Well, hellooooo, 2017. I’ve been waiting for your arrival, how the heck are you doing? I’m so happy to see you! I think it’s safe to say a lot of people are. It must feel really good to be so anticipated.
So listen…..One-Seven….(you don’t mind if I call you that?) do you think that maybe we could just forget the past few days…weeks…okay, yes months, of all of that over-zealous over-doing it? You KNOW what I’m talking about here; it all starts out innocently enough with the pumpkin spice season shiz-bah (squash IS a vegetable after all, AMIRITE?), and then it goes ALL downhill from there. Riding the holiday horse right into the ground! What happened to all of my good intentions???
Probably one of the best known Thai dishes out there (at least to me!), traditional pad Thai is created from rice noodles stir fried together with any number of other various ingredients…….and we all love, love, love it for a reason.
It IS Soooooo Stinkin Delicious!
SO stinkin delicious. sigh
Unfortunately…..your basic restaurant style pad Thai has few nutritional benefits to offset its staggering carb, calorie and salt profile. And that’s really okay every once in a while but what if I told you that you could whip this together in your own kitchen, create a dish that is actually bursting with low carb, nutrient dense veggie goodness, and knock yourself out with the results?
Oh good grief, talk about a BIG FAT steaming pot of luscious lycopene LOVE. This undeniably delicious, slow cooked masterpiece of a “sauce” has gently bubbled its way into every muscle fiber of my marinara lovin’ heart. This is NOT your average tomato sauce. Oh no no no no no.
The election is /// finally /// over. And call it my civic duty….. but it seems like the perfect time to talk about something I think we ALL can agree on.
The “Miss Congeniality” of the cruciferous crowd of vegetables that includes brussels sprouts, cabbage and broccoli, cauliflower just likes to get along. Cauliflower is gentle, unlike her more sulfurous side-kicks. Cauliflower doesn’t need to show off, or overpower anything, or criminally corrupt a dish with any egomaniacal essences.
Cauliflower just makes everyone around her better! And that includes you. Because cauliflower:
This is sooooo good! I know I always seem to say that and I really DO mean it each and every time…………
but I gotta tell you…….. this stuff. Oh man.
Take a favorite cooler-weather culinary pleasure (in this case, a satisfyingly steamy bowl of something yummy), take out the copious amounts of carbs (think potatoes, pasta, bread, beans), add in a plentiful pack of superabundant sustenance (like, ya know, just some major vitamin, mineral, antioxidant action), and you will end up with this amazing bowl of body and soul satisfaction.
I may be going out on a limb here but I think it’s safe to say that you are a fan of lasagna (because really, who isn’t?). Tomato saucy, stretchy-cheesy creamy goodness, you can count on pleasing the masses when you whip out a bubbling pan of this classic comfort casserole.
Which makes it so perfect for feeding lots of people.
But what if your particular peeps are of the persnickety persuasion?
Maybe there’s a gluten issue in the crowd?
Oh yeah, then there are the vegetarians to consider.
Die hard carnivores are people too, you know.
I am here to tell you that you can make everybody happy, including yourself, with this beauty…
Oh kale, you know I think the world of you. A gold medalist in the world of crucifers, you are rich in those compounds that help reduce cholesterol, curb inflammation and prevent cancer. You are the mainstay of my most favorite salad in the entire world, you elevate my smoothie into the nutritional stratosphere, and you really, really just make me feel good about myself whenever I am with you.
When it comes to being lovingly smeared with olive oil and crisped to snack worthy perfection in the oven…there’s a new sheriff in town. Kale chips? Yes, you are good but I’ve found something even better.
This is the perfect salad right now for so many reasons. First off, the star of this show is fresh corn on the cob and that happens to be available right now and is just about the best thing ever. Second, you have to do a little grilling for this, and what is summer without a little grilling? Third, if you have any pot-luck, picnic type outdoorsy soirées to attend, show up with this and you will be very popular….even more popular then you already are, if THAT’S even possible. Fourth (this is my favorite), sometimes it’s just not practical to be eating corn on – the – COB. Drippy, buttery, all up in your teeth? Um, delicious, yes, but no, not too pretty. Definitely not in a summer party dress. Last but not least (okay this is really my favorite) this is just so seriously good.
Behold…my take on the poke (pronounced POH-Key, just in case you needed that) bowl.
A traditional poke bowl is both cooked and raw, hot and cold, all at once, sort of like a burrito bowl meets The Little Mermaid. Rice serves as the cooked portion of the production, a blank canvas to hold up the rest of the more assertive supporting cast. A staple of Hawaiian cuisine since, oh probably the dawn of the volcano, the poke bowl has found itself a place in mainland-style foodie trendiness, right alongside acai bowls, power bowls, and cereal bowls.
Yeh, I’m kidding about the cereal bowls, wink wink. Let’s not get crazy about what sort of vessel you serve this up in/on. This is so beautiful, so amazingly delicious, so easy to assemble together on the fly (NO COOKING INVOLVED AT ALL no lie), that you would probably eat it out of a shoe if I gave it to you like that. I know I would.
Okay … make that a brand new, super clean, very fancy, really nice shoe.