quick and easy summer gazpacho [recipe]

Simple Summer Gazpacho Recipe

Ingredients

  • tomatoes – maybe 7-8 medium
  • 1-2 ears of raw corn (1/2 in blender, 1/2 in straight)
  • lots of basil – 1+ cups
  • 1-2 banana peppers
  • 1 small cucumber (optional)
  • salt and pepper
  • sugar
  • vinegar (rice or apple cider) or lemon juice

Method

  1. You will need a blender or food processor. Chop the tomatoes, basil, peppers, and cucumber roughly and then roughly blend/process them in your blender/processor. If you like a very smooth puree, blend more; if you like it chunky, blend less.
  2. I like to add the corn after blending the rest because I like the kernels whole. It’s also good to blend it in.
  3. Add salt and pepper, sugar, and vinegar/lemon juice to taste. This is what makes the flavors come out so add these to your preference.

Do let me know if you try it. Hope you enjoy.

Vegan Tomato Peanut Stew [Recipe]

I tooootally forgot I meant to post this last week. Enjoy! I sure did.

Vegan Tomato Peanut Stew Recipe

Inspired by this peanut stew.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 large red onion
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seed butter (or more peanut butter – I ran out)
  • 3 medium, verging on too-ripe tomatoes
  • 2 small satoimo (taro) potatoes
  • large handful of cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 can of garbanzo beans (drained)
  • salt

Method

  1. Put onions in a pan and cook on high-ish heat.
  2. Chop the tomatoes and add them, along with the nut butters. Reduce heat to low-medium.
  3. Add the potatoes (satoimo).
  4. Add the cilantro.
  5. Add the garbanzos.
  6. Cook for about 30 minutes, covered. Add salt, to taste.
  7. Serve with homemade bread (me) or rice (Bobby).

This is what satoimo look like:

Feel free to sub in a regular potato – I just didn’t have any on hand.

Before serving, I un-veganized it by adding parmesan (duh). I had this with my own homemade bread from the new breadmaker.

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Do you eat stew? What is your favorite kind?

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P.S. Please check out Natalie’s Hormone Survey! I might do a hormone post in the near future as well because I finally went to the doctor (I *finally* found a good one) and figured out what my dealio is.

Thankful Thursday & Happiness

Did you see the stevia contest winners yet? I updated them.

On Being Thankful

I had a great birthday yesterday, thanks to your comments and lots of wishes from friends and family all over the country and even around the world. I’m so thankful to have met so many people through this blog and this healthy living community! And I’m thankful for technology that lets me stay in contact with friends and family that I otherwise would not see or talk to.

I was in a pensive mood yesterday, and I was thinking about being thankful, and being happy, and I came to the following conclusion:

If you are happy, that is all that matters.

At the end of my (hopefully very long) life, I want to look back and think, “wow, I was a happy person, and I spread that happiness to everyone I knew.” That would make me feel accomplished. And happy! It’s the little things in life that are important, right? Little things like…

  • hugging your friends/family/spouse/significant other
  • taking time to savor life (and food, yum)
  • being proud of the little things that you do really well at your job
  • finishing a Friday crossword (ok, that hasn’t happened yet)
  • learning something new
  • and so on.

I’m thankful for lots of simple (foodie) things, like seasonal and organic heirloom tomatoes that my mom gave me last weekend

Chopped heirlooms with a simple dressing of soy sauce, vinegar, and peanut oil.

I’m thankful that I can make time for a relaxing cup of tea each day.

Earl grey tea from a dear friend.

And I’m thankful that I can enjoy coconut cookies for breakfast (recipe to come).

Coconut cookies in my big breakfast mug.

What are you thankful for?

I am also thankful for my yoga challenge (join me!), and thankful that I have the chance to do another giveaway… so stop back tomorrow! Other upcoming posts include a post about wine, my Project Food Blog post, and something else I am currently forgetting. I must be getting old 😉

Hot In The City: Grilled Cheese!

It is HOT in New York. HOT HOT HOT. Currently (8pm) my weather widget says:

95 degrees F (35 C). What is the best thing to do on a hot day? Get your nails done of course! (I actually had these done yesterday, which was almost as hot.)

This is a “UV manicure” which is supposed to last up to 2 weeks. We’ll just see about that. If it does I will never go back to regular manis, which only last 2 days for me. So far it hasn’t chipped, so it’s off to a good start 😉 The woman put a kind of gel on my nails that hardened; then she put on the color. I love dark nails – I always go for dark red/brown/purple, even in the summer. I think I will do purple for the wedding (it’ll be tasteful). Speaking of the wedding…

We got Bobby’s wedding band today. It’s very nice but you’ll have to wait until after the wedding to see it.

Oh, this is a food blog? Okay! Here is my lunch:

It’s a grilled cheese sandwich with tomatoes. I put it in Mr. George Foreman before I left for work. It was a li’l soggy by lunchtime but still yummy.

Ingredients

I made Bobby a similar sandwich this weekend – just grilled chicken (love you, George) with tomato; sauces were mayonnaise and teriyaki sauce… (same bread and tomato as mine):

He liked it.

Exercise of the day: Pick Your Level: Weight Loss Pilates with Ellen Barrett (Netflix). Walk home from work (1.4 miles). Walk to Tiffany’s and to dinner (Chipotle) (1.5 miles).

Was it hot where you live? What did you do to beat the heat?

Vegetarian Collard Greens Recipe | Healthy Collard Greens Recipe

Don’t these tomatoes look amazing?

I usually buy a large bag of kale each week at Wegmans. This week there was no humongous bag of kale, but there was a curious substitute… a humongous bag of collard greens! I’ve never had them, but I’d heard they’re a southern staple and decided to try something new. I looked up some recipes online and came up with this, a mix of many…

Vegetarian Collard Greens Recipe | Healthy Collard Greens Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1.5 tablespoons vinegar (I like apple cider vinegar)
  • 4 cups collard greens, chopped into 1.5 inch pieces
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped (optional)
  • (fake) bacon bits, for topping
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Saute the onion in the olive oil until tender (about 2 minutes). Use a big pan that you can fit all the greens + the water in.
  2. Add the water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; add the chili powder, vinegar, and sugar; stir to let the sugar dissolve.
  3. Add the greens and let is simmer, covered, for about 25 minutes.
  4. Serve with chopped tomatoes, bacon bits, and salt and pepper to taste.

I hope you enjoy these healthy collard greens. It was so easy to take the traditional collards recipe and turn it into a vegetarian collard greens recipe. I’m not a vegetarian, but I really enjoy vegetarian food.