Artichoke & Avocado Salad

IMG_2803 (2)The Day 2 Dinner recipe I made from The22DayRevolution is Artichoke, Tomato and Avocado Salad. The ingredients listed in the book are:

  • 1 box grape tomatoes
  • Haas avocado
  • 1 BPA-free can artichoke hearts
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp Kalamata olives
  • Dash paprika

I used chopped-up plum tomatoes because that is what I had at the time I made the salad. Instead of the olives I used olive oil and mixed it with lemon from my tree. If you have fresh artichokes, use them rather than the canned ones. Lastly, I garnished the dish with fresh basil from my herb garden. This was an easy, basic recipe that makes 2-3 servings. Thumb up on this one!

Tacos!?

IMG_2753 (2)I love Mexican food. I have eaten countless tacos, burritos, enchiladas, pinto beans, salsas, etc.  Wherever I have lived, I’ve always managed to find at least one good place that serves yummy Mexican food. I’ve made it myself. And, of course, I have eaten delicious Mexican food… in Mexico.  So when I saw that the Day 1 Dinner recipe in The 22-Day Revolution was a recipe for tacos, I got excited. And then I read through the ingredients and discovered that the “shells” are lettuce leaves. What?! I figured the tacos wouldn’t have any meat and I didn’t have a problem with that… but lettuce shells?! The thing is that when I hear the word “taco”, my mouth begins to salivate for something warm, wrapped in a corn shell. Lettuce is a let-down for something called a taco. Something wrapped in lettuce is a “lettuce wrap.” I like “lettuce wraps”—just don’t call them tacos, please.

Here are the ingredients for the Raw Walnut Tacos in the book, which I prefer to call Raw Walnut LETTUCE WRAPS:

Filling Ingredients

  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 2 heads romaine lettuce
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp coriander
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos
  • Dash paprika, garlic powder, ground black pepper

Garnish Ingredients

  • 2 Haas avocados
  • ½ pint cherry tomatoes
  • ½ tbsp dried parsley flakes
  • 1 lime
  • Pinch salt & ground black pepper

I used fresh garlic and fresh parsley from my garden. I didn’t use the “coconut aminos” because I didn’t know what that was and didn’t have any. The recipe was enough for 6 lettuce wraps. They were flavor-full and refreshing. I did like them. But I won’t call them T_ _ _ _!

 

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Avocados

13 (2)Got to love it when my friend Tom leaves avocados from his trees on my front porch. He also writes the names of the varieties on them. Thanks Tom, much appreciated!

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Red Avocados?

IMG_1103 (2)I wish I had space for an avocado tree in my yard. I am dependent on the kindness of my friends, who have trees, to gift me this delicious green fruit… or I buy it like most people. On my recent trip to the grocery store I bought these two RED avocados because I had never seen this color before and the sign said they were from Florida. I live here; may as well buy local. It wasn’t until I got home and started to slice one open that I saw the decal which said “SlimCado. 35% fewer calories, 50% less fat than the leading California avocado, naturally.” I went to the grower’s website and read that the #SlimCado is the variety “Hardee” and it is NOT genetically modified. Having lived in California and eaten many avocados there and now living in Florida and eating avocados here, I can say that they are different. The typical California avocado is considerably smaller and higher in fat. The “Hass” variety is the most popular cultivar in California and worldwide. Florida avocados are generally larger and lighter tasting. The not-so-good varieties can be watery. So the claim on the label that SlimCados are “lower in fat naturally” is not surprising.

The SlimCados were green inside, like other avocados, and tasted great. They were not bland like some Florida avocados I’ve had. I would definitely buy this Hardee variety again. Of course, I would prefer to GROW them. Is the TREE slim also?! I think I may be able to find the space to squeeze a slim avocado tree into my garden…

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Refreshing Avocado & Star Fruit Salad

016dc0f4451 (3)On a base of Spring Mix Lettuces, add pieces of avocado, tomato, garlic and onion. Rim with Carambola (Star Fruit). The Spring Mix contains: romaine, oak leaf, chard, mizuna, arugula, radicchio and spinach. You can drizzle a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar on the top. It really doesn’t need much “dressing” because all the fruit in the salad adds moisture.

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Mangos at Fairchild Farm

IMG_0938 (2) fairchild farmI spent the morning in a workshop about growing mangos at The Fairchild Farm, a 20-acre grove of mangos, avocados and other tropical fruit trees. The Farm has approximately 600 cultivars of mango! Dr. Richard Campbell, Director of Horticulture, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, shares a mouthwatering mango and his extensive knowledge.

 
 
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