Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Vegan BLT with Avocado and Lemon Basil Mayo

Is it just me or is summer the most manic season of them all? What happened to soaking up summer days by the pool?? Last week on my fabulous day off, I ran 4 miles, lengthened it all out at a free birthday yoga class, grocery shopped, cooked lunch/dinner, cleaned the apartment, planned bachelorette party games/fun "things," and added laundry as the back drop. Then just before 2pm, I plopped down with fuzzy head and wondered...Why am I so tired? I asked myself this for 22 seconds, easy. And then I looked at my crossed out to-do list....oh.yeah.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Collard Wraps...Bonus: How to Make Fail-Proof Wraps!

Typically, wraps are all about what's inside. I suggest going against social norm because, it's the outside that counts too. Only in the case of the collard wraps. Dark green leafy vegetables are easily some of the most nutrient dense foods around, and collard greens are no different. They are brimming with vitamins (A, C, K mostly), minerals (calcium, iron, potassium), and fiber. We're talking 10% of your calcium intake in just 2 cups chopped, or about 1 large leaf. Incredible.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Banana Dogs!

Why is that the number of (veggie) hot dogs in a package never correlate with the number of buns in a package?? You're forced to buy 2 packages of dogs or have leftover buns. I'm not feeding an army, so I'll stick with the leftover buns. Still, annoying. Until....there's that blissful moment when you realize a banana fits just about perfectly in a hot dog bun!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Sweet Basil Dressing

Refreshing dressing for summer. That's all this girl asked for. I did my fair share of experimenting without many of the dressings turning out the way I hoped. Huge bummer. Especially when you're the one who gets stuck eating the "oopsies." I could do the obvious and buy one, but so many of them are chemical storms.

While flipping the pages of who knows what magazine, I skimmed an article detailing a cool, rejuvenating, spa-like 'basil lime-ade.' The cocktail incorporated fresh basil leaves and lime juice. Now, that sounded refreshing. Combining the powerful forces of basil and lime only makes sense for a dressing too, right??

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Easiest Quinoa Pilaf

Quinoa is technically a seed, but we cook and eat it like a grain. It looks a little like couscous, but with a nuttier fluffy puff texture. ...if that makes sense! The most traditional American way to serve it would be to serve it as a pilaf, cooked in broth, or with a saucy substance to infuse the little kernels. I've dabbled with a few preparation methods and I have my favorites depending on the dish... Black beans and quinoa. Chili with quinoa (not rice). Berry Breakfast Quinoa. Quinoa mixed into seasoned taco filling. And then we have my easy quinoa. It's straightforward and uncomplicated. 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Taste the Tropics Salad

Taste the Tropics Salad has too many inspirations to name. Maybe it was the papaya. Maybe it's this heat wave after returning to Tampa from our fabulous trip. Maybe it's just that I freaking love salads. I crave them. I could create and photograph salads all day and be a happy happy girl...and hopefully inspiring others to eat that same real, nutrish food.