Spring into Salad!

March 23, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Hungry? Good- we have the perfect Spring/Summer recipe for you. It’s light, fresh, easy and delicious. We thought you deserved a break from all that Spring Cleaning. Enjoy!

Simply Sweet Springtime Salad

Simply Sweet Springtime Salad

Simply Sweet Springtime Salad

 

Ingredients

2 Bunches of Romaine Lettuce Hearts – chopped

Mandarin Oranges – I  can (drained)  

Black Pitted olives – I can (drained)

1 cup of Croutons

1 cup of chopped celery

2 small leeks chopped(use mostly white end) or ½ small red onion chopped

½ cup of walnuts chopped (optional)

Add ingredients together and toss

 

Dressing:

½ cup of oil ( olive or canola)

¼ cup apple cider vinegar

¼ cup of sugar

Salt to taste

Mix well and pour over salad

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Summer’s Bounty

August 23, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Posted in Recipes | Leave a comment
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With Summer in full swing, it has been so wonderful to enjoy fresh fruits and veggies. For the first time, I have been participating in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) vegetable pickup. I prepaid for fresh fruits and vegetables from a local farm for the whole season. I thought it would be a nice way to support farmers in my area. It has been a great experience, trying new vegetables and recipes. Sometimes I have an overabundance, and I share these with my friends, coworkers and neighbors. If you ever get the opportunity to try a CSA, I highly recommend it.

veggies

A typical "share" of vegetables - some unusual ones you see here include Kohlrabi (like a cabbage) and Swiss Chard.

The vegetables I receive are organic, but even so need to be cleaned and prepared properly. I use a Fuller Vegetable Brush to clean my vegetables before eating. The great thing about this brush is that it also does double duty, as you can use it as a dish cleaning brush.

Fuller Veggie Brush

Veggie Brush - a must have for cleaning your veggies

I hope you are also enjoying the homegrown foods of the season in your home town. I will leave you with a link to a great recipe for zucchini cornbread.

stirfry

Stir Fry Supreme - another idea for a quick, easy, healthy meal

Here’s to healthy eating, cooking and cleaning!

Connie

“Clean” Up Your Diet With Ice Cream

July 6, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Posted in Recipes | 1 Comment
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Hello Cleaning Friends!

I know I promised a blog about green cleaning, but in honor of July being National Ice Cream month (yes, such a designation does exist), I wanted to share an AMAZING, super easy recipe I tried. So instead of cleaning up our homes this week, we’ll be cleaning up our diets.

Ice cream, as we all know, can be loaded with fat and calories. This ice cream however, is all natural and made with just one ingredient – bananas! I was highly skeptical that using only bananas could result in delicious ice cream, but it’s true! I’m a big time ice cream nut, so if it passes my taste test, any ice cream fan will love it. So, here goes:

You will need:

  • 2 bananas
  • vanilla (optional)

Place 2 ripe bananas in the freezer at least 3 hours (overnight is best). Nanas should be ripe but not totally smooshy – a little before the banana bread recipe ingredient stage. Cut the bananas. I used our Paring Knives to cut them (yes, not so subtle product plug I know).  I like these knives because they are sharp, easy to hold/use, come in cheery colors and you can use them to avoid cross contamination (one color for meats, one for veggies, etc.).

Place bananas in blender and blend for 2.5 minutes.

You will need to scrape the frozen banana time to time. Add 2 teaspoons vanilla (optional). Blend another 2.5 minutes. The bananas will turn into a consistency similar to frozen custard. They do not have an overly banana-like taste, it’s milder.

Scrape into a serving dish or cone. Add chocolate syrup, chips, fruit, granola or whatever you desire.

This makes 2 servings. You can make more and freeze it, but it tastes best fresh. I cannot emphasize enough how impressive and delicious this was!! And the best part – it’s only 105 calories per serving – wow!

So, that’s it – enjoy the recipe, feel free to share your own. I would also love to know what you think if you try it. I’ll be back soon with more cleaning, cooking and organizing tips. Thanks, as always, for reading!  🙂

Your cleaning (and today cooking) confidant,

Connie

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