Monday, March 26, 2012

Main Dish Mango Salad -yummmm

Hi guys!

I have been scouring the Earth in search of yummy, main dish salad recipes. Do you get sick of your standbys? I do. We had this one tonight and lu-huved it! The dressing is particularly good!

*** Note: I like to put recipes in their original form, but I don't mind saying right now that to keep costs down I did brown rice and canola oil instead of quinoa and safflower oil. I also added black beans to make it more substantial. Also: I didn't think all the salt in the recipe was necessary, and probably some of you won't either, but next time I actually do plan to add it all.

Mango Salad - (Whole Food Mommies)

mix together and set aside:

1 tomato, chopped
1 cucumber, chopped
1 avacado, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 bell pepper (any color), chopped
1 mango, chopped (I used 2 and I can't imagine using less)
1 cup chopped jicama (I shredded- so much easier, and I would call this ingredient optional but yummy)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
salt to taste
chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

on each serving plate lay:

greens of choice (plain jane romaine worked great for me!)

topped with:

cooked, cooled quinoa
(this is where I added the black beans)

When serving, top greens/quinoa with the mango mixture and dressing (recipe below)

Mango Lime Dressing

1 cup fresh mango
1/2 cup safflower oil
1/4 cup agave
1/4 cup lime juice
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 clove garlic

blend in blender or food processor until smooth.

We also like whole food mommies "Tiffany's Waldorf Pitas," but instead of serving it on pitas-- we served on greens with some Brianna's Poppyseed Dressing.

Here's to spring and summer and SALADS!!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Favorite Bean Sides?

Hi All,

So sometimes I want my veggies pure. I don't want them IN something. For instance... tonight I wanted steamed asparagus with lemon squeezed over it, and baked, mashed sweet potatoes. Knowing that I couldn't make a meal with JUST that I made Emily's Golden Artichoke Chickpea Salad, which I am mildly addicted to. Bada Bing, Bada Boom: MEAL. Or at least it worked for me anyhow.

SO... the question I want to ask is this: What are your favorite Bean Sides? Or do you mostly cook your beans IN something. I sometimes do baked beans, and I have a good easy mexican bean type side, but what else? I am getting bored with my recipes!

Thank you in advance! PS- If you are following this blog and not one of the authors feel free to comment with a recipe! I know you are out there...

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Joseph Fielding Smith

Was a vegetarian, and excelled at hand ball. Who knew?

I learned these tidbits at church on Sunday and thought I would pass them along in case you too have been told that a vegetarian diet is contradictory to the Word of Wisdom.

I certainly don't think it means that we all MUST be vegetarians as I know other prophets were not, but still. It's nice to know that at the very least it is not against the word of wisdom, or surely he wouldn't have chosen it.

Over and Out!