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Summer Mediterranean Salad

My mother likes to bake.  She is a very left-brained person by nature.  She is a bookkeeper, a quilter, and when she feels like it, a baker.  It drives her crazy when she asks me how I made something for dinner because when it comes to measurements I wing it or eyeball it.  Cooking isn’t a science like baking.  It is an art. I always say that a recipe is like a blank canvas.  It gives you the foundation you need to create your masterpiece.  While not many of my recipes I would consider masterpieces, I do enjoy creating them, and I do enjoy eating them, so I’ve at least got that going for me!

A couple weeks ago I grabbed a recipe off the internet, Prevention.com to be exact.  It was a light and healthy salad I was looking forward to making.  Except I kept getting side tracked by friends, and fun, and work.  By the time I finally got around to making it, I had received an email with a similar salad recipe from Whole Foods.  But it was just different enough that I thought, damn, I could blend these two together and make a REALLY good salad that eats like a hearty meal.

It turned out delicious, and even better the next day when the flavors all had a chance to really meld together.  And with our recent hot weather it made for a perfect dinner on a warm night.

Remember- objects may be closer than they appear in miorror- all measurements are just approximate to be used as a guide.

Summer Mediterranean Saladmed salad

1/2 box whole wheat orzo
1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
1/2 cucumber – quartered and sliced
1 cup grape tomatoes – halved
1 red bell pepper – chopped and roasted
1/2 small red onion – chopped
2 cloves garlic – minced
2 tbsp parsley – chopped
4 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tsp olive oil
Crumbled Feta
Salt & Pepper to taste

Cook orzo in boiling water according to directions (al dente). While cooking, drain and rinse garbanzo beans and place in large bowl.  Add all other ingredients, toss, and let set for 10 minutes.  Drain and rinse orzo in cold water, twice.  Drain and add to bowl.  Toss together and serve!

Note: If you are gluten-free, omit the pasta.  If you are going dairy free or vegan, omit the feta.  This is such a yummy recipe in many forms, find one that is best fit for you!


So-FREE-Tas! (aka Sofritas)

A week or so ago I received an email from Chipotle.  Yes I subscribe, remember I try and get as much free grub as possible for my birthday!?

Well much to my surprise the email contained a text code to receive a FREE burrito, bol, or salad containing their newly rolled out shredded organic tofu option!  I did cartwheels!  Well, ok not really.  But I was very, VERY excited.  Not only do I love all things that start with the letter F… But I have also been making a conscious effort to wean myself off of most meat and processed foods.  So I jumped at the chance to try this new Bol option at my neighborhood Chipotle.

ImageNot only was it less spicy than the chicken I usually get (which I guess I am a wuss because some days it is just TOO darn spicy) but it also had the beautiful smoked chipotle chili flavor that EVERYTHING at it’s namesake *should* taste like, but really doesn’t.  It was delicious.  I told a couple of friends about it, who each had a different take on it, so I decided this week to go back and try it again, this time on my dime ((sigh)).

It was just as savory as the first time, and I believe the less meat I consume, the higher this option will climb in my eating out “go-to” list.

Thanks Chipotle, job well done!