Friday, June 29, 2012

Happy 4th! Mango-Jicama slaw! Vegan Potluck!

I LOVE the 4th of July, mostly because in Minnesota this meant summer was in full swing. Fresh berries, garden zucchini, and backyard bar-b-ques were everywhere. Super exciting stuff to a (future) dietitian! In Florida, this holiday isn't celebrated quite the same, but I like to pretend it is. Afterall, it's still America's birthday.

In the season of bar-b-ques, birthdays, and potlucks, here's a recent (vegan) potluck we had at work to celebrate a couple lovely ladies and their birthdays. The meal was impressive, colorful, and delicious. The spread included (clockwise from left): chips, vegan sour cream, guacamole, vegan chocolate cake, fruit, veggie taco crumbles, black bean and corn salsa, mango jicama slaw, and taco veggies. Perfect combination! All attendees...including non-vegans and a 5 year old...loved it.

Few thoughts on healthy dishes to bring to summer or 4th of July potlucks:
* Mango Jicama Slaw (see recipe below)
* Black Bean and Corn Salsa (short on time?...Buy store brought salsa, add onions, can beans/corn, etc)
* Berry Bliss Fruit Salad (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, banana, pineapple, etc)
* Smoothie Popsicles (freeze smoothie in ice tray, inserting stick when firm, continue freezing)

Mango-Jicama Slaw

2 ripe mangoes, cubed
1 medium jicama, skin removed and sliced, diced, or cut how you prefer
1/2 red onion, diced
1 lime, juiced (a couple tablespoons)
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar or agave nectar
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1. Combine all ingredients and let set for at least a half hour for best flavors, but overnight will be even better!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Salad in a Jar - Best Way to Pack Lunch!

We've all seen the cookies-in-a-jar and bread-in-a-jar, but these salads in a jar are just genius. And cute. Sooo cute. It's got to be the best way to take your lunch to work. Grab and go has a new definition with these functional gems. Plastic has it's place, but there's something so innovative about using a mason jar. Why you ask? They are obviously cute. If this isn't reason enough, the jars are BPA free, won't stain, travel well, won't leak, and are microwavable/dishwasher safe. Convinced yet??

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Fruity Watermelon Frosty

It's the middle of June with a midweek day off. Time to lay out, read, and work on those tan lines, right?! Nope. That lasted a whopping 15 minutes...who's idea was it to surround a pool with concrete slab buildings, minimal shade, and the parking garage?? Not exactly refreshing. I did however plan ahead toting this frosty along with me: 1. Helped beat the heat, 2. Used up all this darn watermelon. Note to self: when Dan travels do not buy a whole watermelon to consume solo. It's just so hard for me to pass up great prices on seasonal fruit, but I'm not the biggest watermelon fan. This melon was better than most. Only because I learned a trick: buy one that has the yellow, flat patch. This means it wasn't touched during the ripening process and should be extra tasty. 

Friday, June 15, 2012

June is Papaya Month!

Want a piece of the Caribbean without forking out $1000 to get there? No worries, just pick up a papaya. For some reason, this tropical fruit hasn't increased in popularity here. Truth be told, I didn't even know what one tasted like until Dan picked one up and placed it in our grocery cart. My initial reaction was: "What, why are we spending X amount on a fruit?" Yet, my Dietitian ways gave in because I know healthy food is the cheapest insurance policy anyone can buy. My frugal budget would just get stretched elsewhere (goodbye for now Genesis 1:29 sprouted grain and seed bread). That shopping trip I would have been perfectly comfortable getting the tried and true strawberries, blueberries, and the apple-orange-banana crowd pleasers. That was before my papaya popping days.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Cool California Salad with Avocado Dressing

Post Marathon Morgan is back and ready to cook, create, and blog! I enjoyed my stay in Minnesota and while my mom and I did our fair share of created some concoctions while I was at home, this one was developed first. Don't worry, once I get back to the grind I promise to give you all the tasty treat recipes my mom weighed in on. 

But first....