Saturday, 13 July 2019

Grit Salad




Pea shoots are young leaves of the pea plant, harvested as microgreens at just a couple weeks of growth. Cooper and I made this a project on our  6 week motorcoach trip. We planted the seeds, watered every day, and harvested our first crop about two weeks later. We emptied the box and put in fresh soil and planted our second crop which is now starting to sprout.  It is a fun project for us while traveling and is providing us with some great healthy farm to table greens! I bought my box with soil and seeds on Amazon, this is the link- Organic Pea Shoot Kit.



They taste like peas and are great tossed in salads, in sandwiches, or cooked by themselves or with other ingredients for a stir fry.



Here are 6 health benefits of pea shoots-

Cancer Prevention- Pea shoots are a great source of chemoprotective agents:folate, antioxidants and carotene. Folate helps produce and maintain cells and protects against DNA damage. Antioxidants help the body fight free radical damage, commonly associated with high cancer risk. Carotenes help inhibit antixidant activity and are commonly associated with increased cancer prevention.

High In Antioxidants- One cup of pea shoots provides about 35% the daily value of vitamin C and 15% the DV of vitamin A. Incomparison, this is seven times as much vitamin C as blueberries and four times as much vitamin A as tomatoes. They are also an excellent source of vitamin K, providing  66% the DV from a one cup serving.

Anti-Inflammatory- Pea shoots are dense with the antioxiodants and phytonutrients needed to support the body's  complex inflammatory system.

Diabetes- While many studies point to the many benefits green peas can have for people suffering from diabetes, there is less research to conclude that pea shoots provide as much protection. However, pea shoots contain many of the nutrients that can help keep blood sugar levels low as well as great antioxidant support, which is considered essential in supporting people with type two diabetes and lowering the risk of developing diabetes.
Heart Health-  Through large scale research on the relationship of pea shoots and cardiovascular health remains unavailable, the support these leaf greens provide the inflammatory system and immune system of the body, as well as the high levels of antioxidants and phytonutrients they offer indicate the pea shoots may lend a wide range of cardiovascular benefits. Inflammation and antioxidants alone help protect heart disease.

Weight Loss- Pea shoots have an outstanding nutrient to calorie ratio and offer a good amount of dietary fiber, which helps control body weight and regulate the metabolism. Through they may not directly induce weight loss, they remain a great addition to an effective weight loss program.

My new favorite salad! The taste is yummy!

Grit Salad

4 cups baby spring greens
1 c. pea sprouts
6 radishes sliced
1/2 c. pistachios shelled
1/4 c. dried cherries, cranberries, blueberries your choice
3/4 c. Gorgonzola cheese crumbled



Champagne Vinaigrette

Whisk together-
1/3 C.Champagne vinegar
1/2 C. Walnut Oil- grape seed oil, olive oil
Salt and Pepper 


Layer on 4 plates, the greens and pea sprouts.

Sprinkle some pistachios, radishes, Gorgonzola and cherries.

Dress with champagne vinaigrette.

 Serve! 

I also like Trader Joes and the Nordstrom brand of champagne vinaigrette.

 Our 6 week trip is so fun! We are at the furthest point now from our start in Seattle, we are in Zion National Park.

This photo is in Bryce Canyon.

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Apple Pie



Everyone has a apple pie recipe that they think is the best......well, this is the best ...for real!! Just in time for America's birthday! All American apple pie!

Mom requested a apple pie for her 99th birthday! DONE! I bought Granny Smith apples and Gala apples mixed together with the most amazing pie crust you'll ever lay your lip on!! Now, for the naysayers...lard mmmmm well, divide the 8 tablespoons in the dough into the 8 plus pieces versus, a tuff non flakey crust. I pick flakey and the butter adds flavor! 

This pie is KILLER!!!

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Cheesy Potato Chips

  

The 4th of July is coming up and our family has been planning a big celebration! What's on the menu? Well, the traditional hamburgers, hotdogs, apple pie and this year a twist on traditional potato chips!

