Showing posts from April, 2015

Simple Zucchini Ribbon Salad ♥

A simple-simple zucchini salad, just thin-sliced ribbons of young, small summer squash tossed in a simple vinaigrette and dusted with parmesan. WW 2 PointsPlus. Low Cal. Low Carb. Gluten Free. Not just vegan, "Vegan Done Real".
Are you noticing, too? It's just spring here in Missouri, but I can tell, It's summer, somewhere. That's because the vegetables, even at the grocery store, are so sweet and perfect, miracle of miracles emerging somewhere from the earth. And small! You can tell, these were picked young. Usually, we must wait for vegetables like this until July or August, either from our own garden or the farmers market. But for a short window, the grocery store's produce department is a vegetable lover's heaven.

Smitten Kitchen’s Avocado-Cucumber Salad ♥

A salad to make again and again, so many variations yet grounded by the terrific combination of crisp cucumber and soft avocado. Low Carb, Gluten Free, Vegetarian. For Weight Watchers, PointsPlus 4. A great choice for Meatless Monday!
So I always wonder, when a recipe goes viral, do grocers notice? I-am-SO-betting there's been a run on cucumbers and avocados since two weeks ago when Smitten Kitchen shared this recipe for what she calls "obsessively good avocado cucumber salad". She's right. Let's count, just me, I made the salad seven times, one with an on-hand cucumber, six more with cucumber three-somes from Sam's Club. So yeah. I'm smitten. Am I obsessed? Uh maybe?

Luckily, the object of this obsession isn't something sugar-butter-flour-laden. I've strayed – not far, but still, finding my own path – from Smitten Kitchen's original combination. Three things are essential: chunks of crisp thin-skinned cucumbers plus cubes of soft but not…

Cauliflower Rice with Ginger Vinaigrette ♥

Once again, cauliflower turns into something amazing, this time not quite cauliflower and not quite rice – maybe more like couscous? It's easy to make and to my taste, totally addictive.

Weight Watchers Friendly, just 1 PointsPlus. Low Cal. Low Carb. Gluten Free. Paleo. Whole 30 Compliant. Not just vegan, "Vegan Done Real". And Totally Tasty. (There should be a program for that, too!)
Three grants, count 'em. Granted, Cauliflower Rice doesn't look like much. Granted, Cauliflower Rice is no more than grated cauliflower tossed in a surprising ginger-y vinaigrette. Granted, Cauliflower Rice got so-so attention on Easter Sunday. (In its defense on this last grant, there was tons of competition!)

But by Monday, when we played afternoon-hooky and headed to the country for a little late-winter/early-spring hiking? On the trip back at dark, Cauliflower Rice was all I could think of. We could've stopped for fried chicken at our Mondays-only fried-chicken dive. We…