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… make a bean dip and a frittata.

It was a British-isles-type of cool, grey, wet day yesterday, so I mostly hunkered down with tea and books. The little time I spent in the kitchen yielded this:

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The green one is a bean dip similar to this one. One cup of white beans, a giant bunch of basil, the juice of one lemon, a few glugs of olive oil, a clove of garlic, and some s&p played in the food processor for a few minutes. The white one is a slice of lactose-free muenster, crumbly from being frozen and thawed. Mmmm.

Dinner was inspired by this post at Tea & Cookies. We had a whole lotta amaranth leaves and kale on their way to spoilage and some CSA bacon leftover from Friday’s dinner, which was these amazing BLTs minus the L because we ate our two heads in two days (woohoo huge salads!):

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So we sauteed up our CSA potatoes, leeks, amaranth leaves, and kale along with our fabulous bacon, mixed them with 8 eggs and 2 slice of lactose-free muenster in a casserole dish, and baked them until we got this:

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Frittata-tastic! This bacon is out of this world. It’s simply pork, maple syrup, and salt. No nitrates or nitrites, no frightening preservatives. Pure love. I was worried that our frittata would suffer from our failure to add any herbs, but the bacon and the cheese provided more than enough flavor.

It’s still cloudy, but I’m hoping the sun will pop out so I can enjoy it when I go running. Gotta get that natural vitamin D while I can! How is your weekend going?

And on a sidenote, is anyone else having trouble with google reader this morning? Nothing will load in mine, and it’s totally cramping my style.

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We got some Greek-style lamb sausages in our meat CSA share this month and decided they would make wonderful faux gyros. Man oh man were we ever right! We started with the base: a whole wheat pita with some store-bought tzatziki (lazy, and breaking our no-lactose rules! We had to bust out the lactaid, but it was worth it) and sriracha:

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then came CSA lettuce and cukes:

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and the slightly obscene sausage:

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Whoa Nelly, these were outstanding! They really did taste like gyros, except without the terrifying compressed meat cone component and the white flour pita. I really really love the taste of lamb, especially when I know it’s been raised in a healthy, compassionate manner on a small farm.

We had our gyros with a side of steamed amaranth leaves covered in sauteed garlic. Apparently the traditional Greek way to do amaranth is to boil the crap out of it, but I usually really dislike this method for cooking veggies. It saps all the nutrients and turns everything to mush. Boo!

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Nothing like a plate full of greens topped with crispity, crunchity garlic!

I’m headed to the beach tomorrow, and I’ll be gone for a bit over a week. My plan is to whip up some posts with my favorite running tips that I’ve gathered throughout 8 years of competitive distance running. I hope this is a good substitute for food pics! I’ll be back to highlighting our delicious veg and meat when I return. 🙂

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Dessert, Revealed

So what was that dessert so good that it deserved its own post? Well, it’s not an original dessert. In fact, I’m sure that other people have already done this and blogged about it, but I haven’t seen anyone do this. Points for coming up with the idea independently?

Last night’s mouthwatering, healthy dessert was…a variation on Gena‘s banana softserve. Of course.

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One frozen banana, one spoonful of peanut butter, and two dark chocolate chunks got spun around in my food processor until they looked like this.

Now I love plain banana softserve. It’s deliciously airy and light and fresh-tasting. But yesterday I ran 6 miles and lifted weights, and my hunger was calling out for a substantial dessert. This was just what I needed. The extra fat from the PB makes it taste like real, heavy duty ice cream, as do the chocolate chunks swirled throughout. The best part? No lactose. Lactards rejoice!

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Today’s CSA eats were simple and scrumptious. For lunch I made this:

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Half a head of lettuce, half a cucumber, some invisible shaved white carrot, and a non-CSA avocado mashed with the juice of half a lemon and salt and pepper. This become a goopy, avocado-y, delicious mess post-photo.

I made my dinner plans while I was making lunch. Good thing too, because when I got back from the gym I wanted FOOD NOW! I chopped up some onion and some of this:

sweet, sweet CSA sweet corn

sweet, sweet CSA sweet corn

I tried a bite raw because honestly the thought of raw sweet corn weirds me out to the Nth degree and I had to see what raw foodists taste in it. I’m from the land of corn, and it’s not a raw food. Then again, I’m also from the land of fried things on sticks and high fructose corn syrup, so what do I know. Turns out raw sweet corn (at least stellar CSA sweet corn) is delicious. It tastes sweet and crunchy and only slightly “green,” if you know what I mean.

I browned the onion and sweet corn in a bit of butter, then added two eggs and a crumbled piece of Trader Joe’s jalapeno yogurt cheese (lactose free!). I also reheated some of last night’s veggies and got this:

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This. was. so. GOOD. The picture does it absolutely no justice. The sweet, crunchy corn and onions combined with the kick from the jalapeno cheese…I wish I could eat it all over again!

T was kind of horrified that I was using corn in a recipe. “It’s just so good on the cob,” he said. “I could never do it!” I understand – sometimes the simplest preparations are the most appealing. But since we’ve had corn on the cob for two weeks straight, I figure I could afford to switch it up. And I’m so glad I did.

Have you used standard ingredients in a new way lately? Was it a success?

