Friday, August 17, 2012

Arugula & Walnut Pesto with Summer Squash

I've always had a thing for Arugula.  There's something I find really attractive about that very distinctive aromatic flavor, but maybe it's not for everyone because apparently Cy does not find arugula very tasty.  

Which is really unfortunate because like most other dark green leafy vegetables, it's packed with amazing nutrition like Chlorophyll, and is best eaten raw (or a cooking time of within 5min or so).  

Here's the science tidbit- Chlorophyll has a biochemical structure just like red blood cells, except it has a Magnesium center versus an Iron one.  When you cook arugula (or any other green veggie), the Magnesium center is replaced by Hydrogen, turning the bright green color into a dull one (So interesting isn't it!?) The loss of Chlorophyll means you're losing out on all of its possible anti-cancer properties. The wholefoods site actually has a great article source list here.  

As much as Cy does not like arugula however, he really enjoyed the arugula pesto.  So this dish might be a great way to get the benefits of raw arugula, even for the non-arugula lover.  And the fact that it's with a "pasta" that's completely carb-free?  Only an added plus.  It's really perfectly refreshing for a hot summer day like the ones we've been having lately.

I used walnuts in the pesto, but you can always replace them with other types of nuts (pine nuts, almonds, etc).  Whatever works for you!

Freeze any leftover pesto in ice trays and save them for another day ;)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Quinoa Salad with Almonds and Zucchini

Small round zucchinis and yellow bell peppers were more goodies from the produce box I mentioned earlier this week.  I wanted a quick salad I could keep in the fridge for whenever I didn't feel like cooking, and this quinoa salad was the answer.  Fast, easy, versatile, delicious, and healthy - what more could you ask for?!  

AND...I was very excited to serve it off of one of the glass plates I made in the glass fusing class a friend convinced me to try out.  As frustrating as cutting glass can be, I have to admit it's pretty fun to be able to eat off of a plate you've made yourself :)  This shot is from my instagram account.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Summer Tomato Tart

I seem to be on a tart roll lately..maybe because it tends to be be easy to make, pretty to look at, and delicious to eat ;)

This recipe for the tomato tart I saw over at cannelle vanille (whose blog is beautiful by the way), and I immediately knew that I had to make it.  We recently started getting our produce from the folks over at farm fresh to you, and I have to say that it's been amazing.  It's so nice to wake up to a box full of organic produce once every couple of weeks!  It's kind of exciting to open the box, wondering what kind of veggies and fruits we were going to have to try to cook with that week.

Needless to say, we got a wonderful assortment of heirloom tomatoes in our stash so I knew I had to use them for this tart.

The tart  does have a thin layer of arborio rice in it, as well as some rice flour in the dough,.  I love that the tart is gluten-free, but I definitely serve it to Cy on days I know he's going to be playing basketball so I know that he can take the extra carbs.

Since we also had some avocados and beets in our produce box, served it with a little of this on the side ;)
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