Posts Tagged ‘olives’

D.I.Y. Cinco de Mayo

Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

Today is May 5th, Cinco de Mayo in Spanish.  If you go to the SEARCH box on my Home Page and type in Cinco de Mayo, you will come up with several postings, which I don’t wish to repeat, so I thought I would do a little Cooking with the Strings of Your Apron idea and give you options to make your own tortilla/taco/ wrap.

First, choose an organic grain free or corn wrap. I like the SIETA brand of grain free wraps, either almond (supposedly no bee-killing pesticides from their supplier, which I will double check) or Cassava (pictures) or an organic corn flour. If you choose (whole) wheat, make sure it is organic.

Next, choose your ingredients. They do not need to be what I chose, but I am posting the photo and list for you to consider and then add or subtract items of your choosing. For example, traditional tortillas and tacos are made with rice but I decided to use organic, sprouted quinoa because I forgot to put up the rice before I started assembling my ingredients, and quinoa takes only about 15 minutes. The tri-colors also makes the dish visually attractive. I also used a fresh, chopped organic salsa with multiple ingredients from Mom’s Organic, rather than a jar of salsa that is mostly tomatoes.

Below are my choice of ingredients:

 

On the cutting board are scallions, (non-dairy) cheese slivers, wraps and Castle-Vetrano ripe green olives. (My favorite!)

Next from left to right: yellow bowl of sprouts, orange bowl of artichoke hearts, organic salsa (middle bowl), black beans* and quinoa (Organic and Sprouted) in the two bowls below the olives. *I have tried to sprout black beans with little success, so I do use organic canned beans or organic boxed beans.

The last two larger bowls are mashed organic avocado (with a little lemon juice to prevent oxidation) and organic lettuce.  I assembled the ingredients onto the warmed tortilla wrap like this:

1. First, I spread some mashed avocado on the wrap.

2. Then I placed a leaf of lettuce.

3. Next I added some cooked black beans and quinoa, topping the tortilla with sprouts and scallions. (I placed the olives and artichoke hearts on the side.

4. Then I folded my concoction and enjoyed eating it, with some beans and quinoa falling out of the tortilla because I piled on too much!

(Feel free to add salt, pepper and/or cayenne to your taste. I decided not to use the non-dairy cheese slices and just munched on these.)

Here’s a photo of my lunch, with the (unwrapped) tortilla on the upper left.

 

 

 

 

 

I also cooked an artichoke (upper right), pulling off the leaves and dipping them in the leftover, mashed avocado, and I combined the quinoa with the black beans (lower right hand foto) for another dose of Cinco de Mayo tomorrow.

Happy, healthy eating for this May holiday!

Heart Healthy Salad

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

On the Home Page for February, I listed 10 foods that are considered heart healthy by the Global Health Center. These 10 foods in alphabetical order are: ALMONDS, ASPARAGUS, AVOCADO, BROCCOLI, CHICKPEAS, OLIVES, RED WINE, SALMON, and WALNUTS. I have many recipes already using these foods (except salmon), but I decided to design one just for February using spinach, walnuts (or almonds) or avocado, olives and/or olive oil, and chickpeas*.

 

Utensils: Cutting board and knife, strainer, salad spinner, mixing bowl and serving platter
Prep. Time: 15 minutes if chickpeas are already cooked*
*Cooking Time: 30 minutes to cook chickpeas if using dried and soaked garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
Categories: Vegan (V), Gluten Free (GF), No Sugar Added (NSA)

 

Ingredients (organic items when available)

1 1/2 – 2 cups fresh, organic baby spinach, rinsed and dried
two or three sliced scallions (mostly white part)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts/sliced almonds or sliced avocado+
1/4 cup of your favorite olives++
1/4-1/2 cup chickpeas
2 or 3 sliced radishes or 1/2 sliced carrot (for color & taste)
1 Tbl. olive oil
juice of 1/2 lemon or red wine vinegar
salt & pepper to taste
Sprouts (optional)

Directions

  1. Place rinsed and dried spinach in large bowl. Add scallions, nuts, olives, and cooked chickpeas.
  2. Add olive oil and lemon and toss. Add small amounts of salt & pepper and toss again.
  3. Place salad on a serving platter or salad bowl. Garnish with sprouts, if using and serve deliciously….maybe with red wine??

*I soak dried chickpeas and sprout them for 3 or 4 days. I then freeze them on a cookie sheet and take out a handful as needed, cooking them for about 25 minutes. The sprouting cuts down on cooking time and increases their nutritional value. Canned chickpeas can be used, but be sure to drain them
and to use cans that have no BPA lining.

+ The fats in nuts seem to be enough without the avocado, so feel free to use avocado instead of nuts

+ +My favorite olives are called Castelvetrano from the city of the same name. They are naturally green when ripe and do not have that mouth puckering effect that non-ripe green olives have. Available in health food stores, Wegman’s olive bar, and probably gourmet food shops. Love them!