.
1 medium red onion diced
1 red pepper diced (could try tomatoes)
1 bunch parley diced (could try cilantro)
1 can of corn (rinsed)
1 can of cannellini beans (white kidney beans) (rinsed)
for dressing use vinegar, a dab of olive oil, salt, and a little sugar
mix everything and *chill* so all the flavors come out (do this will most of these salads listed -- they all taste soooo good cold)
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