As far as salads sitting out safely, olive oil is the key. Some of my faves are grilled veggies - room temp or even cold - drizzled with olive oil, topped with herbs, also sliced tomato, mozzarella and basil - sometimes I will roast the tomatoes first to deepen the flavor. Raw shaved aspargus with shaved parm, lemon juice, and olive oil is also good.
I know I know and your way is probably healthier for the environment, but I love the flavor of charcoal or wood. MMM. My only challenge is what sides to serve for outdoor cooking. What are your favorite salads that actually keep out in the sun and heat?
I am sorry but nothing beats the ease of the gas grill. I bottom line don't have the time - or patience - to deal with charcoal. I do love grilling and we grill all year round. My favorite summer meals are ones that can be done on the grill from start to finish - grilled chicken or burgers, grilled veggies, grilled bread or Naan. I put the platters out on the table and we all eat family style. Best part? No dishes!!
I'm getting excited for the summer grilling season. How do you avoid the carcinogens of grilling? Natural coals and wood. I am experimenting this season, how about you? Or is yours gas? I feel like nothing beats the flavor of coals!
I really want to get a juice extractor, which removes all of the fiber and pulp. I know it sounds like you are removing the best part of the fruit, but my feeling is that it has to be better than the store-bought stuff. I mean, why not give it a try? I am not sure which one to get but I have heart that the Breville is the best. Then of course, in my ultimate time constrained life, I wonder how I will ever find the time to clean that darned thing!
I used to regularly make smoothies - yogurt, fruit, juice, etc. - for my kids when they were little but not so much anymore. I am intrigued by juicing but I have no juicer - a decent blender but no juicer. Can you use a blender? What are some of your favorite juice combos?
My kids eat broccoli, but that's it for my son. My daughter will eat asparagus, but a simple salad? Forget it. My latest idea is to buy a juice extractor and make my son fresh squeezed juice in the am. He loves apple juice, so what can be better if I make it myself and maybe drop a lettuce leaf into it. Would he even notice? I can also see mixing apple and pear and other fruits which would probably taste great. Have you caught the juicing fever yet?
I love the concept of hero foods - especially his emphasis on greens. I am always trying to incorporate more in our dinners - no easy task. I'll sometimes wilt spinach or arugula into pasta or soups but two of my kids will often fish out the "green stuff." However, my oldest now loves salad and eats it every day. Do your kids eat greens?
You have to check out this new section on the site called Hero Foods. Chef Seamus Mullen, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, has shared some of his favorite recipes using what he calls Hero Foods-foods that make us feel better. While he doesn't claim to cure anybody, these ingredients are pretty powerful and I have to say, I am hooked. I keep making a green smoothie now in the am with wheat grass, something I never would have dreamed I would enjoy, and I actually feel better!
I wound up ordering pizza for the kids and for the adults I made a real dinner. The kids were welcome to join us but they didn't really want to sit down at a table and eat-they were playing basketball and then watching a movie so they needed something they could grab and go with-ie pizza. For the adults, I made a tenderloin with a wine sauce and served it sliced with horseradish and rolls. It was so easy and delicious. For an appetizer, I made a mushroom-dill strudel using filo dough. OMG so good!!