 

Thursday, 13 June 2019

French Lentil Salad



With Summer here, I wanted a alternative to the normal potato salad. I played around with some ingredients and came up with a delicious healthy salad. As humble and inexpensive as they are, lentils are a true super food. They are loaded with protein, fiber, iron and much more goodness. Their flavor is super earthy so go well with strong flavors, I paired fresh squeezed lime juice and olive oil, however you could used a strong red wine vinaigrette if you would like. I added roasted baby red potatoes, cucumber and a handful of mint to add a little zip!

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Corn on the Cob - microwave method





I have been glamping the last few weeks and on one evening, I had both my burners occupied and it was raining outside.....I wanted to cook my corn and tried a new method, that worked perfectly!

Monday, 22 April 2019

Lemon Parmesan Asparagus


Asparagus is in season! Yay! I have another tasty recipe for you that got lot's of good reviews at our Easter dinner. Very easy to prepare ahead.

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Clams Carbonara


Everyone who knows Wee Bear (the hubster)... knows he loves pasta. One of his favorites is Pasta Carbonara. I love steamed clams....oh my gosh do I love clams! So....a recipe was born!

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Irish Lamb Stew

  

What could be more delicious than a bowl of heart warming Irish Stew? This is the favorite in Ireland and is loved all over the world! Irish stew is traditionally made with mutton (older sheep) but, nowadays, it is made more often with lamb....may seem like a waste but the flavor is amazing.

Friday, 1 March 2019

Bolognese Sauce


This sauce is the best sauce I have ever tasted! It is worth every minute! The layers of delicious flavor will delight your palate! I like to double the recipe and freeze in increments that we know we will use.

Making this very authentic Italian sauce is easy and requires no special skills. I perfected this bolognese sauce over several years. Adding this, taking out that. The end result is stunning and miles away from that awful tomato sauce from a jar.

This traditional spaghetti bolognese is a real winner. Your family will thank you for it!

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Cambozola Tarts




Blue cheese is one of Wee Bears favorite cheeses, he loves a couple tablespoons crumbles on his salad. He loves blue cheese on his hamburger.....he loves it! It is a cheese you love or hate! So, here comes a milder version. Cambozola has a particular mildness similar to a buttery triple creme or a brie. Cambozola is a combination of Camembert style cheese and Gorgonzola.  You sort of get half of each! You get a delicious mushroomy brie quality- it has delicious pockets of blue cheese, tiny little pockets....perfect for introducing someone to the world of "Blue".

Friday, 1 February 2019

Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs





My mouth is watering as I sit finishing up this blog just in time for Super Bowl. I made these delicious baby back ribs a few months ago for football season. They are so delicious! Of course so tender because, as in my previous rib recipe, Baby Back Ribs, I used the instant pot. So much quicker than the oven or boiling method. The sauce contains a Hoisin sauce, similar flavors as in the  Asian Style Flankin Ribs  I made a year ago. You won't be disappointed, these are KILLER!

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Pork Piroshki




Pork Piroshki is a sure hit for any occasion!  The herbed pork filling wrapped in a cream cheese pastry is a one, two punch! These can be made ahead and frozen for 3 months. Just pop a few out when company comes, or when you just want a simple salad and some quick appies for dinner! I have been baking these for years and quite frankly do not know how they haven't made it to the blog until now! Just in time for Superbowl and Valentines day! This is my absolute favorite appetizer!

Sunday, 20 January 2019

BLT Stuffed Mushrooms



Pretty sure these delicious KETO friendly stuffed mushrooms will be a hit at the next party! Yes, Superbowl is around the corner and some of us are still taking off that holiday bulge! Whether you are or not, it doesn't matter, everyone loves this delicious dish!

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Swedish Meatballs! A FLASH BACK!!




 This is for Ross, our son-in-law. He said his Grandma used to make Swedish meatballs, I had a flashback!!! I used to make these little yummy balls for my family when I was in high school and continued making them after I was working in the 1970's. They are quick and yummy! I am not sure where my recipe came from, as I was in Home Economics in high school, and think possibly it came from class handouts?? I remembered a lot of the ingredients and tweeked it, to bring it into this decade!!