As a life-long pasta lover, the recent discovery of the spiral slicer has changed my world forever!!! In less time than it takes to boil angel hair, you can have fresh, enzyme-rich vegetable “spaghetti” without even turning on the stove. If you are tired of the typical salad, I encourage you to get your hands on this awesome invention. When you do, be sure to try this cucumber spaghetti salad that I just made. It’s perfect on a hot day when you just don’t feel like cooking. Cucumber Spaghetti Salad (One Serving) 1/2 cucumber (spiral sliced) 7 cherry tomatoes (cut into halves 7 fresh basil leaves (chopped) lemon juice from 1/4 of a lemon Directions: Add cucumber, tomatoes and basil to a bowl, squeeze the lemon juice onto ingredients, let marinate for 20 minutes and eat! Purchase spiral slicer:
In an attempt to satisfy my ongoing pizza craving, I was suddenly inspired yesterday while getting ready to leave the house to teach a couple of yoga classes. Since it is best for the digestive process to be complete before practicing yoga, I figured something that is easy to digest would be the best choice. This is what I came up with. It was so yummy! Ingredients: One Cucumber (Sliced) Fresh basil (One leaf for each cucumber) Cherry tomatoes (Sliced in halves) Nutritional yeast (Don’t be afraid. It has a nice cheesy flavor.)
Do you love dessert? Are you into trying to foods? Keep reading. Yesterday I was in New York City and found myself face-to-face with some beautiful, Asian produce. Initially the plan was to hit up the local farmer’s market in the city while visiting friends. I was hoping to find something new to try. Boy, did I! But not where I thought I would. On the way to the restaurant, we ended up in Chinatown, surrounded by the most gorgeous and exotic fruits I have ever seen! With all the buzz in the raw food community regarding tropical fruit, I decided to take this opportunity to find out exactly what I have been missing. Have you ever eaten a fresh yellow mango? Wow! I just tried one for the first time today. I actually ate three of them. It is not like the typical mango found in local New England grocery stores where I shop. The yellow mango (also known as champagne mango or Ataulfo) that I just experienced was so buttery, and had a sweet custard-like consistency that totally melted in my mouth! If you ever happen to find these mangoes in your travels, I encourage you to eat one as soon as possible, and then take a case home with you. I’m not planning to head back to NYC anytime soon but I’m thinking a tropical vacation is definitely in order, just so I can eat them all day long. Check back soon because I still have more fruit to try! Have you every heard of the stinky durian fruit? What about the pink and green dragon fruit? I’ve got a fridge full of that and more to taste share with you. Goji Berries
With all the photos saturating Facebook of elaborately constructed masterpieces of fruit that resemble birthday cakes, I decided to try it for myself. Today is my sister’s birthday so I figured it was the perfect time to experiment with an easy, small, personal-sized version just for her! What I used for fruit: Watermelon Cantaloupe Strawberries Blueberries Other tools: Knife Drinking glass Tooth picks Vegetable cutters (to make pretty shapes) To start, I cut a watermelon in half and then pressed a glass cup upside down, pressing into the watermelon to create the round shape. After that I cut a larger circle around that and then sliced the bottom of the watermelon to create a bottom. From there it was easier to slice along the smaller circle to create the cake “body”. For the candles, I simply added blueberries to a toothpick, leaving space at the bottom to press into the “cake”. I also left space at the top to add the “flame”. To create the flame, I cut the cantaloupe into long slices and used a knife to cut out a tear shape from the very tip of the fruit. After cutting it out, I used the knife to do more carving to create the flame shape. To create the strawberry and cantaloupe flowers (also secured with toothpicks), I purchased vegetable cutters that look like miniature metal cookie cutters. To view to tools I used, simply refer to the list of “other tools” and click on the link. That’s all. It took me less than an hour to do this! Experiment, have fun and post photos of your own birthday fruit creation on my Facebook page, The Organic Housewife.