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Today started with tea and Elvis oats (1/2 cup quick-cooking oats made on the stove with 1 tbsp pb, 1tbsp cocoa powder, shake cinnamon, drizzle agave, and a sliced banana on top). I don’t know if Elvis would like much about this breakfast other than the pb and banana, but I love it. And if restaurants can call anything with PB and B in it “Elvis” whatever, then so can I. 😉

This is probably more the King's style

This is probably more the King's style

Tea is a somewhat unusual occurrence for me. I used to be a dedicated coffee drinker (1-2 cups per day), but then I started having attacks of supraventricular tachycardia (basically my heart beat really fast for no apparent reason) and of course caffeine didn’t help those attacks. I was pretty upset, since I love everything about coffee – the ritual of preparing it, the smell, the taste, the euphoric caffeine feeling – but I’ve managed to transition into only drinking the occasional tea. Trent’s parents gave me a beautiful tea gift package for Christmas, which included this stuff from Teavana:

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T says it smells like hazelnuts; I say it smells just like heaven. (And for the record, my doctors never did figure out what was causing the attacks and they’ve more or less gone away. I refuse to believe it was just the coffee because I’d been drinking it regularly for years without incident. And now you know more than you ever wanted to about my heart health.)

Shortly after breakfast and I went out on a run/gym excursion. And while I was out, this guy showed up:

Oh hey there. I haven't seen you in, oh, I don't know, SIX+ DAYS?!

Oh hey there. I haven't seen you in, oh, I don't know, SIX+ DAYS?!

Post-workout I made a stellar (ha!) salad and took a great photo, but then my camera ate it. Boo! It was a mix of CSA lettuce, spinach, peas, Non-CSA figs, curried hummus, a drizzle of balsamic, and 2 kumquats. I wasn’t sure if the kumquats would work, but actually the citrus tang went really well with the other flavors. Hooray for odd combos!

I treated myself to one of Amy’s pot pies for supper. They were out of the veggie (my fav!) so I had to settle for broccoli/cheese (hello Lactaid!).

I like to eat the inside first and then pick up the crust and eat it by itself.

I like to eat the inside first and then pick up the crust and eat it by itself.

I also picked up some caffeine-free rooibos varieties from my favorite local tea shop, Tea Zone. I can’t very well get locally-grown tea in Massachusetts, but I can get tea from a small, local shop. Compromise is the name of the game.

I had the vanilla tonight and it was great. Can't wait to try the chocomint!

I had the vanilla tonight and it was great. Can't wait to try the chocomint!

I’ve been craving donuts all week. When I saw Lindsay’s (the Happy Herbivore) recipe for Baked Chocolate Glazed Vegan Donuts, I knew that I had to try them, stat!

BUT…I don’t have a donut pan and I don’t like to buy single-use kitchen items since our kitchen is the size of a postage stamp. So mine came out looking like…bialys? rolls? scones? I don’t even know. The important thing is that they are DELICIOUS! I highly recommend them.

Pre-glaze

Pre-glaze

Post-glaze

Post-glaze

So damn unpretty…so damn delicious!

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It’s veggie CSA pick-up day! Good thing, too, since we scarfed our first box PDQ. I made some hummus yesterday for lunch:

Poor little hummus...you're just not photogenic!

Poor little hummus...you're just not photogenic!

On a whim I threw in some curry spice along with the garbanzos, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and this beautiful stuff:

sambalI like the curry kick, but T was not happy about it. More for me! I’ll admit that the taste was a little off, but I think that this is due to the fact that 1) T skimmed some of the oil off the top of the tahini to fry our beef because he realized at the last minute that we were out of sesame oil. Resourceful! and 2) we were low on lemon juice so I used rice milk to make up for the missing liquid. I was only thinking about replacing the fluid and not the tang of the lemon….oops.

I spent all day at the library yesterday so I needed something portable and spirit-boosting for lunch. I decided to make a cheap imitation of the crack wrap by combining the hummus with TJ’s yogurt cheese on wheat bread.

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LOVE this stuff - plus no lactose!

It was AWESOME even though it wasn’t warm and toasty. Thanks for the inspiration, Sarah!

Now, onto serious business: we have a problem. A FRUIT FLY problem. They showed up a few days ago when the produce refuse in the garbage got a little ripe, and now they’re EVERYWHERE! Does anyone have a good method for dealing with these little buggers? We’ve just been chasing them around like crazy people, clapping them between our hands when we can. I’m sure our neighbors think we’re either rhymically disinclined or building up to an epic slow clap.

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001… and they are delicious! The box was smallish since this is the first week (it’s been a cold spring up here). We’re splitting our share with another couple as well (we’ll call them Jodie and Mack), but we still got some gems.

We got: lettuce and arugula

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and chives and radishes and turnips and green onions and collards, oh my!

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We stopped at Mack’s to divy up the produce, and Mack pressed us to help him finish a 6 pack, so dinner was late. We did a quick scramble with the chives, arugula (that looks weird to me every time I type it), and lactose-free muenster (that also looks weird. T and I are both incapable of processing dairy. One of many reasons we’re a match made in heaven).

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We also tested the radishes. I’ve never been overly fond of radishes. This is either because of their spiciness, which I did not enjoy as a tot, or the vivid memory I have of my grandfather telling me that his belly button is where he kept the salt for the radishes he snacked on. I’m happy to report that these radishes helped me to overcome my childhood trauma.

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They were surprisingly mild with a pleasant spicy aftertaste. Huzzah, radish demons conquered! We haven’t figured out other meal plans yet. I want to just eat all of this raw in delicious salads, but T maintains that he doesn’t like salads. I maintain that he doesn’t like storebought salads with crappy produce.

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