Asparagus and Red Pepper Salad

This is one of my favorite side dishes to take to picnics and summer gatherings because it is delicious, nutritious, colorful (yes it matters) and I can make it ahead.

2 bunches of asparagus - ends trimmed, boil, then chop to 1 inch
2 sweet red peppers - chopped to 1 inch
extra virgin olive oil - to taste
white balsamic vinegar - to taste
sea salt - to taste
pepper - to taste
garlic salt - to taste

Cut the stalks off the asparagus and boil the rest al dente and immediately rinse in cold water to stop the cooking process. You want the asparagus to be firm. Chop into 1-inch pieces.

Slice 2 red peppers into 1-inch pieces as well. 

Place the cut asparagus and peppers in a big bowl.

Add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and garlic salt to the vegetables. Sorry, I don't measure it -- just do it to taste. (Sometimes I throw in some pine-nuts when I am serving it.)

Time-saver ... or, you can use Garlic Expressions in place of the liquids and spices. 

Chill in the fridge for an hour and serve. Or, make it ahead and it keeps well for 2 or 3 days in the fridge. Severs 6-8 people.

Topless Salad

So I named this meal after a salad at the Pint Room that has a burger with no bun on it. You can leave off the fresh mozzarella if you have a dairy allergy.

  • A head of your favorite lettuce (I like romaine, butter, and kale mixed)
  • Peppers and tomatoes or other veggies like cucumbers for the salad.
  • Dress in olive oil and balsamic vinegar to taste.

1 lb. of ground beef - make into very small patties. Cook on the stovetop until done.

Now add a dollop of good homemade or good quality (with no sugar) store-bought marina (like Rao's) and add 1/2 of a small ball of mozzarella to top each burger.

Serve the salad adorned with the topless burgers and enjoy with a glass of Kombucha!

Mashup Snack

I am not a big banana fan because they are high in sugar, but when they are green-tipped, the sugar is much less. So I buy them just barely ripe, peel them, cut them in half and freeze them to use in my mashup or in smoothies.

Here are some other great, healthy green-tipped banana snack recipes.

This is a quick and delicious (and healthy!) snack ...

1/2 or 1 whole peeled, green-tipped banana
1 tablespoon of almond butter
1/2 teaspoon of chia seeds
a sprinkling of cinnamon and chopped walnuts (optional)

Thaw and mash the banana. Mix in the almond butter and chia seeds. Top with optional cinnamon, coconut flakes and walnuts. Throw in some fresh blueberries if you have some on hand!


Use-Your-Leftovers Frittata

I came home from morning classes starving and I was so tired of the same old eggs! So I grabbed some leftover grassfed ground beef and sun-dried tomatoes and whipped this up!  

  1. Turn the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Layer a handlful of sundried tomatoes or add veggies, in a oven-safe dish.
  3. Layer your left-over meat (of any kind - bacon, pork, ham, turkey, etc.) and sprinkle with your favorite seasonings. (I used an Italian Blend).

4. Mix eggs (I used 8) and a little pastured milk if you have it and pour over tomatoes and meat.

5. I sprinkled some black pepper and smoked paprika on top to give it more zing and some color.

6. Bake until is is cooked through (40 minutes for me.) Couldn't wait to eat it, yum!

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Enjoy!  --Lori