So good. Pre-heat oven to 400 or even 405. degrees. Peel a potato, rinse; don’t dry; cut into whatever form you like, shake some salt on them and spread out on no-stick baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, flip them and bake for another 10 minutes. And just like that you have French-fries with no frying at all. Makes me wonder why we even need to fry them! Great flavor and texture.
Fresh asparagus from the farmers’ market.
A sure sign of spring!!
This sounds good..think I’ll try it today.
Garlicky Asparagus (from Cooking Light)
1 pound asparagus spears, trimmed
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Steam asparagus 4 minutes or until crisp-tender.
While asparagus steams, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes or until fragrant, stirring frequently. Add asparagus, salt, and pepper; toss to combine.
CALORIES: 57 ( from fat)
FAT: 3.4 g (sat: 0.5 g, mono: 2.5 g, poly: 0.4 g)
CARBOHYDRATE: 5.4 g
FIBER: 2.5 g
CALCIUM: 27 mg
CHOLESTEROL: 0.0 mg
IRON: 0.5 mg
PROTEIN: 2.5 g
SODIUM: 74 mg
Cut up potatoes and pepper and some onion….sautéed in a splash of olive oil. Seasoned with Garlic Pepper blend; dried basil and Mrs. Dash Seasoning. Added in croutons made with oatmeal bread and a sprouted rye multigrain bread; these were sauteed in Earth Balance Soy Free Butter Spread, with some dried basil and some garlic powder sprinkled in.
I’m not gonna’ lie to ya’ — this turned out to be a tasty dish.
I try not to include oil in my meals because I hear it’s not good for me but I also hear that it IS, so sometimes I throw a bit in here and there just because I can. And if you say “sautéed” instead of fried, it’s easier to pretend it’s healthy.
This could all be done with water, too….I’ve done that and I liked it!
Your thoughts and feedback on the inclusion of oil are welcomed and encouraged!!
I cut up a half of a banana, sliced in some mango, plopped on a quarter cup or so of Daiya Black Cherry Yogurt…quick and tasty! It barely qualifies as a recipe, more like an idea and an excuse for me to take a picture of something I like liking at. (At which I like looking?)
How about this? Broccoli Salad
In water, sauté:
1/2 cup chopped onion; 1/4 cup raisins; after a couple of minutes add in a bunch of finely chopped broccoli (or however fine you like it). Add in some salt and pepper. Stir everything together. Let it sauté until it is not-too-smooshy and not-too-crispy.
Options: Sprinkle in some bacon bits that are real or fake and/or sprinkle on some shredded coconut. It’s a basic recipe that you can enhance (or not) with curry or other spices and herbs.
This just shows that you can make stuff up and it can end up tasting really good! I did …..and it did.
First photo is:
Cucumber with Follow Your Heart Gouda cheese (non-dairy);
Next one: add a few sauteed mushrooms & some green pepper(sauteed in water with garlic-pepper seasoning);
Third photo is a version with kinda’ fake bacon;
…and then a kidney and pinto bean salad with chopped onion, celery, carrot and a Vegenaise & mustard dressing and a hard-cooked egg (so that one is not vegan — but I have made it without the egg and it is still so good).
AIMING FOR A HEALTHY START TO THE DAY (strawberries, banana and mango)
I’m thinking maybe eating a preponderance of real, whole foods, may have shortened the duration and intensity of whatever this cold/flu thing is that I had.
I have to say, I am not a purist (my husband calls us “flexitarians”), but I do aim to include mainly healthy stuff: vegetables, starches, greens, legumes, fruit, nuts — with most days excluding meat or eggs or dairy. Less animal-related products has to have good effects for me and the animals – I feel better and they feel better. Some say if you don’t adhere to strictly vegan standards, you aren’t helping animals at all; I disagree. Less mass slaughter has to be better than more of the same; I think it will lead to more humane conditions.